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MN needs your help re' essential food items to take with you if you're self-catering

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AbbyMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 30-Jan-09 14:24:20

Just doing a bit of work for MN on how to make self-catering in the UK easy - what would be your essential items for a bionic supper? (Already suggested pesto and pasta!)

SammyK Fri 30-Jan-09 14:33:11




PandaG Fri 30-Jan-09 14:34:58

go somewhere you can get a Sainsburys/Waitrose/Tesco delivery. then get your shop delivered a coupole of hours after you should arrive, only taking pint of milk/teabags/biscuits/bottle of wine with you.

much easier than a carfull of stuff

re easy meals - take a couple made at home and frozen - spag bol/chilli etc.

buy good cheese, bread, meats for picnic style lunches

make sure you have full supply of specific milk formula if applicable

chocoholic Fri 30-Jan-09 14:35:15


Go out for fish & chips

cheese / baked beans on toast

Ohforfoxsake Fri 30-Jan-09 14:35:45

What's a bionic supper?

If you are in the UK get an internet shop delivered. Job done grin

OneLieIn Fri 30-Jan-09 14:35:55

Panda what a good idea!!

nickschick Fri 30-Jan-09 14:37:50

dont forget salt and sugar and stuff like that ......matches are so expensive onsite too......

PenelopePitstops Fri 30-Jan-09 14:38:33

get online shop delivered

lasagne is easy to feed loads of people

curry too

lots of bitty things one night to eat up evrything left over

ThingOne Fri 30-Jan-09 14:41:53

We usually go for the pasta and pesto or go out for fish and chips on the first night of our holiday.

We come equipped with bread, butter, marmite and mini-cheddars for emergency snacks on arrival. Toast is the answer to many catering problems.

nickschick Fri 30-Jan-09 14:43:50

Abby we always go self catering as we drive we stop for a huge picnic (that signifies the 'start' of our holiday)we get there ,book in unpck whilst picking at left over picnic stuff -go to local supermarket buy-cereal,milk bacon eggs sandwich stuff and ice creams etc alcohol ad fizzy stuff for the kids.

Get back to the site and either go out for meal or have take away.

next day whilst we are out and about we either plan where we will eat or what we will et therefore everyone gets what they fancy and I dont spend all holiday cooking.

The good thing about holidaying in england is the supermarets are the same although a word of caution i put money on a supermaret card all yer for our holiday food and one year had about £100 on an asda card - got there asda shock so we had to spend cash in tesco instead,so check out what supermarkets are local.

snickersnack Fri 30-Jan-09 14:44:20

I so agree with the internet shop - is a very very good thing and has transformed our self-catering holidays.
If that wasn't possible, I would take tea, milk, juice, bread, cheese, cereal, fruit and jam plus a casserole or something to tide us over until the morning when we could get to a shop. Assume you're talking about a holiday where you can get to a shop, rather than one where you have to take all your provisions?

PrimulaVeris Fri 30-Jan-09 14:46:33

First night meal - pasta and pesto/sauce. Carluccio's if flush, Tescos if not.

Because whatever state the place is in and however late you get there, it's quick and easy. And there MIGHT just be the equipment for it....

Blu Fri 30-Jan-09 14:48:27

Disposable Barbecue - or one in a bucket, packet of chops / chicken / sausages / whatever. Salad. Baguettes.

Take your own sharp knives.

Take a big frozen made-in-advance one-pot meal in the car - and let it de-frost on journey. Not too sloppy. Lasagne or shepherds pie rather than stew!

MrsBadger Fri 30-Jan-09 14:50:52

we take a chilli or similar in a cold bag and reheat it - dh can't be doing with holiday food that is less good than food we would eat at home (iyswim)

But we always pack coffee, tea, oil, salt, suagr, pepper, ketchup, herbs, biscuits matches, w-up liquid etc and (usually) all the leftovers from the fridge/breadbin we haven;t used up before leaving.

AbbyMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 30-Jan-09 15:22:24

Thanks all - only needed few tips so that will do for now.

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