This long weekend past, we went camping at 22 Waterfalls, a farm outside Porterville in the Western Cape, with a couple of friends and their kids. What a pleasure to spend time with like-minded people!
The campsite is beautiful; if you have kids, they will love it! There is so much to do, like visiting the goats and sheep, climbing trees, swimming in the stream that runs through the campsite, hiking the breathtaking route past numerous waterfalls, playing games on the huge grassed areas, bass fishing, riding your bicycle, driving the 4×4 route or just chilling in camp.
We were blessed with beautiful, sunny weather, but it was freezing in the mornings and evenings. Luckily, we had an electric blanket (don’t judge – no one likes sleeping cold!) and our friends were armed with hot water bottles! Even so, camping in winter is not for sissies!
The best thing about camping? The food! I love food prepared over the fire; flame-grilled sweetcorn, veggie kebabs and potatoes wrapped in tinfoil, slow-cooked in the coals are a few of my faves, but my new favourite is a dessert – S’mores!
The Americans/Canadians are way ahead of us on this one. South Africans are not new to the concept of roasting a marshmallow on a stick over a flame, but s’mores and their gooey, chocolatey goodness, are less known. Sandwiching a roasted marshmallow between chocolate and biscuits … now that’s how it should be done! I couldn’t find chocolate that was thin enough at a reasonable price, so I created a camping s’mores hack, and it was delicious!
What you’ll need
- Chocolate-coated digestive biscuits
- Kebab sticks/skewers for roasting
- Roast the marshmallow to your preference – personally, I don’t like mine charred black, but it must be squishy all round!
- When the marshmallow is suitable roasted, sandwich it between 2 chocolate-coated biscuits (chocolate side inside) and gently pull the stick out.
- Smash it down the hatch.
- Repeat steps 1 to 3 as many times as necessary!
- When you sandwich the marshmallow between the biscuits, don’t press down too hard or the marshmallow will ooze out the sides – give it a few seconds to set and you’re good to go!
- This has the potential to be messy and oozy – but it’s so worth it!