What meals can you make in a hotel room with only a kettle?

(75 Posts)
nevergoogledragonbutter Sat 22-Jan-11 16:24:14

DH staying in a travelodge or premierinn on summink next week.

He needs ideas other than pot noodle.

Apparently there's a tescos nearby.

What would you eat? For 10 days!

Is there not a microwave somewhere he could use?

KatyMac Sat 22-Jan-11 16:26:21

Cup a soup
Fresh filled pasta (a cheese/veggie one I'd think - he might need to refresh the water several times)

Take a toaster

& camping stove wink

bellavita Sat 22-Jan-11 16:26:34

Is this work related? Is he not getting expenses to go to a restaurant?

nevergoogledragonbutter Sat 22-Jan-11 16:27:32

not sure he'll be allowed to use his stove.

TheFarSide Sat 22-Jan-11 16:28:51

My homeless brother (currently in a DSS B&B) boils eggs and heats up tins of things in his kettle (labels should be removed from tins).

But really, could your DH not just eat out or have cold picnics in his room?

nevergoogledragonbutter Sat 22-Jan-11 16:30:04

i know farside, i've suggested this but wondered if mumsnet had any unthought of ideas
i could suggest.

kayah Sat 22-Jan-11 16:34:08

if he can warm up can in his kettle, than anything like soup is available to him

bellavita Sat 22-Jan-11 17:34:11

Do you have a microwave he can take? Then he can buy and heat up ready meals. How about getting a takeaway delivered a couple of times? Why can't he eat out dragonbutter?

nevergoogledragonbutter Sat 22-Jan-11 19:43:44

Eating out not great as he's not staying in a great area so worried about being out after dark, and also it would be too expensive to eat out every night for 2 weeks. His days likely to be tiring too and he'll be alone (one hopes wink).
i'm sure he won't starve though.

Shaxx Sun 23-Jan-11 12:57:52

How about having his main meal at lunchtime then just having a baguette/sandwich for dinner?

Smash09 Sun 23-Jan-11 22:45:40

I think instant soups and sandwiches as well as a couple of bags of fruit and some carrots/celery for a vitamin boost. Or failing that, smoothies.
And there's always cereal and milk...

AnyFuleKno Sun 23-Jan-11 22:48:03

cous cous

fezsarecool Sun 23-Jan-11 22:58:00

I saw microwaves at Kmart for $49 this week. Don't know how that works in pounds.

BonzoDooDah Mon 24-Jan-11 00:26:12

He can use a travel iron to heat up flour tortillas and have burritos with (prepackaged) salad, grated cheese and cooked chicken strips.

AlmightyCitrus Mon 24-Jan-11 00:44:10

You used to be able to get "pot mash" in some supermarkets. Just add boiling water, and there were pasta ones too, a little different than the usual pot noodle.

If it were me though I'd go along with the meal at luchtime and take a sandwich or salad back. Maybe take some cup-a-soups along to make it a bit more erm..interesting..

nevergoogledragonbutter Mon 24-Jan-11 21:34:54

ironed burritos! that's fab.

he managed to pick up some hot roast chicken and some pasta salad from tescos and took it back. he has his own Alan Partridge large plate in his room.

no expenses. he's self funding this training.

ivykaty44 Tue 25-Jan-11 09:54:14

I would take a slow cooker with me and leave in the room - endless possabilities of what you can make with a slow cooker grin

AmanSomal Tue 25-Jan-11 12:06:07

Haha! Ironed burritos and cans in kettles! Very innovative! I love this! Definately going to keep these ideas in mind for the future-you never know!Thanks all!

Mumcentreplus Tue 25-Jan-11 12:37:34

Sandwich Toaster!!wink

Also Tiger Bread keeps well take a mini bread board and make some sandwiches

Take a Cooler bag add some ice daily and it will keep cheese/cold meats & salad fresh

oxocube Tue 25-Jan-11 19:31:57

definitely sandwich toaster or one of those Foreman grill things. Might set off the smoke alarm though. What a fun thread grin Am loving the idea of ironing burritos. It opens up a whole new world! How about ironed chapatis and M&S tinned curry boiled in the kettle?grin

And the slow cooker idea is brilliant. Take your own chopping board and a couple of sharp knives and Bob's your uncle!!!!!

topsmart Tue 25-Jan-11 19:43:31

Doesn't Terry Wogan talk about cooking bacon in a trouser press? I dare your DP to try it for us!

