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

Poha: raw rice for hikers

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

Ultralight but still green veggies?

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?

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

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