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[pct-l] PCT Food Party
- Subject: [pct-l] PCT Food Party
- From: Carl Mears <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 09:11:06 -0800
</fontfamily>May is rapidly approaching, and many of you are facing the
of packing the 100+ or so days of food needed for your summer
I thought I'd share an idea that my partner (Panna Lossy) and I came up
with last year that made the meal planning both funner and better. We
had a lot of friends that wanted both to see us before we left *and*
wanted to help out with the trip, so we did the following.
1. identify a set of friends that have some clue about hiking.
2. invite them all to a big party
3. instruct them to come up with a meal that they like to eat while
backpacking, and bring several (~5) copies of it to the party
4. Buy party food and drinks for the party
5. Have a big party.
Now, friends being friends and all, most (at least in our case) will
be able to follow your simple instructions, so I'd recommend an
6. Buy a lot of random dried food suitable for hiking (some uncommon
suggestions to follow), and a lot of plastic bags.
What ended up happening at our party is that a *large* stack of food
ended up on the dining table. People took turns sitting around,
grabbing more or less random things from the pile, and assembling
dinners. I worked out great. We ended up with about 80 dinners. No
two were the same. Many were bizzare. Many crossed ethnic boundaries.
Only a few included corn pasta. Some had little notes in them from
friends. Some had desserts. Some were hard to figure out. Some had
dried habeneros in them (danger). Some were way too big or way too
small -- we adjusted the starch amount in these.
Anyway, we never got sick of any dinner food. We made the rest of the
dinners ourselves, maybe 6 copies of 6 different dinners, but these
well separated by the bizarre ones, so they never got monotonous. I
just wish we'd done the same for breakfast!
Here's some dinner ideas you might not have thought of that are very
light and tasty--
curried mashed potatoes with baco-bits and dried onions
buckwheat soba with dried miso (kikkoman is best) and dried shitakes
rice noodles with dried coconut milk and red thai curry (or lemon
pasta with sun dried tomatoes, dried onions and walnuts
dried black olive and tomato paste pesto (I made this) on pasta
If you live somewhere with lots of asians, you can find lots of
dried foods in asian food marts. We ate dried squid, scallops,
We always had a bottle of both olive oil and sesame oil-- seems heavy
until you remember its 9 kCals/gram.
We found a source of bulk dried vegies, which we added to everything.
Oh, yeah -- be careful what you send to the "warmer" post offices --
got some pretty nasty dry salami in Warner Springs!
Hope this helps somebody. I'm ready to answer "foody" hiker
questions, and questions about taking a dog. Our dog made it,
except where it was very illegal.
As far as this years snowpack goes, I skiied off the roof of the
Echo Lake resort on Sunday -- this means there's still 10+ feet on
the ground! I'm planning on backcountry skiing even after y'all
are at Kennedy Meadows
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