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Adventures in Cooking On the Road

Adventures in Cooking On the Road

on Jul 9, 2013 in Blog

As my friends and family can attest, I love to cook! However, I have found cooking on the road to be a bit more challenging.

During our first 3-4 weeks on the road, many of our lodging arrangements have provided us with (a limited) opportunity to cook some of our meals. We have taken advantage where possible, and headed to our corner market to find some great ingredients and inspiration for our forthcoming meals.

I’m not sure if it is because we lack creativity, our food options are truly limited, or our available kitchen resources are constraining us. However, our meal selections have been fair, at best! I am almost embarrassed to admit some of what we have made and called “meals”. Here are a just a few, including ingredients:

  • Breakfast Burritos: (Scrambled eggs, Lefse, Cheese, Cherry Tomato, Canned Corn & Boxed Black Beans)
  • Tacos/Burritos/Taco Salad: (Ground Beef, Lefse, Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Canned Corn, Boxed Black Beans, & Lettuce)
  • Fruit Parfait: (Yogurt & Fruit)
  • Meat, Cheese, Bread, & Any Combination of the Three … (If we are lucky, we’ll throw in some veggies, like red peppers or cucumbers)
  • Chef Salad: (Lettuce, Chopped Lunch Meat, Cheese, Hard Boiled Eggs, Canned Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, & Boxed Garbanzo Beans)
  • Canned Tomato Soup w/Bread
  • Pasta w/Tomato Sauce: (Pasta & Canned Tomato Sauce)…if we feeling crazy, we may even add in some ground beef or pre-made Swedish Meatballs (in Sweden)!

Do you notice the trends?! Since we only stay a few days in locations, we pick up ingredients we can consume within our stay. Additionally, we have been cooking w/out any oil, butter, or spices!

Note: I picked up what I thought was a small stick of butter at one market and got home to find out that we had just bought a small stick of yeast! For the record yeast in Norwegian is gjær and is sold in the refrigerator section next to butter.

I’m open to any suggestions or recommendations. Remember, we need to consume during our stay in a single location. (2-4 days) In general, we have found the selection at the corner markets are not nearly as extensive as they are at home. (Example, we couldn’t find any canned veggies in one market…or a good selection of fresh veggies.) We generally have a fridge and a stovetop. An oven is rare. More often then not, we have access to a microwave.  Help, please?

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