Hi, I am Summer Bourne and I fell in love with the campervan life a few years ago when my partner, Glyn, and I bought a converted Toyota Previa (‘Trev-the-Prev’) as our first campervan. We are now converting a Vauxhall Vivaro SWB panel van who we call ‘Big Red’.
I am also passionate about good food – nothing too fancy – just nourishing, home-style food that is easy to make. I wanted to be able to carry on cooking good food while we were out on the road too but, as you know if you have a campervan, this is not so easy. You don’t have a proper kitchen, space, storage or the usual gadgets and, when you are out having adventures, you don’t want to be spending too much time on the cooking lark anyway.
So I started to adapt some of my home recipes so that I could make tasty meals from our basic campervan kitchen – often just on a one-ring gas cooker. This got me hooked and I now go on the hunt for great recipes that will fit the bill too.
And then I thought, if I am trying to cook this way there are probably lots of other campers trying to do the same thing. Maybe they might like to know about some of the recipes that have worked well (of course, there were many recipes that didn’t!). So I now write books about the campervan life and have a cookbook (‘The Camper Cookie: Easy Recipes and Cool Tips for Your Campervan Life’) that share these recipes and tips for cooking on the road.
I am also constantly researching nutrition as I do feel that it is important to give our bodies good food though, of course, it is nice to be a bit food-naughty now and then too!
Chronic Fatigue Taught Me a Lot
My passion for good food came out of the 7 years that I was ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Unfortunately, the medical profession could not offer me a cure so I started to research natural health so that I could cure myself which I did eventually. A large part of becoming well again was getting the right nutrition.
Although it wasn’t a lot of fun, the CFS taught me so much about food and how to have a healthy life and I enjoy sharing this with other people now.
For help with M.E./Chronic Fatigue, you might like to take a look at The Optimum Health Clinic www.theoptimumhealthclinic.com/
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