If you are driving the whole day and there is not
time to stop or to prepare food, you can use the engine heat to
prepare a meal. Even sausages and chicken can be prepared on it.
Use thick tinfoil, about an arms arm length,
fold it double with the dull side on the outside. Wrap your food
inside in a firm parcel. Tie the parcel with a piece of wire on
a suitable place near the exhaust manifold of your vehicle.
Drive then until you guess your meal is ready or
when you get the smell in the cab. It is not a definite process
you will have to experiment, but when you get to know your
recipes and the use of your engine oven, you will, without much
trouble, prepare a delicious meal.
Eggs can be prepared in different ways. In a
spade, kettle or if need be on the bonnet or on a warm rock. You
can also bury eggs in the warm sand next to the fire to be baked
in the shell.
Another way for eggs is to sharpen a stick, the
point should be as thin as possible and must be longer than the
length of the egg. Very carefully make a small hole on the one
side of the egg, thrust the stick through and cautiously out on
the other side. Hold the stick with the egg over the coals,
rotating the stick until sufficiently cooked.
Then there is still that trick that always succeeds
to impress the ignorant to boil water in a paper- or plastic bag.
Make two holes at the top of the bag and push a
stick through it to serve as handle. Pour water in the bag up to
the holes. The holes must be thus situated and formed that the
bag cannot tear. Then hold the paper kettle over the coals until
the water boils.
A plastic shopping bag with grips works better.
Just make sure, in all cases, that no flames or excessive heat
can burn those parts of the bag that is above the water-surface.
The principle that prevents the burning or melting of the bag,
rest simply upon the fact that the water cools down as quickly
in the inside of the bag as that heated up by the heat on the
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A plastic Coke bottle can also be used as a kettle.
Remove the stopper to prevent pressure building up in the
bottle while heating and do not fill the bottle completely
seeing that the plastic shrinks a little and the water at
the same time expands during the boiling process