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Initial post: 17 Apr 2014 20:41:33 BDT
E R says:
What would you eat? Beans on toast and fry ups are alright but not every day.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2014 00:22:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2014 00:26:04 BDT
Hmm, for the eight weeks soon after Xmas a couple of years ago while my kitchen was still at the mercy of the builder and in tiny crumbling bits we had a single pot AJ induction hob, the oven and fridge freezer that were destined for the new kitchen, a microwave and a kettle. All these running off just four 13A sockets in the freezing cold conservatory. The laundry sink was used for the prep and washing up and the tumble dryer was relegated to the garage to make room for the old dishwasher.

This was for four people, all of whom wanted to cook. Somehow, much to my surprise, we actually managed to continue producing reasonable meals with a decent variety. What made all the difference for us with the amount of food we needed was having both a microwave and a separate oven.

The trick is in the planning of what/when you are going to cook the various elements of the meal, and also getting some combination pots, like this stacked steamer, to cook several different things at once or in sequence to all finish at the same time, eg potatoes first, then add a layer for carrots and finally the top layer for green beans if they were not going to be done in the microwave. This steamer even has a divider to allow a layer to be split into thirds.

Does this give you any ideas?

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 08:12:45 BDT
pixie says:
One pot meals and my fav is Jambalya!

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 08:21:04 BDT
"Two small burners and a grill" sounds like a TV sitcom about a food van!! No, wait, that was "Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place" (real sitcom).

Pancakes made on the grill
Soup or stew on one burner
Anything you can make in a pot or skillet on the other.
Lentils, pulses of all kinds, dal tarka, curried whatever you've got. All in one pot.
Fish fry, grilled fish, grilled chops or any other meat
Chicken tenders on the grill, chips fried on one of those burners.
Curry is really the answer to anything. I mean home made of course. You can make a one-pot curry on one burner and some rice on the other.
Just takes a little imagination and time-planning. I have a very small 4-burner stove but never use the smallest burner unless heating milk in a small saucepan ("smallest" being the operative word). I managed with 3 burners (only really ever used 2) and no oven for many, many years and produced a huge variety of meals.

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 09:36:53 BDT
E R says:
Hi RF, Pixie and Ori, sorry I haven't replied, some stressful work this week and have hardly managed to sit and relax at my computer. We have got a little motorhome, or is it a camper van? We haven't had one before and we want to be able to cook some nice healthy food between pub meals. Thanks for your suggestions I am going to try a simple stir fry first I think, so far we have had tins and fry ups.

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 09:41:23 BDT
Bearman says:
If we are talking one-pot meals, Irish Stew or Pilaf (chicken 'n rice with bits thrown in) are my favourites.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2014 16:25:55 BDT
pixie says:
The Camper Van Cookbook: Life on 4 Wheels, Cooking on 2 Rings Bought this for my friend Eric...she said it is very good!

Posted on 26 Apr 2014 22:32:58 BDT
happy says:
Had a camper for over ten years, loved it. I could have easily become a snow bird and travelled. We used ours when DD was competing with her horses. It towed a two horse trailer, I followed in our elderly Range rover, pulling a second two horse trailer. The camper was like a cocoon. It had all mod cons and was so warm and cozy. I always cooked. Did a lot of one pot meals, and had a little BBQ to use outside when the weather was good. Had to sell it when H was no longer able to get in to it, still miss it. Our two Mastiffs used to howl if we look the camper out without them. They used to travel sitting one each side of the dining table so that they could see out as we travelled.
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