Before heading off in the campervan, I do try to give some thought to our meals and snacks. If we are heading away for the weekend, I often think ahead and try to prepare meals at home. We have a fridge and freezer in the camper, so preparing meals beforehand at home can save so much time whilst we are away. However, preparing meals and cooking in the campervan can be a challenge – there is limited space and it is hard to store lots of ingredients and fresh food. I am always looking for inspiration for some healthy meals that we can cook whilst on the road, so when we were sent The Clever Camper Cookbook – I was hoping we would find some great dishes that can be prepared in a small space and that are super easy to make.
Megan Winter-Barker and Simon Fielding, the Authors of The Clever Camper Cookbook, both grew up in the Lake District and are keen travellers. Having spent months in their camper, they have put together a collection of their favourite recipes that they came up with on their travels. The recipes are designed to help you to maximise space, use up leftovers and cook delicious food whilst on your travels. The Clever Camper Cookbook is available online and from all good book retailers.
The Clever Camper Cookbook has some really lovely ideas in it. What I love is that the dishes are all delicious, simple, no fuss recipes that you can enjoy and that still allow you to make the most of your time on the road. Even better – they are dishes that won’t break the bank if you are on a tight budget. I particularly love the spaghetti bolognese recipe that you can then turn the leftovers into a spicy chilli the following day – such a time saver. The recipes in the book make enough for two people, but the quantities can be increased according to family size. Another great feature of the book is the shopping list that includes a list of items to stock up on for a week’s camping and cooking.
We tried out the rocky road bars and they went down a real treat – the kids absolutely loved them.
The rocky road bars are so easy to make, and are a great treat whilst on the road. I’m setting a scene for you here….there is nothing better than stumbling across a hidden cove and stopping by for a couple of hours. Sitting back and watching the kids run around in their wellies enjoying that spur of the moment stop off, sipping on coffee and tucking into a slice of rocky road. There is something special about those simple moments, don’t you think?
Here is the recipe extracted from the Clever camper Cookbook for you to try;
ROCKY ROAD BARS
No baking, no fuss, these are the perfect campervan treats for picnics or refueling on long walks. Don’t worry about measuring ingredients precisely—rough amounts will work just fine!
3 ½ oz (100g) your favorite cookies (biscuits)
5 tablespoons (70g) butter
3 ½ oz (100g) chocolate buttons
2 tablespoons honey
3 ½ oz (100g) marshmallows, chopped into small pieces
Place your cookies (biscuits) in a sandwich bag or wrap in a clean kitchen towel and bash up into different sizes, from dust to small chunks.
Melt the butter in a pan with the chocolate and the honey over a low heat.
Take the pan off the heat and add the broken cookies and the marshmallows and mix together well. You could also add nuts, dried fruit, or even popcorn to your rocky road bars at this point.
Tip the mixture into a foil-lined tin or plastic container—anything that you can put in the fridge. Squash the mixture down so it will stick together when it sets.
Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. When it has set, cut into squares and tuck in. Enjoy!
Mix it up
Try substituting 2 tablespoons of peanut butter for 2 tablespoons of the butter to make your bars extra moreish!
Recipe extracted from The Clever Camper Cookbook by Megan Winter-Barker and Simon Fielding. Published by Dog ‘n’ Bone Books on the 13th March and available from all good book retailers.
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