Category Archives: Forest Foodie

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Valentine’s Weekend Winter Backpacking

Mike’s birthday falls the day after Valentine’s, so typically I try to plan something fun and special to cover both of those occasions. This year, we decided to test our mettle and do a weekend in the backcountry that involved snowy camping, and a snowshoe trek in. We’ve been out to The Point many many

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“Coming Out” As Vegan-Lite

Friends and family, Mike and I have been harbouring a secret from some of you. Ok it’s not really a secret, just a topic that is uncomfortable to talk about due to the visceral and sometimes aggressive reactions some people have to this sort of thing. We are currently transitioning to a vegetarian or “vegan-lite”

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I Don’t Want To Be *That* Person: On Being Gluten-Free

Let me preface this post by stating that I love gluten.  I enjoy baking, eating out, brunch, all manner of gluten-laden meals.  However, gluten does not seem to love me.  I’ve been in various levels of denial about this for a few years, but recently I made a choice, to find out exactly what eating

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Recipe: Banana Leather (Flattened Dried Bananas)

While researching our future hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, I kept reading about these flattened dried bananas from Trader Joe’s. Since we aren’t Americans, I couldn’t just go pick some up to try. However, the concept seemed simple enough, and apparently they are delicious, so I did a bit of poking around online and

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Gear Review: Fozzils Solo Pack

Gear Type – Dishes Volume – 1.4 fl.oz. (Plate) & 600ml/20.4 fl.oz. (Bowl) & 350ml/11.8 fl.oz (Cup) Trail Weight – About 4 oz or 1.4 oz per piece Includes – 3-piece set includes plate, cup an bowl. Cup and bowl have measurements marked on exterior. Materials – High quality, food grade, polypropylene Additional Specs –

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The Primal Life: Roasted Kabocha Squash (Japanese Pumpkin)

While perusing the grocery store recently, I came across a bin of mixed squash.  The usual suspects: butternut, acorn, and spaghetti were present, but among them was also a squash I am not familiar with, kabocha (also known as Japanese pumpkin).  I picked one up, just to be a bit adventurous, because we all know

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Mike Harvests His First Deer: What To Do With All This Meat?

After our deer was gutted, skinned, and allowed to relax overnight in a bath of salted ice water, it was time to do something with it.  I drained the water and we set the fan up so that the deer would stay plenty cool, as it was going to take some time to get the

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Mike Harvests His First Deer: Whitetail Hunting In The Alberta Foothills

** NOTE ** This post contains graphic photos of a deer being gutted, skinned, and processed. It all started with a Remington .308 and some yellow tags. In the spring, Mike and I obtained our firearms permits, via Nelson Firearms Training here in Calgary (we HIGHLY recommend them, they were awesome) with the intention of taking

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Pickling Turnips And Carrots From The Garden

After all the success we enjoyed with our first, small foray into the world of gardening and the concept of urban homesteading, we had to do things with all of that awesome produce we harvested! The first, most obvious choice was to eat it immediately, both cooked and raw, but we also wanted to preserve

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The Primal Life: Paleo Eating And The Great Outdoors

Over the weekend, Mike and I went LARPing. While initially it was a bit intimidating to attempt to stick with the primal eating over a weekend that typically involves little to no time for cooking, as with most things, a little planning goes a long way. My food stash for the weekend included thin-sliced chicken

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The Primal Life: Why I’ve Decided To Embrace My Inner Meatasaurus

It’s no secret, I am a carnivore. In fact, if I go without meat for a day, I get cranky and I start raiding the fridge for protein, not to mention regarding my pets as a cougar might regard a delicious rabbit (kidding, mostly). This commercial pretty much sums up my feelings about meat: It

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Recipe: Coconut Cashew Chicken Curry

This is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten on the trail (Mike concurs) and so I thought I should share this fantastic recipe with everyone!  It’s also ridiculously easy to make and packed with protein! This recipe is portioned to serve 2 people, but you can double or triple it with ease. Ingredients: 1

