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#90704 - 02/19/08 04:54 PM romantic dinners
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What do people suggest as a romantic dinner for two while on a favorite hike? I searched through the old posts for a while but didn't find much. I figured if it's just an overnight trip, then weight & bulk won't matter too much. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> I prefer to cook with a stove, but I'm open to the idea of using a fire.

The hitches: we don't drink, and I happen to be lactose intolerant. That pretty much kills anything Italian. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

edit: Cooking with wine is sometimes fun.


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#90705 - 02/19/08 05:33 PM Re: romantic dinners [Re: Wolfeye]
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Romantic dinners means slowly munching on really great food, many courses - normally chased with wine or whatever. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

A cheese dip and pita bread for starters. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> and some flame seared tiger prawns <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> with some cocktail sauce starts things off. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Then a hot sliced duck breast <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />salad with some vinegret and diced veges. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />A roast rabbit done to a nice brown on the spit. Or a piece of Elk Steak, <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> or Squab for the fowl eaters... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

Top it off with slow roasted bannanas in the skin and split open with honey drizzled on them, <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />OR large sweet strawberries dipped in sugar. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

I'm trying to think of some of the things my girlfriend and I cook on our annual gourmet BP. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

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#90706 - 02/19/08 05:35 PM Re: romantic dinners [Re: Wolfeye]
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Depends on the tastes of the folks involved. Also the lenght of time out to the designated spot on the trail where you propose <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> to serve this meal <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Now, if you can make it to 'the spot' on the first night, you can pretty much plan the meal with everything fresh you like, fruit and veggies, even meat properly wrapped for the trip temperatures.

Myself i indulge in a bit of bubbly, some quality salmon, fresh veggies/salad, nice crusty bread, and a nice small 'Indian fire' for cooking and relaxing by <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> YMMV
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#90707 - 02/19/08 08:49 PM Re: romantic dinners [Re: Jimshaw]
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Jim:

Reading that, I thought I was at Captain Jack Aubrey's table aboard the Surprise in a Patrick O'Brian novel. (Someone even did a 'cookbook' of recipes for all those feasts he had aboard in those twenty-something novels.)

I want to hear more particulars about your 'annual gourmet bp' i.e., are you using llamas or sherpas to get the stuff to your campsite? You making an ultralight souffle?
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#90708 - 02/19/08 09:38 PM Re: romantic dinners [Re: Wolfeye]
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Oh there's the usual.. Flowers.. Chocolates.. Promises you don't intend to keep....
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#90709 - 02/20/08 08:01 AM Re: romantic dinners [Re: Jimshaw]
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Registered: 12/23/07
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Quote:
Romantic dinners means slowly munching on really great food, many courses - normally chased with wine or whatever. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

A cheese dip and pita bread for starters. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> and some flame seared tiger prawns <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> with some cocktail sauce starts things off. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Then a hot sliced duck breast <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />salad with some vinegret and diced veges. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />A roast rabbit done to a nice brown on the spit. Or a piece of Elk Steak, <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> or Squab for the fowl eaters... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

Top it off with slow roasted bannanas in the skin and split open with honey drizzled on them, <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />OR large sweet strawberries dipped in sugar. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

I'm trying to think of some of the things my girlfriend and I cook on our annual gourmet BP. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

Jim <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />


GOOD GRIEF JIM!!! And I thought my mango, lime juice, black peppercorn marinated shrimp smoked over black tea leaves, was trail gourmet... You win! Brum <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
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#90710 - 02/20/08 08:57 AM Re: romantic dinners [Re: Wolfeye]
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I have yet to understand why drinking=romantic. Oh wait...beer goggles? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

Just make something you like that is a bit fancier. Being outside makes it always taste better! And have a great dessert <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
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#90711 - 02/20/08 09:13 AM Re: romantic dinners [Re: kevonionia]
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Kevonia,
The annual gourmet trip is for 2 nights in the Sierras and icludes 2 outrageous dinners and lunches. My friend brings all of the food and I bring all of the gear.

We use both of my huge Kelty packs, the cloud 6500 and the Super Tioga frame pack and we fill each to the top and carry 40 pounds apiece. Two bottles of fine wine packed in and out.

And 2 huge airmattresses for Boating on the lake. The reason for this trip is to just kick back and totally eat, suntan, and hang out for 3 days. We rarely hike over 5 miles, normally 2-3,but one requirement is a private lake.

Jim
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#90712 - 02/20/08 10:22 AM Re: romantic dinners [Re: Jimshaw]
Earthling Offline
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You mean floating on the lake Jim <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

Barry, that Super Tioga frame pack of Jim's sounds like it would carry a load of Bibles <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" /> Maybe PM Jim about the specs on it.

