But fear not. She's back! I found her somewhere out in the middle of Bolivia's altiplano desert landscape. Andy and I spent four days in a Toyota Landcruiser with two new friends, a driver and a fabulous cook, making our way through some of the most spectacular sights I've ever seen, ending up on the Salt Flats. It was amazing and, to be honest, I'm not sure how we'll top it.
I must admit I was a little nervous about travelling through Bolivia, but it's been a real highlight of our trip. And the food has far exceeded expectations. A four course lunch for £1.50 each? Yes please!
Eating on the road is notoriously difficult, though, and I've definitely had my ups and downs with it over the last four months or so, so I thought I'd share some tips...
Don't expect to eat as you would at home. You need to throw that notion out of the window right now. I'll admit I've been pining for peanut butter since we got to South America, but you have to adapt. Yes, there's no PB but I've focused on the fabulous bounty of fresh and cheap fruits on offer. Focus on what you can have rather than what's missing. (Although I do have my friend bringing me my favourite peanut butter brand, Peanut Butter and Co. out to Peru next week!)
That said, sometimes we all need a bit of familiarity and comfort, so do make sure to include some old favourites. I'm not a big bread eater at home, and once I'd had my fill of it for breakfasts, I invested in a bag of oatmeal to cart around with me. Having my usual banana porridge just makes me feel good sometimes.
Do stock up on healthy snacks for journeys. For a recent 26 hour coach trip we bought loads of fruit and nuts and cooked up some chicken and brocolli risotto. It made the journey so much more bearable feeling like I was nourishing my body rather than eating a load of sugary treats to get through it.
Don't worry if you do indulge, though. Travelling is tough - it's tiring, disorientating and stressful. If a dulce de leche cookie is going to make you feel a bit better, go ahead and have it, just don't use travelling as an excuse to eat foods that ultimately don't make you feel good.
Do make an effort to cook some old favourites when amenities allow. I made a cracking chicken soup while we were ill in Mendoza, and it really was the best medicine. It makes me feel just that little bit more in control of my life if I can cook healthy meals for us on the road.
Don't forget to enjoy the local cuisine as well, though. It's what travelling is all about!
Happy Sunday friends, and enjoy the bank holiday in the UK.
Do you have any tips for eating on the road?