Many people choose to head into the proverbial “Great Outdoors” and participate in the recreational activity that is camping. It can be a refreshing experience to enjoy nature outside of an urban setting, but it can also be an opportunity to cook up some great food.
Outdoor Eating comes from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. It’s all about recipes for cooking outdoors, and provides a list of the ingredients needed plus the instructions to make it with ease. With Outdoor Eating, you can plan what you’re going to eat before you head out, guaranteeing you have the ingredients on hand.
Outdoor Eating contains over 80 recipes that you can cook up while camping, all available in the default view of the app, named Recipes. You can view them all at once, in a long list view or tap the icon in the top-right corner to switch to a horizontally scrolling grid view. Outdoor Eating provides a few quality images to accompany the recipes, so it’s easy to browse a variety of foods by just what looks appetising.
You need only tap on an icon to launch into a recipe. Each one is offered the aforementioned high-quality photo of the dish, allowing you to judge it’s appetisingness, alongside it’s name and an estimate of the time it’ll take to make.
In addition those features you’ll also get step-by-step instructions on how to prepare and cook the chosen dish at the bottom, using a swiping gesture to navigate between stages. If you swipe all the way along to the right-most panel of the recipe’s instructions, you might also find a tip on how to modify the dish for a potentially more tasty end result.
By tapping on the Ingredients tab at the bottom of the recipe screen, you’ll get a list of the ingredients required to create the dish. The plus icon allows you to add all these items to a convenient aggregated shopping list that you can take with you when shopping before you head out into the outdoors.
Each recipe is also tagged with a number of key features such as Dessert or Barbecue. This makes it really easy to find specific groups of recipes, and you can even filter recipes in the main listing by activity (such as backpacking vs camping or caravanning), course, time needed, method and whether or not the process will require refrigeration. You can also search the catalogue of recipes by keyword.
My Stuff and Extras
The My Stuff section, accessible by tapping on the two down arrows under the app’s title bar, offers up a location to easily save items. Any recipes you favourite will show up under the Favourites tab, allowing you to easily access the dishes you like and/or cook the most.
You also get a shopping list, which aggregates the lists of ingredients for each of the recipes you’ve added to the list, making it really easy to shop for all the ingredients you’re going to need at once.
If you add a recipe to your planner via the plus button in the top-right corner of the recipe viewer, it’ll appear under the planner tab in your My Stuff section. This is a neat little part of the app that allows you to allocate specific dishes to the days of your trip, offering an itinerary of eating, which is pretty cool.
Outdoor Eating also includes an Extras section which lists various equipment you should carry with you while camping/caravanning or backpacking (they are marked to show which activity they are applicable for, or both), various cooking tips and safety precautions, separated into where they are applicable.
I did want to touch on Outdoor Eating’s very skeumorphic user interface, made to resemble variously-coloured shades of wood. However, even if you’re a hater of skeumorphic or metaphorical design, Outdoor Eating will still look great.
Especially on the return display, the typography choices made throughout the app mean it looks great and the images on the recipes look incredibly crisp. The wooden design produces a nice feel which matches the experience and context that you’ll most likely use the app in.
Outdoor Eating not only looks good, it’s also a great reference source if you’re planning a camping, caravanning or backpacking vacation. There could, of course, be more recipes, but the ones that are included at the time of writing do aptly cover the various courses of the day.
If you’re heading out into the proverbial great outdoors and plan to stay, you best go equipped with this fantastic app. You certainly won’t go hungry!