Today’s challenge was set by Sandy who also wanted to know whether I had any useful tips. Mine would be to do plenty of planning and preparation beforehand, for whatever you’re doing. A good habit passed onto me by my father.
My three main interests are cycling, cooking including baking, plus travel.
Some years ago I worked with a cycling coach and I’m still using those training plans today. I never ever ride without a helmet the wisdom of which was brought home forcibly when I fell off my bike on the reverse camber roundabout near the Domaine. Gloves are another must since without them you’ll get road rash on your hands when you inevitably fall, or get knocked off your bike, and be unable to ride until they heal. Other musts are a comfortable and well-fitting cycling outfit (bib-shorts and jersey) and sun glasses. I’ll also wear a fluorescent gilet or a scarf round my neck so that I’m clearly visible to other road users.
While it’s wonderful to have loads of gadgets, many are really nice to haves. For example, I have an ice cream maker, a dehydrator, a steamer, a high-powered liquidiser, a food processor and an automatic mixer but I wouldn’t swap my pestle and mortar for any of them. Nor do you really “need” any of them to cook or bake though I grant you they do lighten the load.
I also like to have a large selection of herbs and spices, which I generally only buy in small portions so that they’re always fresh, though I make a lot of things myself such as vanilla extract and vanilla paste.
Doesn’t matter where I’m going or for how long, my bag will always contain these items, or their equivalent in another colour or a seasonal variation.
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