Otherwise: noodles. 2 weeks of pot noodles, every man's dream.

pointydug Tue 25-Jan-11 19:44:36

Those sort of hoteal normally have a cafe/restuarant next door. Can't he eat there sometimes?

Otherwise, I'd buy wraps, dips, tortilla chips, salads, cold meat,loaf and other tasty things from m&S.

CMOTdibbler Tue 25-Jan-11 19:52:03

Thai rice noodles cook in just hot water. Nice with cottage cheese (esp with a dash of sweet chilli sauce)/tuna/cooked chicken bits/prawns.

If he can bear tinned new potatos, they do expand the choices a bit - a hot chicken piece from tescos and salad for instance. The precooked rice is OK and doesn't need heating up, or could be put in a sieve and have boiling water poured over.

If he has a food thermos, then you can do fresh pasta in there - possibly dried would work with some experimentation

comewhinewithme Tue 25-Jan-11 19:55:40

I have a toaster that you can boil/scramble/poach an egg in . Tis amazing grin you can warm up beans/spaghetti in it too.

I think it cost about 30.00.

oxocube Tue 25-Jan-11 20:27:25

really winewithme? Amazing! What a fab idea! I wonder if it was invented by someone stuck in a travel lodge for 2 weeks grin

ItsAllaBitDeathlyQuiet Tue 25-Jan-11 20:33:21

Get him to bring a small George Forman type grill. Use it near the window. Steak/chicken breast/sandwiches/paninis/sausages/filled pittas etc etc.

Should be do-able on a tight budget.

nevergoogledragonbutter Tue 25-Jan-11 20:40:51

he's thinking of cooking sausages in the cigarette lighter. poke it in, cook it, take a bite, put it back in. repeat. grin

NorbertDentressangle Tue 25-Jan-11 20:44:59

I love some of the ideas on here. Very Alan Partridge-esque grin.

Im wondering how you could use hair straighteners.....maybe you could slowly slide them along a rasher of bacon wink

Furball Tue 25-Jan-11 20:50:09

order in a take away, loiter in reception for it.

Furball Tue 25-Jan-11 20:50:29

norbert grin

Junction3 Tue 25-Jan-11 20:55:21

You could probably do a panini in some straighteners.

NorbertDentressangle Tue 25-Jan-11 20:57:02

You'd still need to paint the 'authentic' black lines on the panini with something though....maybe some curling tongs?

Junction3 Tue 25-Jan-11 20:57:18

You could do hot dogs in the kettle, but your team might taste funny in the morning.

He could buy a steamer and have salmon, potatoes and veg.

Junction3 Tue 25-Jan-11 20:57:46

Erm .... that's tea obviously, not team grin.

Junction3 Tue 25-Jan-11 21:00:20

I think the side of the iron might do the panini tramlines grin.

Have a pot noodle, then wedge the pot noodle pot in the top of the kettle and scramble eggs in it.

nevergoogledragonbutter Tue 25-Jan-11 21:20:42

Liking the straighteners on the bacon, not that i'm going to offer my straighteners for it.
I've genuinely suggested a slow cooker. That wouldn't set the fire alarm off would it?

I bet the babyliss big hair would make a mean scrambled egg.

senua Tue 25-Jan-11 21:28:52

If you go to an Outdoors shop they have all sorts of sachet-meals for campers. Not cheap, though.

You can definitely boil eggs in a kettlee, keep button pressed down for 3 mins, easy.

Easier to have main meal at lunchtime and sandwiches in evening though. Poor DH alone bored and penniless in a hotel room. Does he have internet?

ItsAllaBitDeathlyQuiet Tue 25-Jan-11 22:36:03

He could constantly ring down to say it's too cold so they up the heating and cook rashers on the radiator?

He could use the toothbrush mug to poach an egg in the kettle? Iron some toast?


HAIRDRYER! He could eh..

.. dry his underwear with it, thereby saving cash for real food?

