Tomorrow, K and I are heading to Tulbagh for a wedding. It’s about an hour and a half’s drive from Cape Town, and we’ll be there until Sunday. I’ve been dreading it not only because I’m not particularly partial to protracted periods of socialising (especially with people I don’t know so well), but also because of the food issue.
It’s one thing to pack food for a weekend away; quite another to pack for a wedding, where the food is supposed to be one of the focal points. I mean, of all the weddings you’ve been to, what do you remember the most? For me, it really is usually the food.
The way I see it, I have three options:
- Give the caterers a plate of my own food and ask them to serve it when everyone else receives their main course.
- Speak to the caterers in advance (one of the benefits of arriving at the venue the day before) and find out if they can prepare something for me.
- Eat prior to the wedding and avoid food at the actual event. But a wedding takes HOURS and I don’t know if I’ll be able to hold out for that long, especially if I’m drinking. I’d hate to get hangry, which is a real possibility when I’m hungry.
Either way, I’m going to plan for each of these eventualities as I’m not sure what I’ll end up doing. Because we’ll be there from tomorrow night until Sunday mid-morning, I need to pack food for:
- 2 dinners
- 2 breakfasts
- 1 lunch
I’ve planned what I’m taking and I know we’ll have a fridge in our room. I’ve also decided not to worry too much about my beef with bananas this weekend because I really will need to rely on them. So here’s what I’ll be packing:
- 8 x boiled eggs – great for breakfast on both days, and for snacks
- 2 pre-grilled chicken breasts
- 1 portion of venison mince cooked with veg and tomato paste
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 large tuppaware of mixed vegetable (cauliflower, butternut, green beans)
- My own tomato sauce (made from tomatoes, garlic and onion)
- Fresh coriander
- 1.2kg box of small ripe bananas
- Jar of macadamia nut butter
I think that this should cover it for the time that I’m away. Plus, the guesthouse we’re staying at serves breakfast, so I’m sure I could get some more eggs (cooked plainly) if need be. I’ll try to remember to take a photo of my bounty tomorrow when I pack it all up 🙂
What’s that fishy taste?
Last night, and again tonight, I started experiencing a fishy-tasting reflux in my mouth, and couldn’t work out what it was – I mean, I haven’t eaten any fish and the only new thing I’ve introduced is macadamia nut butter. I’ve heard of stale pumpkin seeds smelling fishy, but not nuts!
FINALLY tonight I realised that it’s the omega-3 capsules I’m taking. I started them about a week ago. I honestly can’t tell if they’re making any noticeable different to my health, and that, combined with this disgusting after taste, is enough to convince me to give them up once this batch is done.
All I can say now is – TGIF! Even though it’s not the weekend I’d have planned, it’s still a WEEKEND (or as I like to think of this one – a ‘wEEKend’). Do you have any big plans?