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Cooking in a motorhome or houseboat

Spaghetti with salad
Spaghetti with salad - perfect for cooking in a motor home or houseboat

Cooking in a small kitchen

Cooking in a mobile home or houseboat needs to be carefully considered. Because both in the galley and in the kitchenette of a mobile home there is little space. We have been to the houseboat and that several times in recent years Motorhome when traveling. We have gained experience of what to look for in a small kitchen.



Cooking in a motorhome or houseboat - on the gas stove

When cooking in a motor home or houseboat, you usually only have one gas stove. It took some getting used to for us, as we are used to an electric stove at home. There were two hotplates available to us in the mobile home. In the two houseboats we were traveling with, we had a stove with four burners and an oven. However, the oven was also operated with gas. It's not that easy to cope with.


When cooking in the houseboat
When cooking in a mobile home or houseboat


Shops are few and far between

For this reason, when we went shopping, we thought carefully about what is easiest to cook on the way. After all, we were on our way to look at the landscape and the small towns and not to stand in the kitchen for hours. We also wanted to avoid long cooking times. The gas for the gas stoves should be sufficient for the entire trip if possible. On the way there is not always and everywhere supplies. Cooking in a mobile home or houseboat needs to be well planned

The same goes for shopping itself. With the houseboat you are tied to the river. Only in the rarest cases are there shopping opportunities along the rivers. And when they do, the goods are usually expensive. So if you don't want to take long journeys and carry bags of supplies, it is best to stock up on groceries before the trip. The same goes for cooking in a motor home. The parking spaces at supermarkets are seldom spacious enough for mobile homes to maneuver in them. It is better to buy the ingredients for cooking beforehand.

Which foods to take with you?

Since space is limited, you should plan carefully which groceries you will take with you on your motorhome or houseboat tour. Usually there is a refrigerator. For two people or even for a whole family, however, its capacity will soon reach its limits. We only put drinks in the fridge shortly before use. Until then we stored them in the motorhome in the hold. We had reserved a cupboard for drinks in the houseboat. There were also places under the bench where we could store drinks. So we always had chilled drinks available.


A cookbook for the motorhome tour through Europe

With this cookbook you are perfectly equipped for a camper trip. The author Victoria Lommatzsch traveled all over Europe for a year. She visited weekly markets. In factories she discovered specialties from the region. She went deep sea fishing in Norway and tried cocoa in Belgium. Along the way, she took cooking classes and visited producers of cheese, olive oil, beer and other products that she tasted.

In her cookbook she takes you on a culinary motorhome tour through Europe. She has collected more than eighty recipes that can be prepared in a mobile home kitchen. The perfect reference work for everyone who wants to cook well on their trip with the motorhome (or houseboat) and also wants to discover the specialties of their destination.

Order The Van Taste * here.


For food, it is better to take long-life foods with you. It is worthwhile to make sure that these can be used for different dishes. Then the menu becomes more varied. In the mobile home or houseboat, we mainly store dry food such as pasta, rice, potatoes, cereals and mueslis for breakfast. Spices are very important so that we can cook in a varied way. The more diverse, the better. So you can cook new dishes every day from pasta, rice and potatoes. To do this, we pack cans of vegetables. Canned tomatoes are the basis for a variety of sauces that go well with pasta, rice and potatoes. The same goes for corn, beans, chickpeas, and other vegetables that are canned.

We also pack eggs, coffee and tea for breakfast and cooking. We have one in our packing list for motorhomes List of foods put together that are particularly suitable for cooking in a motorhome or houseboat. You can buy fresh groceries during your trip at markets or farm shops. At the same time, these are stops where you come into contact with the people on site. There you can also often get specialties from the region.


Kitchen area in the motorhome
Kitchen area in the mobile home - there is not much space for cooking in the mobile home or houseboat


Shopping for cooking in a camper or houseboat

We bought numerous foods that we didn't need to cook. Or we chose ingredients for dishes that are quick to prepare and do not require a lot of work. In the mobile home, we also made sure that we didn't need more than two hotplates for a meal. After all, the food should be warm on the table and not be difficult to cook. Rice pans, steaks, pasta dishes, stews and the like are ideal for cooking in a small kitchen.

Kitchen equipment for cooking in the motorhome

Especially when cooking in a mobile home, you should make sure that the kitchen equipment meets some requirements. After all, the dishes must not break even on bumpy roads. While there is usually a little more space in the galley in houseboats, this is usually very limited in motorhomes or campers.

What you absolutely need is a pan. Pan-fried dishes are particularly suitable for cooking in a motorhome, as they usually only require one hotplate. Risottos, pasta dishes and fried potatoes are perfect dishes for the motorhome stove. Practical is one Pan with removable handle *that takes up little space when stored in the kitchen cupboard.

Also with the pots it is worth making sure that they take up as little space as possible in the motorhome cabinet. They are best suited for this Pots that can be stacked *: We recommend one for salads foldable sieve with bowl *. These also save space in the kitchen cupboard.

In our packing list for the motorhome we recommend a list for the Kitchen equipment in the motorhome. There you will find everything you need for cooking in the motorhome.

Our favorite recipe for cooking in a motor home or houseboat: pasta


Pasta (spaghetti or if no high pot is available Spiral pasta)


Here you can vary very well and prepare a different sauce every day. A Bolognese sauce, for example, is good to cook. However, my favorite sauce in such small kitchens is a cheese sauce with herbs. For this I need

3 varieties of cheese (eg Parmesan, Gruyère and Emmentaler)
2 cups of cream
1 toe garlic
herbs of Provence
salt and pepper


Cook the noodles in salted water according to the instructions on the package.

In the meantime, fry the finely chopped garlic in the butter. Pour in the cream and bring to a boil. Cut the cheeses into small pieces. Then melt in the cream. Season with herbs, salt and pepper.

It only takes a few minutes to prepare the dish, it requires little dishes and it tastes delicious after a day in the open air. If you want, you can also prepare a salad.


  • A good recipe is also Dako, a specialty from Crete.
  • Or do you like to cook outside from time to time? With this recipe for Campfire Queso Fresco that's fine.


With this article about cooking in a mobile home or houseboat, we are participating in the Blogparade: Recipes for all cases from the moment: New York.


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  1. Uschi from Aachen
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    When the cheese-herbal sauce, the water in my mouth runs together - I try at the next opportunity. In my luxurious normal-sized kitchen ... :-)

    • Monika & Petar Fuchs
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      Dear Uschi,

      Of course you can also make the cheese and herb sauce here. They are with us again and again - even at home.

      Best regards,

  2. Petrina Moment: New York
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    Dear Monika, dear Peter,

    Thanks for the delicious contribution to my blog parade! Now I have to swiftly try out whether your cheese sauce with herbs works in my New York mini-kitchen ... of course for purely scientific reasons. ;-)

    Greetings on the houseboat or in the camper!

    • Monika & Petar Fuchs
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      Dear Petrina,

      that will work for sure :). We also have them at home often. It is made quickly and tastes delicious.

      Enojy your meal.

      Greetings to New York,
      Monika and Petar

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