OR! Or, he could wile away the hours by making his own pasta and drying it (with hairdryer) and selling it at a massive profit as artisan handmade pasta.

nevergoogledragonbutter Tue 25-Jan-11 23:17:21

i asked if the shower was hot enough to steam some salmon on the towel rail at the end of the shower, but apparently the shower is a bit crap.

AnyFuleKno Tue 25-Jan-11 23:23:21

baked beans and a lighter? Cook one bean at a time. A slow but satisfying meal!

MaryMotherOfCheeses Tue 25-Jan-11 23:27:06

Does the travelodge have a garden for a disposable barbecue?

nevergoogledragonbutter Tue 25-Jan-11 23:44:38

poor thing, he says he's not ready to see the funny side.
i, on the other hand, am. grin

bibbitybobbityhat Wed 26-Jan-11 00:28:05

Oh dear oh dear oh dear grin

PMSL at slowly sliding hair straighteners along a rasher of bacon Norbert.

nevergoogledragonbutter Thu 27-Jan-11 18:59:44

He's made some friends and going out for pizza tonight. smile

wukter Thu 27-Jan-11 19:05:59

Cig lighter Sausage is genius

If he's determined to have salmon, he could wrap a fillet in tin foil, boil kettle, take lid off and balance the parcel over it. He could use the hair dryer to keep the button of the kettle down.

SkipToTheEnd Thu 27-Jan-11 19:26:21

If the heating is on in his room tell him to leave a can of beans or soup on it during the day - should be warm enough by the evening.

NorbertDentressangle Thu 27-Jan-11 19:43:10

Now he's made some friends is he going to invite them round to his room for dinner one evening.

I bet his menu would be the talk of the Travel Lodge and/or training course grin

nevergoogledragonbutter Thu 27-Jan-11 20:15:39

Yes, a dinner party is the next step.

Sibella1 Fri 28-Jan-11 13:59:04

When we went to Disneyland Paris we heated our gluwein in the hotel kettle... stained it a bit red though.

kitbit Fri 28-Jan-11 14:54:58

The trouser press offers good all-round warmth I'm sure he could get a hog roast going in there.

SylvanianFamily Fri 28-Jan-11 15:01:59

I only had a kettle in uni. My fave recipe:

Fine noodles; put in bowl and pour over boiling water. Drain. Add fresh chopped tomato, flat leaf parsley, ext. virgin olive oil and a bit of salt. Really quite nice.

You could also do cous cous in a similar way (I'd add sweetcorn).

Boiling eggs in the kettle?

ecuse Fri 28-Jan-11 15:24:04

I lived in a crappy hotel for 3 months a few years ago on a posting to another office when I was too lowly to qualify for a decent hotel. I could have gone out and expensed it but after a while you get sick of eating on your own in Bella Pasta and want to slump in front of the telly with your dinner on your lap when at home.

I spent the three months perfecting a pasta dish. You need to have a kettle, tupperware & lid. You need to buy fresh pasta, a jar of pesto, some ready-roasted chicken breasts and some spring onions.

You boil the kettle, pop the fresh pasta in the tub and cover with the boiling water and leave for a few minutes (they only need warming, so you don't need it to be ON the boil). I strongly advise against cooking anything other than an egg in a hotel kettle, as they're generally riddled with limescale. Unwelcome crunchy bits in your dinner is very distressing.

Whilst they're warming, shred the chicken breast and chop the spring onions, then stir through the pasta with some pesto (pasta should be warm enough to take the edge off the pesto) and eat. I actually grew to kind of love it.

ecuse Fri 28-Jan-11 15:32:02

Oh, I forgot to mention, you have to drain the pasta using the lid of the tub ...

coolascucumber Fri 28-Jan-11 15:40:53

Think the choices could be endless with one of these

OldMumsy Fri 28-Jan-11 16:39:22

He could do cheese toasties in the corby trouser press grin

nevergoogledragonbutter Fri 28-Jan-11 18:23:40

oh that's nice coolascucumber.

another thread in the round up???? smile

PlentyOfParsnips Fri 28-Jan-11 18:29:12

boil-in-the-bag kippers grin

purpal Fri 28-Jan-11 18:48:34

Greggs do porrage with golden syrup that you make with boiling water same as pot noodles was 99p each.

