One thing that Puffin lacks is an oven. We have two hob burners and a grill which is fine, but sometimes it would be nice to oven bake some delicacies.
I discovered the Omnia oven on a boating web site and it seemed to be just right for our camping style however the purchase price of £45- £50 was putting me off buying one.
Well blow me down with a feather, Ruby only went and bought the extreme knitter and me one for Christmas. This alone is an amazing feat for such a small dog.
The Swedish designed Omnia oven sits on top of a hob burner and heats the ring shaped oven chamber by convecting heat up the central chimney.
The first test was to warm up some part baked rolls bought from Morrisons. These were heated on a low setting for 15 mins. I put them on some tin foil to stop any burning. The results were great.
We bought our Omnia from http://www.simplybrilliantstuff.com/
This will open up our cooking choices instead of just eating bacon bap; we now have a vista of dishes only limited by our imagination and ingredients.
Jacket potatoes, bread, unusual shaped pizzas and even cakes are now on the menu.
The trick to using it revolves around getting the cooking time and the hob burner settings correct.
The recipe book that is downloaded from the Omnia web site gives away the ovens Swedish origins as most of the dishes are fish based.
The book gives you an idea of the cooking times, but it takes some experimentation to get it perfect
I initially thought that it would use a lot of gas. We only have room in Puffins gas cupboard for one 2.72 kg Camping Gaz 907 and one 6kg Calor Gas cylinder and I was worried it would quickly deplete our gas stocks, but the hob burner needs to be set quite low. A rough costing of gas usage worked out at 40 pence an hour
One of the by products of the oven is the heat generated which quickly warmed Puffin up, so for our 40p we are getting roast potatoes and heating Puffin for an hour.
Who would complain about sitting on a chilly winter’s night in a toasty warm campervan eating freshly baked crusty bread and homemade soup?
The oven packs down to quite a small size in its storage bag, so finding room for it in Puffin wasn’t too bad.
I’m lucky that I’m given unusual and quirky Christmas presents. The e/knitter gave me a Tiffin sandwich tin that I’ve been wanting for sometime. This is the only cool way to transport your lunch.
I also received a bottle of Camp coffee. I haven’t see Camp coffee since my childhood when it was the only inexpensive coffee available, Nescafe instant was far too costly in those days. It wasn’t always Costa and Starbucks.
I can’t tell you how pleased I was to get a roll of sniper tape and a length of Para cord of my Grandson which will be used in one of my future projects on the campervan.
A favourite Niece (well the only one we have) gave me pair of VW socks and a Ukulele pin badge.
We received a smelly candle in a jar off our Granddaughter that will be used in Puffin to take away cooking smells. We had a very good Christmas.
Tomorrow the Lady extreme knitter returns to hospital to have her plaster cast changed. She’s hoping for a pink one this time, but I think she has plans to knit a big sock for it anyway. Any excuse to get her knitting needles out..