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Old 05-10-2011, 05:59 PM   #161
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Low carb French toast made with pork rinds. Good.

http://www.lowcarb.ca/recipes/rrecipe012.html
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Scrambled eggs and toast for lunch.

Breaded pork chops, fried potatoes with green onions and celery, fresh asparagus with hollandaise sauce.

Supper tonight made up for the icky tacos last night.
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Breakfast was 1/2 cup oatmeal with some sliced almonds, a little Splenda & some 2% milk.

Lunch...didn't have time, skipped it. But..I did eat a couple of pecan cookies that were calling to me from my desk drawer.

Dinner...starving, so stopped by Ray's West & picked up a Ray's Special: double grilled hamburger with lettuce, tomatoes & grilled onions. Small fry, washed down by a DIET Cherry Dr. Pepper!
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Let me ask the question a different way: what are spouse and I going to eat?

We're getting ready for three nights/four days of hiking Haleakala Crater. Our 12-person group has abruptly shrunk to nine and some of the meal assignments have changed. So instead of a pancakes & bacon breakfast (which we did last year), we've now been voluntold for dinner.

No refrigeration or electricity in the crater, so all cooking will start at room temperature on top of a wood stove. (We have wood & matches but I've been advised not to put much faith in the wood oven.) All three cabins are at ~7000 feet of altitude, which I dimly remember affects some recipes. Water comes from a catchment tank and has to be boiled for a few minutes before it can be used for cooking.

We're planning for food that can be packed over at least two days, and I ain't packin' ice. Our hosts (who have done this for most of the last 50 years) usually pack in steaks with (instant) mashed potatoes or rice and veggies. By the time we get to the cabin on the first evening, their steaks have thawed for cooking. After they've set that high standard, we're not going to try to compete with anything from that menu. We've asked them for suggestions (still awaiting a response) but it'd be nice to bring something new to the table, so to speak.

Hawaii shipping (and our imminent departure) means that ordering from the Mainland is out of the question this year. We do have a Military HQ store that may stock dehydrated (hurricane/earthquake) food in addition to military MREs, but I haven't researched their inventory yet. (We found the store last year in a futile island-wide search for powdered eggs.) That's our last-ditch option.

So far we've come up with spaghetti & bottled sauce with powdered parmesan cheese. That begs the question of French bread, butter, & garlic... which I think we can handle. We'd also be able to pack in a few heads of broccoli and probably keep those outdoors (in a cupboard) the first night to preserve them until the second night.

Another backup plan is vegetarian chili, although you know who's gonna be packing that load if I can't find a dehydrated version.

Any other ideas on packing side dishes, or should I head for the dehydrated aisle at the HQ store?
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:07 PM   #165
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Dinner 2 (9pm): Half of big bag of dorito chips
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Too much of my own homemade soups.
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So far we've come up with spaghetti & bottled sauce with powdered parmesan cheese.
Since glass bottles can be heavy, maybe you could find something plastic to carry the spaghetti sauce in. Don't forget the red pepper flakes. Ideally, I think the spaghetti sauce could be pre-cooked for a while, perhaps with extra onion, to get rid of the raw tomato taste (but that's just me). I add meat, too (chuck roast?). I especially like Safeway's Select Marinara sauce (which has a bit of heat already). A grater plus a hunk of Parmigiano Reggiano (from, e.g., Costco) would add little to the weight and would be more stylish than powdered parmesan.

I'd be concerned about getting the spaghetti cooked properly over a campfire at an altitude. I've never tried that.

It sounds like lots of fun for you.
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We're only packing plastic-- broken glass would be a horrible mess even without the spaghetti sauce. Even the Chivas goes in a plastic squeeze bottle.

Upon further discussion with our group host we've decided on a cured/baked ham along with spaghetti & sauce. Veggie sauce for our group's vegetarian, ham for the omnivores. A plastic bag of frozen corn will round out the meal. By starting frozen (and spending the night in the outdoor chill locker) the corn should stay cold enough for dinner on day #2. Broccoli would also work except that nobody else in our group cares for it.

I think the spaghetti has to boil longer at altitude-- I'll have to look that up. I've been cooking it in a microwave for several years now and can't even remember how long it used to boil on the stove.
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We're only packing plastic-- broken glass would be a horrible mess even without the spaghetti sauce. Even the Chivas goes in a plastic squeeze bottle.

Upon further discussion with our group host we've decided on a cured/baked ham along with spaghetti & sauce. Veggie sauce for our group's vegetarian, ham for the omnivores. A plastic bag of frozen corn will round out the meal. By starting frozen (and spending the night in the outdoor chill locker) the corn should stay cold enough for dinner on day #2. Broccoli would also work except that nobody else in our group cares for it.

I think the spaghetti has to boil longer at altitude-- I'll have to look that up. I've been cooking it in a microwave for several years now and can't even remember how long it used to boil on the stove.
At lower altitudes, 6-10 minutes, depending on how "al dente" you want it.
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At lower altitudes, 6-10 minutes, depending on how "al dente" you want it.
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I'll have to check with my spouse and our hosts, but I'm pretty sure that wasn't on the menu either...
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Breakfast: coffee with sugarfree fresh creamer; oatmeal and skim milk

Lunch: tomato basil chicken (blackened chicken with very hot and spicy Cajun/Italian tomato basil sauce, thick with fresh Creole tomatos, parmesan, and more, all served over angelhair pasta); diet Coke

Dinner: Chinese pepper steak, white rice, water

All this and Weight Watchers still approves... Portion size helps!
Today I ordered the same tomato basil chicken, and got a photo this time since I had my new iPhone with me. Thought some here might enjoy seeing the photo.
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Today I ordered the same tomato basil chicken, and got a photo this time since I had my new iPhone with me. Thought some here might enjoy seeing the photo.
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If you hold down the "CTRL" key and scroll forward with your mouse, it will get big enough to fill your screen.... almost as though it was on the table right in front of you.

Edited to add: $7.99, and with a lunch card every 5th one is free...
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At lunch today I ordered the Apple Almond Blue Cheese Salad. Just $7.99 and much bigger and more fabulous than it looks in the photo. Yum!!!

Tonight, rotisserie chicken and brown rice. Quick and easy.
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This one doesn't do it for me W2R. Rabbit food topped with globs of stinky curdled milk...
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This one doesn't do it for me W2R. Rabbit food topped with globs of stinky curdled milk...
Fooey! I'll try to do better next time.

F. ordered the tomato basil chicken that you liked more, shown in my prior post.
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F. ordered the tomato basil chicken that you liked more, shown in my prior post.
I can't imagine why...
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I can't get him to try the salad for some reason. I've tried. He just expresses polite interest and then orders the tomato basil chicken.
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