Eating while travelling can be an expensive thing so to save a bit of money I often cook my own meals. As I have been travelling for a long time I have devised some recipes that are easy to make, have limited ingredients (but still nutritious and taste good) and use minimal cooking utensils. I also like to use local ingredients of the region I am in. If you have a favourite recipe I would love to know and possibly include it below. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Easy Spaghetti Bolognaise
Always a favourite
Ingredients needed (for one to two people)
250g beef/lamb/pork/chicken mince (if you are vegetarian you could use vegetables of your choice.
1 tablespoon oil (if available) (or butter to fry with)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup tomato paste
Can peeled diced tomatoes (the tomato paste & diced tomatoes could be replaced with a pre-made sauce)
Pasta of your choice (for a bit of variety I use different ones – spaghetti, Penne, spirals, shells or macaroni)
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil with a touch of oil (if available) and add pasta and allow to cook for 10-15 minutes or until al dente, then drain.
Heat oil (or butter) in a pan, add onions. Cook, stirring over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
Add mince, (or vegetables) stirring occasionally until browned.
Stir in remaining ingredients.
Cover and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes.
Serve: on its own or with salad and/or with garlic/herb bread. Ad a nice glass of wine. Enjoy.
Good Ol’ Fry Up
This one keeps me going all day
Preparation: 5 mins Cooking: 5 mins Until eating: 10 mins
2 or more slices of bacon
1 or 2 eggs
1 small can baked beans (optional)
2 slices of bread for toast
1 small tomato, cut in half
Knob of butter
In a fry pan, melt butter and place all ingredients except the baked beans into it. Cook until all ingredients are to your liking. Alternatively, you could use a BBQ to cook the fry up. Add baked beans to fry pan and heat for 1 minute. Cook your toast. Serve.
Hearty and Healthy
Preparation: 10 mins Cooking: 20-30 mins Until eating: 30-40 mins
2-3 sticks of celery
1 green capsicum
1 large onion
1 large carrot
Any other vegetable/s you like
1 can diced tomatoes (optional)
Salt & pepper or other herbs to taste
Chop all vegetables into small pieces. Put chopped vegetables, can of tomatoes and liquid stock into a saucepan. Add as much water as you like (maybe 4 cups). Cook on medium heat for about 20-30 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
Serve: with toast, fresh bread or a crusty bread roll, damper or pre-made garlic bread.
Preparation: 10 mins Cooking: 10-15 mins Until eating: 20 mins
1 or 2 meat patties
1 small onion
BBQ or tomato sauce
1 or 2 round bread rolls
A little butter or oil for frying.
Melt butter or heat oil in a fry pan (can use a BBQ) and cook meat patties and onion until cooked. Also cook bacon and egg. Just before serving meat place onion and cheese on top of meat and allow to melt slightly.
Prepare salad to go on the bun.
Yum – so many toppings to choose
Preparation: 5 mins Cooking: 15-20 mins Until eating: 20-25 mins 1 or 2 potatoes
Suggested toppings: cheese, salmon or tuna and cheese, baked beans and cheese, ham and cheese, mince and cheese.
Place potato on a plate and microwave it for about 10 minutes. You can wrap them in foil and bake the potato/es in an oven but they will take 30-40 minutes to cook or throw them on the camp fire. Once potato is soft inside, cut a cross across the top, then add your favourite topping including grated cheese. Place back in microwave for about 1 minute or until cheese has melted.