Campfire potatoes

Photographer: Adam
serves 2 (as a side)

In more recent times, my husband and I have become campfire experts. Several years ago, prior to marriage and a baby, at the start of our epic journey around the world (which culminated with us living in little old Dunedin) we travelled around Europe and Africa in our campervan for 10 months and for a significant portion of that time, we holed up on the most beautiful piece of land, over looking a tiny beach in rural Portugal.

The days would consist of surfing, going to tiny rustic markets to buy handmade cheeses and beautiful, brightly coloured, earthy vegetables and locally cured meats.  For the most part, our evenings, would involve  building a little fire pit, making these delicious potatoes with whatever additions we had purchased from the market that day and putting them to cook in the fire, before placing a very basic wire rack on top and cooking the other parts of our meal. So much laughter and so many memories, and plans were forged around those fires.

Campfire cooking has been a lovely theme to reintroduce myself to the OurKitchen blog, having spent a year off looking after my gorgeous baby girl. I look forward to sharing some more memories and recipes with you soon

This is a very relaxed recipe. It isn’t so much about exact measures of things, rather, about creating an ever changing (ever improving) rustic side dish with whatever you have available.


2 new potatoes
1 purple kumara
1 orange kumara
1 handful of finely diced red onion
2 large cloves of garlic (diced)
A sprinkle of paprika
2 sprigs of rosemary
6 sprigs of thyme
2 tsp butter
Salt and Pepper


1. Wash and finely slice the potatoes (leaving the skins on) before arranging them over two large pieces of aluminium foil.
2. Sprinkle over half the diced red onion, garlic and paprika per potato portion, before carefully laying the sprigs of rosemary and thyme on the top.
3 Add a teaspoon of butter to each parcel, before wrapping up the foil, folding over the end edges several times to make sure none of the buttery goodness escapes.
4. Depending on the heat of the fire, these parcels can take as little as 20 minutes, so it is worth checking them at this time.