There is an interesting dynamic when it comes to eating out in the field. You have to be very prepared, and willing to adjust to what you do and don’t have. Run out of onions? Use a lot of other spices. Only have potatoes and oil? Fry it! I swear, most everything we eat is fried, not sauteed. I have learned there is a difference, and we do nothing but fry it! My stomach might just hate me with the oil and the loads of white flour stuff I’m eating, alas…
We just got in our lot of food for a while, and of course it’s right before I’m about to leave for my small vacation in Cuzco. It just means the others will eat well since myself and two of my coworkers will be leaving for a few days! Joy for them! There is a system to it all though, as we are only allowed a certain number of items a day, like two pieces of bread and only one egg. That’s for things like snacks and breakfast which we make ourselves though. All other meals you eat what you can come up with.
Right now there are ten people at the station and it is group effort to make even just lunch for the lot of us. For instance, on today’s menu we have four people making:
Soup with veggies and quinoa , ie bell pepper, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, plantains and much more, and rice.
We have been having other things like lentils, beans, pasta, salads, fried plantains, cheese, other soup, stir fry, fried rice, seasoned potatoes, french fries, and other things i can’t remember. It’s not much of a variety, but we do with it what we can.
And what do we do for other meals you ask? Breakfast is largely consisted of quick oatmeal with spices or sugar if you’d like, fried eggs with toast, fried rice, french toast, pancakes, and anything else you can come with that’s sitting around like leftovers. And of course there is always room for tea, coffee and hot chocolate! But beware, the coffee here will make you pee like a mo .fo!
Dinner is much of the same thing, usually including lunch leftovers and other things added in. They’ve all been very sustaining especially when we are out in the field all day, but, if I’m lucky, there may or may not have been a package of cookies thrown in there….if they haven’t all been eaten by others of course!
Seriously i have eaten my fair share of these babies since i got here and have to say they are extremely addictive, especially the vanilla an chocolate peanut butter variety! Can’t wait to get back into town to get more…although I’m sure my waistline is happy they are gone! I hope my pants still fit when i get home!
So that’s kind of how things are going food wise for us here. It’s much different from my diet at home as I’m sure you can see, but I’ve got to go with the flow on this otherwise I’d starve, and we dont want that! It’s been hard to adjust to, my stomach and digestion attest to that, but it’s doable. I’m certainly learning how everyone makes the flavor stand out in their food: Salt! Guess when i get home I’ll actually have to buy some to put in my kitchen, instead of having an almost no salt diet! Should be interesting!
Any other suggestions of meals for the lot of us?! We need some help in the variety department!