Through years of experience and festival attendance, we have learned how easy it is to cook and eat well at a festival. Yes, there are some exceptions as not all events will allow you to camp and cook on the grounds. But for those that do, it is great to be able to save money and eat well so you’ll have the endurance to be dancing and partying your ass off without playing yourself out. Because who wants to be that guy dancing on top of the speakers using his socks as hand puppets, and doing “costume changes” with his own clothing. Perhaps I spoke to soon, maybe you do want to be that guy, and in that case we salute you as the gentleman who has provided all of us with entertainment year after year.
To those who say you can only eat out of a can and consume non-perishables, you sir have not lived. With a bit of pre planning and a larger group it is quite easy to split up meals amongst your friends. These are just general guidelines that we have found work time after time. Group meals work best with a larger group. What we have done in the past is eat our evening or dinner meal as a group, leaving breakfast and lunch up to ourselves. In a scenario where we are dancing into the wee hours of the night we tend to combine our breakfast and lunch together and snack as needed.
In the weeks to come we here at AYNiB will continue to provide tips and recipes for eating and cooking at Festivals. If there is one thing we like as much as music, it is eating well. So raid your party pantry and prepare yourself to eat better than you ever have at a festival.
This week we bring you Chili Rice by our Amazing friend James!
Mix These Ahead of Time:
6 Tbsp – Olive OIl
2 Tsp – Chilli Flakes
2 Large Fresh Chillis Minced
1 .5 Tbsp – Minced Garlic
1.5 Tsp – Oregano
1.5 Tsp – Ground Cumin
1 Tsp – Chlli Powder
2 Tsp – Vegetable or Chicken Stock Powder
1.25 Tsp – Salt
When you’re ready to cook:
- Get yourself a pot
- Toss in your spice n’ oil mix
- Toss in 3/4 cup chopped onion
- Toss in 6 Tbsp chopped green onion.
- Toss in 6 Tbsp crushed tomatoes
- Turn on heat to high and cook until onion is cooked (2 – 3 minutes)
- Throw in 1.5 cups of rice and coat evenly in mixture
- Add 3 cups of water.
- Bring to a boil.
- When she boils put a lid on ‘er and reduce heat to med low (number 3 on most stoves)
- Let that rice cook (about 15 minutes or till you think it looks cooked).
- Fluff n’ serve.
That’s about it. Feel free to play with the recipes experiment with the spice n’ oil mixture. I’ve made so many variations on this… adding veggies, beans, different spices etc.