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Most recipes have been tried at one point in the last 15 years. Quantities of the various recipes are also random. There are many good cook books on the market specifically Wanapetei Canoe Trippers Cookbook 1 and Canoe Trippers Cookbook II as well as the Mennonite Central Committee's More-With-Less Cookbook. 

Most breakfast stuff is pre-prepared at home

Basic Granola *****
2 c whole wheat
6 c rolled oats
1 c coconut
1/2 c water
1 c oil
1 c honey/corn syrup
2 t vanilla
1 T salt

spread on 2 greased cookie sheets
bake 1 hour @ 250

don't forget raisins, cinnamon, dried apples etc!  add the fruit after the granola is cooked.  The secret to crunchy granola is to cook it slowly.  You are basically drying it.

Sugar-Free Granola

1 can frozen apple juice
1/2 c oil
2 t vanilla
1 1/2 c coconut
1 c sunflower seeds
1 c soy flakes
4 c quick oats
1 c wheat germ
1/2 c chopped nuts
1/2 c bran
1/2 c milk powder
1/2 c sesame seeds

spread on 2 greased cookie sheets
bake at 350  15 min

Basic Oatmeal ****
3 part oats
1 part water
pinch of salt

Deluxe Oatmeal
2 c quick oatmeal
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c raisins or other dried fruit
(make your own it's cheaper than prepacked stuff)
mix in your mug instead of making a whole pot, and then people can have it the consistency that they want.  With individual portions you don’t have to dispose of leftovers!  3/4 c per person


Basic Lunch

Bread (Pita/Bagel/Wasa/Wheat Thin),

Dry Soup mixes
Soup is great for those cold days.  Knorr soup mixes or other instant soup mixes work great, maybe take along some egg noodles or instant rice to just thicken them up a bit and you are set!

1.5 c chick peas
2 cloves garlic
1.5 t salt
pinch cayenne
dash tamari
juice of 2 lemons
.75 c tahini
.5 c minced parsley
.5 c onions

either zip-loc the hummus or YOU CAN NOT DEHYDRATE TAHINI.

Chick-pea Spread
2 c chick peas
2 cloves garlic
1/3 c olive oil (with a touch of sesame seed oil like 1T)
1/3 c water
1/3 c lemon juice
2 onions
1/4 c  fresh parsley
dash hot sauce
(you could even add less oil.. oil doesn't dry )

* since this doesn’t have tahani, the seasame seed oil gives it the nutty flavour!
+ corrander also gives a nice flavour in addition to the parsley
Run through the blender to pulverize it into a fine powder.

Leek Soup
potato flakes
salt & pepper
powered milk

Lentil lentil rice *****
.25 c red lentils
.25 c green lentils
.25 c rice
ground beef
italian seasoning
serves 2

prefry the beef at home to save cooking time and dishes on the trip.  The ground beef can even be dehydrated, just dry it on paper towel to absorb the fat as it renders out of the meat as it drys.

Mushroom - Barley Soup
6 c water
1 bouillon
1/2 c barley
1/2 c dried mushrooms
1-2 dried onions
2 T soy sauce
1 t dill
barley takes an enormous amount of time to cook.  This is one of those put the barley in the thermos the night before the lunch and change the water at  breakfast!

Pita bread
olive oil
brie cheese/or good old cheese
saute pita slices in garlic oil and serve with cheese and smoked oysters!

Lentil Pate
1 c lentils
2-4 c water
2 c stir fried veggies
    (carrots, pepper, mushrooms,onions)
2 cloves garlic
1 t dried basil
1 t dried dill
salt and pepper
.5 c cashews


Beef Stroganoff
1/2 lb {dried} ground beef
1/2 can tomato paste
1 Knorr wild mushroom soup mix
2 T powdered milk
egg noodles

*pre-cook the ground beef with onion and garlic, then add tomato paste and it saves packing a can in and out.

beef (.5 lbs/person)
beans (you can dry beans at home.  Cook until soft and dehydrate)
tomato paste
egg noodles
chili powder

Couscous and Stir Fry
(the magic pasta)
pre-prepare veggies
    green pepper
and marinaded meat
1 couscous : 1.25 water

Curried Rice
1 c dried veggies mix
1 c basmati
3 T butter
1/2 c almonds
1/2 c raisins
2 T curry

boil veggies and add rice
fry butter, almonds, raisins, and curry

Enchilada Bake
1 onion (dried)
1 10oz pkg chopped spinach (dried)
3 garlic
1 10 oz can enchilada sauce
12 small corn tortillas
8 oz cottage cheese
1/2 lb Monterey jack
rehydrate dried ingredients
fry tortillas
mix cottage cheese and rehydrate
then lasagna style stack it all up
rehydrate layer/tortilla layer/cheese layer/ etc

Hobo Dinner
in foil wrap add

throw in fire until cooked.

