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FreakOfNature Wed 29-Jun-16 14:19:14

We've booked a cottage on the Isle of Skye this summer and could do with some ideas for meals, 2 adults, 2 growing boys. Needs to be quick and easy - I usually cook from scratch but aiming to make life very easy for myself!
I will probably make a chilli and take that with me, other ideas so far are spag Bol / curry with a jar and pizza.
Any other recommendations?

HisNameWasPrinceAndHeWasFunky Wed 29-Jun-16 14:22:57

ah I was starting to think about the same thing. There are so few dishes the DC and I all like to eat.

I'm expect we will be picnicing most days at lunch.

BBQ a couple of nights if you can - steak/chops/sausages/etc plus sweet corn, courgettes, mushrooms, onions all on BBQ and a salad.

Butter chicken - everyone seems to like it.

HisNameWasPrinceAndHeWasFunky Wed 29-Jun-16 14:25:53

for meals like butter chicken I measure out all the spices etc before I go and put into a zip lock bag with a printout of the recipe.

Hopelass Wed 29-Jun-16 14:37:20

A couple of nacho kits? You'd just need cheese and jalapeños

Highlove Wed 29-Jun-16 14:59:36

I like to do a piece of ham to take with us - covers some packed lunches, plus a ham/egg/chips meal, a ham, pea and creme fraiche pasta dish, maybe some savoury pancakes, and with some good bread and cheese and salad, a picnic tea.

BiddyPop Wed 29-Jun-16 15:21:42

Can you get pizza bases and a jar of tomato sauce, bag of grated mozzarella and a bunch of toppings - so everyone makes their own pizza? Salad and garlic bread on the side. (Something like Pizza Da Piero - they do individual sized bases or family sized bases, and they come vac-packed with a reasonable shelf life).

Bring a bunch of Ziploc bags. Makes it easy to marinade things for BBQ or easy curries.

Maybe a curry using paste (Pataks do a few types), tin of coconut milk/crème fraiche/natural yoghurt, onion, garlic and tin tomatoes with your meat? On hols they can be tasty, and pretty easy to make but seem like more as you do marinate ahead of time (just chop meat, add pasta, close bag and squish (highly technical term there!) about, put into fridge and ignore all day while out doing activities, cook in roughly 20 mins when home).

We always have a fajitas kit with us on hols so no jars of salsa needed etc.

A cooked chicken (hot) from local shop with salad 1 evening, leftovers for picnic lunch next day?

Easy BBQs - absolutely!

Pancakes for breakfast some days? Weigh out flour etc at home, bring in a Ziploc bag, and just add egg, milk - close bag, squish well to mix, pour onto pan. Another camping trick I saw is to pour the batter into an old (clean) ketchup bottle and bring it with you already made (for using in the first couple of days) - easy to pour onto the pan that way and also easy to transport.

Apart from Ziploc bags (they really are useful for camping/self catering!), a roll of foil is really useful for leftovers but also making parcels for the BBQ or oven. Mushrooms with some butter, salt, pepper and sealed into a foil pack cook nicely on the BBQ even before you can put meat on (before the ash covering on coals) as no smoke inside. Fish with sliced lemon and some parsley/chives/fennel, salt and pepper is another nice parcel. Bananas with chocolate as a desert.

I also tend to bring a tin of tuna, tin of sweetcorn and bag of pasta as failsafes - I can usually rustle up something with those in an emergency. And always buy cheese, eggs and bacon - mostly for breakfasts but lots of uses for lunch and dinner time too.

Oh - an easy potato wedges option. Either a packet of mix (Schwartz etc) for them, or Ziploc bag, sprinkle in some garlic granules (Schwartz do this in herbs jars), salt, pepper, maybe lemon zest or sprinkle of chilli if feeling excited, and a good glug of olive oil. Mix well, roast in oven or cook on BBQ.

BiddyPop Wed 29-Jun-16 15:23:38

Oh, and another breakfast idea is the Jus-rol tubes of ready to roll up croissants and pain au chocolats. They also now do pizza bases with sauce in another tube.

cdtaylornats Wed 29-Jun-16 15:26:14

I recommend trying the local food

HisNameWasPrinceAndHeWasFunky Wed 29-Jun-16 15:29:42

YY to local food.

While I will always do a degree of meal planning I'll buy what i can locally too especially if staying in an area with lots of produce/meat/fish etc.

whois Wed 29-Jun-16 15:47:47

Filed pasta tortilini, jar of pasta sauce, parmesan + salad is my most easy meal.

Another vote for fajita kits.

I also think tagine type things are super easy if the kids will eat them. Take the flavored packs of couscous rather than a huge bag of plain couscous for ease. Like PP said if you measure out the spices before you go its much easier to dump in.

HisNameWasPrinceAndHeWasFunky Wed 29-Jun-16 18:09:58

quesadillas made with wraps are delicious.
Pity my kids hate them - most normal people will love them though. You can put anything in them.

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