I will be travelling alone all over Europe for 3 to 5 months during summer.
I need to cut down my expenses in order to travel longer. I will appreciate if anyone can provide me with some simple recipes which are high in fibre and vegetables. Other than ham and bacon where I can buy in small quantity, fresh meats are not necessary as I just cook for myself and I don't want to keep anything for more than 1 or 2 days.
I am not a good cook and all I know in cooking western in my home country is pasta with ready bottled sauce served with some boiled red carrots and broccoli. I have no idea whether broccoli and carrots are in season and cheap in Europe during my visit.
Can anyone provide me with some simple recipe especially for pasta and sandwich ? I have never make any sandwich in my life. Can anyone give me some step by step recipe suitable for hi-fibre bread which are suitable to be kept in a tubbleware for takeout picnic ? I will need them for breakfast and lunch.
Shall I buy all these foodstuffs easily all at one stop in a grocery store, market or supermarkets ? Can I keep unused pasta sauce without being refrigerated for up to 4/5 days ? I will be staying in hostels or places where a kitchen is provided, so I guess I need not carry any cutlery with me and preparing any food is possible.
Thank you all in advance.
You won't have any problems finding the food you like in Europe, including an array of fresh fruits and vegetables. There are lots of choices. Simply buy enough from day to day. If you're staying in hostels, why not share meals with those you meet there. Many hostels and hotels have refrigerators. Also, many foods do not require refrigeration; and are healthy, including nuts, cereals, breads and biscuits; and some cheeses (Laughing Cow is a brand of processed cheese that is available around the world, even in the Sahara; and has many imitators). Peanut butter also does not require refrigeration. Some sausages also don't require refrigeration.
I always carry food while traveling, usually nuts and whole-meal biscuits and bread. A favorite are the hard breads made by Wasa and Fazer. They last almost indefinitely; and are lightweight and nutritious. You can put anything on them, cheese, sausage, etc. Combined with fresh fruits and vegetables, they make for a quick and nutritious meal. So, in short, no need to worry.
One more thing. Quick stir-frying is a good method of cooking. It involves high heat. No need to use much oil, if any. Just add water during cooking. For more flavor, use broth. You can buy containers of broth readily, or use flavor cubes and prepackaged spices. Use your imagination.
Purchased meals need not be expensive. Ethnic restaurants, including Asian, can be good value, particularly in more-expensive countries such as Germany. In many cities you can find Asian grocery stores.
No need to bring cutlery, containers or plates. Reuse the plastic cutlery you get on flights, or from fast-food restaurants and grocery stores. Get plastic bags of various sizes to store and keep food. Be resourceful.
Thank you for your ideas.
I don't think sharing meals is possible. Although I stay in hostels, I will be staying in my own room, not dormitory, so I guess no friends. I prefer hostels because I need the kitchen.
Although you gave me those ideas, I still have no ideas how to prepare any meals.
Hard bread ? You mean I can ask for them in any bakery section or grocery store ?
During my last trip to NZ, I see the cheese are mostly sold in a pack that is too much for me. Do they sell in slices in Europe ?
What I need is RECIPES for the sandwich and pasta.
Can anyone share a few with me that that use not more than a few ingredients and easiest to prepare ?
Thank you again.
Even if you have a private room in a hostel, the kitchen is shared with others. So you will meet other people. Guaranteed. Some may even offer you a helping hand. I believe in sharing. There's no better way to make friends than by sharing a meal.
Many shops in Europe sell slices of meat and cheese and other things, including prepared salads, by grams/kilos. So if you don't want to buy prepackaged meat and cheese, you can buy 100 grams of this and that.
You have a great variety of options as to where to shop. There are outdoor markets, shops that specialize in bread, shops that specialize in pastries, etc. You'll have a great shopping experience. It's part of the joy of traveling.
No need to learn how to make a sandwich. Just use one or two pieces of bread, put something on it (meat, cheese, etc.) and -- voila! -- you have a sandwich. The possibilities are endless. Some people like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. In fact, it's a favorite of many people in the U.S. Myself, I like sandwiches with avocado. I got the idea after eating at the Fuente Alemana restaurant in Santiago, Chile.
Making pasta is a relatively simple process. If you use regular dry spaghetti, simply bring a pot of water to a boil, put some pasta into the water, give it a stir, then put a lid on the pot, turn off the heat; and you will have perfectly cooked pasta in eight minutes or so. Drain; and dash some cold water on the pasta to stop the cooking. It's as simple as that. Others may use a different method to prepare pasta. You'll see in the hostel kitchens.
Use your imagination in preparing meals. Experiment. Taste as you cook. You won't go hungry in Europe. In fact, you'll have a grand time eating your way through the continent.
When I was travelling in Australia and NZ, I often made a simple pasta sauce using a tin of chopped tomatoes (with herbs if possible) and garlic. I would also sometimes buy a courgette or other vegetable and put this in too. It's a quick, easy, cheap and healthy recipe. It makes enough for 2 meals and will last out of the fridge for a day if you're on the move. Another option is to buy a jar of pesto sauce and stir it through pasta; you can add veggies to this too.