What is that and why was it in your suitcase?

You might be familiar with our ‘what is that and why is it in your fridge/freezer/pantry‘ series. Here’s a look inside the trunk I packed recently.

What is all that and why did I board a plane with it? Answers and an update after the jump.

It’s an immersion blender, a basting brush, a chef’s knife and sharpening steel, a mortar and pestle, a whisk, and an assortment of spices.

All of those things came with me to Buenos Aires. I will be spending the next three months in Argentina, and well, I couldn’t bear to part with those items, knowing I’d have to stock a kitchen here anyway.

He Cooks She Cooks started as a blog by two friends who made dinner together nearly every night of the week. After graduation, Michael moved back home to Chicago while I worked for the newspaper during the summer. Michael has found himself two jobs in Chicago, which is keeping him from cooking anything he finds blogworthy. He’ll post sporadically at best, and I more than anyone will miss having his voice here.

As for myself, I am happy to seize this opportunity to be abroad while I can, but I am adjusting to cooking for one in a new country. Slowly my kitchen is coming together. I’m learning to navigate the markets here, realizing a lot of the international flavors I enjoy will be harder to recreate without trips to special shops and spending more than usual. It should be fun to see what I come up with combining my background in food with the local ingredients here. I am trying to learn about Argentine food, beyond the amazing beef they are most known for.

This blog has always focused on our quest to learn about food, either from cooking it, reading about it, or interviewing professionals in the field. I always strive to provide recipes you won’t find everywhere else. The domain name might not be perfect anymore, but those goals remain the same.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a recipe.

7 Replies to “What is that and why was it in your suitcase?”

  1. Hahaha, I love the little spices in their little containers. Good thing customs at BA didn’t mistake you for a powder drug smuggler.

  2. Man, three months in Argentina, wow! Tell us about the beef. Is it all that it is cracked up to be?

    Did your knife cut anything in the box? If you don’t have a case for it, you can make a sleeve out of cardboard and duct tape. It will keep it safe and sharp.

    Have a great time and keep us apprised of your adventures.

  3. Ray Ray — I did see Julie and Julia, and I loved it.

    Ayelet — I was very worried about that too. A large knife and unmarked containers of dried herbs, seeds and powders… But no one said a word.

    Jeff — The beef is excellent. You’ll hear more about that soon. The photo, I should add, is a bit staged, in that the trunk was packed more practically than it appears. The knife was wrapped (not in cardboard, but that’s a good idea) and the spices were all together in a bag.

  4. Hiya.
    I’ve been bad about reading this lately but I have to say:
    a) I enjoyed helping you pack that suitcase and smelling all of the spices, even if I didn’t know what any of them were.
    b) you’re awesome and so is this blog.
    c) I can’t wait to read all of what you write next.

  5. Just catching up on your move 🙂 The beef in AR was the best I’ve had in my life. The best. I wish I could move there right now.

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