Each time I arrive at a gig the living arrangements are always a little different. Sometimes the opera company has arranged for us to stay with host families, sometimes it's an extended stay hotel with a full kitchen, often we have to rent a place at our own expense and sometimes (like now) they "put us up" in a regular hotel room. Fortunately, my room came with a microwave and refrigerator in addition to the signature hotel room 4 cup coffee pot :-) I did my investigative work prior to driving here from NOLA--another plus as I was able to pack some kitchen essentials once I found out what my cooking parameters were going to be. Not having a full kitchen in your hotel room definitely puts limits on the quantity and quality of what you can cook, but I was excited for the challenge of cooking for one with just a microwave.
First, it was important to get organized. Unpack and designate an area for the make-shift kitchen. As I said, I came prepared (thanks, Mom, for providing several of the essentials): 2 microwavable bowls, one set of flatware, some Tupperware, a fruit bowl, a colander and 2 plates that I found at Target for 80 cents on clearance that can serve double duty as a plate and cutting board. The room came with coffee mugs and glasses so I was all set to hit the grocery store. Again, I'm fortunate to have my car with me AND to be working in a town with great grocery stores including a Whole Foods whose prepared foods section has been the basis of a few of the meals I've concocted so far!
Cereal, crackers, cheese, bread, fruit, cherry tomatoes, granola bars, hummus, PB & J, milk, coffee creamer, olive oil, egg substitute and microwave popcorn are a some of the things that I got that I knew I would need to build my pantry. I LOVE to eat healthy and I enjoy preparing my meals at home so the last 3 days have been fun. The two shining stars so far have been my microwave safe bowls and olive oil nonstick spray. Another fun find was a bag of frozen fully cooked quinoa with diced sweet potatoes and zucchini that I found at Whole Foods.
This morning's microwave creation: a fresh spinach, Wisconsin cheese and egg-white omelet!