Q: When you are outdoors, what are your 5 most common breakfast foods, from most common to least common, and how do you prepare them?
Tapsilog - Tapsilog is a traditional Filipino breakfast dish made with marinated beef (tapa), garlic fried rice (sinangag), and a fried egg (itlog). To prepare this dish while camping, I marinate the beef ahead of time and pack it in a sealed container. In the morning, I cook the beef on a portable stove or grill and then prepare the garlic fried rice and fried egg in the same pan.
Breakfast burrito - I also like to prepare breakfast burritos while camping, which are easy to make and can be customized with a variety of ingredients. To make a breakfast burrito, I scramble eggs and then add cheese, cooked bacon or sausage, and any other fillings I have on hand, such as sautéed vegetables or avocado. I then wrap the filling in a tortilla and heat it up on a portable stove or grill.
Instant oatmeal - For a quick and easy breakfast while camping, I often pack instant oatmeal, which can be prepared with hot water from a portable heater or camp stove. I like to add dried fruit, nuts, or honey to the oatmeal to add flavor and texture.
Pancakes - I also enjoy making pancakes while camping, using a pre-made pancake mix that only requires the addition of water. I cook the pancakes on a portable griddle or in a cast iron skillet, and then serve them with butter and maple syrup.
Breakfast sandwich - Lastly, I often make breakfast sandwiches while camping, which are easy to assemble and can be customized with a variety of ingredients. To make a breakfast sandwich, I toast English muffins or bagels and then add cooked eggs, cheese, and any other fillings I have on hand, such as bacon, sausage, or vegetables.
Overall, I try to keep my breakfasts while camping simple and easy to prepare.
Q: When you are outdoors, what are your 5 most common lunch foods, from most common to least common, and how do you prepare them?
Adobo chicken or pork with rice - Adobo is a traditional Filipino dish made with chicken or pork that is marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and other seasonings. To prepare this dish while camping, I marinate the meat ahead of time and then cook it on a portable stove or grill. I serve the adobo with white rice and sometimes add sautéed vegetables for extra flavor.
Sandwiches - Sandwiches are a quick and easy lunch option while camping, and I like to make them with a variety of ingredients, such as deli meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and condiments like mustard or mayo. I typically pack bread, cheese, and other sandwich fillings in separate containers, and then assemble the sandwiches at the campsite.
Tuna or chicken salad - Another quick and easy lunch option while camping is tuna or chicken salad. I mix canned tuna or chicken with mayo, celery, onion, and other seasonings and then serve it with crackers or bread.
Hot dogs or sausages - Hot dogs or sausages are a classic camping food that are easy to cook on a portable grill or over a campfire. I typically serve them with buns, ketchup, mustard, and other condiments.
Quesadillas - Quesadillas are a versatile lunch option while camping, and I like to make them with a variety of fillings, such as cheese, chicken, vegetables, and beans. I cook the quesadillas on a portable griddle or in a cast iron skillet, and then serve them with salsa and sour cream.
Overall, I try to keep my lunch options while camping simple and easy to prepare, while still incorporating a variety of flavors and ingredients. I also try to pack ingredients that can be used in multiple meals to save space and simplify meal planning.
Q: When you are outdoors, what are your 5 most common dinner foods, from most common to least common, and how do you prepare them?
Adobo - Adobo is a classic Filipino dish that is made with chicken or pork marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and other spices. I prepare this dish by marinating the meat overnight in the seasoning, then cooking it over a fire or on my portable stove until it is tender and flavorful.
Grilled vegetables - I love grilling a variety of vegetables when I am outdoors, including bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and corn. I usually brush the vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper before grilling them over a fire or on a grill.
Fried rice - Fried rice is a simple and delicious dish that is easy to prepare when I am outdoors. I usually cook the rice in advance, then fry it with vegetables, eggs, and any leftover meat that I have from previous meals.
Tinola - Tinola is another classic Filipino dish that is made with chicken, ginger, garlic, and spinach. I prepare this dish by boiling the chicken with the ginger and garlic until it is tender, then adding the spinach and cooking it until it is wilted.
