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Cooking with no kitchen?

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PerpetualStudent Tue 18-Nov-14 20:45:30

Hi all, I'm in need of some inspiration.

For reasons of great complexity, next week my DP and I are moving into a almost-finished house to house-sit for two weeks while our half-finished flat becomes habitable.

The almost-finished house will have a fridge and a sink, but no other kitchen bits.

We will have a camping stove, a slow cooker if I can find it/be bothered to dig it out, and possibly a microwave.

I'm 12 weeks pregnant and working flat out on my PhD, while DP will be frantically working on our half-finished flat. Time is not our friend right now

Has anyone got any suggestions for quick, healthy and hearty meals we can create with these limited resources, to avoid living off ready meals and takeaways for three weeks? (which, TBH, feels quite tempting at this moment!!)

Thanks in advance!

FunkyBoldRibena Tue 18-Nov-14 20:48:51

Can you get a kettle? The 3 minute noodles will be your good friends.

And do find the slow cooker.

The camping stove for one pot meals, curries, pastas, chilli - bung the rice or pasta in and give it 20-30 mins to cook and absorb the liquid before serving.

Plenty of bread, sandwiches etc.

FunkyBoldRibena Tue 18-Nov-14 20:49:38

I cooked for two years on a one ring hot plate and a microwave; I learnt one pot meals pretty well and still use those 3 min noodles each week.

violetwellies Tue 18-Nov-14 20:52:10

Am now in my 5th year of no kitchen. (advice to anyone who wants it - dont move into a derelict house then get pregnant).

Tonight there is phessant in the slow cooker. Always put someveg in with the meat. Not all of ita

IPeeInTheShowerOhYes Tue 18-Nov-14 20:55:37

Toaster-toasted sandwiches, potato waffles.
Kettle-cup a soup, noodles.
Take away grin

violetwellies Tue 18-Nov-14 21:01:53

Buggering phone.
As it tends to taste samey. Microwave veg steamer invaluable. Lots of salad.
For example.
Chicken - slow cook eat with steam veg, with salad on day 2, boil carcass for stock seive out bones add . 3min noodels and chinese veg

violetwellies Tue 18-Nov-14 21:04:02

Slow cooker also cood for veg soups. You'll need a stick blender.

TyneTeas Tue 18-Nov-14 21:08:50

Have you got a microwave rice/pasta steamer?

I have one a bit like this

If you will have access to a freezer, can you make curries and sauces and stuff in advance, then reheat in teh microwave, most things would keep their heat for the ten minutes it'd take to do rice or pasta (or five minutes with little pasta)

CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 19-Nov-14 06:14:52

We spent several weeks earlier this year 'between kitchens'. Favourites were things like chicken curry or Chilli Con Carne made with a jar and served with some microwaved rice. Lots of chunky soups and stews served with bread. Stir fries worked OK and we added lots of soft noodles. Another good one was sausages and beans all cooked in the same pan.

dreamingofsun Wed 19-Nov-14 09:11:03

you'll find lots of ideas on the camping thread. with the addition of a cheap bbq you would have plenty of cooking options

coffeetofunction Thu 20-Nov-14 10:08:45

Cooked chicken from super market, ready cooked roasties, frozen/tinned veg.

Left over chicken in baguettes with stuffing, apple sauce & gravey.

TheSteveMilliband Fri 21-Nov-14 18:37:59

I would use it as an excuse to buy a thermomix...(maybe). £800ish so might be hard to justify for a couple of weeks but everyone who has one seems to rave about it, and it cooks and chops.

sashh Sun 23-Nov-14 07:51:05

If you don't have a steamer buy one. You can cook meat wrapped in foil along with veg.

mameulah Sun 23-Nov-14 22:20:01

There are loads of free kindle books with slow cooker recipes.

What about buying an omlette maker?

TheSpottedZebra Tue 25-Nov-14 00:26:36

Do get the mircowave.
Packet rice, Tis lovely and does not feel too unhealthy. There are loads of flavours too, to keep you going a few weeks...

You can do nice scrambled eggs in a microwave, in a bowl. Good for you, and super quick.
And you can do most veg in the microwave too. You'll be fine!

Have you got a toaster? I'd probably miss the texture if just a slow cooker and a microwave.

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