ADV Minimalist Cookbook Thread

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Burtonridr, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. thewozza

    thewozza Adventurer

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    I only have one signature camping dish. Never done it on an ADV ride though, so I'm not sure how I'm going to keep this stuff from getting crushed along the way.

    One red/yellow pepper chopped into roughly 2"x2" pieces
    4 medium sized mushrooms chopped into 3 or 4 pieces each
    1 zucchini chopped into rounds 1-2" long
    1 sausage chopped into rounds 1/2" long (cchorizo or smoked or whatever)

    get some light oil or butter on the stuff, and shake it around in a pot to get everything slightly coated.

    sprinkle Greek seasoning mix in with it and give it a good shake around to get it mixed in

    Then lay out some aluminium foil and mix all this stuff out in one layer. Try to get the mushrooms next to the peppers and the sausage as it'll absorb some of the flavour.

    Wrap up your flat mess with foil - I only ever use one layer you don't have to overdo it - and put it directly on the coals for 3 minutes. Then flip it and another 3 minutes and you're done!

    Spill that mess onto a plate (or in to the container you mixed it up in) and chow down on tasty hot veg and meat.
  2. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    There's always salad...
  3. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    That's what food eats! :dg
  4. JerryMac

    JerryMac Been here awhile

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    I once watched a Texan sit down for lunch at the job site and pull out a ball of raw hamburger and salt and pepper shakers.
  5. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    Here in Europe, Steak Tartare is a bit of a delicacy.
    Usually mixed with a raw egg, finely chopped onion and chilli sauce. A good one is excellent.

    There used to be an all night shop on Kalverstraat in Amsterdam which sold them in a bun. Great when you had just rolled out of the Paradiso with the munchies.
  6. ajpjive

    ajpjive Misplaced Midwesterner

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    The majority of my camp cooking has been hiking, but it seems to port over to riding from the few trips I've been able to take. My go-to is dried food. Bought a dehydrator a number of years back, and I generally keep that thing running before I head out on a trip. Alongside the obvious dehydrated basics (lots and lots of jerky, dried fruit, etc.), you can cook up some pretty sweet stuff.

    Jay & Shirley Bills' "Dehydrating Food" and Linda Yaffe's "Backpack Gourmet" are wonderful resources for techniques, recipes, etc. Definitely ends up being a lot more front-end prep work, but it can save a good bit of space, is pretty cheap, and can be super quick when you're out on the trail!
  7. dutchjohn

    dutchjohn Adventure Touring

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    cooking on your trip
    <hr style="color:#000000; background-color:#000000" size="1"> Reading thru many post here and on other site's I have always enjoyed seeing what others do for meals, coffee, cooking gear, and packing. All of it really. I know the hard core will take a bottle of whiskey, smokes,and not eat[​IMG] but hay each to their own. I on the other hand try to eat something that is filling and not to unhealthy, and enjoy a shoot of what ever, wine, beer or water. But it needs to be easy to fix, quick and good. I know we all don't like the same things but here is a dinner that I do, and enjoy.
    Ok here is my pannier, not on the beast of burden, but sitting on the living room floor (glad the wife is not home)[​IMG] this is the one that is my kitchen, I can carry like 5 days of meals and my cooking gear.
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    open the lid and let's look in
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    1st 3 boxes out
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    and look in again
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    the next 3 boxes taken out
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    so now lets look in the little boxes and see what we have 1st box is breakfast
    Instant oatmeal taken out of the it's package and have added some dry fruit
    nuts and things to make it better, this box only has 2 in it now, but i can get
    6-7 days of breakfast in it. with 2 bags of oatmeal in each baggie a good filling meal
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    next 2 box's have dinner stuff
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    now the cooking gear that is in the black bag
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    I have the Trangia storm kitchen, it's a alcohol burner but I upgraded the burner to a gas canister type, lot's faster then the alcohol, but I still carry the alcohol burner with me just incase I run out of gas. yet to happen.
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    lets set up the stove, its cool because it has its own wind screen and stand
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    add 2 cups of water and turn it up
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    today I have chosen the Knorr Chicken pasta, they have other flavors that I enjoy too.
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    and of course you have to add some chicken to it to make it more filling and better, right?
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    the waters boiling so lets add the pasta
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    let boil for 7 minutes and stir now and again
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    now add the chicken and let it cook a bit more
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    take off of the heat and let stand a few minutes and DIG IN!
    I have used different pasta mixes but like the Knorr brand and I will change it up with tuna, salmon, and chicken. and I will have some flat bread (pita) or sandwich thins with it.

    OK so that is one of my Idea's, I will add breakfast and coffee idea's to it later, and may be some more dinner's
    So let's hear and see your Idea's
    LETS KEEP THIS THREAD GOING
    ride safe and eat well my friend's
    DutchJohn
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  8. andrewsw

    andrewsw Been here awhile

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    One of the things that's important to me is minimizing the mess. So, I try to cook things that can be done with only one dirty dish. Typical breakfast for me is a couple of slices of Spam with maple brown sugar instant oatmeal. Here's how it goes:

    1. Heat up to boiling sufficient water to make my coffee and the oatmeal plus a little extra.
    2. Start my coffee (I splurge on a french press) and set the rest of the water aside.
    3. Use the lid/plate thing to fry a couple thin slices of Spam, yes, Spam, fry it until it's got a good crust on it.
    4. Throw the water back on to reboil with lid/plate on top to keep the Spam slices warm.
    5. When boiling, scoot the Spam to one side, dump the oatmeal packets into the lid/plate, add water and mix it up.
    6. Eat. The maple brown sugar is a good complement to the Spam. Doesn't work so good with other flavors.
    7. Use the remaining warmish water to sluice out the plate, lick out the remaining bits and done.

