I am not one for gadgets. Specially unnecessary cooking or kitchen appliances. You buy something because obviously you desperately need this magnificent blender…or juice presser …or coffee machine which can take selfies of the coffee art it produces when it serves you with coffee in bed every morning. Of course the colour of these items are important, depending on the season. Very fashionable.
Argh!!! I suppose I am one of the rare breed of people who are not interested in these things. I in fact use a whisk. An old fashioned one.
I call myself an “old school kitchen person”.
Since we are off the grid however, other half has purchased various off the grid cooking stuff.
The big space satelite dish cooker
It’s big and looks like a space disc, but in its defence, I have cooked a chicken curry in 20 minutes on this satelite dish. And it gets very hot when it’s set to the right angle. However as it gets extremely hot in our woods, it’s just sooo hot to check every few minutes that the angle is still set correctly.
Basically a heavy insulated fabric bag, allowing food to cook over a low and safe temperature, over several hours, continuing cooking your dish, allowing you to carry on doing whatever you are busy with. In saying this you have to first start off the cooking process on a stove to boiling point to get the process going.
It works perfectly.
The Convection Stove
Well this is a new one and as yet not used by me. Eric used it and was impressed. So verdict is still out on this one. Will try it when I am home next time.
I am a gas stove person and have always enjoy cooking with gas.
Braai or Barbeque
Being in South Africa though we barbeque a lot. Its in fact our country’s natonial pastime you can say.
We “braai” (barbeque) everything. From meat to fish to chicken to vegetables and even deserts. We are also famous for “braai broodjies”. Basically a toasted cheese, tomato and onion on the barbeque. Absolutely the best.
The South African Potjie
We of course also cook Potjie. Basically it is translated as “small-pot food”. And I mean we can just about cook everything doing a potjie. Its slow cooking at its best. We even have potjie competitions. We take our potjie very serious.
I myself am not an expert, but I love eating it. Don’t care what’s in the pot.
And it’s a great way of cooking when you off the grid.
I still want to try a solar oven and would love a small smoker. Hopefully when I am home more, I will be able to give it a go.