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Many of the recipes involve DIY with a dehydrator, and many of the ingredients may be hard to get in Australia, but their ideas keep flowing. 'Freezer bag cooking' is a common term there: add boiling water to a dried meal in a freezer bag and let stand a
This will probably stir a lot of controversy. Good. If you think I have left out an essential material, contribute! I leave the question of which sort of tea or coffee to individual tastes. Cheap tea and instant coffee are not to be considered. I haven't included morning tea here: just add tea and coffee to the lunch mix.
Just for amusement, you might like to contrast my humble but sensible fare with the food list reported recently in a American walking magazine as being reasonable for a lightweight walking trip of four nights:
|Four 4-oz. packets instant mashed potatoes||16 oz||Four packets miso soup mix||2.5 oz|
|10 oz. hot cocoa||10 oz||Two 3-oz. packets vacuum-packed tuna||6 oz|
|3.66-oz. tin smoked mussels||3.66 oz|
|Lunch||Two 4-oz. packets smoked salmon||8 oz|
|Five 3.5-oz. packets ramen noodle soup||17.5 oz||8-oz. packet stuffing mix||8 oz|
|5.9-oz. parmesan couscous||5.9 oz|
|Snacks||5.6-oz. toasted pine nut couscous||5.6 oz|
|Shelled pistachios||18 oz||5.7-oz. mushroom risotto mix||5.7 oz|
|Dried apricots||14 oz||4 tea bags||1 oz|
Unreal! Cocoa-flavoured mashed potato for breakfast? Stuffing mix, miso soup and smoked mussels for dinner? Do American males have any idea about cooking? Boiling water seems to be the limit of the walker's ability here. This menu weighs 3455 grams and is meant to be 'ultralightweight', but comes in a little heavier than my standard menu - before you count the additional weight of all those tins. Whether I could tolerate the sort of diet is another matter. It makes me determined not to blindly trust American catering.
1: British Medical Journal, vol 327, 19-July-2003, p113
'Overconsumption of fluids by athletes: Advice to overdrink may cause fatal hyponatraemic encephalopathy'
Dr Timothy Noakes, Discovery Health Chair of Exercise and Sports Science, MRC/UCT Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and the Sports Science Institute of South Africa
2. Hyponatraemia: in simple terms a reduction in the sodium concentration in the body to a potentially dangerous low level.
3. BMJ, 19-Aug-2003, Rapid Response section, from William B. Greenough III, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
3. 'Hyponatremia in Distance Athletes, Pulling the IV on the 'Dehydration Myth', Timothy D. Noakes, MB ChB, MD, The Physician and Sportsmedicine, vol 28/9, Sep 2000