Wednesday, September 6, 2017

When Foodies Go Backpacking

We love to be outdoors. Camping. Hiking. Off-roading. We also love good food and cooking. Our camping meals have included Hawaiian garlic shrimp, green chile stew, and snow crab legs. But that was all pull up to the campsite car camping.

This past weekend we were going backpacking. Which means we would need to carry everything that we need for the weekend. On the face of this, I was excited. But then I started to think about meals. Sure for many a protein bar may be an adequate meal, but that would be perdition for me.

I turned to my first resource, Mr. Awesome who has done multi-day backpacking trips leading troops of boy scouts and has a culinary degree. 

Mrs. Awesome: "What did you eat for lunches?"
Mr. Awesome: "Easy cheese and crackers or maybe vienna sausages."

I shuddered in silence beside him. It was time to go through all my Backpacker Magazines and create a menu. 

Mrs. Awesome:
"Chorizo mac and cheese!" 
"Granola stuffed pears!"
"We need full fat powdered milk for coffee."

Mr. Awesome: "This is going to be nothing like the backpacking trips of my youth."

So, here you have it. This is what it looks like when foodies go backpacking for two nights. 

Yes, those are flasks hiding in there.

Dinner we picked up on the way to the trail head. We got underway much later than originally anticipated. 

Day 1:

Mix up the granola with some cinnamon and pecans before you go. I added some dabs of butter in the zip lock bag. I didn't bother with sugar as granola and fruit are sweet enough for me. Around five to seven minutes over some coals and they were a delicious way to start the day. I used nonstick aluminum foil and didn't need to spray it with cooking spray as suggested in the recipe.

Lunch: Lemon pepper tuna on crackers

I didn't get a good picture of the chorizo in this mix, but it was there. The taste of this was amazing. I changed the spice mixture suggested and went with garlic, paprika, pepper, salt, and ancho chile. I'd eat this at home. Clean up is a bit of work. As the recipe suggests, using full fat Nido dehydrated milk makes a big difference. 

Day 2:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with granola 

Lunch: Dehydrated meal (see, I did choose one thing that was easy)

Add in some snacks and some marshmallows and I will say it was all delicious. I would do it again. 

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