This week, my month-long experiment in not eating meat coincided with the Note 4 Roadtrip challenge which sent me across Australia. The end result was that I ate a strange mixture of fast food, airline lounge meals and supermarket oddities.
Other people would handle this differently, no doubt. I don’t like eating in restaurants on my own, so I didn’t seek out specialised local eateries. I was also aiming to carry as little luggage as possible and passing through multiple airports, which precluded taking any handy cooking gear (such as a knife to chop salads) with me. My sole effort in that line was a plastic fork, which did prove to have its uses.
My diet was probably less interesting than it had been the week before, but turned out OK.
The biggest issue proved to be the planes. Hot meals are a rarity these days, even on Qantas. Most of the time you end up with a “refreshment”, like banana bread, which is no problem:
In the case of the ham and cheese sandwich, I simply removed the ham:
That wasn’t going to fly with the ham and cheese calzone, though:
Nor would it help with the butter chicken wrap, which I would very happily consume in any other month:
At least there is always a salad in the Qantas Club.
For breakfast, I generally went for a pot of yoghurt, or a piece of fruit and a roll — all items I could buy the day before.
I had assumed I would eat the yoghurt with a teaspoon, but my very first hotel provided stirring sticks instead. So I learned that you can in fact eat yoghurt with a fork.
My other on-road breakfast staple is McDonald’s. No bacon, naturally, but hotcakes are fine.
For one day, I did have a serviced apartment with a microwave and cooktop. So I raided the nearest supermarket. This is what is described as a “street food” approach to fajitas. Me, I just fancied some rice and beans.
I also took the opportunity to satisfy my ever-present pasta cravings with some spinach and ricotta ravioli:
Surprisingly, I never ended up going to Subway. I had planned to on Day 1 of the trip, but the branch I picked was unexpectedly closed. So I ended up having to grab a pre-made salad at a supermarket instead.
I did indulge in the other lazy fast food vegetarian staple — the Hungry Jack’s Veggie Whopper.
The plane hassles aside, everything went well. But this week I feel like I’ll need to try harder with getting my greens and maintaining protein levels.