Intentions                   Menu                   Daily Routine                   Problems

                     
 
Checking contents of food boxes kindly kept at Port Edward by Cecelio and Goychi Mulleda.
 
Four weeks worth of meals.
   
 
                       
 

Intentions

It was our intent to be as self sufficient as possible and arranged to store food drops at various towns along the route. Part of our reasoning was based on the reputed high costs* of foodstuffs in the coastal towns. The main reason was conveience - we didn't want to be spending a lot of time time in town buying and repackaging supplies.

Over the last 2 months our dehydrator was running virtually non-stop as we dehydrated a huge amount of fruit and vegetables that were then used as the base for a number of "one-pot wonder" meals, see the menu below. We also made our own blackberry and apple cimammon fruit leather.

 
                       

We had intended to live off the sea and supplement our meals with cod, salmon, crabs, mussells and clams but this never eventuated. The primary reason was that, except for one leg, we had an excess of food and didn't need to supplement our meals. For the one leg where we did run low on supplies we became very efficient clam diggers. The other reason - we sucked as fisherman and our crab trap was better at catching star fish!

Menu

                       

Breakfasts

Granola
Porridge
Wholesome Pancakes
Soaked Cereal
Oatmeal Hotcakes
Couscous & Fruit
Wheat Pancakes
Potato Pancakes

* flour based pancake meals were replaced by high energy "bread"

 

Lunches

Curried Hummus & Veggies
Veggie Wraps
Cheesy Couscous
Grits & Veggies
Bulgur & Beans
Corn Chowder & Chapatis
Bean & Pasta Salad
Leftover Bread
Veggie Soup & Cornbread
Curried Rice Salad
Couscous & Corn Salad
Miso Noodle Soup

 

Dinners

Apricot Couscous
Curried Rice
Rice Risotto
Stew with Dumplings
Quick Potatoes
Dal
Spicy Rice & Lentils
Chilli Rice
Tamale Pie
Spag Bol
Chilli Lentils & Cornbread
Mac & Cheese

 

Desserts and Snacks

Brownies
Pineapple Cake
Apple Crisp
Instant Pudding
Ginger Bread
Chocolate Drops
Pinwheel Scones
Hokey Pokey Biscuits

         
                 
                     
             
       

Daily Routine

Breakfast and lunch would be prepared the night before. While Garth prepared the evening meals and lunch for the next day Kevin would bake a cake for dessert (or one for a snack and another for dessert!) and also a "bread" (see below) for breakfast. Eating cold lunches proved preferable to unpacking and repacking the food and cooking gear at each lunch stop.

       

Problems

Only one major problem - insufficient calories. Our one pot wonders did not meet our energy needs. After our first resupply freshly baked cakes (and chocolate bars) became a dietry staple. The "bread" that we would bake for breakfast was loaded with molasses, oil, brown sugar and dried fruit - a high energy bomb! This seemed to do the trick - we were then able to paddle for more than 2 hours without fantasizing about fish 'n' chips, pizza, NZ ice cream & Cadbury's (NZ) chocolate.......

We raised eyebrows in a few towns along the way. After buying a 2 litre carton of ice cream and two plastic spoons we would find the nearest seat, open up the carton, mark the dividing line and dig in!

A minor problem was that we became tired of a number of meals and these would stay at the bottom of the food bag until we really, really had no other choices.

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