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 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

Recipe: apple & parmesan risotto – family-friendly camping food

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

Recipe: trail spaghetti with tomato & basil

This is Italian homemade goodness – but with some preparation beforehand, you can take mamma’s cooking on the trail with you! Serves 2. Ingredients 200g spaghetti (quick-cook or angel hair vermicelli can save you fuel) 10g dried garlic flakes 100g tomato paste (2 sachets) 36 ml olive oil (3 sachets) large pinch of dried basil salt dried parmesan to taste Steps First, make the sauce. … Continue reading Recipe: trail spaghetti with tomato & basil

Recipe: Curried no-cook rice

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

Red pepper & cashew paella – ultralight trail dinner

Keen for a one-pot meal that everyone will love while camping? Try this paella. It’s easy, nutritious and light for when you’re trekking. The ingredients won’t go bad in hot weather either! Serves 2. Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1 shallot 3 cloves garlic 1/2 cup raw cashew pieces 50g sachet tomato paste 1/3 cup dried red bell peppers 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 vegetable stock … Continue reading Red pepper & cashew paella – ultralight trail dinner