Sausages and hot dogs - Sausages and hot dogs are a quick and easy dinner option when I am outdoors. I usually cook them over a fire or on a grill, then serve them with a variety of condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, and relish.
Overall, these dishes are easy to prepare and delicious, and they allow me to enjoy a variety of flavors and textures when I am outdoors. I love experimenting with new recipes and techniques, but these are my go-to dishes when I want something quick, easy, and satisfying.
Q: Which one is your favorite and why?
My favorite lunch option while camping is adobo chicken or pork with rice. Adobo is a traditional Filipino dish that is a staple in my culture, and I love the combination of tangy and savory flavors from the vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic in the marinade. Cooking the adobo over a portable stove or grill while camping also adds a smoky flavor that enhances the dish. Serving it with white rice, which is a staple in many Filipino meals, makes it a satisfying and filling lunch option. Overall, adobo chicken or pork with rice reminds me of home and brings a sense of comfort and nostalgia to my camping trips.
Q: How do you typically prepare your rice?
I typically use a portable stove and a small pot or rice cooker. Cooking rice outdoors while camping is a simple process that requires only a few basic ingredients and cooking tools. With a little planning and preparation, I am able to enjoy a comforting bowl of rice with my favorite camping meals.
Q: How many people, if any, do you typically enjoy outdoor experiences with?
When it comes to outdoor experiences, I truly enjoy spending time with a small group of close friends or family members, maybe 2-3 to people and sometimes in larger groups, maybe 5-6. I find that being in nature and sharing a meal together creates a special bond and strengthens our relationships.
As someone who loves Filipino food, I enjoy bringing traditional Filipino dishes with me on camping trips, such as adobo or sinigang, and sharing them with my companions. Cooking outdoors allows me to be creative and resourceful, using the ingredients that are available and incorporating the flavors and techniques that I love.
Overall, my approach to outdoor cooking is a reflection of my love for nature, my passion for Filipino cuisine, and my desire to connect with others through shared experiences and shared meals.
Q: What outdoor cooking equipment do you typically bring with you?
The outdoor cooking equipment that I typically bring with me on camping trips depends on the type of trip and the meals that I plan to prepare. However, some of the essential items that I bring include:
Portable stove (non-branded from Amazon) - I usually bring a portable butane stove to cook my meals.
Pots and pans - I pack a set of lightweight and durable pots and pans to cook my meals on the portable stove or campfire. I prefer to bring pots and pans that are versatile and can be used for multiple dishes.
Utensils - I bring a set of utensils, usually a spatula, ladle, tongs, and cooking spoons, to help me prepare and serve my meals. I also bring a set of disposable utensils for eating, such as forks, knives, and spoons.
Cooler - I bring a cooler to keep my perishable food items, such as meat, dairy, and fresh produce, cool and fresh. I like my cooler because it comes with a tight seal and good insulation to keep my food safe and fresh.
Cutting board and knife - I bring a cutting board and a sharp knife to help me prepare my ingredients. My knife is versatile and can be used for a variety of tasks.
Overall, the cooking equipment that I bring while camping is focused on practicality, portability, and versatility. I want to be able to cook a variety of dishes with the tools that I have available and make the most of my outdoor cooking experience.
Q: How often are you bringing this equipment with you?
While some of the equipment, such as the pots and pans, utensils, and cooler, may stay in storage between trips, the portable stove and propane/butane canisters are usually taken on most trips.
I find that having my own cooking equipment allows me to be more flexible with my meal planning and preparation, and it also ensures that I have the tools I need to cook my favorite dishes while camping. Additionally, using my own equipment allows me to save money on dining out or buying pre-packaged meals, which can add up quickly over the course of a trip. Overall, bringing my cooking equipment with me on camping trips is an important part of my outdoor experience and allows me to enjoy delicious and satisfying meals in nature.
Q: How long is a typical outing for you?
I usually plan my camping trips over a weekend or a long weekend, so that I have enough time to explore the outdoors, relax, and enjoy my meals.
