If you’re looking for Heidi Swanson this summer, chances are you’ll find her tending a pot or wielding a watercolor brush in an exalted outdoor setting. Last month, when we caught up with Heidi and her husband, Wayne Bremser, they gave us a tour of their home away from home: a 23-foot Globetrotter trailer that they use to strike out from their LA base to live in nature: see The Art of Airstream Living.
A plant-based diet expert (and a photographer and artist), Heidi shares captivating recipes for vegetarian and vegan everyday meals on her site, 101 Cookbooks. Since acquiring the trailer three years ago, she’s learned how to cook and create inventively on the road. Here’s how she does it.
Admiring her dress? We were, too, and discovered Heidi sews her signature uniform herself: “Every year I make a number of dresses that I work in. Between cooking all the time, camping, and having a dog, I’m so hard on clothes. I’ve probably made five or six versions of this dress in different fabrics; I do a bit of a hack on this Vali Dress.
The donabe is shown here on a grill over a campground firepit, but Heidi often uses it on a single-burner Iwatani Rugged Camp Stove; $149.99. “When not in use, the donabe sits in the box it came in to protect it while we’re driving.” Also cooking in a de Buyer Blue Carbon Steel Frying Pan, $50: blistered vegetables to be served with a salsa negra (“it’s a version of Gabriela Cámara’s Salsa Negra from Kitchn”).
“If the weather is set to be beautiful, on occasion we load up the Ooni. We have the Ooni 16 Gas-Powered Oven [$599], which collapses down flattish. It’s great for cooking pizzas, roasting veggies, making bean dishes and flat breads, and I love it for paneer veggie kebabs. If you bring the pizza oven, you also need a peel, tongs, extra flour/cornmeal, and a plan for dough (here’s my go-to pizza dough recipe and grilled pizza pointers). Pro-tip: A large-enough cutting board you can be used as a peel.”
Heidi’s Outdoor Studio
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Frequently asked questions
Who is Heidi Swanson?
Heidi Swanson is a renowned cook, cookbook author, and the creator of the popular food blog 101 Cookbooks.
What is the focus of the article?
The article focuses on healthy outdoor cooking and features tips and recipes from Heidi Swanson.
Why is outdoor cooking considered healthy?
Outdoor cooking allows for better ventilation and can help reduce exposure to indoor air pollutants. Additionally, it encourages people to spend more time outdoors and engage in physical activity.
What are some essential outdoor cooking tools mentioned in the article?
Some essential outdoor cooking tools mentioned in the article include a grill or barbecue, tongs, spatula, skewers, and a chimney starter for charcoal.
What are some tips for grilling vegetables?
Some tips for grilling vegetables mentioned in the article include marinating them before grilling, using a grilling basket or foil packets, and cutting them into uniform sizes for even cooking.
Are there any recipes shared in the article?
Yes, the article shares three recipes: Grilled Romaine Salad, Grilled Vegetables with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce, and Grilled Stone Fruit with Honey and Almonds.
Where can I find more recipes by Heidi Swanson?
You can find more recipes by Heidi Swanson on her food blog, 101 Cookbooks.
Can I use a gas grill instead of charcoal for outdoor cooking?
Yes, you can use a gas grill instead of charcoal. It offers convenience and quicker heat-up times compared to charcoal grills.
Is outdoor cooking suitable for all seasons?
Yes, outdoor cooking can be enjoyed in all seasons. However, it may require some adjustments and adaptations depending on the weather conditions.
What are some safety precautions to consider when outdoor cooking?
Some safety precautions to consider when outdoor cooking include keeping a fire extinguisher nearby, avoiding loose or flowing clothing, and practicing proper food handling and grilling techniques.