All food tastes better in the outdoors, building up one's appettite in getting to the meal does'nt hurt one bit either <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
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#90713 - 02/20/08 11:00 AM Re: romantic dinners [Re: Jimshaw]
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OK, Jim, please notify us all of the date/location of your next gourmet hike in advance. Maybe we can sneak up behind your camp just as dinner is getting ready, make a noise like many angry bears or mountain lions and scare you off...oh, wait, I can't remember whether you're one of the ones who's posted about carrying firearms to protect against critters. Maybe I'll have to think up a better scheme. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> Ideas, anyone??? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />
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#90714 - 02/20/08 11:39 AM Re: romantic dinners [Re: dkramalc]
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Yeah, make camp up wind from Jim's camp, while he's fighting off the bears from your cooking smells, you raid his camp and eat his chow <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

Only kidding Jim, I'd never invite myself to your little shindig, I'll wait for the invitaion to arrive by mail <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

Come to think of it, eating well has always been a part of my love of backpacking and camping outdoors. I mean, we are 'working out' constantly so there's no fear of real weight gain out there <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> That's why i don't poobah car camping posts, it lets you REALLY bring your A game to the campfire <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
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#90715 - 02/20/08 12:39 PM Re: romantic dinners [Re: Jimshaw]
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Jim,

Now you are just scaring me. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />

This thread offers a lot of double-entendre opportunities. Where is MNS when we need her? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />


Edited by food (02/20/08 12:39 PM)

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#90716 - 02/20/08 01:08 PM Re: romantic dinners [Re: ringtail]
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I say we all find Jim's 'private lake, and hide in the bushes until he's out floating on his 'yacht' then make with the party favors <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#90717 - 02/20/08 01:35 PM Re: romantic dinners [Re: ringtail]
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LOL Food...

I'm working on getting healthy (been sick all month <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> just one thing after the other) and working hard at work. I'll have to revisit this thread when I'm feeling better and see if I can come up with a few good remarks <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

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#90718 - 02/20/08 02:27 PM Re: romantic dinners [Re: midnightsun03]
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Andi in the meantime I got ya' covered <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#90719 - 02/21/08 01:19 PM Re: romantic dinners [Re: dkramalc]
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Registered: 11/06/04
Posts: 501
Loc: California
dkramalc inquired:
Quote:
Maybe I'll have to think up a better scheme. Ideas, anyone???


Yep...a skunk. Ya wouldn't shoot a cute little skunk, would ya Jim? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> If that doesn't get Jim and crew up and running: Chicken, beef, and fish placed in a plastic bag and left in the hot sun for three days - then run through a blender and liberally dispersed upwind of the camp. I can't imagine anyone having an appetite after smelling that. This is great stuff for getting back at that restaurant who kicked you out because your "been on the trail for a week" odor was "bothering the other customers." <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

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#90720 - 02/21/08 06:03 PM Re: romantic dinners [Re: NiytOwl]
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Yeah, just stuff it down in the seat back in the booth before you grab your pack to go Nity. Now where IS that smell coming from that he's gone <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#90721 - 02/22/08 07:51 PM Re: romantic dinners [Re: NiytOwl]
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nightyowl
Skunks:
I got a couple skunk stories.
We lived in skunk territory [amongst others] and I was wont to toss garbage out the patio door for what ever critter that wandered by. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />One night I flipped the sliding patio door open and was about to throw a LARGE bone onto the patio when a movement caught my eye and 2 baby skunks not 3 feet outside the door stared at me from my target zone. I froze and slowly closed the door. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

So anyway armed with the knowledge from this: one night my wife and I were car camping in a dark camp groud and there was rustling in the bushes. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />Before throwing a rock I thought it smarter to pull out the Night Vision Gear and sure enough it was a skunk, so we ignored him. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

I often hike around camp at night and find a place of concealment and watch for animals. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />Oh geez - the NVG is 3.5 magnification and sometimes the size and aparent closeness of animals is a bit unnerving. And eyes reflect the irfrared lazer like headlights. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />The first time I turned towards a crackling sound and stared a deer in the face I thought it was an alien <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> with huge glowing eyes and I screamed like a little girl <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" />and scared the poor thing so that it ran off into distant bushes to hide. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

Everyone who looks at the sky with NVG says "WOW", <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> and mine amplifies light 35,000 times so it looks like the Pleades everywhre you look. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Anyway as I said - I could be up in the rocks watching in passive or active search mode infrared. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> You wouldn't see any emissions in passive mode. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />Stealth would not work and you have to mantain "lazer silence". <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> Assume that I do not monitor radio bands because you could be using an LPI signal. Low Probability Intercept. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> The bears and the bees will tell me if someones on the mountain.

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#90722 - 02/25/08 07:04 PM Re: romantic dinners [Re: Wolfeye]
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I'm thinking like prawn k-bobs,and garlic bread rolled up in foil.Both could be frozen before hand, and both would thaw relatively quick.Add maybe a couple artichokes, and a pot to boil them.Don't forget the mayo sauce.

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