    Most of my meals are that way, minimizing the dirty dishes as much as possible.

    Also, the small cans of Spam seem perfect. Can make 4 nice slices, 2 for today and 2 for tomorrow. That stuff keeps fine, opened, for a couple of days

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  9. Ramseybella

    Ramseybella Been here awhile

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    Dollar Tree is a good cheap stop.
    one item better than Ramen has Hoisin sauce and dehydrated veggies, under $1.00 Walmart>>
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    These stack up like MRE's>>

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    Then using this (Green Chili Powder), Frozen center cut Pork chops from Dollar Tree, Potatoes, onions and green bell pepper.
    I pulled off Green Chili Pork Stew.
    I add the spices in to the bag before I head out, Salt, pepper, Cumin some Italian seasoning and maybe red pepper flakes.
    I bring minimum food until I get to a base camp then head out and buy what I need.

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    Some eggs, corn Tortillas!!:evil

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  10. lasvegasrider

    lasvegasrider I do not embrace BLM/ Maoist Marxists.

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    beef tips on rice

    Run into a cow - harvest the meat - toss to flame, forget the rice.

    Q's?:hair

    OK, smartass out - all travel chow is not the point - do the big cook dry meals, but when you are deep in the ride, top romen and dried beef/jerky wins.:hackBackpacker sites are where you need to query of the freeze dried wonder meals that cost more than gas.
  11. nickguzzi

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    Who doesn't like a decent pasta?
    As you will likely only have one burner, saute lightly a sliced pepper, then a ditto courgette, and set on to plate. Start cooking your pasta of choice, I think spaghetti or linguine works well but its all the same really.
    Most bought dried pasta takes 8mins, at 4mins, throw in some roughly chopped beans and/or fresh peas. Drain after checking is cooked.
    Stir in the pepper and courgette and a hunk of minced fresh garlic, a few shavings of parmesan and serve. You can tear up some fresh basil as a garnish too, if you can get some.
    It will need washing down with something chilled. A decent wine will help rebalance your electrolytes.

    One pan, two plates to clean. Time to cook 10 mins. Time to finish the bottle and ponder the meaning of life, as long as you need.
  12. AbeWhat

    AbeWhat Fear is the mind killer

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    My go-to camping meal is canned chicken (tuna can style) and salsa. Heated up and mixed together in a tortilla or wrap. Cheap, non perishable and packable. One pot, and it can be cleaned with an extra tortilla ;)
  13. leftfield123

    leftfield123 leftfield123

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    I've been using pie irons and love them. You can cook omelets, sandwiches, steaks, pizzas, or just about anything but soups. Lots of easy recipes on You Tube. They cook most things in a few minutes and are easy to use and require minimal cleaning. Some have very long handles but they're easy to shorten with a hacksaw. If you want a cheap boiling pot, make one from an empty food can or buy a new empty paint can from the hardware store.
  14. xsPain

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    I like both cheap and small, so -

    I use a Coleman 533, it was $35 back in the day. Online now they're around $50, run on gasoline, and require no assembly. For pots I have a $10 aluminum set I've had for 30 years (all the way back to scouts). I keep meaning to replace it, but haven't yet. Would just get another one anyway. It has a pot, bowl, and pan. I love having the pan for burgers or quesadillas. There used to be a measuring cup too, but I lost it.

    Food is all in the tank bag. Keeping there means I can carry it away from the bike for cooking, or if I need to lock it up or hang it from a tree. I have a big bag, and usually can go 3-4 days without resupplying. Water is more often the problem than food.

    I cook a lot of rice and pasta, but don't do a lot of prepackaged meals. Fresh food will keep for a little while, and I don't travel so fast that the time it takes to shop is a problem. If I'm going more remote than this (obviously) changes, but where there are people, there is food. I like people (at least the ones I meet while traveling), so this works out. And I eat what ever they're eating, especially in poorer countries. They are living on the local economy, so know how to spend on food.
  15. Earthscape

    Earthscape Have ya got a helmut?

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  16. JeepDawg

    JeepDawg Long timer

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    ^ what he said about cans. And don't make a bong out of an aluminum soda can either.
    I can't remember why though :D
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  17. C-Stain

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    We've taken to making our own Instant Oatmeal.


    Ingredients
    6 cups quick-cook oatmeal
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    Flavoring ingredients (optional): 1 cup raisins, 1/4 cup brown sugar, alternative powdered sweetener, 1/4 cup powdered creamer + 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit, 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 2 tablespoons brown sugar + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

    Equipment
    Blender or food processor
    Large jar or 16 plastic baggies (sandwich or vacuum-seal)
    Large spoon
    Large mixing bowl

    Instructions
    Place 2 cups oatmeal into your blender or food processor. Blend until powder; if you need to do it in more than one batch, please do so! With zero wet ingredients, depending on your appliance, it can make things easier.

    Mix powdered oats to a large mixing bowl and add remaining oats, salt and extra add-ins (if you so desire). Stir to combine. You want an even mixture with the powdered oats sticking to the larger oats and extra ingredients.

    Place mixture in an airtight container (we love our big cracker jars for this) or divide into equal portions and place in bags. Depending on your added ingredients, this will usually be a heaping half cup, making it easy to measure out.


    Since I have Diabetes, I go very easy on sugars. However, recently discovered a "Brown Sugar Style" sweetner that I may try the next time I make a batch.
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  18. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    "They have a deep green skin with firm pale flesh and are also known as zucchini."

    Ummmm, you can't find Zucchini in Texas?
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    reading comprehension is lacking at times.