It’s the Victoria Day weekend and the first thing that comes to mind for most people is camping. This is traditionally the weekend everyone brushes off the camping gear and heads out to the lake, cottage, or park. It’s warm enough during the day to go hiking or play some sports, but cool enough at night to have a nice bonfire going.
Camping can be a little different in Newfoundland than in other places I’ve been. My parents had a camper trailer that collapsed and you had to crank to raise. Similar to this one.
Everything would be packed into the base of the trailer and hooked onto the back of the car. Then we would drive for a couple of hours and camp at a provincial park for the weekend. That way we could go exploring to the beach, or on many of the trails in the park. My parents would usually stick around the camper and relax. At least, that’s how I remember it as a child. In reality they probably did relax with some beers.
In Newfoundland, though, you can usually find campers just off the side of the highway parked in gravel pits. It’s not uncommon for people to just pull off the side of the road, just feet from the busy highway, and park there for a couple of days. Usually it was beside a lake so you could go fishing if you wanted. Maybe catch something for supper that night. It’s not as common as it was, gravel pit camping, but you can still catch the occasional camper parked along the highway if you’re visiting the island.
I always look forward to camping and the wonderful things you can make beside the campfire. We all grew up with roasting marshmallows on sticks and blowing them out after they caught fire. Or wrapping a potato in foil and laying beside the warm embers to have a beautifully roasted potato, smothered in butter, with your dinner. Or bring your cast iron frying pan and fry up the fresh trout you caught in the morning in the nearby pond. Something about being outside makes the food taste so much better.
Of course we brought some homemade goodies too. Usually cookies and sandwiches. I thought of this quick recipe you could take with you on your car ride to the camping ground or to have as a snack around the nice warm fire. They also keep really well so you can make them a few days ahead.
In a large sauce pan melt the butter under medium-low heat. Once the butter is completely melted add the marshmallows and stir until melted as well. Then add the butter extract, pudding mix, Skor bits, and cereal. You’ll have to work quickly as this seizes up fast. Transfer the mixture to a greased 9×13 pan and press down to make an even layer. Let cool for a couple of hours and then cut into squares. Makes 24-36 squares depending on how big you cut them.