Campfire Welsh Cakes

Campfire Welsh cakes are a vegan spin on traditional Welsh cakes that I cook over the fire at my forest school sessions. As there are usually large groups of children in my sessions, I try to ensure that the food we cook can be eaten by everyone. That means making them vegan and avoiding ingredients that are common allergens.

But rest assured, they still taste just as good as traditional Welsh cakes that use egg and milk.

A cast iron pan full of Welsh cakes, cooking over a campfire
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Campfire Bread on a Stick Recipe

A Forest School activity you can do anywhere

Cooking bread on a stick over a campfire is a great Forest School activity that’s suitable for almost any age. The recipe is both super-simple and versatile, catering for vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets, while also allowing lots of scope to adapt and add ingredients for a more decadent treat.

Call it Damper bread, Bannock bread, or just plain bread twists, you can cook this over a campfire or barbeque in minutes, and it makes a fantastic (and slightly healthier) alternative to toasting marshmallows with kids.

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The best chilli recipe ever

A family friendly homemade chilli recipe that kids will love!

This delicious and easy one pot chilli recipe is so tasty that I guarantee it’ll become a family favourite dinner in no time. Whether you are making it for kids or a grown-up gathering; for full-on carnivores, or for vegetarians or vegans, you’ll find that everyone loves this dish.

There are many chilli recipes out there, but I promise you that once you’ve tried this one, you’ll never bother with any of the others again because it is just that good. Fighting words? Read on to take the challenge!

beef or vegan chilli recipe
The world’s best chilli. Don’t believe me? Try the the recipe for yourself!
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Homemade Refried Beans

How to make refried beans from canned beans!

This homemade refried beans recipe is the perfect accompaniment to my delicious chilli con carne. Quick and easy to make, did you know you can make refried beans from canned beans? But unlike the pre-made tinned refried beans, with this homemade refried beans recipe you’ll be adding fresh vegetables and herbs to the mix.

The result is a dish that’s a million miles away from the store-bought stuff. Homemade refried beans are so tasty that you’ve got to try them for yourself, so read on for the recipe!

homemade refried beans as a sidedish or topping for a chilli recipe
Homemade refried beans are nothing like the ones you get in a tin!
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How to Make a Bug-tastic Nature Explorer Bag

Have you noticed how a walk with the kids is never ‘just’ a walk? To aid my kids on their outdoor adventures, I’ve made them a super-simple nature explorer bag each. Big enough for their supplies, but slouchy and soft enough not to get in the way of their play.

Want to make one too? Read on for the instructions!

DIY kids nature explorer bags - simple sewing project
Just right for little adventurers – simple-to-make, easy-to-wear nature explorer bags!
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Our Gypsy Caravan Holiday at Farrs Meadow, Dorset

It’s no doubt a result of my childhood as a bookworm devouring Enid Blyton stories that when I think of Dorset, I think of the  Famous Five – ruined castles, mysterious islands, lashings of ginger beer, and gypsy caravans.

So when we decided to take our kids on holiday to Dorset this summer, I was thrilled to discover the beautiful Farrs Meadow, near Winborne, where they have two fully furnished gypsy caravans to hire.

Each comes with a fire pit for proper evening campfires…

There’s a nearby river for wild swimming…

And Saturday night is home-made-in-an-oudoor-wood-fired-oven Pizza night…

At that point, we were all sold! So on a Saturday morning in August, we headed off on our very own caravan adventure.

Read on to find out what it was like, and for our review of this quirky and charming campsite…

Boy sitting reading on front step of gypsy caravan
The gypsy caravan we hired for our holiday at Farrs Meadow, Dorset.
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