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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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Spicy Potatoes

Potatoes seem to be a British staple that’s eaten with almost every meal, and with good reason! They’re cheap, easy to store and prepare, and packed with vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, B6, Iron and Potassium.

Yet despite all of this, they can sometimes be a bit boring so let's go ahead and spice them up a bit! These simple spicy potatoes go great with pretty much anything and can help turn a simple salad into a very satisfying main meal.


Also most spices have surprisingly beneficial medicinal values so are doubly worth including in your meals! Chilli for example can help boost your metabolism and improve circulation, and turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory among other things. I sprinkle them on meals wherever I can to help keep my body working at its best.


*Remember to seek medical advice before consuming any herbs or spices in large amounts of you are on any medication or pregnant. 




Salt & Pepper

Oil for roasting (coconut, vegetable, chicken/goose fat)

Spice Mix (blend equal amounts of chilli powder, turmeric, and paprika)

+ optional Garlic (smashed whole cloves or dried)



1. Peel and chop potatoes into chunks. How big is up to you; small chunks cook faster and will be crispier, larger chunks will take longer to cook but will remain fluffier in the middle if that's your preference.

2. Boil the potatoes in water  with a pinch of salt until just tender. Preheat your oven and the roasting tray to a moderately high temperature with a light coating of oil.

3. Drain the cooking water from the potatoes and allow them to sit in the pan for a further minute. If you think they'll stand up to it, hold the lid on tightly and give the pan a quick shake - this helps to break up the outer layer slightly which will result a crispier skin.

4. Spread the potatoes onto the hot roasting tray, beware of the oil spitting as the residual water comes into contact with it. Spray or drizzle the tops with a light coating of oil, season with the salt and pepper, and sprinkle with an even coating of the spice blend - I really don't know what I'd do without my nifty oil sprayer! Add the crushed garlic cloves (or dried) to the tray now if using.

5. Roast until crispy (30 mins - an hour), turning halfway (in our little gas oven I also find I need to rotate the tray itself at some point for more even cooking). You may find you need to top up the spice and spray with more oil, depending on just how crispy and strong you like it!

If the spices appear to be burning before the potatoes are cooked, lower the temperature or move the tray lower in the oven.

6. Enjoy as part of a spiced-up Sunday roast, or scatter over a colourful salad for more substance...


Extra! Using a flavoured oil or salt can help add even more to an already exciting dish!


Feel free to switch up your spice blend for more daring flavours, we'd love to hear from you so let us know what you did in the comments below!

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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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