Thursday, May 06, 2010

Backcountry Vegan!

I've just returned from Maui & Kauai - I went backpacking on the Kalalau Trail.  After reading through a huge pile of backcountry & backpacking cookbooks - I came to the dismal realization that most of them really don't meet my needs or my style of cooking (or sharing!).  I am going to be refining my thoughts on backcountry cooking - focusing on using whole ingredients, prepping with a dehydrator, and cooking quantities based on need (little or very hungry, how many people are sharing?) and available ingredients and other resources.  It seems more of a process than a recipe.  I don't like the idea of schlepping a ton of plastic bags out to the wilderness, "cooking" in plastic bags or hoarding condiment packets.

In the next couple of weeks, I will put together a list of the food that I prepared in advance, what I bought locally, descriptions of some of the meals and what worked.  I'll also be discussing some other ideas I have for vegan, whole foods cooking - that is more like the way you cook at home.  None of this "spread peanut butter on a flour tortilla, roll up, eat" as a recipe -- I'll also write up reviews of the backcountry cookbooks that I read and point you to the single book out of more than half a dozen that I think is worth buying.  So - stay tuned!

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