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Holiday recipes

It’s time to open up the caravan cookbook again and add a few more ideas to the choices of quick food to prepare on holidays, from a caravan.

Summer holidays means sourcing new salad recipes, ones that can be a meal in themselves and any other light, quick recipes that don’t take a lot of effort or need too many ingredients. I put together a book of favourites with photos of the places we’ve been to, but for everyday use in the van I have a soft folder of full of plastic sleeves with heaps of recipes in it.  The pages get moved in and out depending on popularity and success and I’m always adding to it.

Here are a couple of my favourites that never fail.

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Quick and Easy Chicken Enchiladas

img_0508I’m always looking for tasty and easy recipes to use when we are on holidays.  They have to pass the test of being not to fussy to make, easy to shop for ingredients wherever we might be an quick and tasty to make and eat.  Healthy comes into it as well, and if it can all be put together in one bowl / pan then its definitely in the book.

Another popular recipe that passes the test for us is my version of chicken enchiladas.  They are made with basic ingredients, take no time to cook and are very filling and tasty. The filling can be cooked all in one pan then the enchiladas are assembled, put into a baking dish / tray and into the oven or covered BBQ. Easy as! This recipe makes around 8 enchiladas which is perfect for 4 people.  I use wholemeal wraps instead of tortillas, because they are thinner and easy to find in any supermarket. They taste just as good of course with beef mince instead of chicken. The recipe follows:

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Camping Food – More Than Just Sausages!

zucchini-pattiesJust because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to go without good, healthy food. But don’t worry it doesn’t have to mean spending a long time in a kitchen or away from the action outdoors either.  I made my own caravan cookbook full of quick recipes that don’t have a lot of ingredients that can go to waste and they’re tried and true.

This is one of my favourite recipes, really quick and easy to prepare and easy to cook in an electric frying pan outdoors, or on a BBQ hotplate.  Continue reading

Hot pie for cold caravanning.

IMG_1456What a better way to end the day of touring in winter than to whip up an Aussie meat pie.  This  hearty beef, pepper and mushroom pie is a quick and easy one for the winter months and all you need is a large saucepan, a pie dish and the caravan oven or camp kitchen oven. It would probably work just as well in a hooded BBQ too.

To start with: preheat oven to 190 degrees.  Then cook 400 gr chopped button mushrooms in a little olive oil, until browned.  Transfer them to a bowl then cook 1 finely chopped onion in the oil until softened, add 500gr lean beef mince and cook until browned. Break up the mince with a wooden spoon as you go.  In a jug or bowl stir 2 tablespoons of cornflour into  1/4  cup of beef stock until smooth then add another cup of beef stock and 2 tablespoons of tomato paste.  Add this along with the mushrooms and lots of freshly ground black pepper to the mince mixture, bring to the boil, then simmer until thickened. Continue reading