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The Waki Way - Living full-time in a motor home

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We always seem to get asked the same questions about living somewhat off grid in a motor home, to which the answers seem to spark a dozen more questions! So (to give our voices a rest!) here's the answers to our most frequently asked questions...

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Carrot & Butterbean Soup

A delicious and beautifully colourful soup, this makes a fantastic low-fat lunch packed with filling protein from the butterbeans.

It's the perfect Autumn comfort food for lunch time. 


If you’re hard for time or if you want to save gas, use a pressure cooker. They come in a range of sizes depending on how many people you’re catering for, see our pressure cooker review>

 Dried butter beans soaking for the night.Dried butter beans soaking for the night.


approx. 500g grated carrots*

1 onion, finely chopped

1-2 cloves garlic, crushed / 1 tsp dried

1 tsp paprika

2 tbsp. tomato puree

1.5 litres of chicken/vegetable stock

400g tinned butterbeans / 1/2 cup dried (soaked overnight)


salt & pepper to taste

+ butter/oil for frying



1. If using dried beans that have been soaked overnight, boil for 1 hour before using as per the recipe. Do not neglect this step, unprocessed beans can make you very ill!

2. Gently fry the onion with the butter until softened in a deep saucepan.

3. Add the garlic and tomato puree and stir for a minute.

4. Add the carrot, beans, paprika, and stock, and simmer for 30-40 mins. Season well with the salt and pepper.

5. Ladle into bowls and enjoy with a chunk of crusty bread, hunt for meaty butterbeans with your spoon...!


*Work what you’ve got! This is one of those recipes where you can add many other vegetables if they need using up and not really alter the overall flavour. Try adding chopped baby corn, leeks, squash or sweet potato! 


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My name is Sarah and in 2011 my husband Ryan and I decided to buy and re-fit an old motor home - we named it Waki and now live in it full time in the UK!

We live neither on or off-grid, rather somewhere in between, and are not the first and I dare say not the last to choose this way of life... read more>> 

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