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lets get the show on the road!

alright, i admit i don’t know stuff.  I want something.  And, you’re gonna help me!

warning:  when i don’t know stuff i have a difficult time trying to ask questions to get after the answers.  this can get LONG.

the goal: reasonably presentable, on the road dining experience.

I make purple soup which is stock in sousvide type hotwater bath strainged/filtered stock with pan-fried seasfood and bits pretty.  it should go with wine –  and if done right will lead to breakfast also which has to be similarly “easy” yet semi  fancy seeming so champagne cocktail with coddled egg and toast.  yes, breakfast in bed.



it is easy enough to crock pot hold enough water that is brought to temp bia an electric kettle.  however crockpots don’t wow at fancy ever  and i haven’t sussed the frypan issue.

chafing dishes i have heard of but i admit i’m new to a fancier life.  also cheap!  and ever so picky about being cpace  conscious.  yes you can pop a can of sterno fuel and place it under a chafing dish and it’s hot for a long long time…but tricky here, is there one allowing more than enough proximety to flash fry/sautee things?  that’s inexpensive?  i mean a honker chafing dish for a family cassserol isunder twenty-five usd which is doable sterno sold seperately…alcohol gel fuel with or without brand name now i’m again cheap!.  i don’t see anything for a fry option which is anything less than ten times as much to start with. that is more than the entire budget allow!


I know of electric skillets and have also heard of ‘hot plates” too however i toss in the caviot that coordination or symetry is vastly important.  fancy is about a bit of elegance like that.  some of this is pure show as in what’s fancy about a twenty something chafing dish? it’s not spendy !  but it tends to LOOK spendy. 😀  there is nothing quite like tableside to your time not some silly cook’s where you have elegance  ON DEMAND.


so I am aware i may eat costs making symetry.  I can remind people it’s easy to electroplate chrome plastic/thin metals easily enough to make things coordinate and or look matched.  however custom things mean spendiness which is worth avoiding 😉 …cheap.  but tools are tools


now purple soup.

this is max’s restaurant’s red cabbage consume with pickle weed and scallops.  it is not mine nor have i had this there- i had to make my own and let’s skip for now that my picture taking luck didn’t hold nor it come out exactly this fancy pretty 😀 it was darn fine and  I enjoyed the sensation of the new… it was also nearly bland which that i can still remember it, means it at least didn’t suck 😀  I don’t have a source for pickleweed, I had to substitute capers.    i am NOT afraid.


now to make this you cook for about an hour at 140F in a boilin bag cabbage with water and light seasonings.  if you have a vaccuum sealer this can mean sousvide proper cooking i do not and thus had to gently set a bag in the water and the open end outside the pot.  the pot can be a crockpot for on the road purposes!  the time it takes a crockpot to bring water to temperature is ridiculousness so an electric kettle is a wise tool.  porcdelain egg coddlers can also cook gently in hot hot hot water hotter than holding temp that is for a delight of a simpler egg breakfast still fairly fancy appearing. once the soup stock is cooked it is strained and i advise filtering it for MY NEXT try so as to get closer to this pretty picture!  now it’s time to show mine



rogue bump ugh! you try to pretty things then last second your pretty gets to take a tumble and i’m hungry dang it!  this version purple soup is carrot shallot capers and water cestnut slices with scallops  this is a rare time them capers have a use outside a salad or collecting mold in your refrigerator. 😉


now i don’t know about you but I can’t do a 200 chafing stand and pan for tableside prep – too spendy. so what i’d like your ideas on is how to in a matched way either find a rack to fit this pot so i can put my soup in it’s squeezy bottles and hold to temp while frying up the in it goodies and prepare  a purply poof of magic before your eyes.

so smaller say eight inch frypan ish type thing? or am i neglecting using my brain and just george foreman a pile of stuff put it in a mini crock or  whatever  within the water bath at hand and truly assemble tableside not prepare tableside there is a limit now to what i can carry!  and no, i’ve like used a george foreman grill like once in my lifetime i just don’t think of this stuff!

anyways pictures.


the latter requires a rack so one has less fishing to do for the squeezy bottles.


I don’t use electric skillets or george foreman grills enough to know dwaddle about them but i know that they do not look like this chafing dish above nor instantly coordinate!  so coordinating is importantant

next there is some items like fancy japanese mushrooms  and or capers that while not needing the chilled plate atop crushed ice treatment, if you live in this world long enough you realize it’s sometimes about looks.  purely looks so do you know of a matching the chaing dish trey with plates enough to fit inside it four or five would be nice  with clear lids! that is about the home size cookie sheet  cut in half longways ish sized??

this differs from a ramiken/bowl on a tray for japanese sauces as i said i need ice under it!

electric kettles i can find,

packing a bit of table wear /service also managable.

now for a trick of tricks!  fancy is having a rolling waiste high butler’s cart where the tiers are butler’s trays style breakfat in be platform tables for one.  I have less idea how to magic that act up.

