How to Eat Well At Festivals Without Breaking the Bank

Ah, festival season. A time of making new friends, spending time with old friends, and hitting a few workshops for entertainment, enlightenment, and education on the side.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that my body is not always happy with the old standby of no sleep, with extra caffeine and sugar on the side during these sorts of events – eating well and sleeping have become important factors in getting the most out of events.

The trouble with this, of course, is that “eating well” in the hospitality suite of most indoor events is not likely to happen, and most outdoor events don’t even have a hospitality suite. And if you’re in a hotel, the hotel restaurant is always an option….but that gets expensive. So do food vendors at outdoor events.

So, what’s a Pagan who is looking to eat real food to do?

First, you have to plan ahead. Will your residence for the next few days have a refrigerator? Microwave? Electricity? How many meals will you need? (Does that include meals on the road, which are more likely to be fast food because you’re traveling?) How much space is in your luggage?

Let’s start with breakfast. We’ve successfully taken frozen breakfast sandwiches in a cooler, and let them thaw over the course of a couple of days, which is great if you have a microwave. For those times without a microwave, I usually stick with muffins or oatmeal – coffee pots can make water hot enough for instant oats, and campfires boil water pretty quickly as well.  On more ambitious outdoor weeks, we often do eggs and biscuits (using a “Bakepacker” or similar steam cooking device).

Much of my daily lunch and dinner suggestions for these sorts of things are based on dried foods and lightweight backpacking experiences, because the last thing you want to do is spend hours cooking when you could be having fun. Besides, not only do dried foods store well and cook quickly with just boiling water, but they’re a good thing to have on hand in emergencies where you can’t get to the store.

 

A package of
The ubiquitous Mountain House freeze dried meal – usually edible, but high on sodium

While there are commercially available freeze dried meals, and the ubiquitous military surplus MRE, you’ll likely eat better making your own meals – and at a better cost too.  Interestingly, the Mormons and their penchant for keeping a year’s worth of food on hand are a great source for this sort of thing, including portioning them out into canning jars for use over the next few months. Backpacking websites are good for this sort of thing too, usually planning single-serve meals (which is not a bad thing – have a whole box of them, and let people grab their own, on their own time!)

Package of Thrive Life's Snackies - freeze dried peach slices
“Snackies” from Thrive Life are snackable dried foods, but Thrive Life has a ton of different foods, and make good pantry supplies that make a good dinner any night, even if you’re not on the road

We have a list at home, from the days when my children were often in the hospital. When someone would ask what they could do, we’d send them grocery shopping for a specific list of sandwich fixings and healthy (portable) snacks – and we’d eat that way for days in the hospital. If you’re careful not to squish your bread, you can do this for festivals too.  Pick 1-2 condiments, 1-2 lunch meats, 1-2 cheeses, and bread. Apples, oranges, and grapes don’t need a lot of handling. Pre-washed salads, single serve snacks, and cans or bottles of beverages may need a fridge or cooler, but don’t require fancy prep work.

And, as always, remember to consider bringing plates, silverware, and glasses that you’re going to wash, rather than disposables, because it’s generally better for the environment!

Crisp Citrus Herbs: Citrus in your Cooking

There are a many ways to give a crisp citrus herb flavor to any cooking you are doing. The first thing to do, is to find herbs have a citrus component to them. This is commonly misunderstood, it doesn’t mean that they have orange, lemon or lime flavor in them, but that they can emulate the taste of these sharp flavored fruits or provide a similar flavor.

If you do not know where to start, looking for crisp citrus herb, the quickest and fastest way to start is to let your fingers do the walking and get online.

If you look for crisp citrus herb itself, you may find that its is used for body washes and body lotions so you may have to look a little deeper to find what you are looking for. All this means is you expand your search to something like this: “Crisp Citrus Herbs recipes”

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Some Herbs That Give a Citrus Flavor

1. Lemon Grass

This is one of most well known herbs that can provide with a lemon edge with out the sharpness of that actual lemon. Due to the acid in an actual lemon, it can curdle some dishes, so lemon grass is a good option.

2. Lemon Pepper – Not so much a herb but more of a spice which goes really well with grilled fish other similar dishes. Mixes well with black pepper.

There are also other combinations and other spices, which can help to provide citrus edge. This are lessor known ones like: Lemon Verbena, Lemon Balm, Lemon Basil, lemon thyme and Thai lime.

There are certain dishes that are going to work better with a citrus flavor than other dishes. Fish dishes are the best when it comes to using citrus.

The herbs that provide the citrus flavor compliment all the methods of cooking fish. This includes baked, grilled or even pan-fried. These lemons like flavors will, enhance the natural taste of the fish and give it a new edge.

Poultry is another dish that works well with a crisp citrus herb. Chicken works well, and in fact, a common Asian dish is honey lemon chicken, in which the opposite flavors of sweet and sharp work well together.

As with using any type of herb or spice like this, the best school of thought is that its designed to enhance the taste, meaning that it should be used in moderation. It should add to the flavor of the food and not override the natural taste of the meat item.

 

 

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