This may be the ultimate in hiking comfort foods. I’ve even had it for breakfast on hikes. It’s satisfying, energising, warming, ultralight, and also cheap to put together. Instant potato flakes need only boiling water to turn them into mash (though they’re even better with some milk powder included – see my recipe below). Same goes for dehydrated peas, and for instant gravy. Preparation To … Continue reading Mash, gravy and peas
Curries are deliciously full-flavored and satisfying after a hike in the backcountry. This one uses rice “glass” noodles, which require only soaking, no cooking. It’s ultralight without compromising on taste. Serves 2. Ingredients 100g-120g fine rice noodles (break the bundles apart to get a close amount) 12 ml vegetable oil (1 sachet) 50g sachet of Vietnamese curry paste 60g sachet coconut milk powder (makes 1 … Continue reading Recipe: Vietnamese coconut curry – ultralight dinner for camping
Give this rice pudding a quick cook this at the end of your dinner, then seal and leave overnight. You’ll be treated to the perfect breakfast to keep you going on your hike. For each hungry hiker include: 75g short grain rice (e.g. Thai sticky, arborio) 30g almond milk powder 1 tsp chia seeds Water to cover Dried fruit to taste Continue reading Recipe: breakfast rice and cherries
The sweet-sharp taste of this northern Italian risotto makes for a delicious dinner while camping. It’s popular with kids and difficult-to-please adults alike. Serves 2. Ingredients 25 ml olive oil (2 sachets) 130g arborio or carnaroli rice (“risotto rice”) 1/4 cup of dried onion and garlic, or 1 fresh onion and 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic 1 vegetable stock cube 2 tart apples, dried (Granny … Continue reading Recipe: apple & parmesan risotto – family-friendly camping food
This easily digestible form of raw rice is very popular across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, and is normally used to prepare snacks or light and easy fast food. It is known by a variety of names. The dish which I’ve adapted below is often a morning snack in India! Crucially to outdoors enthusiasts, it doesn’t need to be cooked! That’s right – you can simply add … Continue reading Recipe: Curried no-cook rice
Instant milk powder. It’s a camp essential. Cups of tea and coffee, oatmeal, creamed rice, pasta sauces, muesli… lots of camp foods need milk. Powdered milk is not only protein-rich, and light to carry, but it also won’t go off on a hot day like fresh dairy produce. How much milk powder do you need for the amount of milk you want? Use this handy … Continue reading How much powdered milk?
Luck isn’t always on your side. Here’s what I learnt from a hike that went wrong. Continue reading When a hike goes wrong…