Going ultralight with your camping meals? Go Japanese

Setting off on the trail again – can’t wait! The coming weeks will see me do a solo trek with my packraft around New Zealand’s central North Island for 20 days, then two long treks in the South Island. Keeping the food weight down is critical, and I’ve found a treasure trove of ingredients in my local Japanese supermarket today. Clockwise from left… Wasabi peas … Continue reading Going ultralight with your camping meals? Go Japanese

Recipe: Strawberry & basil fruit leather

Looking for a healthy snack for hiking and camping? Look no further. Fruit leather, aka fruit roll ups, are the tasty and nutritious snack you’ve been waiting for. This recipe is lip-smackingly delicious. And with the added flavor of the fresh basil, it’s sure to impress.   Why buy hiking snacks when you can combine in-season fruit with herbs from the garden and prepare an … Continue reading Recipe: Strawberry & basil fruit leather

Feeling stressed? Want to live longer? Spend a night in the forest!

Time in nature gives you sharper thinking and more creative problem-solving, as well as boosting your immune system. Don’t leave the kids at home – researchers have shown they gain improved concentration and even better eyesight from time in parks. Still more research shows that connecting with nature is followed by lower levels of hypertension, less of the stress hormone cortisol, and reduced inflammation – … Continue reading Feeling stressed? Want to live longer? Spend a night in the forest!

The 33 items you need to stay safe and comfortable camping in the backcountry

Most camping checklists you’ll see are dauntingly enormous! It would be prohibitively expensive to prepare for your first outings. Not to mention how little fun it is to carry all that weight. What do you truly need to be comfortable and safe? The first step in an ultralight approach isn’t to buy new, technically advanced gear, but rather to take stock of all the duplication … Continue reading The 33 items you need to stay safe and comfortable camping in the backcountry

How to make oatmeal porridge in the backcountry

Think oatmeal is boring? Think again. Not only are oats lightweight, easy to transport and good for you, but you can turn them into a feast that everyone will love with these simple camp stove and campfire recipes. Think rich, delicious date and chia before a day of hiking. Or try tart and tasty cranberries and cherries in creamy oatmeal… Divine! Are kids in the … Continue reading How to make oatmeal porridge in the backcountry

Why we should copy NASA’s ideas on food

Space exploration has given us great ideas that we’ve re-used right here on earth, including, famously, the ball point pen. But it’s NASA’s ideas on food innovation that we ought to be copying. NASA scientists are faced with a particular challenge for feeding the astronauts on smaller spacecraft. The food needs to provide: …Enough calories as well as a carefully balanced diet, need no special storage … Continue reading Why we should copy NASA’s ideas on food