Travel Cooking

I travel a lot, but I can’t afford good food on the road. If you look, you can find good restaurants featuring real food, and the number of places serving local and organic food is increasing. However, the meals do not come cheaply, nor is it easy to find the right place when you are new in town.

Solution: I cook my own meals. In addition to saving a fortune, the places to buy food are exponentially more interesting than places that serve food. I’ve had more stranger conversations and laughs in grocery stores than anywhere else when I travel. Tip: Use your GPS to find interesting grocery and produce vendors. I’ve found ethnic stores, little organic wonderlands and amazing corner stores featuring local foods this way.

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Easy tuna for one

Canned tuna is a great time saver, and a quick healthy protein in a sandwich. However, a can of tuna provides two servings. I am a princess when it comes to leftovers, and don’t like day-old tuna salad. So … I simply divide the tuna in half, placing half in … Read more…

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Quick tip for small amounts of lemon rind

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Real food, fast: Couscous

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Easy tuna for one

Easy tuna for one
Tuna stored for another day
A sandwich bag keeps leftover tuna fresh for two days.

Canned tuna is a great time saver, and a quick healthy protein in a sandwich. However, a can of tuna provides two servings. I am a princess when it comes to leftovers, and don’t like day-old tuna salad.

So … I simply divide the tuna in half, placing half in a sandwich bag. I squeeze the air from the bag before I seal it, and the tuna will stay fresh for two days. You can store the excess tuna in a covered container, but I find the taste is better in a bag, probably because the fish is exposed to less air.

Use the rest of the can as you wish.

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