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 Restaurants / Vancouver November 6, 2017 City EATS – Vancouver, November 2017 It is that time of year again that Air Canada’s Enroute magazine releases it’s top 10 new restaurants in Canada. This year Vancouver had four ... Read More Destinations November 2, 2017 November Tofino News An old Tofino classic is going to be new again. The Maquinna Pub, part of the Maquinna Hotel building at Main and First Sts., is set to reopen soon ... Read More Events / Victoria November 2, 2017 Poutine With Purpose Everyone can get behind poutine and poutine for a good cause is just too good to pass up. Mealshare hosted Victoria’s inaugural Poutine With ... Read More Events / Sponsored / Victoria November 2, 2017 Tastes and Spirits Sampling Included at the 3rd Annual Victoria MidLife Show Saturday, November 18 at the Victoria Conference Centre The popular Tastes and Spirits sampling areas are back for their third year as part of the Victoria MidLife Show held at the Victoria Conference ... Read More Events October 26, 2017 Sip, Savour, Repeat It was a cold, wet and windy Oct 21st, but I was very happy to be at the Farmers Institute for Sip & Savour on Salt Spring Island after ... Read More First Look / Victoria October 16, 2017 Kuma Noodle Japan When many people think of Japanese food, they think of sushi. However, to the Japanese, the raw fish delicacy is often considered a rare treat, ... Read More Comments are closed.