Easy lentil and squash dal with rice

This is a fantastic hearty option for instant camping dinner. Make a big batch and bag them up for the hiking season. I adapted the Dirty Gourmet’s excellent recipe to my taste and what I had on hand, then paired it with instant rice for a quick backcountry dinner. Makes 6 serves. Ingredients 1 cup red lentils Half a butternut squash, chopped finely 2 large … Continue reading Easy lentil and squash dal with rice

Recipe: Couscous with Mediterranean vegetables

This is one of the simplest staples of hikers – couscous is ready in minutes with just the addition of boiling water. But that doesn’t mean it has to be a boring meal! Try this recipe with delicious Mediterranean vegetables and add grilled halloumi for added flair. Serves 2 hungry hikers. Ingredients 1 cup / 190g couscous (fine, not pearls) 10g dehydrated zucchini 10g dehydrated … Continue reading Recipe: Couscous with Mediterranean vegetables

Mash, gravy and peas

This may be the ultimate in hiking comfort foods. I’ve even had it for breakfast on hikes. It’s satisfying, energising, warming, ultralight, great for the family and also cheap to put together. Instant potato flakes need only boiling water to turn them into mash (though they’re even better with some milk powder included – see my recipe below). Same goes for dehydrated peas, and for … Continue reading Mash, gravy and peas

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 suitable for most diets being gluten-free and vegan (check your curry paste to be sure). 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 … Continue reading Recipe: Vietnamese coconut curry – ultralight dinner for camping

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