This may be my last entry…
Mrs CthuIu was out with her friend this evening leaving me to fend for myself in the scary world of quick food. I couldn’t justify a takeaway to myself after going out last night so I decided to do something a bit different.
The sun was shining as I strolled home so I thought it would be a great chance to do a field test on the Trangia. I’ve used it a couple of times to boil water to show people how it works but I hadn’t used it in anger yet. I decided that the perfect meal to cook on a Trangia would be 80’s kids classic Meatballs and Super Noodles. Now, I’m not making any claims to how good the food is – at one point the Meatballs in came in ‘Tasty’ [sic] Tomato Sauce – but I grew up eating this crap and I don’t care how god awful it is.
You have to cook pretty smart with a Trangia. You are limited to a single burner so making one-pot meals is usually the best option. My kit has 2 pans and a kettle so I boiled the kettle and set it aside while I cooked the meatballs. While the meatballs cooked (much quicker than I anticipated) I prepared the Super Noodles in the second pan ready for the water. Taking the now mostly cooked meatballs off the burner I put the kettle back on and brought it to the boil again. Once boiled, I poured the requisite water over the noodles and put them on the burner to bubble away for a few minutes. Finally, once they were 95% cooked (the rest can be achieved from their own residual heat) I put the meatballs on again to give them a final warm through.
This way, everything was cooked to perfection and I had enough water to make a cup of tea and start to soak the dirty pans. The whole thing took about 20 minutes – long for this particular meal but impressive for outdoors cooking.
In all honesty I think it will primarily be a water heating system at Download but the proof of concept is there and I’m sure it’ll get a proper work out at FarmFest!
I wasn’t sure about it initially but now I love my Trangia! (I’m a sad, sad individual)
Thanks for reading, now get outdoors and do some cooking!