We are going on a long anticipated vacation in a couple days. The place we’re staying has a semi-equipped kitchen; dishes, flatware, assorted pans, working stove and fridge, etc… When I say the kitchen is semi-equipped I mean it is not constantly inhabited by an obsessive-compulsive, gadget-loving foodie like myself. I have found myself wondering how little clothing I can possibly pack for a family of seven in order to preserve room in the van for my knives, mandoline, whisk, large cutting board, dough bucket, organic ketchup, natural peanut butter, homemade pickles, homemade jam, spices, huge cooler filled with pantry staples such as pesto marinated bocconcini and fresh herbs, tomatoes and zucchini from our garden, etc… Is there any possible way I can pack my stand mixer? It is like another child to me. One which I am very glad not to have birthed. I am contemplating whether to pack butter in the cooler. I mean really, what if butter’s price is astronomic there? How would I make cinnamon rolls? Or toast?
**At this point I would very much like to be able to say ‘just kidding!’ except that would be lying and I’ve repeatedly mentioned that my moral compass is set to ‘honest’.
I’ve settled on taking my knives and steel *There is, in a kitchen, nothing worse than someone else’s dull ginsu, the large cooler and whatever will fit in it *I refuse to leave behind that fresh jar of lovely basil/garlicky fresh goat milk mozzarella, a whisk *You just try making pasta á là carbonara with some poor trodden upon fork, small amounts of some spices *No way am I paying $8.00 for half an ounce of cumin at some tourist trap grocery store, and the dough bucket *No excuse here. I just want it with me.
“Why not just eat out?” I know there is someone out there who is thinking or muttering just that. It is because we are a family of 7. Vacation with 5 kids under the age of 10 is merely chaos relocated. Leaving aside the cost entirely, eating out is double chaos relocated. We’ll probably have at least 1 meal in a restaurant, but the majority of our food will be eaten in situ.
This brings me to a couple questions I have for you all.
- When you go on vacation do you pack food related tools or food? If so, what do you take with you? What can’t you live without even when you’re ‘getting away from it all’?
- Do you think, as does my husband, that I should ‘relax’ and just eat boxed macaroni and cheese for a week *shudder* **Does this place even have a colander? Oooh, maybe I should take one of those…
- Do you have any favorite ‘vacation meals’ that remind you of places or rely on the local foods from your getaways? And lastly…
- Did I forget anything important?