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! 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

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

Rcipe: 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. 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

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