Make sure you get your slow-release energy from the most important meal of your outdoor day! Freeze dried scrambled eggs Oatmeal porridge Muesli and powdered milk Breakfast rice and cherries Instant baked beans and tortilla breads Not sure how much muesli to pack? I like a hearty portion of 75g / half a cup of muesli, premixed with about 10g / 2 tbsp of milk … Continue reading 5 great camping breakfast ideas
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
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?
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
This is Italian homemade goodness – but with some preparation beforehand, you can take mamma’s cooking on the trail with you! The base recipe is suitable for vegetarians and vegans (excluding the optional parmesan). Meat lovers can add salami for extra protein. Kids love this spaghetti too – it’s great for families. Serves 2. Ingredients 200g spaghetti (quick-cook or angel hair vermicelli can save you … Continue reading Recipe: trail spaghetti with tomato & basil
Stuck for ideas for campsite meals? Want to reduce weight and increase the yum factor in your camp food? Want to stop paying a fortune for store-bought camping meals? Here are 5 ultralight camping meal ideas to inspire you! Add your favorites in the comments. Continue reading 5 camping meals you can prepare at home
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?
The Indian breakfast of champions! The convenience food that replaces bread! The rice you can eat raw! I stumbled across poha in my local Indian supermarket and I’m feeling inspired. Wikipedia describes it as “an indori rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes… (which) can be eaten raw by immersing it in plain water or milk, with salt and sugar to taste, or lightly … Continue reading Poha: raw rice for hikers
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