So yesterday I was thinking about food. Specifically, how am I going to sustain life (my life!) while in the Peace Corps. I thought about electricity. It is possible (likely) I will not have electricity; if that’s the case I won’t have a stove; and if that’s the case I’m screwed. I can’t even imagine how you cook without electricity. I was a Girl Scout but I never learned how to make a good camp fire!
This got me to thinking I will probably cook fresh food daily, possibly on a meal-by-meal basis. If that’s the case, and I don’t have electricity, I probably won’t have a refrigerator. And if I don’t have a refrigerator I’ll need to cook foods that won’t perish immediately, i.e., foods that don’t contain meat or dairy which led me to – Legumes! I need to develop a portfolio of legume dishes that are easy and more importantly, tasty! I’ve never been of the “eat to live” ilk. I live to eat, no two ways about it so this is where I am asking for your help. If you have any legume or vegetarian recipes you’d like to share I would love to receive them. I like spicy foods and will eat just about anything. Oh, and one more thing, do you think there are cookbooks designed specifically for “Cooking on a hot plate”? I met with my recruiter last week and although she had electricity where she served, she didn’t have a stove and used a hot plate to cook. Thanks for your help!