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Aside 18 Feb

Some people dedicate entire blogs to what they’ve eaten on vacation.  Not everyone has the budget to eat five star meals while traveling…or ever. I once thought about trying to patent a couple of travel diets.  There’s the “Tahiti Diet” –  starve for a couple of days to avoid torrential downpours, lose your appetite after discovering the army of Jack Nicholson esque sand crabs that invade the island after every rainfall, eat whatever you can find on a tree, burn 500 calories trying to open pineapple, and walk everywhere because hitch-hiking with Romanians is terrifying.  I was bikini-ready by the end of the week.  cropped-freshtalk2.jpg


 And another called “The London Diet”- eat whatever you can for under two quid a day and walk everywhere to avoid paying for transportation.”  It was so successful- I was a string bean within two weeks.  Although after I got a job at The River Cafe, I family meal-ed my way beyond normal weight.  I ate my weight in olive oil and lattes on a daily basis.  

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If you’ve worked at a top-star restaurant with kick-ass family meal, or traveled through $5-a-day-to-eat-like-a-king-Asia-or-South-America, then you know what it’s like to be SPOILED.  So what happens when you go to New Zealand or Europe on a budget, and you don’t want to give up good food?  Well, there’s two options: 

1.  You can WWOOF or Workaway on a farm or cafe or lifestyle property and hope the food is amazing.  *If you’re interested in working holiday programs, click on the links! 

2.  You can take this recipe with you wherever you travel, and save dollar billzzz.  It’s easy, cheap, filling, and delicious.  All you will need is an oven or toaster oven, a sharp-ish knife, and a few simple ingredients: a chicken named Earl, baby seal tears, mermaid hair, Will and Kate’s Firborn child, and unicorn blood.  Kidding.

egg sandwhich

Roasted Garlic and Egg Sandwich

Shopping List:
Garlic- 1 whole bulb per person
olive oil (any kind of cooking oil works just fine)
bread- any kind works.  You can use a baguette, par-baked bread, tortillas, naan, or whatever is cheap and available
soft cheese, optional. I always find great deals on Brie, but any kind of soft cheese is fine.  
Hard cheese- parmesan, cheddar, etc.  
salt and pepper

Peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulb skin, leaving the skins of the individual cloves intact. Using a knife, cut off 1/4 to a 1/2 inch of the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic.  Rub with olive oil. Place on a baking pan or bundled up in aluminum foil.  Place in oven or toaster oven for 30-40 minutes, 400 degrees Farenheit.  They will be finished when the cloves are soft.  Cool for a few minutes, and then squeeze the cloves out of their skins.  You can also use a fork or skewer.  Mash the garlic in a small bowl, and add a drizzle of olive oil and the soft cheese, cut up into small pieces.  Season with salt and pepper. Mix until the texture is creamy.  Spread the mixture onto your choice of bread, halved if it’s a baguette or batard.  Sprinkle with parmesan or cheddar and put it back in the oven on a lowered temperature.  Cook your eggs however you like (fried is my preference- it’s nice to have a bit of yolk).  When your eggs are finished cooking, take the garlic bread out of the oven.  You can put the eggs on the side or right in the middle of the sandwich.  

Bon apetit.  

Oh!  It always helps to have a lemon to dredge your hands in afterward.  The zest and juice almost completely eliminate the garlic odor from your hands….

wine not

Life is short, savor every moment. Wine not?