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Can you cook an egg on your car

Trying to save money on your electricity bill? Looking for a way to cook on the road? Whatever your reason - why not try frying up your Sunday egg sarnie on your car instead?


In the UK

Down under in the blazing 40 degree heat you might get away with frying an egg atop your hood, but in pallid Blighty you are going to have more luck with your engine. So put those glamourous images of sunny side up hood side out of your mind! Here is how to do it British style.

To locate the perfect spot on your engine for cooking up a feast, take your car out for a five minute spin. When you get back lift the hood and carefully touch a few spots around the engine. Quick is the name of the game if you want to avoid ending up in the local burns unit. Often the exhaust manifold will prove the hottest spot, though if you’ve got an old banger for cooking your bangers in (sorry), the engine block may be your best bet.

Bear in mind what you are planning to cook. Cooler spots will be best for lightly cooked veg and fish. Hotter areas are best reserved for thicker cuts of meat. Another important point – stick to static areas that aren’t going to move. Or face a rather embarrassing Q&A at your mechanic; “er, why is there a chicken kebab wedged in your cam belt sir?”

So, how do you get started once you’ve located the perfect spot? Wrap your ingredient of choice thickly in foil. Be generous here, we’re talking a triple wrapped package for maximum protection. Then hit the road, Jack. It is a matter of trial and error to find out how long it takes for certain food to cook. If you aren’t prepared to drive to Scotland for your dinner, you might want to check out the book below which will be able to provide you with better time estimates. 

The book

If you want to take this style of cuisine seriously we can recommend ‘Manifold Destiny - The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine!’ by experienced rally drivers Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller highly enough.

It raises – and attempts to answer – some of life’s most pressing questions: How many miles does it take to braise a fish fillet? Should you use your exhaust manifold or your valve cover for a pork tenderloin? And, were Jaguars really designed with veal scallopini in mind?

With over 40 tried and tested recipes, this is a great option for newbie under the hood chefs.

But what about the egg?

Back in August of 2003 our capital reached the dizzying heights of 35.4 degrees. But was it hot enough to fry that elusive egg? The guardian followed London taxi driver Shelaghs attempts, but despite whitening around the edges, it remained uncooked after 25 minutes. And in Australia? Eggs literally fry on the ground. We’ll stick to engine roasted sausages, thanks. 

Driving Tips  12/05/2015 09:12:02

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