Travel floods your soul with moments and memories that you will forever have, it’s cliché, it’s cony but I’m sure we can all agree, it’s true. From the tea plantations of Sri Lanka to the sandy deserts of India, Asia is a continent in abundance of adventure, culture and spirituality; it’s a continent my partner, James and I love to get lost in. Forget the cocktails by the beach, we lust or the noisy cluttered, unorganised street mayhem of Asia.
We adore all that travel has to offer; the culture, the landscapes, meeting new people but most importantly the food. Whilst roaming Sri Lanka and India our senses were hit with endless flavours, smells and tastes. Yet again, Asia gave us more than we ever excepted, as the culture is one you can't quite explain without experiencing and the cuisine gives you taste buds you never knew existed.
But while travelling presents an abundance of positive experiences, the one set back we’ve encountered in the past is the disruption it can have on your health. Given you are exposed to a whole new range of germs, parasites, and environments it can sometimes take a toll on your overall wellbeing. We are both self confessed street food eaters, so it’s essential for us to be mindful about habits we have whilst travelling (especially in a third world country!)
Below we’re sharing a few of our tips and tricks for minimising your chances of illness:
There’s just something so satisfying about having a well-stocked pantry. Basic ingredients give you the ability to whip up a quick, yet delicious dinner or dessert (in my case). Quite often I find myself swapping out ingredients in my cooking, if you’re a confident kitchen maven you’ll agree, this is second nature. On the other hand you may be slightly less confident and spiral in hysteria over a missing ingredient (no judgment- we’ve all been there) The trick is determining what you can and can’t live without.
I’ve put together a rough pantry checklist to help guide you. Ultimately, whatever you decide to toss in your shopping cart is completely up to you. Rest assured you won't ever again have to call cereal dinner — unless of course you’re felling like exactly that!
Canned Goods - Perfect for stews, casseroles and soups!
Baking Staples - Perfect for a simple, brownie slice, batch of cookies or cake!
Seasoning Staples - Spices are your secret weapon! Did anyone say flavour explosion!?
Oils / Vinegar Staples - For basic salad dressings and stir frys!
Thirsty yet!? Whilst exploring the streets of Jaipur my partner James and I saw many things; perhaps a cow on the main road or locals swapping silk and spices - its utter chaos; the noises, the smells, the traffic congestion. As we roamed aimlessly trough the streets of the Pink City we stumbled across a local Indian man. He was dressed in clothes that looked to be his only pair and broken flip flops - none of that mattered, as he had his portable cook top, his rusty pot, fresh milk & his spices. Of course he did not speak a word of English nor did he need to as he gestured to us that the masala chai would be ready soon.
As we watched the milk boil and the spices infuse a thirsty crowd began to gather eagerly waiting for their morning chai. First the locals were handed their cups of chai followed by two very patient, excited Westerners. We initially looked at each other as we had a strict "no eating off the street" rule. However, with exception it was boiling hot so any bugs, germs and god knows whatever else would have been killed off in the process and it was FRESH MASALA CHAI! We took our chances and sipped or should I say guzzled our chai. It was hot, creamy and fragrant with fresh ginger, cinnamon and cardamon..it was the perfect balance of spice and sweet, with a full robust flavour. Simply amazing and a food highlight of our travels.
India gave us more than we ever excepted. The culture is one you can't quite explain without experiencing, the food gives you taste buds you didn't think existed and many of the locals were poor beyond belief but yet so happy and infectious.Thanks for the endless culture and memories India, you were one of a kind!
P.s I'm still in the process of perfecting my own masala chai recipe - stay tuned!
This coconut drinking, olive skinned, bearded human goes by the name of James. My adventure companion, business partner, food tester and boyfriend.
Professionally James is a videographer and the MD of Nightingale Films. Educated and trained in journalism he is without a doubt the story teller, he's also technically skilled with a camera so this makes him a valuable asset. I on the other hand love the creative side of food and shooting - I'm all about setting an open, fun, professional & playful vibe. Together we are constantly collaborating with different ideas, James being my in-house guinea pig (tough gig right!).
We recently uprooted our lives and moved to Canada via Australia, swapping our bikini (me) and surf board (James) for ski jackets and snow boots. Our adventure started in November where we hopped across three continents and explored Sri Lanka, India, Russia, America, East & Central Canada, before finally landing in Vancouver. We adore all that travel has to offer; the culture, the landscapes, meeting new people but most importantly the food. Whilst travelling, our senses were hit with endless flavours, smells and tastes. Since settling in Vancouver we still have the joy of travelling to a new country each night through our cooking.
Click link for a sneaky taste of our time in the kitchen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMoKF-FSOpg
Here's to many more adventures!