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Recipe: Trailside Miso Soup

Few things warm you up on a cold day as much as a hot bowl of soup.  At the end of a long days hike in foul weather, a quick-to-make steaming cup of miso is just the things to warm you up. There are instant miso soups available at Asian food stores (T&T carries quite

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How To: A Better Way To Carry Eggs While Backpacking

Some people are afraid to pack eggs on a camping or backpacking trip, due to lack of refrigeration.  Truth be told, people have been keeping eggs since LONG before refrigeration was invented, and you can too.  First of all, eggs can keep at room temperature for long periods of time.  In European countries, most people

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Backpacking Flores Island: Camping At Cow Bay

The following four days were absolutely amazing. Waking up in the morning to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, and watching whales spouting while we drank our morning coffee, it was incredible. We fished, and played in the water, and caught crabs and minnows and whatever else we could find. The beach

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Five Backpacking Foods You May Not Have Considered

There are a lot of food staples that we all reach for when we are planning a backpacking trip: trail mix, instant rice, bags of strange shriveled meats and veggies, and jerky.  However, while planning for our longest trip yet, I’ve discovered some non-typical options that can add some excitement to your usual repitoire!  While

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Twist-Top Bottles For Backpacking With Liquids!

Taking liquids into the backcountry is a special challenge. Liquids lead to extra weight, and potential messes in your gear, and can be frustrating because even the smallest bottle of ketchup is rediculously over-sized for a weekend away. Don’t even get me started on liquids that are commonly packaged in glass bottles. Putting these condiments

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Recipe: Tofu Jerky

Tofu Jerky Recipe Ingredients: 1 brick of firm or extra firm tofu 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 head of garlic, or 2 tbsp of minced garlic (you can adjust this to taste, we like a LOT of garlic) Pepper to taste Directions: Combine everything except tofu in a freezer bag, and

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Recipe: Basic Dehydrated Tofu

Tofu is a great option for vegetarians, or an alternative protein if you’re getting bored of the usual.  Fresh tofu is heavy, so dehydrating it is the ideal way to make it backpacking friendly! Dehydrated Tofu Recipe Ingredients: 1 brick of firm or extra firm tofu Seasonings or sauce to taste (see below) * You

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Recipe: Dehydrated Ground Beef

Add a little beef to your backpacking meals! When people think of dehydrating meat, beef jerky is usually the first thing to come to mind.  While jerky is a trail favorite, and a staple of many back-country expeditions, there are plenty of other options for dehydrated fare that can add flavor and fullness to your repertoire. Ground beef goes

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Photo Post: Fishing At Running Rain Lake

Photos from July 2011

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Gear Review: Evernew Titanium Non-Stick DX3 Cooking Set

Vital Statistics: Gear Type – Pan/Pot Combination Volume – 1.3 L/43 floz (Pot) & 650 mL/22 floz  (Pan) Trail Weight – About 8.1 oz Includes – Pot, pan, silicone-coated removable handles, nylon drawstring carry-bag Materials – Titanium, with silicone ceramic non-stick coating Additional Specs – Evernew America Review: Titanium. The word itself sounds impressive. When it comes to

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Recipe: Cake In An Orange

After being inspired by a video on Backpacker, we decided to try our hand at making cake in an orange.  While it may not be the most practical for backpacking (although you can totally do it!) we thought it would be perfect for car camping with the kids.  It could also be a fun way

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How To Make Your Own Cheese In Three Easy Steps

I recently stumbled upon a rather simple recipe on Offbeat Home for making your own cheese using nothing but whole milk, lemon juice, and a bit of cheesecloth.  Awesome! So, I rounded up the required ingredients (as it was, it worked out perfectly, as I required lemon zest, but not the juice, for Ukranian Easter

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Gear Review: GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset

Vital Statistics: Gear Type – Mug/Pot Combination Volume – 0.6 L Trail Weight – About 6.3 oz Includes – 0.6 L Pot/Mug, Sip-It Lid, Insulated Sleeve, Silicone Gripper, Telescoping Foon Materials – Proprietary, Hard Anodized Alloy Additional Specs – GSI Outdoors Review: I think of all the gear we own, our GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset