Anyway, apparently quite a lot of people are stressed out by the fairly basic kitchen facilities at this year's BiCon. So I think my contribution this year will be formally volunteering to provide a vegan hot meal on one or both nights. I'll be in one of the ensuite flats which has a "large kitchen (ideal for parties)" with an "electric cooker with 4 rings, grill and oven", and hopefully on the ground floor. The boy & I already own a 3 litre saucepan from Ikea and a massive 10 litre one, so I could do pasta with a choice of tomato & pepper sauce and/or vegan pesto on one night, and something like fried rice with peas, carrots and peppers or tomato rice with chickpeas on another night. (These are my absolutely bog standard recipes that I can make in my sleep and that can easily be scaled up - I've made the tomato rice with chickpeas for 40 or so people before.) I might have to buy a second 10 litre pan - but oh, having to obtain more kitchen hardware? The hardship! *hand-staple-forehead* ;) There might even be dessert if I am sufficiently organised in the week before BiCon.
Obviously there is a limit to the amount of food that I could make, but if people could pre-register their desires for a meal (with priority given to people with access needs or low incomes, and people doing important jobs that night), it could work. It would also be relatively cheap, though I can't say how much without a bit more research. I can't guarantee that the food at the bottom of the pan wouldn't be burned, but I have never given anyone food poisoning in my life. I don't have one of those food hygiene certificate thingies though - would that be a problem? It would also have to be Bring Your Own Plate And Cutlery, as a) I don't have 30 or 40 plates, b) I don't want to wash up 30 or 40 plates as well as the humungous pans, c) disposable is Bad For The Environment.
Does this sound like a good idea? If so, I'll type up a menu and post it on the BiCon community. Some people will probably bitch even then, or moan that they are allergic to some fundamental ingredient in the recipe. (At least it's easy enough to do separate gluten-free pasta in Yet Another pan if someone gives me clear instructions about the type of gluten-free they can eat and how the hell you cook it. The sauce consists of tomatoes, peppers, garlic olive oil and black pepper, so is naturally gluten-free already.)
I wonder if I could get Ocado or Sainsbury's to deliver food straight to BiCon so I wouldn't need to lug it all the way from here? Hmmm.