Written By Guest Writer Places / Travel Jun 16, 2011 Travel Safely and Carry a Big Knife SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterestitems in the author's travel kit. credit: Theresa Carle-SandersYour spice kit is packed and you’re ready to go. But if you plan to cook while on holiday, there are some extra essentials you’ll need to take along — and when deciding on what to include in your travelling kitchen, it’s all about where you’re going and how you’re getting there.When you’re camping, and I mean hiking everything in (and back out) packed on your back, after you’ve packed a stove, an old pot, a mug, a set of utensils and, most importantly, the food, you don’t have much room left. I always bring along a paring knife to keep my ubiquitous (and very dirty) Swiss Army knife away from the food, and a tea ball, which may sound like a strange choice, but is actually a real multi-tasker in the travelling kitchen. Use it to hold a bouquet garnii of whole spices and add extra flavour to a package of freeze-dried soup while it heats. Strain the soaking water from a handful of dried morels through it and into the pasta pot – you’ll up the umami in your fireside spaghetti con funghi and avoid the sandy grit that comes with most dried mushrooms. Of course, you could just make a cup of tea using some of that wild mint you found on the side of the trail, but you should also know that your tea ball makes a great cup of camp coffee when it’s filled with a coarse grind and immersed in boiling water for a few minutes.If you’re car camping, exploring the open road in an RV, cruising the oceans in a boat, or even flying across the globe, then you may have room for extra accessories to increase the creative capability of your vacation kitchen. Add a chef’s and a serrated knife, a spatula, roll-up cutting board, wooden or silicon spoon, veggie peeler, rasp, small strainer, pair of tongs, and a small vegetable brush. I also include two small food-grade silicone cups that pack flat and work as measuring cups, leftover containers, and drinking/eating/mixing bowls. If you’ll have access to an oven, and you like the idea of a fresh batch of homemade scones (for example), take a pastry brush, dough scraper, measuring spoons and a folded sheet of parchment.Finally, I always have a black felt, instant-read thermometer, matches, half a dozen wooden skewers, and some kitchen twine tucked into my knife kit, along with lots of bandages. Where there are knives, there should always be at least a rudimentary first-aid kit. I realize that all of this may sound like it takes up a lot of room and makes for a lot of work (on what is supposed to be your vacation after all!) But I packed my knife kit, full of everything above, plus a fair selection of spices, into my suitcase for a recent three-week trip to the UK and all I had to leave behind was an extra pair of shoes I probably wouldn’t have worn anyway.And while cooking at home can sometimes feel like a real chore, cooking while on holiday should never be hard work. Instead, it can be an adventure outside your kitchen comfort zone, a treasure hunt for unusual ingredients and an exploration of unfamiliar techniques. It’s also the best way to immerse yourself in a new culture or country and to create lasting memories with those on the same journey.Safe travels.by Theresa Carle-SandersgadgetsKitchen ToolsPlaces SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Events / Okanagan June 22, 2017 Deconstructing Dani García and the Feast: Food and Film Festival Everyone loves popcorn and junky food before a movie, but arguably—or absolutely—better are hand-selected local bites and drinks. Patrons to ... Read More First Look / Vancouver June 21, 2017 Vancouver Buzz May/June 2017 Springtime in Vancouver, love is in the air with a touch of Paris. A French invasion of pastry is taking over Vancouver with Laduree’s new location ... Read More Restaurants / Victoria March 29, 2017 Yalla: Middle Eastern Street Eats THERE’S A NEW KID ON THE BLANSHARD street “food block,” a funky little spot called Yalla with a menu of fresh and inspired Middle Eastern ... Read More Culture / Events March 27, 2017 Celebrating Canadian Gastronomy at Terroir, May 29, 2017 This year marks the 10th annual Terroir Symposium in Toronto, described as “a gathering of dreamers, disruptors and international luminaries in the ... Read More First Look / Restaurants / Victoria March 24, 2017 First Look: Café Mexico Café Mexico is a busy local cantina with a brand-new look and feel. The café’s roots reach back to the 1980s and the original Tex-Mex trend, when ... Read More Elsewhere / Travel March 23, 2017 April: Up Island News “The French say; “you never grow old at the table”, so let’s sit down, savour wonderful food together- and stop time.” ... Read More Comments are closed.