One of the ways we keep our travel expenses under control is by renting tiny studio apartments with kitchenettes, instead of more expensive hotel rooms. And we lower our food costs by doing lots of cooking instead of eating out all the time. It’s one of the ways we create our “home on the globe” wherever we go … and we don’t get bored.
Now this is where the fun begins – figuring out what we can cook with local ingredients and the equipment in the apartment. And the gear in every studio is different – it’s always a little strange.
Many of you out there are great cooks and experiment with lots of recipes. We’re asking for your creative culinary advice. Help us come up with tasty, healthy food for nomads.
Let me set the scene. Most kitchenettes are equipped with a 2-burner stove top, sink, and fridge. That’s it. When you rummage around in the cupboard you’ll usually find:
Pans – 1 big, 1 small (rarely ever a skillet)
Utensils – 1 big spoon, 1 dull knife, a few bent forks, and a beer opener (always)
3 mismatched coffee mugs
1 egg cup (go figure)
1 small bowl
9 beer mugs (always)
1 broken wine opener (but you’ll figure out how to make it work)
When it comes to buying cooking ingredients, forget Walmart, Costco or Kroger. Most towns have small, neighborhood markets where the local folks shop every day. That’s where you’ll be going, too. So basically anything you can find in a 7-Eleven-type store (Slim Jims excluded) and a small farmers’ market is what you have to work with. Meat is often quite expensive so we use it sparingly. And if you’re buying canned goods be sure they have a pull top because there’s never a can opener! (But please, no Vienna sausages unless it’s a reeaally good recipe!)
Oh, and James asks me to mention that you don’t want to buy things you’ll only use once (such as capers, unless you want them every meal. James gives the big thumbs down!)
The ball is in your court. We can’t wait to hear your ideas.