Drat! August is almost over and I did not manage to write a single post. Thus, I will share this rather unimpressive thing with you, to maintain some semblance of consistency.
Several weeks ago I spent four days backpacking on the Lost Coast in Northern California with Erin, Melissa and Maryam. We were each responsible for a different meal, and my job was dinner for the first night. I think planning backpacking meals is really fun because there are multiple challenges: it needs to be light, delicious, and nutritious enough to fuel a day of hiking (or, in this case, trudging through sand and rocks).
I made this thing, and it was pretty much awesomely delicious. Admittedly, most things are awesomely delicious when eaten outdoors and after a day of trudging. Also, I don’t suppose I can claim credit for the deliciousness of boxed macaroni and cheese. But, if you are looking for a good backpacking meal, I suggest this.
- macaroni and cheese from a box, the kind that comes with a ready-made cheese sauce packet (not the powder).
- packet of tuna
- toasted slivered almonds
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
Prepare the macaroni and cheese as directed. It is good to have the ready-made cheese sauce because you don’t have to add milk or butter. Mix in the tuna packet and celery. Top with almonds. I had toasted and seasoned the almonds with salt and cayenne pepper before leaving home.
Well, I felt pretty foolish typing that out, but what’s done is done. I leave you with this photo of our dining backdrop.