We are still on our Road to Living Well, even though as we journeyed through this past year the focus has been more on the work at hand rather than making sure we lived a healthy lifestyle. But that is the trick- isn’t it? How to make sure you are eating healthy foods, being active and enjoying some relaxing times when work requires constant attention for a long period of time.
So, acknowledging that is long past time to get back on track- here we are camping over the Christmas weekend at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park on the Cape San Blas, FL. This is one of our favorite parks as it is located between the St. Joe Bay and the Gulf of Mexico on a long, curling peninsula so there are sunrise and sunset views. We have wanted to come back here but have found it to be completely booked most of the year, as many of Florida’s state parks. As luck would have it, I took a chance a few weeks ago and checked out Reserve America and found that one of our favorite campsites, #9, was available over Christmas weekend so we booked it and here we are!
Tonight’s dinner is a favorite for camping and seems appropriate for a campfire meal on the coast. Our dinner started with Fire Roasted Oysters on the Half-Shell with Garlic Butter, Horseradish and Parmesan Cheese. The entree was Herb Roasted Vegies and Striped Bass roasted in the cast iron skillet over the campfire. I found a couple cans of anchovies and whole wheat pasta in the cupboard, so we made Anchovy Spaghetti to accompany the fish. The anchovies added a saltwater flavor that enhance the seafood flavors of our meal. Utilizing our individual-serving cast iron dishes, I baked Goat Cheese and Pear Tarts. The addition of the honey made this a sweet dessert but we both agree that we have to work on our campfire management for baking pie dough. This is the fun of campfire cooking for us- devising ways to cook delicious meals using the tools at hand.
This weekend is also a celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary and this special dinner was a wonderful meal to kick-off the weekend.
P.S.- All of the recipes for this meal can be found on my Pinterest page. I find the original recipes and then tweak them so they can be cooked on our campfire.