Recipe: Couscous with Mediterranean vegetables

This is one of the simplest staples of hikers – couscous is ready in minutes with just the addition of boiling water. But that doesn’t mean it has to be a boring meal! Try this recipe with delicious Mediterranean vegetables and add grilled halloumi for added flair. Serves 2 hungry hikers. Ingredients 1 cup couscous (fine, not pearls) 10g dehydrated zucchini 10g dehydrated eggplant 10g … Continue reading Recipe: Couscous with Mediterranean vegetables

Mash, gravy and peas

This may be the ultimate in hiking comfort foods. I’ve even had it for breakfast on hikes. It’s satisfying, energising, warming, ultralight, great for the family 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 … Continue reading Mash, gravy and peas

How much does an eggplant weigh?

Fruits and vegetables contain lots of water. But they also make your camping meals delicious and varied. This is why every hiking foodie knows all about dehydrating (drying) fruit and vegetables. Take my eggplant example. Eggplant makes a great Greek stew, Italian pasta sauce, or Indian curry. But, weighing in at almost 500g, it would be much too heavy and delicate to carry on a … Continue reading How much does an eggplant weigh?

Recipe: hiker’s porcini mushroom risotto

This sophisticated one-pot meal provided a gourmet end to our hike up Mt Kohukohunui. It is rich and satisfying and tastes much more luxurious than anything you’d expect from a camp stove! Porcini are the king of Italian mushrooms and are usually easy to find dried in delis. Don’t be alarmed at the price tag – you only need a little and they’re well worth it. … Continue reading Recipe: hiker’s porcini mushroom risotto

Recipe: Vietnamese coconut curry – ultralight dinner for camping

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 suitable for most diets being gluten-free and vegan (check your curry paste to be sure). 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 … Continue reading Recipe: Vietnamese coconut curry – ultralight dinner for camping