Our family are keen on outdoor life so camping in County Kerry was the holiday of choice this year. It occurred to me that perhaps because of food allergies or being coeliac, this might seem a daunting task to those travelling around Ireland. Being gluten free in Ireland is becoming increasingly more manageable with the amount of food choices out there. Convenience food that can be easily prepared in a small kitchen area and there are plenty of snack foods available in supermarkets.
Options for camping:-
Campervan – Borrow/Hire Car – Tents and Equipment.
Tips – In peak season over the summer months, it is advised to book ahead to as many sites as possible that you think you’ll visit. Before parking up, do a quick recon of the area to discover where the supermarkets are and stock up if necessary.
We managed to get our hands on a camper van of the week. Knowing that I had a fridge did make things a little easier for meal planning and bringing food with me.
Before we headed off, I made a slow cooked beef chilli casserole that was easily stored in a container. This can be served with BFree Wraps or gluten free Tortilla Chips. I also made a Thai Green Chilli Paste to bring. Again, this is easily stored and the dinner can be easily cooked on two rings of a stove or campers kitchen. When camping I always use boil in the bag rice as it’s so much more convenient for us.
Another couple of dinner ideas for camping are steaks and burgers. You don’t have to make the burgers from scratch, there are gluten free burgers available in Dunnes Stores, like these ones below:-
I also bought a bucket BBQ for myself that is strictly for my own gluten free food, thus avoiding cross contamination.
Gluten Free Burgers with Corn on the Cob.
Two BBQs – Keep one for exclusive Gluten Free Food.
I also managed a steak dinner in our camper van. Steak, Baby Potatoes and Salad. There are plenty of butchers around Ireland providing excellent quality meat.
Another really convenient one pot dinner is hot smoked salmon and gluten free pasta with creme fraiche sauce.
Another convenient dinner that can be cooked on two hot rings is a Green Saffron ready to go packet of spices. These packets are available in Dunnes Stores and Supervalu. I chose the Korma mix as I thought it would be mild enough for my two children to eat as well. All that I had to add was Coconut Milk, Tomatoes, Yoghurt, Ginger and Garlic. This was delicious.
I’m also intolerant to Dairy so I used dairy free Coconut Yoghurt, which worked a treat.
Other snack foods that I brought with me for lunches and grazing were Keogh’s crisps which are my favourite gluten free brand as their Atlantic Sea Salt flavour are also dairy free. There are several brands of gluten free crisps in Ireland including Tayto, O’Donnell and own brands in Aldi or Lidl.
Other snack ideas include :-
Trek Bars are available in many Boots stores and also Dunnes. These are often oat based and I find them a great snack to keep you going if you’re out walking during the day.
As I’m also dairy intolerant, my staple for breakfast was always gluten free porridge. I find this a great way to start my day and to keep me going for a few hours. There are lots of various gluten free cereals available in Ireland.
There are plenty of amazing views in Ireland. We chose the Wild Atlantic Way around Dingle and Killarney. Campsites can be found via the Camping Ireland Website or App. Views such as this can be found. If you’re choosing a campsite for a tent, perhaps make life easier by choosing a campsite that has a campers kitchen. I was lucky enough to cook in a camper van on this occasion but if I was in a tent, use of a kitchen can make a difference.
Camping around Ireland doesn’t have to be stressful if you’re coeliac or gluten free. A little bit of preparation and meal planning is all that it takes. Hopefully this post will give you the confidence to go out and try it. If you’ve any questions, just contact us here on firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.