For the next 8 months I'll be moving cities every 4 days or so and I'm doing a lot of
. I like to prepare a meal for my hosts as a thank you and I'd like some suggestions for meal ideas. I can't travel with a fully stocked pantry, so meals that have few ingredients (preferably things readily available in South America, Europe, and Asia) are important. Advise me, culinary geniuses of mefi!
A few more details and considerations -
Recipes that require specialized equipment (even something like a blender is not going to be available in every place I stay) are out. Usually, I can count on having an oven, burners, pots and pans, and knives and such. I'd also not like to be wasteful. I'm happy spending $20 on some nice fish or whatever (an ingredient that will be used up in the meal) but I don't want to spend $20 on oils or spices that I'll only use a little of then have to toss once I pack up and leave. I'm a former vegetarian and still bit of a newbie to cooking meat, so if you have meat recipes, careful explanations would be appreciated, but really, it would probably be best if I just stick to vegetarian meals.
An example of a meal that I've been cooking a lot in South America is pasta with a tomato sauce, sometimes some sausage, plus roasted veggies on the side. However, I'm a little sick of it, so any suggestions or creative ideas would be much appreciated!
(on preview I saw this very similar question
where a lot of people just responded by saying, don't cook, bring wine instead, etc. I'm just looking for recipe or meal ideas here, not reasons why I shouldn't cook.)