I am sure I have mentioned before that both Heidi and I are kind of research nuts. Lately, she has been learning and trying out recipes for things we used to purchase. Last week she improved her already excellent method of making Teriyaki glaze and last night, we enjoyed another of her successful adaptations, home made "shake & bake" for chicken. It was much nummier than store bought!
What may not be obvious about this particular area of research is why it is such a cool thing for our mobile lifestyle. Aside from the cost savings and the great benefit of knowing what you are ingesting, there is another aspect that is equally as valuable; Storage space. One of the criteria we consider when purchasing anything to go in our Vanhome is whether the item has more than one use. The concept is similar in this case as well. The basic goal being the ability to replace a bunch of normally store bought items with a few basic, easily stored ingredients and a bit of knowledge. Trust me, this is a worthwhile pursuit!
I have been focusing much of my research efforts on finding a better alternative to the inefficient, currently non-functional furnace in Taj. Heidi's desire to put a wood stove in a van has prompted me to consider less common alternatives as well. Not a wood stove though, rather a very small, direct vent LP fireplace. I will do an in depth post on what I settle on and why hopefully soon.
The image above is completely unrelated to this post, but I hate blogging without a picture of something :) That shot is of Lake Crescent, which is about 10 miles from us at the moment. It really is about the most beautiful lake I have seen anywhere. For someone who grew up mostly in MN, that is saying something! I will leave you with a few more pictures, none of which do it justice. Read here for some interesting details about this lake.