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Cooks Up A Three-course Christmas In A Camper Van

Families are spending less and less time together with 43% struggling to find time to eat as one* - all of which means Christmas dinner is one of the rare occasions where everyone sits around the same table

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles cooks meal of the year in a Volkswagen California

·         Chef and food blogger, Claire Thomson and her family went off-grid for festive feast

·         Entire three course Christmas dinner created in the iconic campervan

·         Video available to watch at: or Below

To encourage families to switch off this Christmas and share quality time, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles challenged chef and founder of the 5 O’Clock Apron blog, Claire Thomson, to go off-grid in the New Forest with her loved ones for a festive feast in a Volkswagen California.

Kate Thompson, mother of two and Head of Press and Public Relations, of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “While for many the Christmas meal is daunting enough in a fully equipped kitchen at home, Claire proved the iconic campervan is all you need to cook up a delicious three course meal.”

Claire and her husband – former Michelin starred chef, Matt Williamson – made use of the two gas hobs, fridge, and running tap that all come as standard in the California Ocean. The couple also propped up the preparation table and rotated the two front seats to create a spacious kitchen area in which to prepare their festive feast.

Claire created the original recipes to ensure they included all the essentials so her family weren’t missing out on the true Christmas experience. For a starter, Claire cooked pan fried scallops with hazelnut butter and spinach.

This was followed by a main course of turkey saltimbocca, served with sautéed potatoes, chestnuts and sprouts and dressed with spiced pickled pears. For the final touch, they had Christmas pudding fried with Marsala butter for dessert.

Claire Thomson, commented: “We have stayed in a Volkswagen California before and absolutely loved it. The kids like sleeping ‘upstairs’, in the top bunk and it genuinely has everything you need to create any meal – even a Christmas dinner. The hobs, fridge and sink make everything really simple, leaving you free to enjoy the time away with your family.” 

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Scallops with Hazelnut Butter and Spinach

Ingredients - Serves 4
12x large scallops
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp. picked fresh thyme leaves
30g skinned hazelnuts, roughly chopped
40g butter
Finely grated zest and juice of 1⁄2 lemon
100g washed baby spinach
Vegetable oil to cook

1. Heat a large frying pan over a high temperature and add about 1 tbsp. of
oil. Season the scallops well with salt and pepper and carefully place in
the hot pan.
2. Cook for 1 - 2 minutes until nicely seared on one side and then turn the
scallops over. Add the butter and the thyme leaves and cook for further 1
- 2 minutes, carefully spooning the foaming butter over the scallops as
they cook.
3. Add the spinach to the pan along with the hazelnuts and lemon zest.

4. Remove from the heat and serve immediately together with all the pan

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