and with the wine. a buket similar  face palm for saying it this way but to a trash can fill with ice yet coordinates and matches others the tableside of this.  it’s just pointless to not pack along wine.   a cloth can be found for table pretty with matching napkinry

something like this begs candles too.  but perhaps a different colour napkin as well hmn 😉

anyways. this is the crap i think of, if you can add to it so it’s a completable thing at reasonable budgeting then i’m jazzed!  i warn that outside of sterno, i can’t just charcoal grill even in a tiny box within a hotel/motel type room as the smoke alarms would put up a fuss.  so 😀  everyone thinking caps on.  mission purple plodding down the road!


oh and if you know a good mineraly savignon blanc, super dry reisling or at least  not hardly sweet pinot gris i need hear about… i’m also listening.  yes i know i can just chill the sweeter stuff more thuroughly to cut the sweetness budget friendly now 😉


or you can tell me to drink my tea and shhh it.


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5 responses to “lets get the show on the road!

  1. offers 15x 18 and 16 x 24 boilin bags. tjos os pbvopis;u a tirleu
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  2. stainless george foreman, rival’s also an offering stainless for a crockpot and i like my shiny red tfal kettle I’ll have to get after another. a six strip for appliances and a proper cord to pull power from somewhere. this with a chafin tourine thing covers fancier table side presentation – minus the iimporovised cold table of sorts. as to trays tiered with casters i suppose i’m going to have to buy more beer and talk to people who like woodworking. that’s likely a tad behond my skills not to design but to actualize. i’m never often allowed near power tools which is why it’s amazing i’m able to cook – obviously lately not this year professionally drippy nose from watering eyes cant help it and thus forboten in the real kitchens but i can have my dreams. the world can kiss my bottom.

  3. toaster vs toaster oven and remember i can and have toasted toast in a toaster oven -but 😀 how often do I utilize the other capacities to not just buy a toaster toaster? ug 😉 as to the “backpack” hmn I’ve traveled okay not really internationally as so but i have gone many days across the usa, I dislike carrying anything and i know far better than to backpack which with my balance is unlikely to allow me to bicycle to a picnic with the goods. it’s just far easier to duffle bag of doom it with rollers.. and in reality battery powered gizmos? asside from a kettle what’s the point. too heavy to carry!

  4. Both purple soups look beautiful and yummy! 🙂

    I used to have a toaster oven. I liked fixing hot sandwiches and other foods in it.

    When you are limited to what you can carry…I would make a wish list (of what I wish I could take) and then pare it down to what I have room for, starting with what I feel is most important/most needed.

    When traveling, I get tired of restaurant food quickly. So I like to stay in a place where I have a choice and can cook when I want to. Of course, staying with someone who IS a good cook, is THE best! 🙂 And I do offer to buy and fix a few meals while I am there AND I will do the clean up at every meal! 🙂

    Now they have Airbnb’s which can be nice. I’ve only done that once and loved it.
    I like to camp, too. And fix food in the out of doors. 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

    • heheheheh, the dream is specific with the singular menu item provided it’s chance at coming to existance/fruition. thus making sure it is possible within the technical limitation of both how little josh actually knows of how to macguyber life up 😉 andmanage within his patience which is not a life’s worth long lol and that which I must have and thus carry within what i can actually carry lol. – I went to kohls yesterday now minus the bag which is a special order rather than a extent about town thing- thus making me rely on a box notion of dimentions I work at a convenient store so i see boxes and a whole lot of them…heh the silver lining sometimes of jobs 😀 anways i saw the smaller oval stainless slowcooker/crock…of?? lol… the grey or oher colors versions george foreman grill essentially with or without the removable gril plates for cleaning – foodnetwork serving weare which had a long platter which alas fit two plates either version and i needed for so I saw intriguingly that with a clear lid I can utilize four butter trays ish to the same effect of a lidded temporary cold table tray ice/platter with chilled for grill/toppings soup and obviously toasters and the old toaster oven idea or whether while i personally don’t gaga about them saying eff it and panini the toast on the goerge foreman affair.. but toast odd that in our moden lives where it is possible and desirable to ditch the bread/carbs I still ultimately can not conceive of life without it …. weird. thus i have a good idea of how to arrange most of this and bag it now which is down to not forgetting it is an idea but is it the wisest use of my means- again the idea is a one off and we all know those are dangerous to spend after but making sure each and all have a function asside from the idea? that’s the trick- so in a way i’m thinking i may have to alter the silly squared butter dish thing and sugar type or mini ramikans the stuff upon ice as ramikans have a use outside of bowls for freshies awaiting table side souping. but you might be heartened i did make an attempt to source this versus dream it and thus adjust as it’s a must within budget availability. – I found into some links on minearly white wines too. it is closer to a reality. finally is only justification i have proper alternatives as great ideas can sometimes not find fruition but real live spending is spent either way 😉

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