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?
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
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
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. It’s vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free (check your stock ingredients to be certain), so everyone can enjoy it. 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 … Continue reading Rcipe: red pepper & cashew paella – ultralight trail dinner
The first thing most hikers do when exiting the wilderness is eat the “real food” they’ve been dreaming of on the trail. Indeed, one of the toughest things about a multi-day hike for me is getting fresh, juicy, delicious produce into my meals. Said produce has to be tough enough to go in a backpack, not need refrigeration and have a great calorie-to-weight ratio so I can … Continue reading Ultralight but still green veggies?
Question: How do you keep meat fresh while camping in warm weather? Answer: Skip the ice packs and dry jerky and try coconut bacon instead. Protein-rich meat is hard to keep fresh without a fridge. If you’re missing your salty, smokey bacon on hiking trips, you’re in for a treat. Coconut bacon from Smoups is almost indistinguishable from the real thing – crunchy little slices … Continue reading Food of the week: coconut bacon