Edible Plants (and ready meals)

I have become facinated recently by the abundance of Nature’s Larder here in the British Isles – especially edible plants. (One of the best books on the subject is Wild Food by Roger Phillips.)
This is mainly due to my desire to eat healthily for ‘free’ when hiking and wild camping. Currently i prepare my own FBC (Freezer Bag Cooking) meals for when i hike and this itself stemmed from the fact that most ‘shop’ bought dehydrated meals are as costly as a pub lunch and pint. Sure they can be tasty, nutritious and handy, but let’s face it – they don’t usually come cheap! Averaging at roughly £5.00 a meal this is serious money fo a multi-day hike ‘n camp.
And if you are an UltraLiter (which, by the way I am not) then the added weight of carrying food is another consideration. 
I have listed a few links at the bottom of this page to retailers of such foods.

There are a lot of resources on the internet for learning to identify over 160+ edible British plants and many courses you can go on to learn more too.
I have recently booked myself on such a course and will blog about it once I have finished the course.

But for me the thought of not only being able to identify such natural foods, but also to pick them up as I hike, eat them as i walk along and make a meal out of such foods when i camp is what appeals. My intent is not to rely upon such foodstuffs for all my meals, but rather as a way of healthy, low cost eating to supplement my existing foods. I will blog on this more as time goes by, but for now here is a short video identifying half a dozen or so edible plants to give you a taster.

Links to some ready meal companies.
HeaterMeals     These are interesting in that the food heats itself. No need for a stove etc.
Wayfayrer         These can be found in many shops and online retailers.
Fuizion             More expensive than most, but reviews are good.
MountainHouse Never tried these.   

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Edible Plants (and ready meals)

I have become facinated recently by the abundance of Nature’s Larder here in the British Isles – especially edible plants. (One of the best books on the subject is Wild Food by Roger Phillips.)
This is mainly due to my desire to eat healthily for ‘free’ when hiking and wild camping. Currently i prepare my own FBC (Freezer Bag Cooking) meals for when i hike and this itself stemmed from the fact that most ‘shop’ bought dehydrated meals are as costly as a pub lunch and pint. Sure they can be tasty, nutritious and handy, but let’s face it – they don’t usually come cheap! Averaging at roughly £5.00 a meal this is serious money fo a multi-day hike ‘n camp.
And if you are an UltraLiter (which, by the way I am not) then the added weight of carrying food is another consideration. 
I have listed a few links at the bottom of this page to retailers of such foods.

There are a lot of resources on the internet for learning to identify over 160+ edible British plants and many courses you can go on to learn more too.
I have recently booked myself on such a course and will blog about it once I have finished the course.

But for me the thought of not only being able to identify such natural foods, but also to pick them up as I hike, eat them as i walk along and make a meal out of such foods when i camp is what appeals. My intent is not to rely upon such foodstuffs for all my meals, but rather as a way of healthy, low cost eating to supplement my existing foods. I will blog on this more as time goes by, but for now here is a short video identifying half a dozen or so edible plants to give you a taster.

Links to some ready meal companies.
HeaterMeals     These are interesting in that the food heats itself. No need for a stove etc.
Wayfayrer         These can be found in many shops and online retailers.
Fuizion             More expensive than most, but reviews are good.
MountainHouse Never tried these.   

How to Make the Perfect Freezer Bag Omelets!

A simple way to make omelets without the mess when hiking or camping!

 

I Never Tire Of Watching This…

The Mountain from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

The following is a direct quote from TSO Photography

“This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories. 
The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.
A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (bit.ly/​g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.
Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.”