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A Medieval Camping Breakfast

One of my favorite things about medieval camping is getting up before everyone else, even before the sun, and building a fire. It’s so quiet and peaceful, the warmth of the flames most welcome to cold hands and noses. Before the long the fire is crackling, the kettle boiling, and we’re ready for our first cuppas of the day.

In our medieval Bedouin camp (12th century), we usually have three tents: a low Bedouin tent for sleeping in, a tall Bedouin tent for gathering in, and a kitchen tent for storing all our bits and pieces. But we recently decided to simplify, especially for smaller events when we really only need one tent to suit our needs. We had our inaugural run of our new small camp set up last weekend, and it worked brilliantly.

My friend Sue and I did most of the cooking, not because we have to, but because we love to. We have such fun deciding on menus and trying out new medieval recipes and ingredients. Our new set up made it so much easier for us. We turned my big medieval box, the one I use to haul all my medical supplies, into a counter, and it was great to stand in the morning sunshine to wash the dishes, butter bread, and make cuppas.

For breakfast our first morning we made fried eggs, browned sausages, and buttery pieces of toast. We also made scrambled eggs with leeks – and they were hands down our favorite.

Sue is a clever lady. Leeks can be very expensive in our part of the world, so whenever she finds them on sale she buys as many as she can, fries them up at home, and freezes them in olive oil. Then she can pull them out whenever she needs them.

After adding them to the eggs last weekend, she is now under strict instructions to bring them to ALL future medieval events. Along with her famous fruit cake and spiced wine. It just wouldn’t be medieval camping without them.

In all the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the weekend, some of our friends forgot to bring breakfast. We were delighted to invite them over to join us, and had a jolly good visit over big mugs of steaming coffee and lavish amounts of food. If there’s anything better than breakfast cooked over a fire, it’s sharing it with good mates.

It was definitely a great start to our weekend.

What is your favorite breakfast to eat while camping? xo

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Turkey's For Life - Oh my life, I know nothing about Mediaeval living apart from the blog posts you write but I could really get with this breakfast. In fact, I could really get with this breakfast right now! 🙂

Hotly Spiced - You are an early riser but yes, I do love that time of day – it’s so peaceful and you can enjoy it all to yourself. I will have to try scrambled eggs with leeks xx

Karin Stienemeier - sounds wonderful!

Joanne (eats well with others) - Breakfast this way sounds like so much fun!! And QUITE tasty.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - I’m happy to have found your blog, just followed you too! We just bought land so we’re going to be camping for a while there on the weekends, this recipe came at the perfect time! I’m new to camping but now I’m looking forward to breakfast!

budgetjan - Bacon/sausages and eggs cooking in bread (cut a hole in a piece of bread and break an egg into it on a flat BBQ plate). The removed pieces of bread can be used to stuff a chicken in the camp oven for dinner. 🙂

Deborah Regen - Ha ha – “You are Hereby Required to bring the Leeks!” Someone with good ink and calligraphy skills should write that for your friend.

Suzanne - Y U M M Y ! ! ! xo

Margo Millure - Eggs Benedict? Just kidding – obviously. I would love camping if it weren’t for my blasted allergies – which have actually gotten better in recent years. I would go camping in a minute with you, as I know I wouldn’t be doomed to eating Poptarts and could stay grain free.

TheSurprisedGourmet - Haven’t camped in a long while and your posts make me want to give it a go again. Love this breakfast. Hadn’t thought of leeks and eggs, might have to give that a try.

Maureen - You have so much fun when you go camping that every post brings me closer to wanting to try it myself. John is averse to going anywhere he can’t shower so I’ve never done anything about it. I love camping and this breakfast would put a smile on my dial.

Tandy Sinclair - I don’t camp, but to me, anything on the BBQ works perfectly 🙂

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