The second reason is that we bring the car. That means absolutely no space restrictions so I can pack whatever I like without some hatchet faced witch scowling at me over my big fat obese luggage. I have a kitchen crate which fits everything I want to bring with me. Despite promising to streamline it every year, the crate gets fuller and fuller. This year it contained my newly sharpened kitchen knife (a blunt knife is a dangerous knife and I don't trust the ones in rented accom!), chopping board, frying pan, tongs, teatowel, condiments, ice bags, my trusty corkscrew, cleaning wipes, kitchen roll, a measuring jug and whatever else is to hand while I'm packing. I know this sounds a bit excessive but I've been doing self catering in France for 10 years now and I've worked with some pretty dodgy kitchen equipment and appliances in the past. So, I come prepared!
Our lovely apartment in Residence l'Estran
This year, we stayed in a really lovely apartment in Chateau D'Olonne with Pierre et Vacances. It was huge with a really decent sized kitchen and had a fantastic counter/storage area separating it from the dining table - perfect to stow the contents of the crate for the holiday. Usually the accommodation has a gas hob, or even a BBQ if we're really lucky but this time I got a bit of a shock. The hob, it was electric. I've only ever cooked on a gas or an induction hob and I'm used to the immediacy of heat so cooking on an electric hob was a bit of a learning curve. Some dinners may have been slightly over-caramelised... Oh, and there was neither an oven or a cooker hood which really freaked me out. I'm so used to having an oven for roasting lovely local produce like chickens from Challans or making pizza. All we had was a microwave/grill in its absence. It certainly clipped my cooking wings, I can tell you. Luckily I had also thrown a lovely scented candle into the kitchen crate which helped to cover the absence of the cooker hood. Can you guess the make - it's on the counter...
So tell me - do you cook on holiday too? Are you mad enough to bring your own equipment like me or are you happy to just eat out all the time?
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