Even paddlers who don't have a sweet tooth will usually appreciate an end‑of‑the‑day treat. Here are some ideas:
- Canned fruit
- Cookies, store‑bought or homemade
- Brownies, ditto
- Candy bars
- Energy bars
- Individually wrapped store‑bought cakes
- Individually wrapped shelf‑stable puddings
- Individually wrapped store‑bought pies
And whenever there's time for something more than hasty pudding:
- Ice cream!
- Apple cobbler, betty, or crisp
- Stewed fruit with cookies crumbled on top
- Skillet brownies
- Skillet cookies
- Pudding (packaged mix)
- "Pound‑Cake Trifle"
- "Sweet Surrender Sandwiches"
- Cheesecake (packaged mix)
- Popcorn (Not everyone's idea of dessert, I know, but it'll do me.)
Well, we've made it from dawn to dusk, and we haven't missed any meals. But we haven't quite exhausted the list of backcountry foods, either. Some things don't slot easily into a single category, but that doesn't make them any less important. And what are these all‑rounders? They're…
I treated this subject at some length in "The Camp Cook's Indispensables," but here's a short list of candidates, some of which have already appeared in one or more meal inventories:
- Coffee (the real thing or instant), tea (leaf or bag), cocoa (instant or regular)
- Salt and pepper
- Spices and herbs
- Cooking oil
- Dried milk
- Cornmeal (for sautéed fish, among other things)
OK. Those are the elements in my Modular Master Menu. The rest is up to you. Make your choices. Build your meal plan. Then go shopping. And don't put it off much longer. There's not a moment to be lost. Spring is in the air!