Friday, September 11, 2009

Trekking and Cooking

A 3 day trek to the mountains needs preparation, but it doesn't mean you have to settle for soup mix and potato powder. Our cook (who came with the package deal that also included horses, a guide and guard dog) was surprisingly innovative. 

Snacks for the road: peanuts, dried fruit, yellow cheese, bread and melon. This was a great mix of fiber and protein and kept us energized during the long journey.

Vegetarian Plov: This dish is traditionally cooked with lamb and its fat. As it is difficult to preserve fresh meat while on the road, this vegetarian version makes a tasty alternative.
The ingredients included oil, onion, carrots and rice, all sauted in a pot and left to boil after adding water. It was served with a spicy tomato and onion salad which we added to the steaming rice for extra flavor.

Potato Stew: This mixture of potatos, carrots, onions, garlic and dill, sauted and then left to rest in a bit of boiling water for half an hour, made for a hearty one pot meal.  When hiking for  few days, fresh herbs can really enhance otherwise boring dishes. In this case the dill made a difference.

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