Yes, we love camping and making food over a fire.
But how is the camping life in Valle de Cocora? First of all you have to have a tent, would you go for the retro tent or the fancy tent? Just saying that we could never fit the retro tent on the back of the motorcycle! A Columbian family came to us and said “You guy are from Europe… right?”, they told us, that they could see it, because of our tent. You just can’t by a tent like that in Columbia, so we had to be from somewhere in Europe. If we don’t get attention because of our motorcycles, we get it because our tent.
A lot of Columbia’s camp during the weekend, which is Saturday, Sunday and Monday! But we would like to introduce you to the other inhabitants of the campground. Meet our neighbors:
“The fire-pit dog”
“The drunken dog”
And… the famous “Selfie donkey”
In Valle de Cocora is was allowed to make a fire in the camping area. We could by a bundle of wood with 25 pieces for 20,000 pesos (6-7 USD) at the campground, but we didn’t want to spend all that money just on wood for a fire.
So we took the motorcycles and went hunting for wood – bigger pieces of wood and loaded up Esben’s motorcycle
Back at the campground I found our saw – great exercise
In the nearby town, Salento we had bought corn – GIANTIC CORNS! They were amazing. Takes about 30 minutes to cook over the fire. We also made a mix of oil, garlic, salt, pepper and sugar, which we applied on the corn when they were almost done, and grilled them for another 5 minutes.
Close to the campground was a trout farm, were we bought two smaller (250 grams) trout’s. The easiest way to grill the small trout’s without over cooking them is to put them on the grill skin side down, wait until the meat is light pink (in the left picture you see how the meat to the sides is already light pink, just wait until the rest of the meat looks the same) and take it off. This worked for us, the the trout’s tasted amazing. It is hard to grill it on both sides because it easily falls part when the meat is cooked.
On the fire and after
We also made dessert! In all of Central America and Columbia you can buy plantains. Go for the plantains that are both yellow and black. The more black the plantains are, the sweeter they are. We likes the ones that are 50/50 yellow and black. Cut the plantain in half and grill it until it gets golden brown. We added some kind of marmalade, here called Dulce de Guayabana on top.
The next day the menu was:
Main course – twisted bread on a stick with grilled sausage
Dessert – grilled banana with dark chocolate
In Denmark it is a tradition to make “Snobrød”, which I translated into twisted bread. I mix flour, dry yeast and salt (add pepper and chili for more flavor). Work the dough for 10 minutes and let it rise to double size. In the meantime you find sticks, bamboo are great for sticks! You take a piece of the dough all roll to a long “sausage” and you twist it around the stick. Let the dough rise on the stick for 15-20 minutes. Bake the twisted bread over the embers for 15-20 minutes until it is golden brown.
This is the best slow food ever!
For dessert we grilled the bananas until they are almost black. They have to be completely soft, then you cut them open and add dark chocolate. Let the chocolate melt and you have you dessert. The the luxury edition you can add Bailey’s (the liquor) and whipped cream on top.
Enjoying the camping life – sitting in our lightweight camping chairs from HELINOX, they make our camping life so much comfortable, so much better. We stayed 4 night in Valle de Cocora . Give yourself the time to make food over a fire and just enjoy the heat, the smell, the food and company.