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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

RV Lifestyle….Ya Gotta Eat…..

Kettle and Thermos

Anything having is worth waiting for. That statement is one of my mini- mottos. Yes, I made that word up. One of our basic needs is food. I have always considered cooking a form of love. In the last few months, I have been trying to cook in the same manner I would if I were already living on the road. I like tasty, nutritious, easy to fix food. A few months back, I found this article on thermos cooking. It caught my attention because of its simplistic style.  This article convinced me of the wisdom of thermos cooking. Off I went to Target and I bought a thermos and an electric kettle. I then went to SunHarvest and bought some steel cut oats and some sun-dried cheeriness. It's pretty easy to cook and I have this for breakfast about twice a week.

The cooking process is very simple. You put one half cup of oats and 2 cups hot water, along with the little handful of dried cherries into the thermos. 45 min. later, voila, here is the delicious result. I usually put about a half a teaspoon of butter and 2 teaspoons of raw honey with it. Not only is it good for me, it tastes great. I love cherries.

Skinned Chicken
As breakfast was cooking itself, I started the prep for my dinner. Tonight's dinner will be chicken soup aka Jewish penicillin. I have learned how to gently remove the skin in one piece leaving a ready to cook carcass, without a lot of fat. I cut out the majority of the of the bones, including the rib cage, backbone, and "chicken butt". All of this goes in my crockpot. I've had this crockpot for 25 years. After the chicken and water and Swanson's chicken stock go into the pot, I set it on low and let it cook for about four hours.

One of my chicken tricks is adding a strapped bunch of cilantro into the stock to cook, while I prepare the cooked chicken. Other ingredients are potatoes and onions, a handful of Minute Rice and whatever seasonings you prefer. I like salt, pepper, and "Slap Ya Mama". I let it all heat through and the vegetables cook, then remove the cilantro, add the chicken back in, and here the results. Absolutely delicious.

One of my ideas is to get a 12 volt crockpot. I picture myself, happily moving down the highway, the crockpot full of dinner waiting for me at the end of the journey. Have any of you ever used a 12 V crockpot? If you have, I would like hearing about it. Do you have any easy to fix, road recipes? Would you post them? I would enjoy learning how you cook, when you're on the road. Bon appétit, and here's today's music video.


ps.... Ben (click his name) and I have been posting cartoons. I love cartoons, so if you want to LOL, watch this one.


  1. I do not use a crock pot anymore. In my simplified way, I went back to the old style of using a pot on the stove at low simmer. I am working my way away from electric use while cooking. Helps when I will be away from shore power for longer times.

  2. Thanks for the shout out!! :-) How bout some alternative cooking ideas? Cooking on your engine while you travel? Good ole Google jogged my dusty memory on the subject and I found tons of links