Camping Meals: Camp Fire Kotlich Cooking

Kotlich camping meals

Trish MacCurrach

The secret of a great camping trip is a list of camping meals made easy. Particularly good are one pot meals and easy camping food over the camp fire.

This is where the Kotlich Cook’s Scrap book can help as its full of camping food ideas and healthy recipes… but it’s also so much more than that. Imagine the smell of wood smoke from an open fire, the plop-plop of a stew cooking over the crackling wood, and the friendly chatter of friends drawn to the smells like moths to a flame.

This is what you get as you browse through the Kotlich Cook’s scrap book. It’s an inspiring collection of pictures, stories, advice and tips to help you make the most of this type of cooking that fits the activity of camping like a glove.

The kotlich is a Hungarian cooking pot that is suspended over a wood fire by a chain. This is one pot cooking at it’s very simplest. Used by heardsmen to cook hearty stews as they worked away from home, this helped them survive the harshest of winters. Sometimes called bogrács – which means kettle, caldron or stewpot – its distinctive round shape makes it very recognisable. It is made with either stainless steel, porcelain, cast iron, or cooper with some pots containing an enameled coating.

The Kotlich cook, Trish MacCurrach, became an avid outdoor cook while working in Serbia for several years. Her experience with this style of cooking was “love at first sight”, and she hasn’t looked back since. Her scrap book is an expression of her desire to motivate others to explore this very enjoyable way of cooking outdoors. In it she shares useful tips for beginners, seasonal healthy food ideas, jam and jelly recipes and inspirations for the different places the kotlich can be set up. She even includes a recipe for our favourite tea… Chai.

Since returning to the UK she has been selling outdoor cooking kits and demonstrating the benefits of getting outside, and growing and cooking fresh food. Ideal for camping meals you can find a kotlich, tripod and colourful enamel cookware at her site Outdoor Kitchen. During January 2013 if you order kotlich set of two or more pieces you will get a free copy of the scrap book thrown in (worth £8 including P&P). Simply quote ‘Inspired Camping’ in the customer note section at the end of the buying form.

The Summary;
[twocol_one]Good Bits…

This is a scrap book ideal for anyone wanting to explore outdoor cooking and gatherings with friends. It is simply an expression of the Kotlich cooks desire to motivate others to explore this very enjoyable and easy way of cooking outdoors. It is a seasonal guide set out simply, with plenty of pictures to wet the taste buds and inspire you to try some new ideas.

[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Not So Good Bits…

We wish the Kotlich cook had included a few more recipes and inspirations as this enjoyable read seemed to come to an end too soon.


This is a scrap book full of cooking adventures and inspirations, with useful and practical introductions for first time users of the Kotlich kit. We’re inspired… 4 stars.

Inspired Camping Stars:
*****  We’d sell our Granny and cut off our right arm to get one of these!
****  This is great and comes highly recommended from us.
***  We recommended this but there are a few imperfections.
**  Not ready to recommend this yet, but it’s getting there.  
*  We wouldn’t recommend this to a sleeping goat!
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Inspired Camping

Picture Credits: Outdoor Kitchen


I have used this style to cook a whole duck and then chips (using the fat) at a festival. Was an absolute winner and completetly loved telling other festi-goers what we had done. Yummy!


I recently came across this kotlich cooking, I having been looking for something like this for a while, Too late for xmas now but maybe for birthday! I specialise in reviewing campfirencampsites over on my blog www. All campsites I have visited with full and frank reviews and plenty of pics – hope it helps!


We got a dutch oven and tripod (similarish to a kotlich) as a wedding present earlier this year….unfortunately the biggest hindrance we’ve encountered is finding sites that still allow you to build an open fire :(

david gregory kerr

Why not do what the military do I.e stock up on M.R.E’s as these have been enjoyed by soldiers while on duty.


    … but where would the fun be in that when you’re outside in your leisure time? There’s nothing like relaxing around a camp fire chatting with friends while you cook the tea… that would be our choice any way but we understand the convenience of M.R.E’s. (For those who don’t know M.R.E = meals ready to eat)

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