While some of my camping trips may be longer, especially if I am taking a vacation or exploring a new area, I find that shorter trips are easier to plan and manage, and they still allow me to disconnect from the stress of daily life and connect with nature. Additionally, shorter trips allow me to bring less gear and food, which can make packing and transportation more manageable. Overall, the length of my camping trips is based on my personal schedule and preferences, and I try to make the most of my time outdoors while balancing other responsibilities.
Q: What locations do you usually go to?
Some of my favorite camping spots include:
Mount Rainier National Park - This national park is known for its stunning scenery, including glaciers, waterfalls, and wildflowers. I love hiking on the many trails and exploring the different ecosystems, from subalpine meadows to old-growth forests.
Olympic National Park - Olympic National Park is home to diverse ecosystems, from mountain peaks to temperate rainforests to coastal beaches. I love camping along the coast and watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
North Cascades National Park - North Cascades National Park is a remote and rugged area that offers stunning views of glaciers, alpine lakes, and snow-capped peaks. I love hiking on the many trails and seeing the wildlife, including black bears and mountain goats.
San Juan Islands - The San Juan Islands are a group of islands located in Puget Sound, just off the coast of Washington. I enjoy kayaking, camping, and exploring the many beaches and parks on the islands.
Overall, I enjoy exploring different camping locations that offer natural beauty, opportunities for outdoor activities, and a sense of peace and tranquility.
Q: Does what foods you prepare and enjoy change depending what location you are at?
The types of foods that I prepare and enjoy while camping do change depending on the location and the environment. For example, if I am camping at a location with a lot of water and fishing opportunities, I may plan to catch and cook fish for my meals. If I am camping in a forested area with lots of edible berries and mushrooms, I may incorporate these into my meals.
Similarly, the weather and temperature can also affect the types of foods that I prepare and enjoy while camping. For example, on a hot summer day, I may prefer to cook lighter meals, such as salads or sandwiches, while on a cold winter day, I may prefer heartier soups or stews.
Overall, the types of foods that I prepare and enjoy while camping are influenced by the location, the environment, the weather, and my personal preferences. I enjoy being creative and resourceful with my cooking, using the ingredients that are available and incorporating the flavors and techniques that I love.
Q: Have you ever used electric cooking equipment during any outdoor activities?
I have used electric cooking equipment before, specifically an electric rice cooker, while camping with friends. This rice cooker was not my own, but belonged to a friend who had brought it along on the camping trip.
I found the electric rice cooker to be very convenient and easy to use, and it allowed us to cook perfect rice without having to closely monitor the cooking process. However, we were camping in a location with access to electricity, so using an electric rice cooker was feasible in that situation.
Overall, while I have not personally owned or regularly used electric cooking equipment while camping, I can see the benefits and convenience it can provide, especially in locations with access to electricity. However, for most of my camping trips, I prefer to use traditional portable gas stoves or campfires to cook my meals, as they offer more flexibility and can be used in a wider range of locations.
Q: If you were to bring your cooking tools from home to the outdoors, without considering electricity and weight, please list three preferred cooking tools and reasons. Please be as detailed as possible.
Wok - A wok is a versatile and essential cooking tool in Filipino cuisine, and it allows for high-heat cooking and quick stir-frying of meats, vegetables, and rice. The curved shape of the wok allows for easy tossing and stirring, and it can be used to create a wide variety of dishes.
Dutch oven - A Dutch oven is a heavy, cast-iron pot with a tight-fitting lid, and it is ideal for slow-cooking stews, soups, and roasts. It can be used on a campfire or a portable stove, and it can withstand high temperatures and provide even heating.
Bamboo steamer - A bamboo steamer is a traditional cooking tool used in Filipino cuisine to steam rice, vegetables, and meats. It is lightweight and portable, and it can be used on a portable stove or over a campfire. Steaming food is a healthy and delicious way to cook, and the bamboo steamer imparts a natural, earthy flavor to the food.
Q: What do you find inconvenient or want to improve in your current outdoor cooking experience?
