Thanks to our friend Kerrie Moor, who coordinates humanitarian efforts among several independent teams in Athens, we had a surprise visit last Friday. A lorry, accompanied by several gentlemen, appeared in the night and just dropped almost 300 kG of various food, including fresh lamb’s meat, vegetables, carrots, potatoes and onion. Next morning they surprised us again, bringing rice, lentils, various sweet and unhealthy snacks (THANK YOU!) and toiletries. Continue reading The Mystery Of Cornucopia Lorry
We have prepared and tested the “haybox cooker” (aka fireless cooker) — thermally insulated box, helping cook food in “retained heat”.
The method is simple. Instead of keeping the pot on the fire all time, until the food is ready, we boil it once and then close in tight, thermally insulated box, where it keeps cooking “itself”. Continue reading Less fuel, more cooking!
Today I woke up with the nagging need to be creative. So I decided to use our stock of donated vegetables (carrots & zucchini) and pasta and cook Sunday brunch. Here’s the story…
Lesson learned: WE NEED PROPER KITCHENWARE. Donation, anybody?
Thanks to our new friend, Alison, we obtained materials to build first solar cooker here. The bill of materials is short:
- water-based glue
- kitchen aluminum foil
- black spray paint (heat resistant)
- duct tape (of course!)
- a piece of metal rod
- a piece of string
- a mason jar
The construction we selected is one of most elegant and lightweight available (see http://sunnycooker.webs.com/ for details). It took us maybe an hour altogether (in two days, working as a team) to make the prototype. Continue reading Sun Rice
Thanks to advice of some good people from the solar cooking community, I decided to try another solar cooker construction, a panel cooker called CookIt. Today, I made the first test version, using MDF, alu-foil and my favourite duct tape. As a design, I took absolutely brilliant variation by Phillip King, being fully parametrised[0. You adapt it to any size of material you have and it retains all proportions and angles, while scaling] and using solely descriptive geometry means. Fantastic! Continue reading CookIt Panel Cooker
As you may read in the previous report, I did some extravagant work with the Valentine Box solar cooker, spending a lot of bubbles. While the cooker has proven its efficiency, I had some doubts about its durability. So I put it outside and let the sun do the testing.
Patience paid, as we can see below. Neither sprayed foam nor mylar silver foil were able to stand the scorching hot of Greek early spring sun. Even foam blocks melted at the bottom, although sightly. Even the thermometer broke, overheated. Continue reading Valentine Box Mark II