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Introduction to solar cooking

A couple of years ago I came across an article on how to make a simple solar oven - in which I converted an old Coleman's Cooler box into a solar oven.

Homemade solar
Homemade Solar Cooker

It worked beautifully as an introduction to solar cooking and, amongst the meals I in it, the whole chickens and legs of lamb which it cooked were the tenderest and tastiest we have ever eaten. I subsequently purchased a very basic solar oven from a non-profit organisation in Johannesburg, the Sunstove Organisation (contact Margaret on for availability and price) and continued experimenting with varying degrees of success. I found that the highest temperature I could achieve with this unit was 120oC (248oF) and that I found to be very limiting. It basically works as a slow cooker. So I have subsequently purchased a solar oven which is made overseas. This has made all the difference as my oven can now reach temperatures of 230oC (450oF) - enabling me to cook anything at all.

If you would like some basic information on how to use your solar oven, I have compiled an "Introduction to Solar Cooking.pdf" which you may download by clicking on the following image:

Intro to Solar Cooking

Please click on the photo above to access the Introduction to Solar Cooking pdf.

Solar Oven Recipes

I am pleased to be able to offer you the option to purchase my Solar Oven Recipe book here. I have (for ease of sending it to you via a smaller e-mail .pdf attachment) divided the recipes into the following six categories:

1 Solar Eggs and Soups (to purchase as one .pdf)

2 Solar Bread, Biscuits and Cakes

3 Solar Chicken

4 Solar Meat

5 Solar Vegetables and Vegetarian

6 Solar Desserts

There are 170 recipes within those 6 categories

Given the state of the world's economy, I have tried to keep it affordable - but please bear in mind I have given approximately 240 (shoulder / neck-hurting) hours to deciphering my food-splattered scrawls and typing out these recipes. Cooking time involved - I have no idea!

I am offering the recipes at ZAR16.56 / category (at an average of over 21 recipes / category (and at today's exchange rate of roughly US$2.40 or €I.69 / category) that works out to roughly ZAR0.79 (US$0.11 / €0.08) per recipe. It could get better for you, or it could get worse - depending on how the ZAR performs.

I have separated the sections, because I am aware I have some fellow Vegetarians out there, whom I know, and understand, would not be interested in getting meat recipes. Included with each recipe purchased I will send you the "Introduction to Solar Cooking.pdf" unless you have already downloaded it - please state if you require me to send it to you with your recipes when you place your order.

Finally, given the amount of time / work I have given to this, could I ask you to please respect my effort and not copy / distribute to friends / family members.

Thank you - hopefully the detail in these recipes will increase your confidence and encourage the use of your solar oven. Enjoy using your solar ovens - they are definitely the way forward on this planet.


The recipes in each category are as follows:



  • Puffy Eggs
  • Fried Eggs
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Cheese Egg Rolls
  • Poached Eggs in Spanish Sauce
  • Asparagus Quiche
  • Crustless Quiche
  • Spinach Quiche
  • Zucchini Quiche
  • Ham and Corn Soufflé
  • Mushroom and Potato Frittata


  • Root Vegetable and Ginger Soup
  • Pureed Vegetable and Onion Soup
  • Hearty Chicken Soup
  • Split Pea and Potato Soup
  • Gingered Chicken Soup with Julienne Vegetables
  • Sensational Turkey Soup
  • Wholesome Slow Cooked Tomato Soup
  • Cream of Carrot Soup
  • Hannepoort Spiked Carrot Soup with Ginger and Orange Matchstick Soup
  • Thai Chicken Soup
  • Cock-A-Leekie Soup
  • Borsch
  • Minestrone
  • Pumpkin Soup
  • Vichyssoise
  • Zucchini Soup



  • French Bread
  • Solar Cornbread
  • Easy Wholewheat Loaf
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Chunky Wholewheat Loaf
  • Pizza Bread
  • Carrot, Zucchini and Pineapple Bread
  • Blueberry Bread
  • Mango and Banana Bread
  • Orange, Banana and Oatmeal Bread
  • Beer Bread
  • Herb Parmesan Loaf
  • Parmesan-Herb Bread with Almond Flour
  • The Ultimate Solar Bread Recipe
  • Solar Honey Bread

Biscuits and Cakes:

  • Almond Loaf
  • Cherry Choc Biscuits
  • Boiled Fruit Cake
  • Basic Butter Biscuit Recipe
  • Simnel Cake
  • Marrow Muffins



