If you’ve ever taken a campervan away you’ll know that cooking quick, easy and tasty meals is not always as straightforward as it seems.  Those trusty staples from home might rely on that extra burner or grill that you’re lacking, or perhaps some spices or other ingredients that make it just a little too complicated.  Alternatively, keeping things too simple – relying on that favourite pasta-and-sauce combo, for example – might just become a little boring after the first couple of nights away.

Clearly, there’s a balance to be struck between a culinary experience and the ‘boy scout’ approach.  And I think the new Clever Camper Cookbook achieves just the right happy medium, featuring over 20 no-fuss but delicious home cooking recipes.



Megan Winter-Barker and Simon Fielding spent months exploring the world in their VW camper, and have honed their tried-and-tested menus into the  Clever Camper Cookbook.  All their meals can be cooked on just two burners, together with a small fridge or coolbox.  They know a thing or two about food too, with Simon’s family business, The Apple Pie Café and Bakery, located in the Lake District .



Having tried out some of the recipes I have to say that these are exactly the kinds of meals that we often eat at home and would happily eat away in the campervan.  Forget those cookbooks that require you to go foraging in the woods or on the beach before you could contemplate settling down to a meal.  Megan and Simon’s recipes for risotto, bolognese and pasta and bean stew are not only filling and tasty but very straightforward. But what about a one-pot Mexican breakfast?  I’ve never cooked something like this but I found it really yummy and a doddle to make. 

I particularly like the ingenuity and waste-not-want-not attitude in this cookbook.  Whatever’s-in-the-fridge Risotto is practical and self-explanatory.  If you’ve ever fancied making your own fajitas and wraps from scratch, it’ll show you how.  Curry with homemade naan bread … no problem.  And you don’t need to take the proverbial kitchen sink away with you to create these delicious meals.  As you can see in the picture at the foot of this post, something that most campervanners will have in their cupboard can double up as a very handy cooking utensil!


Giveaway competition

The Clever Camper Cookbook is published this week by Dog ‘n’ Bone and is available to buy for £8.99.

However, I also have two copies to give away to two lucky readers.  If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a free copy please share a favourite campervan recipe in the comments box at the bottom of this page.

To enter, please describe a trusty recipe that fits the ‘clever camper’ theme of this new cookbook.  Ideally I’m looking for a meal that’s no-fuss, delicious and with just a hint of ingenuity.  It can be a meal or snack for any time of the day.  All I need you to do is to name the recipe and leave a short description of the ingredients and cooking method – just enough that would enable someone else to easily follow the recipe.

The two winning recipes will be selected by Megan Winter-Barker and Simon Fielding personally and the winners will be notified shortly after the closing date.  Please read the competition rules below carefully.

Good luck!

The rules
  • Entries must be received by 10pm on Friday 30th March
  • Entries must be submitted as comments to this blog post
  • Two winners will each receive one copy of ‘The Clever Camper Cookbook’ by Megan Winter-Barker and Simon Fielding
  • The two winning entries will be chosen on merit by the authors personally, selecting meals or snacks that are ‘no-fuss, delicious and with just a hint of ingenuity’
  • Open to UK residents aged 18 or over
  • Only one entry per person
  • The winners will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date, and must respond within 7 days to claim their prize
  • The prizes will be sent out by post within 28 days of receiving the winner’s address.


Thanks to those who entered the competition and congratulations to the two winners, Kate Georgeson and Bethan Scriven.

11 Comments on “The Clever Camper Cookbook – Review and giveaway competition

  1. we call this campervan curry
    1.One 400g tin chick peas drained
    2.One 400g tin of green lentils drained
    3.One 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
    4.One garlic clove chopped
    5.1/2-1 fresh red chilli or 1tsp chilli flakes ( krep seeds if you like heat)
    6.One onion chopped
    7.1tsp turmeric
    8.1/2 tsp ground cumin
    9.Salt and pepper
    10.Olive oil
    11.A boil in the bag rice

    Heat the oil and fry the onion and garlic until the onion is soft. Stir in the spices for one minute. Add the chick peas, lentils and tomatoes and cook till the chick peas are soft (about 20 minutes). Season to taste.Meantime cook the boil in the bag rice. Sometimes a bit of the rice water helps to loosen the curry a little. If water is an issue we have put the raw rice in the curry and make more of a risotto. We often eat this with a naan as well

  2. Hot dogs
    – vacuum packed hot dogs
    – finger buns

    Boil the hot dogs, put them in the buns

    …..clearly I need this book!!! For the sake of my children, I hope you take pity on me!

  3. Chicken Satay Skewers
    4 x chicken breasts cut into strips
    1 x tbsp olive oil
    3 x tbsp crunchy peanut butter
    1 x tbsp soy sauce
    1 x tbsp runny honey
    1 x tbsp curry powder
    1 X tbsp ground ginger or fresh
    1 x tbsp powder garlic or three crushed cloves of garlic
    1 x tbsp coriander
    Juice of 1 lime
    (Can add tsp of chilli powder if wanted?)
    Chunky pieces of one onion and one red. yellow and green pepper for skewers
    Combine all ingredients and blend. Using half of mixture to marinate the chicken stripes overnight in fridge. Use other half of mixture for dipping sauce refrigerate for day 2 . Pre-soaked wooden skewers or use metal.
    Day 2. Put marinade chickens pieces followed by onion and pepper pieces onto skewers.
    Grill for 15 to 20 minutes over a campfire or BBQ until cooked through. Or cook in oven for fifteen minutes but watch they no burn! Serve with rice and salad.
    (There are many satay products to buy which is quicker, Follow recipe with chicken, onion and peppers. One firm favourite for camping or cooking outdoors for day tripping)

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