Christmas in a car?

Christmas in your car

Christmas on the road


It may be a silly thing to suggest, but we at Easy Gap Insurance believe that a large majority of people will be spending Christmas in their car or vehicle. If you have a long journey home this Christmas, or a long journey in general. Then it might be a good idea to cook your bird of preference on the engine manifold of your car, or maybe it isn’t.


According to the Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to cooking on your car engine says that you can actually do this, if you are driving over 220 miles. Though, a whole turkey or chicken cannot be done, you and the family members in your car will have to settle for the breast of the bird, around five pounds of it, that is cut into slices and then wrapped up in tin foil.


This does sound slightly insane and the book was published in the 80′s, so the engines of today are a more insulated than they have ever been before, therefore if your intention was to cook your Christmas bird on a hot spot under the hood, it may be slightly difficult. Essentially, if you do manage to cook your turkey or chicken like this, it’s going to be steamed, hmm.


It may not seem so strange that motorists who drive a Motorhome or a camper van may well spend Christmas inside their vehicle. In the 70′s, it is widely believed that a large population of the UK spent a special occasion within a Volkswagen camper van. The Motorhome, Campervan and Caravan may not be achieving the sales previously seen in the past 20 – 30 years, but , a considerable amount of people may well be on the road for Christmas.


The recipe to Christmas Engine Road Turkey


  1. Around five pounds of boneless turkey of chicken breast, sliced against the grain into thin strips.
  2. 2 large potatoes, peeled and then diced.
  3. 4 Carrots, diced finely.
  4. Some dry white whine
  5. Butter to grease the foil
  6. Flour for dredging
  7. Salt and pepper for seasoning
  8. Heavy Cream


Whilst you are still at home, combine the turkey/chicken, carrots and potatoes into a mixing bowl with the white wine and then cover. Allow to marinate in the fridge for two hours and then drain, without drinking the wine. Putting the vegetables to the side, the turkey/chicken pieces should be dredges in the flour, then five large squares of tinfoil should be buttered. Equal amounts of the turkey/chicken into a square and then season with salt and pepper to taste. Cup the tinfoil around the ingredients and then pour over as much heavy cream as can be managed and then seal the tinfoil carefully, so no cream pours out. Cook on the engine of your vehicle for around four hours, turning once. So, that is Christmas in your car.

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