I almost let October come and go without posting a blog… oops! October has been a hectic month to say the least! I finally have a full day off at home today and it feels great to sleep in and make coffee and meal prep all day long. Today also happens to be Halloween. I’ve never really been one for celebrating Halloween as an adult because I usually had a class to attend or a shift to work BUT this year I’m off and you know what I did? I dressed up as a really tired flight attendant on her day off and went to the grocery store. I did admire all the costumes I saw in my neighbourhood while walking to said grocery store. I saw a girl walking back to her office on her lunch break dressed as Eleven from Stranger Things and silently applauded her in my head. Other than that, I came home and put on some Frank Sinatra and danced around my kitchen while getting ready to head back to the reality of the flight attendant life tomorrow for another 4 days.
Part of getting ready for another 4 days on the road means FOOD! If you know me at all, you know my life pretty much revolves around food (thanks to my dad being a chef, it’s in my blood). Anytime Stefan and I have days off we make it a point to go have a sit down breakfast somewhere, it’s one of the things I look forward to the most about out visits. As easy as it is to go grab food in a restaurant when I have a day off, it’s never that easy on the road – most of the time I’m eating straight out of my lunch back in the galley. I’ve noticed lately a lot more passengers are curious as to what is actually in my lunch bag. If I’m in the front galley, a lot of the passengers are trying to sneak a peek while they watch their movie or wait in line for the lav. Others come right out and ask “So, what do you even eat on the road anyway?” while I’m trying to shove a handful of crackers in my mouth during the 2 minutes of downtime I actually have that flight. It’s so easy to get caught up in this job and simply go down to the hotel restaurant every overnight and use the 25% crew discount. I try to spend most of my days off doing meal prep (when time and the pile of laundry permits) so I figured I would let you guys in on what a flight attendant eats on the road anyway?
Last week, we officially entered our Winter Scheduling Routes and I don’t know if you’ve noticed but, autumn has definitely arrived. As it gets colder and colder outside, the more I crave warm and hearty meals on the road. Today I decided I didn’t actually feel like cooking so I turned to old trusty – MY SLOW COOKER! This beast and I are best friends… if you don’t own one just stop reading this now and come back to me when you’ve got a slow cooker sitting in your kitchen. It’s a great alternative to cooking all day and I can make large batches of delicious and nutritious meals that pack well in my lunch bag. Maybe I’ll start making this whole recipe idea a weekly thing (let’s be honest, monthly is more achievable for me). BUT if you guys like the idea than let me know! Alright, alright, the moment you’ve been reading my rambling for:
Slow Cooker Lentil & Ham Soup
1 cup dried lentils
1 cup each chopped celery, carrot & onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ cup diced cooked ham
½ tsp each dried basil & oregano
¼ tsp each dried thyme & black pepper
1 bay leaf
32 oz. chicken broth
1 cup water
8 tsp. tomato sauce
*Random assortment of cookie cutters and alcohol not necessary for recipe.
*Another shout out to my dad for teaching me the true art of mise en place.
Next, simply combine all the ingredients in your slow cooker. Cover & set on LOW for 11 hours or HIGH for 6 hours and walk away. Go take a bubble bath, fold your laundry, dance around your room naked, whatever your wonderful heart desires! Come back in said amount of hours and remove the bay leaf before you serve it or portion it into containers.
Once it has cooled down enough, I portion the soup into mason jars to make it easier to reheat in a hotel microwave or an air sickness bag on the plane depending on when I can eat my meals that day. That being said, the mason jars do make my lunch bag that much more heavy so some flight attendant prefer Tupperware but I find that ends up taking up more room which could be filled with more food!