After reading posts on food and gear it seems like food is usually kept to the high-energy and easily transported essentials, and cooking gear is kept to a minimum. This makes me kind of sad, because I'm soon leaving on my first tour, a two week tour from Maryland to the NC Outer Banks and back. I love to cook and I love to eat even more... especially after working up a huge appetite after riding all day long. I can't stand the thought of having to eat dehydrated foods day in and day out. I understand that there's a certain beauty and ease in the simplicity of this method, but it's a vacation, not Army boot camp, right?
So does anyone pack what might be considered extravagant food related items/ingredients? Take along a five-pound cast iron frying pan or big carbon steel wok? French press or Moka express and whole beans and a grinder? Fresh veggies in lieu of canned/dehydrated ones? Cook fresh fish instead of stomaching tuna in a vacuum sack? Let's hear about those on-the-road meals that taste like you made them at home.