Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Gourmet meal on the road-it's true!

We seldom eat out when traveling in the Roadtrek. Instead we visit grocery stores all over the country, buy local food and find creative ways to cook it.

One standby cooking accessory is the trucker’s oven or lunch box oven which plugs into a cigarette lighter (12 volt) socket. It heats to 300 or so degrees.

Since it most likely uses quite a bit of battery power, we only use it when driving. I make up a big packet of the old Boys Scout tin foil dinner. It consists of hamburger on the bottom, covered with slices of potatoes, onions and carrots. Season well and seal. Place it in the little oven and plug in. I usually allow 2 ½ hours. You will know when it is close to done as the smell is fantastic.

I have used frozen hamburger and waited until later to plug it in. The frozen meat keeps everything cool enough.

It is handy to bake potatoes as a side dish also. One time we actually baked bread. Little tin foil pans fit perfectly inside. Meatloaf is delicious.

Add freshly baked bread and a bottle of local wine--who needs a fancy restaurant.

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