Time for a quick look at hill food.
My normal fare for overnight and weekend trips usually consists of a combination of cereal bars, dehydrated pasta or rice, biscuits and coffee. Ok, not exactly exciting but I’m with Einstein on this one, just eat the same food each day and dont waste time thinking up special meals or concoctions. In winter I tend to add a hot breakfast option of porrage and an evening drink of cuppa soup. Thats not to say I dont occasionally add new things but I am a creature of habit and really enjoy my short list of hill scran.
My favourite cereal bars at the moment are the Tesco’s Fruit and Fibre cereal bars. I like them because they arent too dry or too moist and are really tasty without being overly sweet. They give about 110 calories per bar and are about 25p each (27grams)
I normally eat ready flavoured pasta or rice and I know thats lazy but it works for me. However recently I have come across an old favourite of mine but at a bargain price. I used to scoff bowlfulls of instant noodles before switching to pasta and rice. However the last few overnighters I have done I have been taking instant noodles again. Partly because I do like them and secondly because I discovered that my local Morrisons sell their own value brand version. The packet weighs in at 60g and packs a whopping 535calories and costs a staggering 9p. Yes 9p! If you cant bear the thought of eating unadulterated “dirty” noodles, do what I do occaisionally and chuck in some dried Porcini mushrooms (available from most good supermarkets)….very, very tasty.
The daddy of all biscuits has to be the much lauded custard cream. High calorific value at around 65calories a biscuit (12g) and its one of those things that gives a pick-me-up in the afternoon and evening. However, recently I have been trying out the majestic bourbon cream biscuit and although it is a drier biscuit (if that makes sense) it is less sweet and cloying to my taste buds.
In the winter, my porrage is a home made affair. Take basic scots oats, add some powdered milk, a little nutrasweet powder and dried raisons. This is a really hot and tasty treat when its cold and really helps me to get through the day’s walking as it is a nice slow release energy food.
Of course the piece de resistance with regards to food has been the use of ziplock bags. How on earth did I manage before? The cereal bars come out of their packaging and into one of these. The porrage goes into a different one and the biscuits into a different one again.
And there you have it. My very simple food list for trips. Its not going to win any awards but it has served me really well the past few years and I am unlikely to change it anytime soon……