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TSA Approved Snacks

If you’ve traveling by plane, you know that your normal routine and carry-on items have definitely changed. The pandemic has made us rethink and re-envision how we travel so we put together some tips and tricks to help you navigate these changes. One thing that is being done differently is how to pack your carry-on, you can find an updated options here. At this point, we’ve decided to look into what snacks to bring. Which ones are TSA approved and which ones are not. This list will help you save money and breeze through security. Here’s a list of the some of items you can bring so you’ll be prepared for your next flight.

  • Dried Nuts and Fruit: With this option you can bring a little bit of everything – raisins, dried fruits, cashews, almonds and so much more. An organizing tray makes packing this snack a breeze! NOTE: Check with your airline carrier first on this one as you might be on a nut free flight. If so, you shouldn’t pack this snack.
  • Whole fruits: TSA only allows whole fruits through security so slice a whole apple before leaving. Use a rubber band to keep slices in place. Throw the apple and a to-go pack of peanut butter in a plastic bag.
  • Bread: TSA considers this a solid food item that can be placed in your carry-on. So break out that whole wheat or pita break for some quick nourishment.
  • Cereal: This is the perfect option when traveling with kids. Use Cheerios or Chex-Mix and put in a zip lock bag to keep your kids satisfied. There is nothing worse the HAN-angry kids upset at the airport.
  • Pretzels: Pretzels are super easy to pack (you can get individual bags at your grocer) in your carry-on.
  • Cheese: Solid cheese is a great addition to your snack pack and will help keep your full for longer. You can bring creamy cheese but limit it to less than 3.4 oz.

Surviving Chaos Hack: If your still unsure if you can bring your snack on the plan, you can take a picture of it and ask TSA on their Twitter and Facebook Messenger page.

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Gougères: French Cheese Puffs

Gougères

Gougères (say goo-share) are delicious cheese snacks that puff up in the oven like magic. They are made with a special dough called pâta à choux (say “paat-ah-shoe”). Pâte means “paste” and choux means “cabbage”. French bakeries, called pâtisseries (say “paa-tees-air-ee”) use a similar dough to make cream puffs. This dough bakes into nice round shapes, like little heads of cabbage!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (128 g) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 4 tablespoons (57 g) butter
  • 4 eggs cracked into a bowl
  • 1 cup (100 g) grated Swiss cheese

Let’s Make It!

  1. Preheat over to 375 F (190 C) and spread parchment paper on a baking sheet. Using a fork, mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the milk, water and butter and bring them to a boil.
  3. Add all of the flour mixture to the saucepan, stirring it in with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to low and keep stirring until the dough forms a ball (about 1 minute)
  4. Put the dough in the bowl. Now add all the eggs at once. Stir, stir, stir until the dough is pretty smooth.
    • Use a big whisk, if you have one, to break up the lumps.
  5. Add all the cheese. Again, stir until the cheese is all mixed in.
  6. Scoop 1/4 cups of dough and drop them on the parchment paper. Space the scoops a couple of inches apart.
    • The dough is sticky! Use a spoon to scrape the scoops onto the baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the gougères puff up and turn golden brown.
  8. Bon Appétit!

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Tea Sandwiches: English Tradition

150-year old English tradition, afternoon tea is synonymous with England. What better way to complement your tea than with tea sandwiches. Tea sandwiches are a delicious snack that can be filled with all sorts of things – fresh veggies to fruit jams to fancy cheeses! No matter what you fill them with, these finger foods are always light and dainty and they won’t fill you up too much for dinner. Want more English culture, check out our London, England trip here.

Ingredients

  • 6 thin slices of your favorite bread
  • Cheddar-Apple Sandwich
    • 2 slices cheddar cheese
    • 1/4 apple, thinly sliced into rounds
    • 1 tablespoon (14 g) mayonnaise
  • Egg Sandwich
    • 2 hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped
    • 1 tablespoon (14 g) mayonnaise
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons (8 g) mustard
    • salt and pepper to taste

Let’s Make It!

  • Cheddar-Apple Sandwich
    1. Spread mayonnaise onto two slices of bread
    2. Layer the cheddar and apple rounds on one slice of bread, then top with the other slice.
    3. Cut the crusts off of each sandwich, then slice them into thirds.
  • Egg Sandwich
    1. Mix chopped up eggs, mustard, mayonnaise, salt and pepper in a bowl.
    2. Spread the egg mixture onto two slices of bread, then put them together.
    3. Cut the crusts off of each sandwich, then slice them into thirds.

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Farm to Fork Travel

Farm to fork” travel or agri-tourism is a new way to travel and have the best food experiences. With many people looking for fun and creative ways to travel and experience all that nature has to offer, agri-tourism is the perfect option. Now more than ever we are more conscious of what we eat, where are food comes from and its impact on our environment and community. As a global movement, farm to fork travel spans many countries and brings lots of tourists to rural areas all over the world. Travellers can either stay on a farm, ranch or small holding or, to become truly involved in the experience, work the land. What you farm you eat! Authentic food is the heart of local culture and the heritage of your destination so why not embrace it!

The country of destination gets to opportunity to share the culture, experiences, and way of life with all travellers through food. Farm to fork travel is not just about the good food and farm lifestyle; many destinations offer tours of the land and trails that celebrate the local farmers, their heritage and sustainable development. So where are some of the best places for farm to fork travel? Here’s a list of some of our favorite farm to fork destinations. Where will you go for the best eats in town?

  • Maui, Hawaii
  • The Cotswolds, England
  • The Winelands, South Africa
  • Provence, France
  • Donahue, Iowa

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Brigadeiro: Traditional Brazilian Desert

Brigadeiro

How about a chewy candy to start your new year off right! Brigadeiro are rich “little chocolate nuggets” popular in Brazil and were created by confectioner Heloisa Nabuco de Oliveira. Brigadeiros typically accompany birthday celebrations but you can have them for any celebration. This Brigadeiro recipe is easy, kid friendly and makes quite a few….12-14 total!

Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz (300 ml) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons (22 g) unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon (14 g) butter
  • chocolate or rainbow sprinkles

Let’s Make It!

  1. Use half of the butter to grease a big plate or platter.
  2. In a small bowl or cup, mix the cocoa and water so the cocoa dissolves.
  3. In a medium-sized, heavy saucepan, use a wooden spoon to combine the dissolved cocoa, condensed milk, and the remaining butter over medium-low heat.
  4. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens and starts to look a bit like brownie batter. When you drag your spoon across the bottom of the pan, it should take a moment before the gap fills back in. Hang in there, this step can take as long as 20 minutes.
  5. Spread the chocolate on the buttered platter and let it cool to room temperature. If you want to speed up the cooling, pop the platter in the fridge.
  6. Once the mixture is cool, grease your hands with a little butter. Scoop up some chocolate in a spoon and then roll it between your palms to form a ball.
  7. Roll the ball in sprinkles. Scoop and roll the rest of the chocolate the same way. Enjoy!
  8. Muy delicioso!!

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