Camping is, by far, one of my favourite things. I would live in my tent if it wasn’t so cold here! This Christmas I got a hammock too, which I’m really excited to try out.
Camping, for me at least, is hell on the first night. I’m always awake the whole time, uncomfortable, annoyed by the rain, freezing cold… But for the rest, I can practically sleep anywhere! Last summer, at the art of mentoring, I was sleeping without a pillow, soaking wet and freezing, and without a proper mat, and I slept so well! It’s amazing to simply go out somewhere with nothing but your pack and just live without care, just with nature.

Sleeping in the open air makes me feel so refreshed, and there’s just this atmosphere when everyone is around in their tents which is so lovely!
I have a little two person tent (only really fits one) which is super light and still completely waterproof and warm! I’ve pitched it so many times now that it only takes me about seven minutes, which is handy for when you need to get to sleep fast! It’s hardly ever leaked on me and only let in a few spider families ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

If you’ve never gone camping before, I would totally recommend it, but it’s best if you have proper gear and to be safe in the knowledge that you WILL get wet and that that’s just part of the experience! (unless you are extremely lucky and live in a place where it doesn’t rain)

This year me and my parents are probably going camping in Portugal, and I can’t wait! We found this beautiful campsite in the mountains and it even rents out bell tents (glamping, really) so hopefully that’ll go ahead!

Garlic Quinoa Patties

They’re cheesy. Garlicky. Eggy. Taste pretty goddamn unhealthy. They probably are. But quinoa is good for you, right? Ah well ๐Ÿ™‚
1 cup of uncooked quinoa
3 cups of boiling water
A reasonably large chunk of cheese, cut into little pieces (two handfuls maybe)
1 cup of flour
A handful of chopped chives
3 eggs
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 a teaspoon salt
(You could probably throw in some green vegetables if you wanted)

First, cook the quinoa with the water in a pan for about 10-15 minutes, if it is still too watery by then keep cooking, if it is dry but not soft enough add some more water (Oh dear I’m actually terrible at this.)
Okay. While the quinoa is cooking, beat the eggs in a large bowl. If, that is, you’re not going to exactly follow what I did. I actually ran down the garden in my pyjamas and a pair of crocs, got really excited about the fact that there was wild garlic with little bulbs in my garden, and ate some (only a tiny bit, I didn’t swallow it) only to find out they were daffodils. After the horror of almost dying, I skipped down to the vegetable patch and picked some muddy and wilted chives. And then the quinoa burnt a little. Shh.
Okay. So once the cheese and garlic and chives are chopped and the quinoa is cooked, mix it all into the eggs with the flour. And the salt, yes. And whatever else I forgot to say.
Mix it all up into a slightly wet mixture. It’s warm and eggy and unpleasant.
Scoop it out into about 10 balls, and flatten them, dusting with flour.
Heat up some olive oil in a pan and cook for about 7 minutes each side. I managed to fit about five into the pan at a time.