Glamping and Picnicking for Foodies
We’re heading to the Firepit Camp this summer for a stay in the Wren’s Nest, a beautiful handmade two-storey mezzanine hazel bender-tent. It’s kitted out with comfortable beds, a beautiful centre-piece wood burner and most importantly a kitchen with an oak counter and a two-ring hob. We have pretty much everything we need but we will be taking a few other little luxuries. I don’t know about you, but the most memorable (travel) experiences I’ve had, no matter where in the world include: no tourists, no frills, just your favourite company, the great outdoors and accompanied by good honest food.
In a large wooden crate, I always take a few staples such as pasta, eggs, tea bags, garlic, a pot of fresh basil and some dried spices and a small bottle of truffle oil – adds a drizzle of luxury to a foraged mushroom and gruyere omelette – one of our favourite camper van suppers. Then we tend to buy little treats from farmers markets and local producers as and when we need something. It’s important to have a few of your favourite props to hand too. I’m never far from my beloved stovetop espresso maker or a ceramic mug – I just don’t gel with a cuppa from a plastic mug.
So I thought I’d create a post of my top five luxury foodie accessories to take with you on a glamping trip. Not going glamping this year? These foodie accessories are also great for impromptu picnics too.
Recently, the lovely folk from across the pond at Uncommon Goods sent a selection of beautiful items for Roots and Toots to review. Below I’ve hand-picked some of my favourite products perfect for our glamping trip.
I like these guys. They have a commitment to sustainability, creativity, craftsmanship and creative design and as a result, stock a wide range of quirky and innovative kitchen and design products, many of which are sourced from independent artisans, designers, and creative thinkers. Because they work with these small producers to create some really unusual, often handmade, bespoke items you’ll find lots of lovely little gems on their site, often something a little different – it’s worth a squiz for homeware presents for friends or (dare I say this word too soon) Christmas.
Top Five Foodie Accessories to take on a Glamping Trip:
1) A midnight cheese feast under the stars: For ease, the first night we plan to have a cheese feast. Take small portions of your favourite cheeses. Served with crackers, caramalised walnuts, pickled shallots, crusty bread and my favourite – fig chutney. This clever maple wood ampersand cheese board is perfect for a romantic supper by the wood burner. The grooves hold crackers and if you flip the board over, you have a smooth surface to use to cook and prepare food. Ta dah! (Any leftovers? Make a cheese-fried sandwich on your campfire or wood burner the next day.)
2) A fish supper and wine hike: I love a glass of wine with my fish and chips so I often take a sneaky glass and a bottle of something with us to the coast. On our glamping trip this summer, we plan to have a late afternoon stroll by the nearby coast for fish and chips, accompanied by something more sophisticated than glasses wrapped up in a back pack. We’ll be taking this gorgeous wine tote with bottle opener, glasses and napkin. Pinot Noir is a good drop to take – we’ll be living outdoors we can’t control the wine temperature so this wine tastes great chilled or warm.
3) A spiked hot chocolate before bed: On our last camper van trip I took some good quality, portable hot chocolate supplies. Essential. This was a godsend and such a comforting way to draw each night close. My recipe for a campfire hot chocolate (per serving) is: your favourite bar of good quality dark chocolate (around 40g per person), a tablespoon of Horlicks, a teaspoon of vanilla sugar (a vanilla pod split down the middle and left in a small bowl of golden caster sugar for a week) – or just regular sugar is good too, ambient soya milk (or regular UHT dairy milk) – heat and then top with marshmallows and a splash of brandy or Baileys.
4) Snacking and daily picnicking: I love this little portable lunch box which we’ll use initially for storing snacks such as roasted nuts and seeds. Once you’ve eaten your way through the nuts – this portable lunch box will be great for mini-picnics and for snacks on day trips.
5) Civilized trimmings: You’ll think I’m barmy when you hear this next one but…one luxury I can’t live without is butter. Call me mad (or just British) but I need a butter dish. The butter will stay cooler in this beautiful ceramic number. And let’s face it, fresh butter adds a civilised edge to fresh bread and with soup by the fire – it’s much nicer to cook with than oil – scrambled eggs in the morning, fried potatoes, French toast. Butter doesn’t last long in our British summers but when we go Glamping the weather shouldn’t be too hot.
Arguably too beautiful to take glamping, this butter dish was handmade by a ceramicist, Emily Carr, from Ontario. She works out of a studio, a century old barn on her parent’s apple and lavender farm. Her handmade porcelain is designed to inspire a moment of pause in our busy lives. Soft colours and simple forms provide a space for contemplation and encourage the user to enjoy each moment fully.
We’re hoping that our trip surrounding by nature and a few of these little luxuries will allow us to do just that.
About Uncommon Goods:
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods is a privately-owned retailer that endeavors to feature unique jewelry, designer décor, tabletop items and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people. They run all their operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. They make it their mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what they sell is made by hand. Most of the jewelry products, home décor and table top items they stock are created in the USA, and about one-third of its entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. At the core of its company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is their responsibility to use its business to impact the world in a positive way.