Thursday, 6 July 2017

Hi Glampers !

With the long summer nights here and the school holidays just around the corner I thought I would share with you some of my favourite family camp fire recipes. It is amazing what you can actually cook round a camp fire, there is so much more to be enjoyed than sausages and beans ! 

Campfire Potato Cakes 

This is a really simple recipe that is great fun to do with the kids. These would be yummy for breakfast or to serve along side a bubbling hot pot or slow cooked stew. 

All you will need is

Potatoes 
Plain Flower
1 egg 
Oil
Water
Optional seasoning

First of all you need to chop and boil the potatoes. This can be done over a gas camping hob, or hanging your boiling pot over your campfire. Once the potatoes are boiled you need to mash them and let them cool. Once cool make a well in the potato mix and add an egg plus any seasoning you wish, sprinkle over some flower and then mix everything together. Shape the mixture into burger shapes. Now you need to fry the potatoes over your campfire. These are very tasty! You could also add cheese or onions too if you wish.



Frying Pan Pizza Pie 

This is another easy idea that is great for a tasty lunch time treat. 

You will need

290g pack of pizza dough mix
Flour for dusting
1 tbsp Pesto
125g ball of mozzarella, thinly sliced
6 chopped sun dried tomatoes 

First of all you will need to make up the pizza dough mix by following the instructions on the packet, leave it in a bowl covered with a tea towel and leave somewhere warm for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size. Once this has happened then you need to divide the mixture in half and press out each piece until it is approx 20 cm round. Take one of the rounds and spread with the pesto leaving a 2cm gap around the edge, then top with the sliced mozzarella and tomatoes. Cover with the other piece of dough and then press the edges with your fingers to create a seal. Heat your frying pan over your campfire with a little oil and put in the pizza pie and cook for about 10 minutes. Use a side plate to take it out of the pan and then slide back into the pan the other side down and cook for a further 10 minutes until well browned. It will be very hot when first served so leave it for 5 minutes before slicing and serving up your lunch. 



Caramel Hot Chocolate with Strawberries and Marshmallows 

A delicious sweet treat before bed to keep you warm, kids will love this one. 

You will need 

750g whole milk
1/2 397g tin of Nestle Carnation Caramel 
1 tbsp malted milk powder
Bag of marshmallows
Packet of strawberries 


This is very simple. In a saucepan, over your camp fire heat the milk with the caramel, whisk until smooth and heat until it is steaming. Divide the malted milk powder into 4 mugs and pour the hot caramel milk on top, stirring so you don't get any lumps.  Serve and dip in strawberries and marshmallows. This is truly yummy and great for those of you with a sweet tooth! 



Omelette in a Bag

Another easy recipe, with this one it helps to have all the ingredients cut and prepped before you go camping and stored in small Tupperware containers, this make it a lot easier and quicker when it comes to making these. 

You will need 

2 eggs
1 tbsp water
Grated cheese
Ham chopped
Tomatoes chopped
Peppers chopped
Any other toppings you would like in your omelette 
A large freezer bag

Bring a pot of water to the boil over your campfire. In the meantime crack your two eggs into your freezer bag and add the water. Shake, smash, squish the bag to get those eggs really beaten up. Add the remaining ingredients you have chosen to include then squeeze as much air out of the bag as you can and then seal tightly.  Shake the ingredients round a bit to get an even mix. Place the bag in the boiling water and cook for about 13 minutes until the eggs are set and no longer runny. Carefully remove the bag from the water and when you open the bag the omelette should easily side onto the plate. Serve with a side salad and enjoy. 




Salsa Verde Baked Salmon 

Salmon is one of my favourite things to eat, it is so tasty. This quick and easy camping dinner is packed full of flavour. You will need to pre make the salsa verde at home and then bring it stored in a small Tupperware container. 

You will need- to serve 4

4 skinless salmon fillets
10 cloves of crushed garlic
1 tsp of chili flakes
Olive oil
1 packet of fresh trimmed green beans
Chopped tomatoes
Juice from  1 lemon
Chopped Parsley 
Salt and pepper to taste 

You can make the salsa verde the night before your camping trip at home. Blend the parsley, garlic, chili and olive oil in a food processor until mixed but still a little bit chunky. Boil the green beans for about 3 minutes at home also. Cut 4 pieces of tin foil into 14 inch lengths and lay the salmon fillets in the center of each. Top each with a quarter of the green beans and then top with the salsa verde mix. Cover this with the chopped tomatoes and season to taste. Wrap the salmon parcels up and store in a container and take away with you. When camping place the salmon parcels on a grid over your campfire and cook for approximately 20  minutes and enjoy. This dish would go lovely with the potato cakes mentioned above. 


I hope these simple recipes have given you some tasty ideas for your summer camping trip this year.
If you have any favourite recipes you would like to share with us please send us them. 

Happy Glamping !

Girl in the Cupboard  xx 


Images taken from 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Local Easter Activities 

Hello Glampers ! 
I hope you are all looking forward to Easter and this long weekend ahead. 
If you are looking for somewhere to take the children this weekend I have a few local suggestions below that could help.