  • Barbeque Chicken Pieces
  • Chicken and Vegetables
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Spanish Chicken
  • Greek Style Chicken
  • Chicken with Barley and Mushrooms
  • Chicken in Sherry Sauce
  • Honeyed Chicken Breast
  • Garlicky Drumsticks
  • Chicken with Mushrooms
  • Chicken and Cheese Bake
  • Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts
  • Baby Chickens with Rice and Raisin Stuffing
  • Chicken with Cashew Nuts
  • Malay Braised Chicken
  • Chicken Stew with Orange and Tomatoes
  • Chicken Biriani
  • Baked Chicken and Potatoes


  • Roast Duck


  • Roast Turkey with Bread Stuffing
  • Turkey Legs



  • All day Beef Stew
  • Beef Loaf
  • Beef Olives
  • Beef Shin with Beans and Lentils
  • Classic Hungarian
  • Goulash Chilli Con Carne
  • Chilli Mince Meat Loaf
  • Osso Bucco
  • Pot Roast Beef with Vegetables
  • Roast Beef with Mushroom Sauce
  • Roast Beef or Lamb
  • Solar Chilli Beef and Beans
  • Solar Lasagne
  • Solar Pot Roast
  • South African Frikkadels (Meatballs)
  • Stuffed Vine Leaves (Dolmades) with Avgolemono
  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs


  • Honeyed Roast
  • Lamb Tomato Bredie
  • Roast Beef or Lamb


  • Bacon
  • Pork Chops
  • Port Spareribs
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Spicy Pork Stew
  • Solar Cooked Ham
  • Solar Roast Pork with Apples, Pears, Cabbage and Caraway

Other: Macaroni and Cheese with either Ground Beef, Lamb or Pork



Beans - Dry and Green

  • Baked Beans
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Solar Mexican Beans
  • Solar Cooked Pinto Beans

Beets and Beetroot:

  • Basic Method
  • Sweet and Sour Beetroot with Citrus Sauce


  • Broccoli Casserole


  • Butternut and Aubergine Coconut Curry


  • Stewed Red Cabbage


  • Corn off the cob
  • Fresh Corn with Husks
  • Mealies or Corn on the Cob
  • Corn Casserole

Eggplant (Aubergine):

  • Baked Eggplant
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Eggplant and Coconut Curry

Lentils and Nuts:

  • Healthy Lentils
  • Lentil and Rice Casserole
  • Lentils with Raisins
  • Lentil and Walnut Loaf

Mixed Vegetables:

  • Mixed Spring Vegetables

Onions and Garlic:

  • Cheesed Onions
  • Baked Onions
  • Baked Garlic

Peppers (Capsicum):

  • Stuffed Peppers


  • Solar Polenta


  • Baked Potatoes
  • Pineapple and Sweet Potatoes
  • Potato and Mushroom Bake
  • Baked Scalloped Potatoes
  • Potato Au Gratin
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Potato Salad
  • Boiled Baby Potatoes


  • Curried Pumpkin


  • Brown Rice
  • White Rice
  • Rice Pudding

Squash and Marrows:

  • Stuffed Gem Squash
  • Stuffed Marrow
  • Zucchini Zucchini Casserole


  • Solar Tomato Sauce
  • Whole Stewed Tomatoes
  • Stuffed Tomatoes
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • Tomato and Vegetable Stew


  • Apple Custard
  • Baked Apples
  • Baked Stuffed Apples
  • Baked Cinnamon Apples
  • Brownie Pudding
  • Crustless Apple Pie
  • Chunky Fruit Sauce
  • Golden Sponge Pudding
  • Hot Fruit Dish
  • Hot Fudge Sundae
  • Pudding Lemon Pudding
  • Pavlova
  • Peach Meringues
  • Peach Pudding Cake
  • Quick Raisin Pie
  • Rice Pudding
  • Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding
  • Semolina Pudding
  • Solar Fruit
  • Solar Rice Pudding
  • Spicy Baked Apples
  • Strawberry Pie
  • Stuffed Peaches

Solar Recipe Category

When you click on the category you require you will be taken to your shopping cart in a new window. To add another recipe category to your purchase, please click on the PayPal Solar Recipe Category button on this page again, and choose the next Solar Recipe category - that will add that item to your shopping cart. When you have completed your recipe selection, please proceed to check out. Thank you.

Once I receive confirmation that you have purchased a recipe section, I will immediately e-mail you the recipe pdf's. For my peace of mind, could I ask you to please confirm that you have received the .pdf's?

Happy solar cooking :-)