LAYERED POTATO BAKE
Life on board means doing away with all that clutter but there is one gadget I could not do without
Meal that ticks all the boxes
Space is always at a premium on a narrowboat yet there are a few things on board that take up valuable space but are not used often.
These are life’s little luxuries. Like my only pair of high heel shoes, my stylish designer handbag and other accessories. The Captain has a pair of smart linen trousers and jacket with trendy shoes to match tucked away on a shelf.
Though rarely worn, our non-boating wardrobes have definitely had their use for the occasional ‘posh’ non-boating gathering.
It’s a standing joke that from day to day we are in our tatty clothes with accompanying oil stains, grease marks and with a faint smell of our regular ‘diesel’ perfume thrown in. We look like typical boaters wherever we are.
But every now and then, we scrub up, dress up and go out, becoming non-boaters as we stand around in a crowd chatting and being sociable. And then someone asks where you live and we tell them we live on a narrowboat.
That starts the inevitable questions. The Captain replies about the technical stuff, the engine, generating electric, heating and costs and so on whilst I always say how living on the boat makes you appreciate that our lives ‘on the bank’ are too full of clutter and unnecessary clothes and costly gadgets which can’t be housed on board.
Mind you, there is one gadget I wouldn’t be without and worth every inch of storage space and that’s my little vacuum cleaner.
Although I could just use the dustpan and brush, a good old vacuum once a week keeps the dog hair at bay. Mine’s not an expensive top of the range battery-operated Dyson, it’s a Black and Decker model that is cyclonic too and therefore doesn’t use bags. It’s totally efficient and very powerful. A bit like me!
But I’m drifting away from my point of space-saving efficiency and preparing a quick and tasty meal with the minimal amount of worktop space, ingredients and fancy catering tools.
This month’s recipe for a layered potato bake ticks all those boxes and it’s vegetarian too which may not appeal to those traditional boaters of a carnivorous disposition but is definitely good for you once in a while.