Mousse Parfait

Mousse Parfait

When it comes to making desserts in a tiny kitchen or even in a campground, there are few better options than mousse. It is light and airy, but also rich and decadent. And, as it turns out, it is really easy to make just about…

Stovetop Roast Chicken with Lemon Gravy

Stovetop Roast Chicken with Lemon Gravy

For our first Christmas in the bus I wanted to do a very French menu. It was the cuisine that I was working on at the time, and it just felt like it would be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, everything I read told me…

Rosemary Gratin Dauphinoise

Rosemary Gratin Dauphinoise

Gratin Dauphinois is an absolutely delicious, absolutely decadent potato dish that will knock everyone’s socks off at your next vanlife gathering. Thinly sliced potatoes baked in rosemary-infused cream and topped with melted cheese, it is good enough to be a main course, but is even…

Smoked Salmon Canapes

Smoked Salmon Canapes

The French love seafood at Christmas. When trying to find traditional French Christmas foods, it was all oysters, lobster, and fish, and unfortunately fresh seafood just does not jibe all that well with buslife (depending on where you’re parked, of course). These smoked salmon canapes…

Steak au Poivre

Steak au Poivre

Steak au Poivre is a classic French dish of pepper-crusted steak with a cognac and cream pan sauce. A crust of coarse, freshly ground pepper provides a zingy counterpoint to the beef, with the cream sauce adding sweetness and depth. It is undoubtedly delicious, and…

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Ahh, French onion soup, that glorious bowl of caramelized onions in a rich, sherry and thyme-laced broth. It is a time-consuming dish to prepare, but worth every minute spent stirring those onions as they slowly brown and sweeten. Optionally topped with a slice of bread…

Dad’s Steak Bearnaise

Dad’s Steak Bearnaise

Steak Bearnaise is without a doubt one of the best dishes out there. What on earth is more luxurious than a fine piece of grilled beef drizzled with a hot butter sauce? Flavored with tarragon, shallots, and white wine vinegar, bearnaise sauce somehow adds both…