Where is the travelodge? Is it near any of us? Perhaps we could feed him in exchange for DIY jobs (no, not that sort of DIY job!) grin

Blu Fri 28-Jan-11 19:16:13

PMSL at a hog roast in the trouser press.

Travelodges have hair dryers - I think if he bought a ready-meal rice dish from tesco and spread it thinly on the plate with a splash of boiling water (to stop it drying out) he could warm it up nicely with sustained application of a hairdryer.

he could do a 3 course meal in his kettle:
Tinned mince
Rice pudding.

Hairdryered poppadoms on the side.

zandy Fri 28-Jan-11 19:30:24

Travelodges often have food.

majorca77 Fri 28-Jan-11 19:33:24

flavoured couscous with tinned spicy mackerel and a prepared salad. Really tasty and filling

Blu Fri 28-Jan-11 19:34:33

Where on earth is he? Travelodges aren't usually located anywhere where it isn't safe for a fully grown man to walk the streets to the chippy at 7.30 pm!

nevergoogledragonbutter Fri 28-Jan-11 19:56:45

Blu, I can't say for risk of offending. Not a direction I was hoping this thread to go. smile

nevergoogledragonbutter Fri 28-Jan-11 19:57:44

Anyway, he's home for the weekend so lots of good cooking and then back to the hotel on Sunday for the 2nd week.

Trip to the late night supermarket to pick up a ready cooked chicken from the rotisserie counter. With salad/potato salad.

Chocolateporridge Fri 28-Jan-11 21:32:40

My father in law once boiled mussels in a hotel kettle. Tasted great but the whole floor stank like fish If you have a slow cooker you could lend it to him and he could bung any kind of meat in it in the morning with maybe a tin of condensed mushroom soup and by the evening he'll have a meal! Will even cook jacket potatoes if you wrap them in foil first - yum!

IvantaOuiOui Sat 29-Jan-11 16:50:29

He could do a lovely Full English. Straightened bacon, ironed toast, kettle egg, sausage in the cig lighter, hairdryer beans.

nevergoogledragonbutter Sat 29-Jan-11 21:46:42

He's read the thread and says you can all feel free to drop by some food parcels if you want. grin

SuperTheoryofSuperEverything Tue 01-Feb-11 12:59:42
SarahsSister Wed 30-Nov-11 18:40:42

M&s ready meals, those involving noodles/rice and fish work best, can be steam cooked over a hotel room kettle.... Takes abt half an hour... Wedge the switch down with a bit of folded tissue.... Love the idea of using an upturned iron,, hadnt thought of that,, the possibilities are endless!!

canyou Wed 30-Nov-11 19:00:57

Do you have a coffee peculator at home? You can heat tinned casseroles/stews in it, beans etc, poached eggs or fish, We did it when we were in America.
this may help
cooking bacon with an iron

Won Hung Lo Chicken Dinner
Lemon pepper chicken with rosemary rice and steamed vegetables,

Place cut broccoli, or asparagus in the filter basket of the coffee maker. Run water through the coffee maker several time to achieve desired tenderness. The softer the vegetable or the more al’dente the vegetable is served the easier the workload. Asparagus or broccoli is usually 2 runs through, 3 max. Remove, salt lightly and place in plastic bag or tupperware to keep warm.

For the rice, place instant rice in the coffee pot, and rosemary in the filter. Run the appropriate amount of water, per the instructions through the coffee maker and then add the rice to the coffee pot. Leave the burner on until the rice has thoroughly cooked and absorbed most of the water. Remove, and place in another plastic bag or tupperware to keep warm

Melt butter on a piece of tin foil using the coffee stand as a cook top. Once melted, remove and pour into cup. Put two or three thin slices of chicken breast in coffee maker (like one breast sliced evenly into three thin pieces. Add enough water to cover the chicken into the coffee maker. Turn on maker and cook about 15 minutes, allowing water to fully run through and boil the chicken. While the chicken cooks, mix lemon pepper seasoning with melted butter and 3-4 ounces of milk. Drain water and add milk, butter seasoning mix, allow to heat for about a minute.

Is he convinced yet?

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