Wanna Take a Trip Around the World in an RV?
Jan. 4, 2010 1:16 pm
Updated: Jan. 7, 2010 6:02 pm
After my last blog where I pubically announced that I wanted to write a book, I started to think..I know, I smelled the smoke myself...and then I thought some more and came up with an idea! My thought is that RV's are for travelling around, but I don't have a truck yet to pull mine. This is a complication. How could I rectify this problem? And, why on Earth would anyone want to read about the standard steaks, burgers, mac & cheese, etc.? It's been done to death! So in talking with my husband, our friends, my dear mother-in-law, Ann and my friends on AR's recipe exchange and also after watching Julie & Julia (which, by-the-way, my husband actually really liked the movie) I started thinking that I, too, could learn a new culture of food. But, I know me, I would not be able to stay faithful to any one cuisine...I would feel like I committed adultery....there are WAY too many cuisines and cultures out there to sample. So why not sample a different country every week...a cruise that takes me, of sorts, all around the world, not in 80 days, but in 52 weeks. I put the idea out there again to my think tank and the consensus was that everyone thought that was a good idea. Then my husband let out a groan and said, "How much is this gonna cost me?". Hmmm...a new complication! Now I need to set a budget that won't break the bank, which isn't filling at the rate I would like with our only income at this point being unemployment until the husband goes back to work. So, grabbing into thin air, I have come up with a figure of $20 for utensils, weird ingredients, etc. That's it, not a penny more! If I have leftover money at the end, I'll put it in one of my Crown Royal bags and forget about it! At the end of the year, maybe I can suprise my husband with a trip to one of our favorite spots...Long Beach, Washington and get a hotel room with a jacuzzi for a night or two (they always have those deals, buy one night, get one night free). Now I have a goal for the end of all of this. Lastly, this experiment needs to be able to utilize what I have on hand at first...my cabinets and fridge are ridiculously full, and I need to really use some things up such as vinegars that I have in the fridge, cans of whatever that I have in the cabinets, and spices that I have on hand that are begging to be used! At least if I do that, I won't feel like this is gonna cost a fortune!! And my husband won't yakkk so hard about it all! In the meantime, I will still write about the regular food that I make and the methheads and trailer park drama, never fear! I looked online at a list of all the countries of the world and thought, WHOA! that's a lot of freakin countries!! So, after reading the list and narrowing it down, I have come up with the following countries. If I left anyone out, it's because I thought it would be really similar to one I already picked, or I couldn't pronounce the name--take your pick--but here is the list and it's NOT in the order I'm going in...I will throw it out on the Recipe Exchange weekly and let all my friends there pick the cuisine, I'll just narrow it down to 2 or 3 choices!
14. French Polynesia
40. Saudi Arabia
42. South Africa
50. England (United Kingdom)
Once again, these are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER! I am not Andrew Z. and am not going to eat roasted scorpions or make cobra blood cocktails...just food with ingredients that I can find here. This will make me have to think about reasonable substitutions. I'm not going out and buying a clay oven that you bury in the ground either!! Each week, the dinner will be made for 2, which I think will help out a lot of people who live in these things...I don't see a ton of RVer's with kids living in these things, camping, yes, living, no! This week I am going to kick this whole thing off with a cuisine we all have heard of and most everyone likes: Italy! I'm not sure which day I will cook, but watch this blog for the results and I'll post a new blog every week with the details of each new country! Thanks to everyone for your belief in my ability to write this crazy book and I hope you have fun reading it as I go!! I'm gonna have a blast cooking it!!
North Head Lighthouse on the cliff overlooking the ocean
Waikiki Beach, Cape Disappointment State Park...Long Beach, Washington
My RV Galley complete with dirty dishes!
The space I have to create it all on! Look at it sideways!
the crammed full food cabinet
too much stuff to use up!!
That's a disaster waiting to happen!
My Miniscule Refrigerator!