Thorpe Perrow 
From 1st -16th April you can follow the Easter themed trail through the Arboretum and on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April you can join in the free Easter Craft Activities anytime from 11am till 4pm. ( standard admission applies) For more information you can check out their website http://www.thorpperrow.com/diary.html



Fountains Abbey 
From 1st -23rd April you can join in the Cadbury Egg Hunt from 11am till 4pm. Explore every corner of the ruins and water garden to find the eggs and get a yummy chocolaty prize. £2.00 per trail plus standard admission prices. For more information you can check out their website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal-water-garden/features/easter-at-fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal


Newby Hall and Gardens 
On 16th and 17th April you can take part in their Easter Family Fun Days where there are lots of activities for the whole family, meet the Easter Bunny and his friends and solve clues through the woodland walk. More more information can be found here http://www.newbyhall.com/events/easter-family-fun-days/ . 

Stockeld Park 
Open now until 24th April for their Easter Adventure. Join in the giant egg hunt by finding their hidden golden eggs around the park. There are also giant character eggs to meet along the way!. 


Camp Katur 
If you are one of the many Easter Glampers we have staying with us this weekend we have an Easter Egg Hunt around the Estate for you to enjoy. Find the hidden eggs to spell out an Easter Word and you collect a prize ! 



Whatever you are doing this weekend I hope its a good one and have a very Happy Easter !

Girl in the Cupboard  xx 



Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Camp Katur Voted One of the Best Camp Sites by Staveley Head !

We are pleased to announce that Camp Katur has been voted one of the best camping sites in Yorkshire and Humber for its attractions and amenities. 

We do have lots on offer here on the Camp Hill Estate. You can choose from a variety of activities during your stay with us including Quad Bike Tours, Seway Tours, Football Golf, Aerial Extreme Tree Top Adventure and not forgetting the Woodland Kingdom Adventure Park.

We always recommend booking activities in advance to avoid disappointment, you can get more information about activities and make bookings here, http://www.camphill.co.uk/ 






We are now featured on Staveley Head's UK Campsite Finder Map

You can view their Campsite Finder Map Here,  http://www.staveleyhead.co.uk/utilities/tools/camp-site-finder

If you fancy booking a glamping stay with us you can find all our information on our website http://www.campkatur.com/


Girl In the Cupboard xxx

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Camp Katur makes Trivago's Bucket List Hotels Blog!

We are so happy to have been featured on Trivago's 50 Bucket List Hotels Blog. We have been hand picked from a world wide search by Trivago to find the top 50 bucket list hotels which offer a once in a lifetime chance to experience something out of the ordinary. 







If you fancy ticking something off your bucket list and booking a stay with us in one of our unique accommodations then you can check out our website here http://www.campkatur.com/

Many thanks
Girl in the Cupboard xx


Wednesday, 25 January 2017


Hello Everyone and Happy New year !

I set two main new years resolutions this year, the first was to learn how to take great pictures with my new digital camera and the other was to get out on a weekend and explore some lovely local walks and find interesting things to take pictures of ! Well so far i have been very good at sticking to my resolutions and I am enjoying having inspiring days out that don't cost anything whilst spending quality time with my family. 


Sutton Bank Thirsk ~

One of my favourite places to walk, although when setting off from a cold but dry, grounded, village location, perhaps being a little naive , I forgot that taking a trek up the steep Sutton Bank hillside would mean a lot of frost, ice and almost snow. But this certainly added to its beauty on this afternoon. Our two family pooches came along for the fresh air and they loved skidding around the ice and getting their noses covered in the snowy frost!




You are up extremely high on this walk so on a clear day the views are breathtaking and you are very close to the Yorkshire Gliding Center so if the weather is suitable for flying then you will be lucky enough to see the gliders soaring above exploring the skies.



River Nidd Waterside Walk Patley Bridge ~

This walk I have done many times as I love all the elements to it. You have the country side, the trees and the the river, and then towards the end you have the lake with all the wildlife and birds that can be seen. It is another great walk for pooches especially those who like a dip in the river, which on a hot summers day could provide a much needed cool down. My four legged friend would go in the river any time of year as she is a bit of a water baby, and this cold January afternoon was no exception!



On our walk we were lucky to see swans, ducks, geese and also a heron from the distance across the lake. I have to say the geese were very photogenic, happily posing for a photo or two !




Ripley to Harroagte Walk and Cycle Path ~ 

This walk takes you from Ripley Village to the Bilton area of Harrogate via a purpose built path which is great for keen cyclists and walkers. It has some stunning views across Ripley especially as you walk across the viaduct  you can see for miles.





One of my favourite parts of this walk is there is a pub called the Garden's Arm's as you reach the Bilton Area which is a great half way point if walking back again to stop off and and re charge the batteries. The pub has a large beer garden at the back which welcomes dogs as well. There is plenty of off lead opportunities for dogs on this walk too as long as you keep an eye out for the cyclists.

Picture taken from www.geograph.org.uk


Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Park ~

I often think how lucky I am to live so close to this area of beauty. Explore the Abbey ruins and walk around the beautiful gardens. This place is stunning in Winter and also makes a great place for families in the summer, children can play and explore in the gardens, and the lawns make a great place for a picnic.


Picture taken from: www.telegraph.co.uk

When walking around Studley Royal you might be lucky enough to see the deer which make this place their home. They travel together and make their way around the gardens throughout the day. Dogs are welcome at both Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal but they must be kept on their leads at all times due to the wildlife.




 As you can see I have had a busy January getting out and about and I look forward to experiencing more walks over the year.

If any of you have pictures of local walks you have been on or any suggestions of where to go we would love to hear from you.

The Girl in the Cupboard  xxx