It’s a common misconception that cooking in a caravan and motorhome cookery can be difficult. Although you might be limited on preparation space, these days most leisure vehicles have ovens and hobs to rival some bricks and mortar properties!

To help you make the most of your holiday this year, Coast has scoped out the tastiest ingredients and most convenient ingredients on the market – so you can eat like a king while enjoying the great outdoors!

When it comes to designing a menu, many people prefer dishes with a limited number of elements so you don’t face issues with storage, preparation or washing up. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice good food, however; there are lots of exciting flavours, sauces and products to try out before you reach for the Pot Noodles or Smash!

For instance, if you’re a fan of Indian food, a company called Parampara recently launched a range of mixed spice packets. There’s a huge range of dishes to choose from including biryani, butter chicken, vindaloo and rogan josh – all you need to do is add the sachet to the fresh ingredients outlined on the packet.

Italian cuisine lovers will enjoy Riso Gallo’s risotto pronto, which can be cooked up in 12 minutes with just a pan of water, available in six flavours: asparagus, four cheese, mushroom, pumpkin, saffron and summer vegetables. Those who prefer pasta can choose from a wide variety of ‘stir in’ sauces on the market; the Coast team loves Dolmio’s mouth-watering flavours including carbonara, sweet pepper and tomato with pepperoni.

Anyone who fancies something a bit more challenging should take a look at Dirty Gourmet, a website dedicated to delicious recipes that can easily be cooked outdoors. Our personal favourites are enchiladas and pasta with sun-dried tomato pesto, olives and spinach.

One of the trickier dishes to master in a caravan is an English breakfast. If you like to start the day with a fry up, there are some great recipes out there that only involve one pan. Try the BBC’s full English omelette or Jamie Oliver’s egg and bacon crumpets, which can be made as a vegetarian version as well. 

Of course, one of the best ways to cook when you’re enjoying the fresh air and country views is on a barbecue. For a meal with a twist, try slicing up some halloumi – a Cypriot cheese made with goat and sheep milk – and grilling it over the coals, or make some fruit kebabs using banana, pineapple and peach and heat them on the barbecue while you’re enjoying your main course for a delicious dessert.

One top tip if you’re planning to barbecue is to make up some delicious sauces before you set off and keep them in a bottle in you caravan or motorhome’s fridge. Mix together vegetable oil, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, mustard powder, salt and pepper for a tasty chicken marinade, soaking your chicken in the sauce for 4-6 hours before cooking. You can also liven up lamb kebabs by marinating them in a dressing made from two cloves of crushed garlic, the juice and zest of one lemon, dried oregano, salt, pepper and a glug of olive oil.

Remember, however, never to cook while your caravan or motorhome is in transit. Equally, dishes should not be left heating up in the oven or on the hob while you’re out and about, as leisure vehicles carry a much greater fire risks than standard homes.

Thankfully it’s not often that the worst scenario occurs, but it’s still important to protect your caravan or motorhome from such dangers. Coast’s caravan insurance and motorhome insurance policies include fire damage cover as standard – our sales team can tell you more on Freephone 0800 614 849.


 

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