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

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

Food of the week: coconut bacon

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