Lentil Stew
2 c lentils
1/2 c sesame seeds
1/4 c pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1/4 c dried potatoes
1/4 c powered milk
1/4 c onion flake
2 t salt
1 crushed bay leaf
4 c water
dried veggies

boil 20-25 min.
(serves 4)

Lentil rice casserole
1 c lentils
1 c brown rice
1/4 c onion flakes
1 c dried tomatoes
garlic powder
chicken bouillon
1 t cumin
4 c water
1/4 c butter

saute ingredients
add water and bring to boil
simmer 45 min
add butter and serve.
(serves 4)

Mushroom Alfredo *****
2 Knorr Wild Mushroom Soup mix
dried shiitake mushrooms
dried brown mushrooms
dried white mushrooms
(rehydrate these mushrooms - save the water)
1/2 cup white wine
saute wine and add mushroom concotion and soup mix and stir to thicken
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
(you need about 4 pots for this one)

Knorr soup mix (any kind)
2 L water
bring to boil
add egg noodles
let sit a bit
(serves 2-3)
you can also add tuna or veggies

.5 c olive oil
2 c fresh basil
1 c fresh parsley/corriander
.5 c slivered almonds ( they’re cheaper than pine nuts)
.75c Parmesan...

Toast almonds in toaster oven or oven and then add to other ingredients and run it all through the food processor! 
* double bag pesto!  It has a nasty habit of leaking! 
Other compliments:
sundried tomatoes
shiitake mushrooms
Knorr now has a Sundried Tomato Pesto mix which is amazing!

start with a bannock pastry
4 dried eggs in 1 c water
1c dried vegetables
1.5 c milk
2 T flour
1 t dry mustard
1/2 lb cheese
sundried tomatoes
shiitake mushrooms

Shrimp fried rice
dried shrimp
green onions
shiitake mushrooms
cloud ears

cook rice and add shrimp at begining
rehydrate mushrooms & cloud ears
saute onions
saute rice with onions

Stir-Fried Noodles
1.5 nests egg noodles per person
dried shrimp
1 lb marinated meat
dried shiitake mushrooms
green pepper
green onions
seasame seed oil
olive oil
soy sauce

cook noodles
drain and set aside

saute meat with garlic, ginger, seasame seed oil, soy sauce, olive oil, and shrimp
add green pepper, green onion, and onion
when onions are cooked, add noodles and stir

Stuffed Potatoes
slice potato
tin foil
dress with:
green pepper
sour cream

Sweet and Sour Fried Rice
2 oz dried veggies
2-3 oz dried meat
3 c water
1 c instant rice
1 pkg fried rice mix
1 pkg sweet & sour sauce mix
3 T soy sauce
1/2 t Chinese Five Spice

soak 'drieds' in 1 c water
add rice and mix to remaining and boil
simmer 5 min.
remove and lest stand 5 min.
add S&S mix, soy and seasoning to 1 c 'drieds'
heat to boiling.
serve 'drieds' on rice
(Serves 2)

Apple bake
slice up left over or questionable apples and put in frying pan or pot (no deeper than 3-5cm)
oatmeal... there is usually leftovers with teenagers
stir the oatmeal and margarine into a topping and spread/place on apple slices
add some water to the pot so it doesn't stick and put on lid and cook SLOWLY over the fire/stove.

4 c flour
1/2 t salt
1 T sugar
5 t baking powder
2/3 c milk powder
1 1/2 c water

mix to form stiff dough.
Knead on floured surface
serve with jam or honey.

adaptation 1: dinner biscuits
add caraway seeds, raisins etc.

adaptation 2: Jelly Rolls
spread dough on plate and spread generously with jam
roll up and cut in slices
place 'jelly rolls' in frying pan!
cover with lid and then flip later to cook the top half.

milk powder
peanut butter

Rustic Bannock
1 c flour
1 t salt
2 T oil

grease pot
chop up fruit
top with bannock
cook on fire SLOWLY with lid!  (the bannock is cooked like dumplings)

Instant Pudding
pudding mix
powdered milk
you can also add coconut to give it some more texture or flavour

Rice Krispies Squares
6c Rice Krispies
40 marshmallows
3T margarine
* tip: cut the marshmallows in half, they melt faster!

