Living in a van or a house that doesn’t have mains electrical energy, you be taught to navigate and adapt and do issues in another way. Cooking and making ready meals could take somewhat longer, however it’s unimaginable how shortly you begin discovering pleasure in making ready meals somewhat slower utilizing your arms somewhat than home equipment.
To get you began in your tiny kitchen, right here’s an inventory of apparatus of what I exploit in mine virtually day by day – and three recipes to make.
Heavy-based frypan: for any meal that doesn’t require cooking a whole lot of sauce: eggs, french toast, fish, searing meat, and even pancakes.
Forged iron pot: for boiling pasta and rice, making desserts, cooking on the fireplace, boiling water, making curries and soups, or as a second frypan if it’s wanted.
A pointy knife (or two): I’ve a easy stone for retaining my knives sharp, however you will get loads of helpful devices that do the identical job.
Utensils: my go-to 95% of the time is a wood spoon for cooking. I additionally use tongs loads, and I’ve somewhat egg flip which I discover excellent for scrambled eggs.
Strainer or colander: nice for rinsing grains and legumes and for making cheese, draining pasta, or rinsing salad greens and herbs.
Chopping boards: we stock two, one for meat and one for every thing else.
Bowls and plates: though these are a given, I wish to level out that we don’t use something “tenting” particular. Our bowls, plates, cups, and serving ware are all issues we might use in our home.
Measuring cups and spoons: having a complete set of measuring cups and spoons will take up an excessive amount of house, so simply have measures for one cup, one tablespoon and one teaspoon.
Totally different sized jars: for making salad dressings, storing grains, spices and different pantry gadgets. Additionally important for do-it-yourself ferments and pickles.
Totally different sized containers: for storing leftovers and meals scraps to make shares and broths.
Mortar and pestle: nice to have for making pesto, nut and seed-based sweets, aioli, dips, salad dressings and curry pastes, particularly in the event you don’t have electrical energy in your kitchen.
A grater: I’d recommend getting a great high quality, small, however sharp grater that you just’ll use for cheese, veggies and zesting citrus rinds.
These are tremendous reasonably priced, filled with protein from the yoghurt, include only a few substances and are fast to make because the resting time is minimal. We additionally use them to interchange store-bought wraps and fill them with our favorite sandwich substances.
Prep 25 minutes
Cook dinner 15 minutes
1 cup bread flour, plus further for dusting
¾ cup full-fat Greek yoghurt
2 pinches flaky sea salt
Olive oil or butter for pan frying
Mix the flour, yoghurt and salt in a small bowl and stir it to mix. Frivolously flour the bench or a chopping board and produce the dough collectively till you attain a non-sticky and easy dough. This can solely take a minute. You don’t have to knead this flatbread.
Place the dough again within the bowl with somewhat flour within the backside.
I’ve discovered that it’s simpler to roll out these breads as soon as the dough has had somewhat time to relaxation, both within the fridge or in a cool place in your small kitchen. It doesn’t want a lot relaxation time; about 20 minutes is ok.
As soon as the dough has rested, divide it into six equal elements. Type them into balls after which roll them out with a rolling pin or a floured wine bottle (or another glass bottle you will have helpful).
Subsequent, place your frypan on medium warmth and add a small splash of oil or butter – simply sufficient to frivolously grease the pan. Cook dinner the dough till golden on either side – it ought to solely take a few minutes. Wrap the breads in a clear dish towel to maintain them heat as you cook dinner.
These are finest served instantly, sprinkled with dukkah.
Dukkah with walnuts and almonds
Dukkah is an important condiment in our campervan. We add it to salads and sprinkle it on eggs, dips and flatbreads. Macadamia, Brazil nut and pistachio are glorious substitutes for walnut and almond right here.
Makes ¾ cup
Prep 5 minutes
Cook dinner 5 minutes
¼ cup almonds
¼ cup walnuts
3 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp floor cumin
½ tsp flaky sea salt
Toast the almonds, walnuts, and sesame seeds in a frypan on medium warmth till the nuts are golden and aromatic. It ought to take about 5 minutes. Make sure you toss the pan often to stop the nuts and seeds from burning.
Add the coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cumin and salt and warmth the combination for an additional one to 2 minutes earlier than eradicating all of it from the warmth and permitting it to chill. It is going to be a lot simpler and more practical to grind the nuts and seeds as soon as they’ve cooled.
Utilizing a mortar and pestle, grind your dukkah down as superb as you want, however watch out to not mix it for too lengthy, or it is going to flip right into a aromatic nut butter. I like to go away it somewhat bit chunky for extra texture.
Dukkah will retailer indefinitely in an hermetic container or jar.
Pan-fried pizza with zucchini, ricotta and cherry tomatoes
There have been many nights tenting within the bush that we’ve craved a scrumptious, sizzling pizza. So with a while, wine and our favorite kitchen staples available, we got here up with this recipe.
Prep 15 minutes
Cook dinner 1 hr 15 minutes
For the dough
1½ tsp dried yeast
1 tbsp uncooked sugar
150ml lukewarm water
1 tsp salt
250g robust bread flour
For the topping
1 pink onion, finely sliced
Additional virgin olive oil
Flaky sea salt
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp coconut sugar or uncooked sugar (non-compulsory)
2 small zucchinis, finely sliced lengthways
400g cherry tomatoes, complete
1 garlic clove
2 cups ricotta (store-bought or make your individual)
1 handful flat-leaf parsley and basil
1 handful rocket
Salt and pepper
Add the yeast and sugar to the lukewarm water and stir to dissolve. Mix the flour and salt in a big bowl. Enable the yeast to activate for a couple of minutes. The highest ought to begin to bubble and foam somewhat. As soon as it has, add the yeast-sugar water to the bowl of flour and salt.
To chop down on mess in your small kitchen, start mixing them within the bowl till you will have a tough, sticky dough. As soon as all of the liquid has absorbed into the flour, switch it to a floured floor and knead it till it’s easy and elastic.
Place the dough again into the bowl with a dusting of flour. Cowl it with a tea towel and go away it for about 45 minutes to rise, till it has virtually doubled in measurement.
In the meantime, finely slice the pink onion and fry it with two good glugs of olive oil and some cracks of salt. Add the balsamic vinegar and sugar and stir it often till onions have cooked proper down and are sticky and candy to style.
Fry the cherry tomatoes with some olive oil, salt and pepper till they’ve softened and charred on the surface. Add a splash extra oil and fry the sliced zucchini till golden.
Minimize the dough in half and roll it out to as thick as you want. I like to recommend it to be across the identical measurement as a dinner plate.
Hold your frypan on the range and, if it wants it, add a splash extra olive oil; not an excessive amount of as you don’t need your bases to be too oily. Cook dinner the pizza bases till golden. Hold the warmth low, so the dough turns into golden exterior however nonetheless cooks proper by. As soon as the dough begins to bubble, flip it over and cook dinner the opposite facet. Hold it heat and repeat with the opposite pizza base.
Give every base a rub of the garlic clove so as to add a delicate garlic flavour. Unfold on the ricotta, then high with the charred cherry tomatoes, zucchini and onions. Garnish with parsley, basil, recent rocket, salt and pepper.