Gourmet #Vanlife Cooking: Recipes, Tips, and Tricks

first_imgI lot of people ask us about cooking in the van. Feeding ourselves is high on the list of things we like to do. While we definitely eat less in the van, I don’t think we eat less fancy. We are lovers of food and we’re not going to let the lack of oven, running water, countertops, or kitchen utensils slow us down.Our tools.Honestly, we don’t have much. We use:two burnertwo cast ironsspatulaone knifesmall cutting boardcrazy creek tabletwo platessome silverwareJetboil (for coffee and the times we want Mountain House)strainerThese few things can get us by for just about every meal we want to cook. The magic is in the cast irons. Once these babies are seasoned, you barely need any other cookware. They will grill, sear, slow cook, scramble, toast, and so much more. Now it’s time to get creative!Our favorite meals.Hamburgers with a veggie sideThese are the easiest, and it feels like a gourmet meal every time we make it. We have two burgers sitting in the cooler right now waiting to be grilled up for dinner tonight. And broccoli.Ingredients:Hamburgers– we get two at a time because we are working with a cooler. It has incredible cooling power, but we don’t want to chance it with raw meat. Whole Foods will make patties for you at their meat counter or you can grab two pre-made ones so it’s easy to transfer straight to the cast iron without having to form the patties and touch raw meat in the back/side/front country.BunsCondiments (always in our cooler)Pickles (always in our cooler)Side veggie (brussels, broccoli, carrots, sweet potato fries)Cooking Instructions:Throw two burgers on one cast iron with fat of your choice, cut the veggies and cook those on the second cast iron, also with a fat of your choice, salt and pepper.Burgers will need to be flipped after 6-7 minutes on low heat. Don’t touch them until then, letting them sear with keep in the flavor.Flip, cook other side, and also throw the buns on for a little toasting. It might be the magic of the cast iron, but usually, everything is ready around the same time. ENJOY.Chicken QuesadillasWe love mexican food, and these few ingredient quesadillas are a go to.Ingredients:*1/2 jar salsa (make another round later with the other half!)1/2 can of refried beansShredded or ground chicken (we eat a lot, .75lb for a meal)Tortillas (or chips if you just want to dip)Hot Sauce(easier option) Don’t use any of these ingredients and make a Chicken Fajita Bowl Mountain House and put it in a toasted tortilla!Cooking Instructions:Combine refried beans and salsa in cast iron- LOTS OF FAT OF CHOICE.Brown chicken in other cast iron.Add chicken to refried beans/salsa mixCrisp tortillas on newly empty cast ironBuild your quesadillas!*You can add so many things to these- including cheese which would make it a true quesadilla. You could also add peppers, avocado (add at end), onion, really whatever you have in the van that might go bad soon.Breakfast ScrambleThis is my favorite meal, every morning gets a good breakfast whether it be at 5 am before a hike, or 11 am after sleeping in. You MUST have a big breakfast. Every breakfast is a combination of different ingredients with eggs on top. A lot of the time it includes left overs.Ingredients:EggsSausage (precooked)PeppersOnionsSalsaLeftovers(easier option) grab a Breakfast Skillet from Mountain House and you only have to boil water.Cooking Instructions:Put fat of choice and veggies (always salt+pepper) in cast iron first, let them cook.Add eggs on top and scramble in pan.Pile eggs on top of bread or tortilla from night before, be full for hours.Tips and Tricks:Four months of cooking on a two burner has left me with a few insights on how to make things go more smoothly when cooking without power or running water.Try to minimize dishes as much as possible. If you can eat directly from the cast iron, why get a plate dirty?I’ve mentioned ‘fat of choice’ a few times. We are fat proponents, it helps keep us full, and young. We’re talking about GOOD fat, not vegetable oil. We use ghee most of the time because it’s shelf stable, stable at high temperatures, comes in a sturdy jar, and lasts a long time. It’s clarified butter, and it’s delicious.Keep your raw meat in the bottom of your cooler (hopefully in a dry bin if you have it), it’s the coldest and safest place for it.Cast irons are so wonderful because you don’t have to wash them. Scrape it out and put it away for next time. Grab some pot holders so they’re easy to handle.For sugars (tomato sauce), acids (lemon juice), soap, and water out of your cast iron. It will ruin the season and you won’t be able to clean it as easily. Use something like this, or a strainer, for pasta and tomato sauces.If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine.last_img read more

Sportradar supports snooker’s Championship League with data deal

first_img Submit Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share Related Articles Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 With World Snooker’s Championship League making a return to our screens, Sportradar has confirmed that it will be supporting the tournament by offering pre-match, live odds and live data.The offering builds on the long-standing partnership between World Snooker and Sportradar, and will help maximise engagement with the tournament.The event, which began yesterday and will run until 11 June, features 64 players competing against one another in round-robin groups. Top players including Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Allen and Kyren Wilson are some of the participants competing in the tournament.Speaking to SBC, David Lampitt, Managing Director, Sports Partnerships, explained: “It’s another positive step forward for sport to see the world’s top snooker players returning to action. We are pleased to be working alongside our long-term partner World Snooker and to be in a position to offer official data, pre-match odds, and live odds to maximise fan engagement for this event.“Sportradar continues to deliver the highest-quality content and coverage, and we’re continuing to draw on our unparalleled network of partnerships to provide consistently high quality content to customers and fans around the world.”The tournament, which will be broadcast on ITV, takes place behind closed doors at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes with strict rules on social distancing, COVID testing and hygiene in place, in line with government guidelines.The Championship League, which is being promoted by Matchroom Multi Sport, will be divided into three phases, with all games played as the best-of-four frames. Phase one, which will run from 1 June – 8 June, will feature group matches with two groups played each day across two tables. The winner from each group table will progress to phase two.Running from 9 June – 10 June, the 16 group winners will be split into four further groups, with two groups per day also played over two tables. Tournament finals will take place from 11 June, and will see the four Phase Two winners battle it out over one final group, played on one table, to determine the Championship League winner.Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn added: “During the challenging times of the past few weeks we have examined the opportunities which still exist and worked relentlessly towards the goal of getting our tour going again. While most other sports remain sidelined, we are ready to return from June 1st. This sends out a message to the sporting world that snooker is at the forefront of innovation.“Our first priority has to be safety and we have had detailed discussions with the government in creating a set of approved guidelines for the event which will be rigorously followed. We are making this very clear to the players and everyone working on the event.“These are challenging times but as always we are looking at the opportunities rather than the limitations.Championship League will provide 11 days of televised sport with extensive live coverage, from 3pm until 10pm each day. For the fans out there who are starved of live sport it will be a fantastic boost and a very welcome diversion from these tough times we are all going through.”last_img read more