Sunday, 20 January 2013

Cooking on a self catering holiday.

My children are all grown now, but when they were young we use to enjoy holidays. be that camping, caravan, holiday chalets they always loved the freedom that holidays bring.

I always found when going on these sorts of holidays that forward planning and being prepared made for a more relaxed holiday. Before we went we would menu plan for the holiday. This made for less tears during the holidays and made the children more involved in what we were doing.

We use to  take advantage of the local foods like fruits, breads,cold meat and salad ingredients. My children always preferred salads and fresh fruit over hot meals, and it is easy to prepare a huge amount that will do a few nights thereby making it easy to eat without too much delay when we all arrived  back at the caravan.

Simple meals like Potato Salad with Coronation chicken with a side salad.

Potato Salad

Wash 2 lb new potatoes, then cut them them into 1/2 inch cubes. Being to the  boil in a pan with some garden peas, boil for 5-7 minutes until cooked. Whilst the potatoes are cooking finely chop a red onion.

Drain the peas and potatoes and whilst still warm add the onions, then add enough mayonnaise to make a nice moist potato salad. Place in fridge for flavours to develop for at least 8 hrs.

serve with Coronation Chicken      

mix together

4oz mayo
3 oz chutney of choice
1 teaspoon curry powder (strength of your taste)

chop 1 eating apple, 2 spring onions  half a red onion and four cooked chicken breasts into small pieces and stir through the mayo mix..

Leave in fridge to cool and for flavours to develop.

Serve with a mixed salad of lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes.

You could also use the Coronation Chicken and make vol-au-vonts

If you have vegetarians in the house this works equally as well with tofu as it does chicken.

Now the children are all grown we would consider going further afield with the children and the grandchildren, it is easy to plan a self catering holiday in Europe with the help of a company like  Thompson Al Fresco, For me a holiday was always about family time, time to relax and enjoy each others company, and  now we have the opportunity to do the same but with the grandchildren  

Nowadays these sorts of places come with well equipped kitchens, with no real reason not to enjoy your favourites like pizza, spaghetti bolognese, sausage and mash or even chicken curry and rice. 

I received a choice of products from Lakeland in return for this post. 


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