Oh yes, this weekend I am going camping. Outdoors. Braving the elements, with daughter #1.
Perhaps I should rephrase that. This weekend, my daughter and I are going camping, with the Girls Scouts. Our group is dominated by people from the States.
Of course, I had to look for the business case before I was convinced it was worth a trip. Descriptions of S’mores later, I was convinced that I had found the value. I mean, I’d read enough about S’mores to understand it ‘legendary’ and because I will lend myself to good causes I signed up to go camping. Even when my husband copped out at the last minute.
I am a bit nervous, even though I have all my kit. My last memories of camping, a good decade ago are not pleasant.
It was my first trip to Spain as a Geology student and we headed north to the Cordillera Cantábrica. It was an amazing trip and I learnt so much.
- Black people do get sunburned – I did.
- No sunshine in the Northern hemisphere can make me feel secure – It was boiling hot in the day in Spain, but at night, the temperatures were sub-zero.
- Camping was not my thing
While the rhubarb is roasting, combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, water, vanilla and juniper berries. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, stirring well till the sugar is melted. Remove from the heat and add the lime juice, then stir well. When the rhubarb is done roasting, pour the lime sugar syrup into the roasting tin and stir well. Scrape the vanilla seeds and discard the pod.
Pour into a blender/use a hand blender and process till smooth. Pass the mixture through a sieve, pressing on the mixture with a spoon to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the thick mush left over and let the mixture cool down. Refrigerate till ready to serve.
Tell me, would you go camping for S’mores? Is it worth it? Don’t tell me I’m just being silly….please. Anyhow, I’ll tell you ALL when we come back so wish me success, please!