Cooking in a campervan

Cooking in a campervan

Top Tips For Cooking In A Campervan

One of the great luxuries of touring Scotland in a Rockin’van is that you can cook on board, so there’s really no excuse for constant junk food whilst on your trip. We are here to prove that you can rustle up some cheap and tasty meals in your camper, without having to go anywhere near a tin of beans.

1.    Make the most of local produce

What food do you think of when you think of Scotland? I’ll take a couple of guesses. Haggis? Deep-fried Mars bars? Lorne sausage?

Well, although you’re right, that’s not all bonnie Scotland has to offer. If you’re travelling around the coastline, some of the world’s best seafood is right at your fingertips. What’s even better is that this delicious seafood can be cooked on your trusty gas stove or even on a BBQ.

So next time you’re thinking about another Pot Noodle, see if you can source some Scottish seafood for a delicious meal – or even fish for your own!

2.    Go foraging

It’s a little daunting at first, but you don’t have to have a degree in botany to give foraging a bash. If you’re unsure about what is safe to eat, it’s worth picking up a handbook (check out Wild Food by Roger Phillips or Food for Free by Richard Mabey) to help you out, but if not, stick to what you know – even if that’s only blackberries.

Top plants to look out for:

  • Marsh samphire
  • Sea lettuce
  • Camomile
  • Chanterelles
  • Elderflower

3.    Always pack cupboard essentials

If you are heading into the Scottish wilderness, miles away from any real civilisation, you will need to pack some basic food items. You can either take what you need with you from home or stop off at a supermarket en-route.

Pasta and rice are obvious choices, but an alternative that many people dismiss is couscous. All you need to knock up a really quick lunch or dinner is hot water, but to give it a little extra punch, make sure you have some vegetable stock, butter and a few herbs and spices. It will marry up beautifully with fresh fish too.

4.    Think ‘quick & easy’

Dishes that take a long time to cook are not really that practical in your campervan, so even though you might fancy a slow-cooked stew or hotpot, it’s best to wait until you’re home. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of recipes that you can try out in your van, but it’s best to stick to those with less an hour’s cooking time.

5.    Create your own hot smoker

Although your Rockin’van comes with a cooker, a portable hot smoker is a definite bonus if you are looking to cook up a storm on your trip. Don’t worry if you haven’t got the time to buy one, because it’s just as easy to create your own. Once you’ve made the effort, you won’t look back as you’ll be cooking just about everything, from mussels to duck. For even more variety, use different wood dusts when cooking.