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Gourmet game plan for living room campers

By Geneviève O'Gleman, nutritionist,

During the pandemic we are living through, the advice is clear: stay home. It's the best way to protect yourself. And by applying this guideline to the letter, we can hope to enjoy the great outdoors this summer. We can keep our fingers crossed in any case!

And while we wait at home, there's nothing stopping us from being creative! In times of seclusion, Saturdays are like Tuesdays, which are like Thursdays. Let's break this routine by organizing a camping trip... inside the four walls of our house! Intriguing thought, is it not?

My favourite part of camping, you guessed it, is the food! What do you eat when you camp out in the living room? I'll reveal my gourmet game plan right here!

Geneviève O'Gleman | © Sépaq

Once the mattresses have been blown up and the sleeping arrangements are in place, it' s time to whip up supper! I suggest a cheese fondue (in French only) prepared with Quebec cheeses. Why not choose cheeses from a region of Quebec that you want to discover once the lockdown is over? Place your fondue pot on the coffee table in the living room and turn off the lights. It's time to take out your headlamps or your camping lantern to create the atmosphere for meals in nature. And why not accompany your dinner with the sounds of nature? Eating with birds singing and the rustle of the wind in the trees... it's a real change of scenery!

For dessert, I suggest you surprise your family with a chocolate fondue... in a cone (in French only)! It's fun and delicious! However, do not use a propane or butane burner indoors. Instead, melt your chocolate and nut butter in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Geneviève O'Gleman | © Sépaq
Geneviève O'Gleman | © Sépaq

I don't blame you for sticking to your classic s'mores. Here's how to prepare them in the comfort of your own home. On a baking sheet, spread graham crackers and place a square of chocolate on each one. Add a large marshmallow to each square and broil. Keep an eye on the baking at all times, the broil function really packs a punch. Your s'mores will go from perfectly golden to charred in an instant... just like on a real campfire!

When you take them out of the oven, place the graham crackers on top of each golden marshmallow to make sandwiches. Squeeze and... enjoy!

Geneviève O'Gleman | © Sépaq
Geneviève O'Gleman | © Sépaq

If you have little sparrows that wake up early, you can prepare your expedition oatmeal (in French only) ahead of time. All assembled in old jam jars, just add the boiling water for a hearty breakfast to be savoured while tucked into a sleeping bag.

And when everyone's up and about, start making pancakes (in French only) to satisfy the bottomless appetites of your living room campers. Then, off you go! Everybody out to explore... the backyard! Who knows, there's bound to be hidden treasures there...

I'm sure your little explorers will be hungry when they get back. Show them how to make their own energy balls (in French only) from the popular hiker's mix.

I bet with this great game plan, your kids will talk a lot about that night spent camping at home... without the risk of getting caught in the rain!


Good luck during the pandemic. Take care of yourself and your family and... let's say it again, please stay home safe and sound!

Geneviève O'Gleman

About Geneviève O’Gleman

The nutritionist behind the online magazine

An avid gourmet and an outdoor and travel enthusiast, Geneviève seizes every opportunity to explore the world through food, here in Quebec and around the world. She heads, a web magazine that, through its recipes, encounters, and discoveries, is dedicated to the pleasure of eating healthier, simpler food. The web magazine was named the best French-language culinary website in Canada by the Gourmand Awards in 2020 and is in contention for the award for best cooking website in the world, in any language. Geneviève also designed, produced, and hosted Cuisine futée, parents pressés for six seasons on Télé-Québec. She is the author of 12 best-selling books, including Les Lunchs de Geneviève, winner of the Gourmand Cookbook Award for best health book in Canada. Her most recent books, Les Lunchs de Geneviève, Soupers rapides, and Presque végé herald the beginning of a new collection at the Éditions de l'Homme publishing house. 

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