Its been a long while since I last posted, but since I’m heading out on a big road trip soon, I wanted to give you a “in a nutshell” version of things up to now.
I mentioned I signed up for an online culinary class, a whole food, plant based SOS (no salt, no oil, & no sugar) course thru Rouxbe Culinary class thru Forks Over Knives. An awesome course to take. It was a fabulous lesson of basic info on up to layering of flavors, dressings, batch cooking, etc. Some of the photos I had to turn in for my assignments are above. The broccoli one – was a doozy. I went thru probably 4 lbs of broccoli before I finally got the results I was required to get. The “mise en place” is something we were taught to do before each and every dish we made. The advantage of prepping each ingredient for any given dish and have it in front of you – is super nice and easy. No dashing around looking for the missing ingredient. Its all there in one place, ready to go. The lessons on layering flavors was mind-blowing. Such as we fixed 2 tablespoons of cooked brown rice in each bowl (4 total). The first one was just the rice, 2nd one we added chopped fresh tomatoes, 3rd was with Kalamata olives and the last was with coconut aminos. We were to taste each bowl and write down what we tasted. Separate they were boring, bland, too salty, too sour, but together it was awesome combo. I was shocked. The other layering of flavors lesson was with lemons. Oh my, I had to repeat it twice as I did not believe my results. Wow! So I have learned so darn much. I’ve been cooking since I was a child, but I still learned many things new. Wonderful experience and I graduated, and have been invited to do the Professional whole foods plant base course. Haven’t decided on that…but I can tell you, it was nearly impossible to do this course in my Lazy Daze RV, altho I got thru it, there were some lessons I neither had the room on my stove top, nor refrigerator space. It was frustrating, but the chef’s were quite lenient on those situations. Wonderful experience all in all.
This missing a decent size kitchen to cook in got me looking at park models. Its a 400 sq ft home. Never dreamed I would ever live in a house once more. I missed it immensely, but a girl can only do what she can do and that is live in my RV. So for me to look at these little park models got me excited. Went to one dealer in Port Angeles, started bargaining with them. Over a course of 2 months, I got what I thought was a great deal, I arranged for financing and the day…the very day, I was going to go put some money down to order one, a park model became available within the park I have a lot in. They had literally just announced it, and I thought it won’t hurt to go look. Fell in love with it on sight. Made an offer, she accepted it and it was mine! It really helped to have done all that research about park models before I saw it, had more then a couple people look at it – all agreed it was an excellent deal! It was costly to move it from the 600 row to the 300 row, but far less then if I had ordered a new one. They moved it the first of April… pinch me, I’ve got a great new-to-me home! Just tickled pink with it all. So unloaded my RV – gosh I carried alot of stuff in my rig…laughing at that discovery, as my RV was never overweight.
Sometime before winter returns, I will have skirting put around the park model and I am desperate to get stairs built. Am loving my new digs. So weird tho, I can’t find anything – I knew where everything was in the RV, can’t figure how to organize all this space! Laughing at the thought that 400 sq ft is so spacious!
So I’m in the midst of reloading my RV, as I will be heading out soon. What a nuisance reloading is! Once I get it reloaded this time, its staying put. How do part-timers do this – they must keep there stuff in there like I planned to. But am happy to say I am no longer a full timer in my RV. Never dreamed I would say that! I have thoroughly enjoyed my years as a full-timer, and who knows, I may one day return to it. But for now, I want to enjoy my new home.
So what’s this big trip that I’m heading out for? I’m heading to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Hope to catch the New England fall colors as well. So the next posting will be somewhere along the road to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.