Did you know that our taste buds change at altitude and chefs that prepare food for airlines have to alter the amount of sugar and salt to accommodate for the change in taste?
I’ve read about tips to take your own food but to be honest I’m often flat out getting myself on the plane let alone thinking about what I’ll be eating for the following 12 or so hours.
I’ve always managed to remember to organise a ‘special meal’ for myself. The names of these vary depending on the airline, but it’s generally something along the lines of ‘strict vegan meal’.
As a foodie, my favourite part of being on a plane is getting my meal before everyone else. Even if you don’t want a special meal, I’d recommend getting one just so you get to eat before everyone else.
I’m actually a fan (usually) of airline food. I’m not sure if it’s the excitement of going to a foreign country, or my taste buds really change or I just have bad taste. But it’s just like having a lucky dip – sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose.
Last year I had chickpea ravioli on an Emirates flight, which was really tasty. I’ve also had some really ordinary dishes including ‘fruit salad’ that was just 2 small squares of rockmelon, 1 square of watermelon and 2 grapes. Fancy, right?
But something happened this time and I got a little bit organised and made some trail mix before I left. It was more because I had some cranberries and apricots that I wanted to use up before I left than the fact that I was prepared.
It turns out that this trail mix was a godsend on our trip. An eight hour flight from Brisbane, a four hour layover in Singapore, where all the noodles we asked about had egg in them, a fourteen hour flight to Zurich and then an almost two hour flight to Barcelona.
This trail mix came in handy when we didn’t really want much to eat, but just something to nibble on to sustain us.
The mix of sweet from the cranberries and apricots, the roasted nuts and the sweet flavour of chocolate created a moorish snack that we were glad we packed.
The roasting of the nuts could be omitted but I don’t recommend it. Roasted nuts give this trail mix and richness that it really deserves.