“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”
Are you one of those people who organize their holiday meals in advance? I’m not, but my partner is – as a chef (yes, lucky I know) he is a stickler about being able to prepare at least the basics anywhere we stay – which is why so many of the WorldMark Club resorts just work.
We LOVE to eat out – we’ll wine, dine, trial, and meander through alley ways filled with delicious scents but, eating out for every meal for a holiday – even if it’s only a long weekend – is expensive and sometimes toast and Vegemite is all I want!
My holiday best meals?
- have chicken & salad one day for lunch or dinner,
- chicken salad sandwiches for a picnic another and, if you have any leftovers…
- a chicken pesto pasta with a store bough pesto (or one of those fantastic pesto dips in vogue at the moment), delish!
Make your own version of Vietnamese rolls (rice paper rolls) – they are super easy and a fantastic way of making leftovers more fun.
- Shred a roast chicken breast,
- finely slice some lettuce or cabbage, carrot, capsicum, cucumber – whatever salad ingredients you have!
- Add some vermicelli noodles a bit of coriander and mint (for me, these are a must),
- wrap it all up in a rice paper roll and dip in sweet chili sauce!
If you’re feeling a little like seafood – buy a few cooked prawns and throw them in the mix too. (Hint – don’t want to buy a whole container of sweet chili sauce? Most Fish & Chip or fast food stores (even McDonalds!) have sweet chili sauce for sale – buy a $2 container – easily enough for one meal!)
There are very few holidays that have gone by for me without a Caesar salad being had – definitely a favourite of mine, and so easy to do on holidays!
- Brown off 2 chicken breasts and put in the oven along with 2 rashers of short cut bacon,
- wash and tear up a Cos lettuce,
- pop a few eggs into a pot of boiling water and you’re pretty much done!
- About 5mins before the chicken is cooked (it’ll take ~15-20 mins in a hot oven) put some slices of bakery bread in the oven to warm (I recommend a ciabatta)
Then its a case of assembling! Pop all your lettuce into a large bowl, douse with dressing (a store bought Caesar dressing is fine – Paul Newman’s is a good one), slice up your bacon and add to the mix, along with the eggs (peeled and halved) and cooked chicken breasts (just cut into a few pieces). Before serving add your crusty bread and, if you’ve visited a local deli and had some parmesan shaved, sprinkle on top. Voila!
(Hint – if you want it crusty but don’t want to buy a whole container of oil, lightly spread with your spread of choice (margarine, butter etc) before popping in the oven.)
And my big hints, if you’re a bit of a foodie and travelling interstate (not so much overseas) – pack a small container of pure pantry flavour – bay leaves, dried herbs, bouquet garni – then whatever you cook, even the staple spaghetti bolognese, will taste so much better! (Plus don’t forget the vegemite).