Stewed Fruit Mix
6 oz dried fruit
enough water to keep it from sticking.
cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice

Backpacking Bars
3/4 c flour
1/2 c quick oats
1/2 c soft butter
1/4 c toasted wheat germ
1 T grated orange peel
1/2 c brown sugar
mix six ingredients
then flatten out on greased cookie sheet
then mix and pour over
3 eggs
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c shredded coconut
1 c slivered almonds
bake at 350 or 325 for 25 minutes
cool and cut
wrap and store
nice and chewy!

Banana-Oat Energy Bars
3/4 c butter soft butter
1 c brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 c mashed ripe banana (4 bananas)
4 c quick oats
1 c raisin or chocolate chips
1/2 c chopped walnuts or pecans
mix ingredients in order of sequence
bake in 9*13 greased pan @ 350 for 1 hour
cool & cut
wrap & store

Beef Jerky
The idea behind jerky is that you marinade the meat and then dry it...  It’s that simple! J
cut meat into strips with or across grain, cutting with the grain makes tough jerky, across the grain makes softer jerky.

black bean
sesame oil
walnut oil
soya sauce

Good ol' Raisins & Peanuts?
Granola, Oats, Raisins, Peanuts?

Go 'nuts'!

3 c Granola
2 c Cheerios
2 c Sheddies
1/3 c Swedish Berries
1/3 c Jelly Beans
1/3 c banana chips
1 c dried Apples
1/2 c Coconut
1/2 c apricots
1/2 c raisins
10.5 cups = +-1 c/person

Fruit Cake
1c whole wheat flour
1/2 c brown sugar
1t baking powder
1/5 t salt
2 c dried fruit (apples, cheeries, raisins, apricots, cranberries, etc!)
3/4 c nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, coconut, etc!)
3 eggs
1/4 c honey
1/2 t vanilla
2 T frozen organe juice from concentrate
Mix all ingredients well, and place in greased bread tins
bake for 1 hour at 325F
    * taken from the More With Less Cookbook, Mennonite Central Committee

Lemon Jerky
2T lemon juice
1/4 c olive oil
1/7t b pepper
1 lb meat

Lemon Jerky 2
1 c pineapple juice
2 t soy sauce
2 t lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1 lb meat

1 t soda
2/3 c water
2 eggs
2 c molasses
2\3 c shortening
1 t p. ginger
5.5 c whole wheat flour
1 c raisins

dissolve soda in water
add eggs, molasses, shortening and ginger
add flour, raisins
make biscuits
bake @ 350 or 15 min

Hudson Bay Bread
1/2 c butter
3/4 c sugar
3 c quick oats
3 oz honey
1/4 c raisins
1/4 c peanuts
mix first 3
heat and mix next 3
place on greased pan 1/2" thick
bake @ 350 25-30 minutes
cool 10 min and cut
cool another 10 and then dump out.

Leathers  a.k.a. fruit roll ups
take any fruit puree and put it through a dehydrator!  But it helps if you stew it a bit before dehydration.  J
possible combos
or even just jam!

Other food tips
1. instant potatoes are a handy thing to experiment with
2. instant pudding is another treat in the bush
3. chocolate is always popular, apparently Baker's chocolate is less prone to melt in the summer.
4. egg noodles take less cooking time than pasta
5. couscous is a miracle food, it is instant and healthy
6. mark one of your mugs at the 1 cup measure, it becomes a measuring cup!
7. spices can be pre-added to your food or you can buy multi-sized naglene bottlettes for your spices or you can use film canisters, or those little plastic ‘vanilla’ bottles for liquids.
8. coffee can be done many number of ways, instant, drip, perked, or cowboy style (boiled and shocked with cool water), I have also heard of bodems going into the bush, but your brew will be cold on a cool day.  Espresso is also an option!  I have found that drip is the best way.  You just boil water and pour it through the filter system.  As good as home.

“The most useful ingredient for backcounty meals is an appetite.” (NOLS)

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March 4, 2007.