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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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Pork & Apple Burgers

I like to make my own burgers, not only because I know what I have put in them but because it’s generally cheaper too. It also means that I can have a selection of minced meat in the freezer that can be transformed into whatever we fancy that day, and the flavour of a home-made burger is far superior to anything from the shops.

Sometimes we want something a little bit different to the regular beef burger, and these pork and apple burgers are just the thing! They’re sweet, fresh, and light – including light on the wallet as pork is a much cheaper meat than beef. Choose the regular 'fatty' kind of pork mince rather than lean mince as you need the fat for flavour and moisture - don't worry, a lot of the fat will drain off anyway but will have done its job of imparting flavour  on the way! 

Hand-making burgers whilst camping is easily achievable and can be great fun if you forage some of the ingredients from the area you're staying in, but remember to take the relevant precautions regarding food hygiene. See our article on Food Hygiene in the Wild>


I find that Crab apples are best as they’re free and have a nice tang to them making this a perfect Autumn recipe after a foraging foray! Really though, the best apple is the one you have - so use whatever you have on hand.

These can be cooked in a pan, but the BBQ or fire is by far the best method as the flavour is phenomenal! It also allows the fat to drain away better. Remember that sweeter varieties of apples release more sugar which can burn easily on the outside so keep the heat a little lower than with other meat.


*tip* As with any meat shaping recipe make sure that your hands and surfaces are squeaky clean and that any Buy Ring Holders on Amazon now!Buy Ring Holders on Amazon now!wedding rings etc have been stashed safely away (jewellery can harbour some nasty germs underneath, plus it’s fiddly business to have to scrub dried meat and fat out from around any stones or cut patterns. You could even lose a stone in the mix if one was loose so it’s safer all round to just take it off!). I also make sure to have a bowl of warm soapy water ready to clean me up afterwards. See these gorgeous ring holders to keep your jewels safe whilst you work! >                                        


Ingredients:    (makes 4 x extra large or 6 x medium burgers)

400g pork mince (not lean else they will be far too dry!)

1-2 tbsp. bread crumbs

salt & pepper

1 medium cooking apple / several of smaller varieties

Lemon juice (to prevent apple browning)


soft rolls + optional onions/relish to serve



1. Peel and grate the apple into a jug with some water and the lemon juice, discarding the core. Set aside.

2. Mix the mince with the breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl and season well. Use your hands to squeeze the mince until a smoother pulp - this helps it mould better into patties.

3. Use a clean towel or some muslin cloth to squeeze the excess water from the grated apple. Add to the meat and mix well.

4. Shape the meat into patties with your hands and place onto squares of greaseproof paper to stop them sticking together, or to the work surface! Wrap the stack of burgers tightly in cling film and keep in the fridge until you're ready to cook.

5. Cook all the way through as you would regular burgers, though keep an eye on the heat as it can burn the apple sugars quickly.


We like this nifty folding grater to save precious space in the utensils drawer: 


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About us:

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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