I think that when heading out on any road trip it is important to be prepared.
Sure there is all the obvious stuff like making sure the car is in good working order and having some basic emergency items on board in case of incident.
But what I’m really talking about is how important bringing along the right food can be!
I’ll admit that I am very very bad about having food in the car. Whether it is for a road trip or just a day out with picnic. I can’t stand knowing food is there and so it makes me so hungry that I just can’t wait to eat it! Many a “perfect picnic” destination has been missed in my life by my anxious “oh this place will do” attitude. Sad really.
We had to start this journey by taking a ferry. Actually, when you live on an island, most journeys start that way. I love taking the ferry except for the fact that it is so expensive so I always at least try to pack some food to ease the burden.
My favorite thing to bring along for the early morning wait in the ferry line up is a good breakfast sandwich. I try to make most of it the night before and then just assemble it in the morning, wrap it in some parchment and then some tin foil and then bung it in the oven on a low temp while you are getting ready. Then into one of those thermal grocery bags, if you have one and they stay warm enough till you are ready to eat them.
For a real treat you can make a breakfast pastry.
- a few sheets of prepared puff pastry rolled out to size
- 1 egg per pastry
- sliced ham
- favorite cheese
- Dijon mustard
I beat the eggs one at a time in a bowl and cook them omelette style one at a time. Or you can make one big omelette and then cut it into pieces.
Roll out the pastry and cut it into about six-inch squares. Put a bit of diction mustard in the middle ( or whatever other condiment you might enjoy) then layer the rest of the items as desired. Fold the pastry over to make a nice pocket and make sure you seal the edges very well. Poke a whole or two in the top and then give it a quick wash with some beaten egg or some milk and then bake as per pastry instructions.
Make sure you let them cool really really well before you wrap them, otherwise they get sweaty and unpleasant. Then pop them back in the oven in the morning to heat them before you go.
But the breakfast sandwiches are usually long gone before we ever actually make it on the boat!! The wait line can take awhile.
Then we load up the cooler with whatever planned or unplanned food we have kicking around that can be easily eaten along the way. But be careful when crossing boarders because some countries don’t want you bringing your stuff to their side. For instance, British Columbia lamb is for some reason forbidden when crossing into Washington State. And of course don’t even think about bringing fruit to the Pacific West. Don’t forget that Washington, Oregon and especially California are big agriculture States and they don’t need any pesky stowaway!!
My other favorite thing is to hit up the bulk section of the grocery store. There are a multitude of pre mixed or make your own combinations of munchie snacks! My favorite is sesame sticks with dark chocolate covered almonds!!
Packs some drinks and some water and some stuff to clean up with and you are ready for whatever the open road has to offer!!!