Dutch oven Lasagne

This was a first for me making lasagne at a campsite from scratch. I was browsing blogs and came across “dirty gourmet” and their skillet lasagne. Knowing how my hubbie loves lasagne I though it would be a real treat to make this while camping and try it on our frontier stove! So while my hubbie tended a nice fire in the frontier stove for me….I chopped my onions, peppers and mushrooms, added hot chili flakes, black pepper and  garlic. I browned this in the bottom of the Dutch oven on the frontier stove added the highland ground beef and browned that nicely, then added the crushed tomatoes and some tomato paste. IMG_2386

I let this simmer for a while and enjoyed a glass of wine – more like a plastic glass of wine :-),  then removed my Dutch oven and put the sauce contents into another bowl.

I then started to layer the no boil lasagne strips with the sauce, a layer of fresh spinach leaves, a layer grated  Italian cheese until the sauce was finished and then finished off with a final layer of extra cheese….. hmm nice and fattening to boot 🙂

I then put the lid on the Dutch oven and let it simmer very gently on the frontier stove for about 30 mins just until the noodles were soft.

I took it off and let it sit a while for the sauce to thicken up and viola the best lasagne camping ever!!

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So easy to do and so tasty I will defiantly try this again using different variations. thank you dirty gourmet for the wonderful inspiring idea!!

Here with a link to their recipe for those that would like to try it out!   http://www.dirtygourmet.com/skillet-lasagna

Hot Tenting?

Knowing winter is just a stones throw away and realising that means the camping season is over for most people, we decided to check into bringing in a tipi from Norway to see if this might be an idea for a different type of winter camping….

Saturday morning we hastily jumped out of bed, our sample Tipi from Norway had arrived and we were off to Halifax to fetch it! We couldn’t wait to get back home and see the quality and workmanship of this tipi.

We opened the boxes carefully and found our tipi and all the parts very nicely and carefully packed in the boxes. we decided, since daylight was now short after our trip up the valley, to just set up the tipi at home. This being new to us was easier to set up than we had initially thought. We pegged the bottom lightly and then inserted the pole into the cap and viola the tent was up. Loved the idea of a single pole tipi! Now all that we had left to do was securing the guide lines. It was super easy and fairly quick to set up.

We brought in the Veranger 4-6 from Helsport with the liner, the floor tarp and the stove so we could see all the variants of this tipi. Image

The size of Varanger outer compared to our Gregory daypack

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Centre Pole, comes standard with Tipi as well as regular tent pegs.

The Snow and Sand Pegs come in two sizes as additional extras if required.

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The Varanger 4-6 set up with just the outer shell.

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Inside View

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Here is the Varanger all set up with the liner and the ground sheet attached.. super neat!Image

Next we removed the liner since it was hot inside and put in the stove to have it ready to test in the evening. Above photo shows the Helsport stove in the tipi.

The frontier stove, however, would work well too

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Waiting till it was dark we lit up the fire and before long we were roasting in fact it got so hot in the tent we actually had to get out… it is summer after all, not the most ideal time to try out a piping hot stove 🙂

The Helsport stove may be expensive but we have to give credit where credit is due, this stove really rocks, it heats up super fast and gives out tremendous heat just with a few sticks. We are impressed with the whole set up. a super nice tipi and something we are defiantly going to try out for winter camping this year. I generally really feel the cold but I think with the liner and a stove, either the Helsport stove or frontier stove, I wont have a problem staying warm in this tipi!

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So for winters cold months this would work brilliantly to keep you warm and toasty, For summer just the outer shell would be adequate. There are two ventilation vents on each side and mosquito netting on both the vents, the door and the hole above where the chimney and pole are. there are easy draw cords to close and open the top vents, everything about this tipi is designed with a lot of thought and with excellent workmanship.

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Above photo show the drying rack which comes standard with each Varanger a nice extra . You can also purchase kettle holders which attach to centre pole and these can be used to hold additional pots or any other items.

So drag it behind a toboggan or drive out to a frozen lake this winter… pop it in a canoe and explore all the rivers and lakes, just explore the outdoors in whatever means you can, either way this tipi will keep you warm in winter without a doubt and easy for a summer canoe or kayak trip.

In conclusion I have to say although pricy these tipis are super quality and cannot be compared to any other tipis we have found in North America to date. They will last and serve you well in harsh conditions as well as general outings on summer trips.

 

Time spent well ….

Having a weekend away refreshes the soul.

We decided to head out Friday even though there were weather reports of doom and gloom, rain and thunderstorms… arriving at our site weather still gloomy we set up both the roof top tents in a breeze.. we had many curious fellow campers popping in and watching us set up both the tents, all amazed at the idea of a roof top tent and at the ease of setting up. Before long our beds were made …soget yourself a roof top tent if you like things to be set up fast and easily and are social as it sure does draws a crowd 🙂

ImageNext we set up the frontier stove under a tarp. A hole was made in the tarp and tent flashing kit installed,  the chimney was then inserted through it. We lit it up and before long the fire was roaring and the smoke billowing out the chimney away from us, what a pleasure not having the smoke in your face while cooking

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Once the fire died down and there were a bunch of hot coals we popped in the potato’s and before long those were cooked to perfection.

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The EcoZoom stoves provided us with a brilliant breakfast each morning. We decided to light them both up and even tried toast on the Dura. As always the eggs and bacon were done in a jiffy and we were feeling most spoilt with our fabulous setting.

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The weather was holding out for us and sleeping on a mattress above the ground was fabulous, note to myself to bring along better pillows next time, nothing worse than a flat pillow 🙂

Sat was a fabulous day sunny and warm. we went for a nice walk exploring the park and spending time on a sandy beach by the lake. How nice to be blessed with a wonderful husband, two beautiful daughters and a comfortable bed on top of our truck..  life is sweet.. thank you girls and Nick for spending the weekend with us, next time we are going to haul you into the bush for some serious camping 🙂

Have a great week all you happy campers!

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