I have been cooking for people lately, so my go-to-recipe list has become a notebook full of fanciful gourmet dishes. On the road, or in some boondock spot, I will be myself. Not cooking for a crowd. Here are a few rules that I have when deciding if the food item will be suitable for truck camping:
- stove top cooking only. I will not have a microwave nor oven nor pressure cooker nor slow cooker nor rice cooker nor bread maker.
- cooking time has to be short to preserve propane.
- no use of items that have to be refrigerated since there won’t be a cooler to store stuff in.
- no recipes that depend on blenders, mixers, beaters (well, maybe a whisk) or electric knives.
- the fewer utensils used the better.
I am on a trial basis with many different ramen noodle packets. I have found out that the more expensive one of those packet is the better quality noodles. None of the seasoning packets are great. I am fond of this hot and sour soup mix instead of the packets that come with the ramen. I have even sprinkled on some instant potatoes with this concoction. With a few fresh veggies this would be
pretty darn passable good.
The packages of the hot and sour soup mix come to .70/serving. There are 3-4 ramen size servings in each package. The good quality ramen is about 2.00.
It is a blessing that I can eat the same meal day after day after day after day and not get tired of the meal. I have found that I will start craving what I need. One thing that I learned on long trips was to hide a surprise. A luxurious bar of chocolate hidden amongst the books can be a wonderful surprise one cold, rainy, night.