There are a few things that I find inconvenient or would like to improve in my current outdoor cooking experience:
Limited storage space - Since I typically camp in a tent, I have limited storage space for my cooking equipment and food. This can make it challenging to bring all the tools and ingredients that I want, and it can lead to clutter and disorganization in the campsite.
Limited refrigeration - Since I rely on a cooler to keep my perishable food items fresh, I am limited in how much fresh food I can bring and how long it will stay fresh. This can make it challenging to plan meals and ensure that I have enough food for the entire trip.
Limited water supply - Since I typically camp in remote locations, I have limited access to clean water for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. This can make it challenging to clean my cooking equipment and ensure that I am using clean water for cooking.
Q: How important is cooking and food in your planning and preparation for an outdoor activity?
Cooking and food are very important in my planning and preparation for an outdoor activity. I believe that good food is an essential part of any camping trip, and it can help to create a sense of comfort, enjoyment, and community in the outdoors.
When planning a camping trip, I always spend time thinking about the meals that I will prepare and the ingredients that I will need. I take into consideration the location, weather, and activities that we will be doing, as well as the preferences and dietary restrictions of the people I will be camping with. I enjoy researching new recipes and techniques that I can try while camping, and I always try to bring a variety of fresh ingredients and spices to add flavor and nutrition to my meals.
In addition to the actual cooking and preparation of meals, I also enjoy the process of setting up my camp kitchen and organizing my cooking equipment. I like to create a clean and functional space where I can easily access my tools and ingredients, and I take care to clean and sanitize my equipment after each use.
Overall, cooking and food play a central role in my planning and preparation for outdoor activities, and I believe that good food can enhance the overall camping experience and create lasting memories.
Q: Imagine an outdoor activity setting with an electrical supply and whatever electrical cooking equipment you may need. What would your ideal cooking environment and experience be like?
Plenty of counter space - I would want a spacious and clean counter area where I could set up my cooking equipment, prep my ingredients, and plate my dishes. This would allow me to have a functional and efficient workspace where I could cook multiple dishes at once and easily access my equipment.
High-quality cookware - I would want to have access to high-quality cookware, such as stainless steel pots and pans, cast-iron skillets, and non-stick griddles. This would allow me to cook a wide variety of dishes and use different cooking techniques, from searing and frying to simmering and baking.
Precise temperature control - I would want to have access to electric stovetops or induction cooktops that offer precise temperature control and even heating. This would allow me to cook delicate dishes that require specific temperatures, such as custards or sauces, and it would help me to avoid burning or overcooking my food.
Refrigeration and freezer space - I would want to have access to a refrigerator and freezer where I could store my perishable food items and drinks. This would allow me to bring a wider variety of fresh ingredients and maintain their freshness throughout the trip.
Easy cleanup - I would want to have access to a sink and cleaning supplies that would make it easy for me to clean my cookware and utensils after each use. This would help me to maintain a clean and hygienic cooking environment and make cleanup faster and more efficient.
Q: How do you organize, store, and transport your cooking-related tools?
Make a checklist - Before packing for my trip, I make a checklist of all the cooking-related tools and equipment that I will need. This includes things like my portable stove, pots and pans, utensils, plates, bowls, and cleaning supplies.
Use storage containers - I use storage containers to store my cooking-related tools and equipment, keeping everything organized and easily accessible. I use different containers for different categories of items, such as one container for utensils and another for plates and bowls.
Pack strategically - When packing my storage containers, I pack strategically, putting heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top. I also make sure to pack fragile items, such as glass plates or bowls, carefully to avoid breakage.
Use a packing checklist - Once all my cooking-related tools and equipment are packed, I use a packing checklist to make sure that I haven't forgotten anything. This helps me to avoid leaving any important items behind and ensures that I have everything I need for a successful trip.
Keep everything clean - During the trip, I make sure to keep all my cooking-related tools and equipment clean and hygienic. I use biodegradable soap and water to clean my utensils and plates after each use, and I use a separate container to store dirty dishes until I can clean them.