My job is interesting and so much fun. That's just my humble opinion, but it's kind of true. In an attempt to demystify this little-known profession, I am starting a series called Life On The Go. I hope you will follow along with me to learn more about what I do, how I do it, and why I love it so much. Thanks for being part of my journey!
How do I do it? First of all, I bring it all with me. When I go to my clients' homes to cook, I pack everything I need from trash bags and dish soap to groceries and wooden spoons. This is a peek into the back of my car (before I get the groceries).
From left to right, here is some of what you are seeing:
- caddy with Pam, olive oil, canola oil & thermometers to keep next to the stove
- crate with pans, skillets, and lids
- bucket of cleaning supplies, trash bags, & paper towels
- bag full of really big mixing bowls, smaller prep bowls, and large liquid measuring cups
- 3-tier box that comes apart
- top: cooking utensils, lots of knives, and small tools
- middle: dry pantry items such as spices, grains, vinegar, etc.
- bottom: containers, bags, and boxes to package the food; dish towels, apron
- clip-board with my plans for the day
- binder with my recipes for the week
- sweet little Vera Bradley bag (a gift from a friend!) that holds my cell phone, business cards, pens, and other little items I might need
- bag with 2 cutting boards for vegetables, 2 boards for meat, and several sheet trays
- small cooler to transport perishable items
- lots of reusable grocery bags
- really big boxes of plastic wrap and foil
When I arrive at my client's house, I set up several stations for cutting vegetables/meat, washing dishes, packaging food, and even a pantry. The pantry is a combination of the spices, grains and other things I brought with me plus the items I bought at the store that don't need to be refrigerated immediately. Here is a view of my pantry one day:
I try to maximize every bit of space in the kitchen. In the picture below, you will find:
- pantry to the left of the stove
- several dishes cooking at the same time on the stove (and probably something in the oven too!)
- oils, thermometers, and utensils to the right of the stove
What's cooking today? There is a Mild Beef Curry simmering on the back burner and the start of a Bell Pepper Pasta Sauce on the front burner. Yummy!
I hope you enjoyed a little look at my day! Please come back to see more about how Dinner On The Go works!
Originally published June 19, 2010