Frontenac Hiking Trip Menu Plan
By: Sophia Li
Food is an essential part of what made the hiking trip so memorable and unforgettable. Since we went on a three day hiking trip, food is what I look forward to the most because it’s what keeps me going for the long hikes and the long nights. On monday, our group prepared our own lunches but for dinner and snacks we all ate the same thing. On tuesday, our group prepared a really delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner with teriyaki beef jerky for snacks that were generously provided by Caylee. Finally, on wednesday, our group prepared yummy snacks and a hearty breakfast and lunch, dinner was eaten at home.
On the following table, it shows what our group ate and prepared to make it.
On day one, Monday, Emmy was in charge of dinner on the first night and Emily was in charge of the snacks. The food is an essential part of the hiking trip because of the many benefits it gives us physically. It provides us with energy and nutrition during the actual hike, which is the main part of the hiking trip. During the hiking trip on Monday, Emily bought trail mix that everyone chowed down on, and I bought some gummy bears and gummy worms to give us sugar for energy. Monday evening came soon, and Emmy and Fatima prepared a delicious and hearty meal. Emmy had wrapped five grilled cheese sandwiches in aluminum foil to preserve the butter rubbed on the grilled cheese and also the protect from the elements. We prepared the grill cheese on the pan with a fire underneath it. We waited around for 15 minutes to let the fire grow bigger and hotter. For each grill cheese, we put it on it’s side for ten minutes to let the butter melt and let the cheese melt inside too. After eating the grilled cheese, I was so happy that Fatima brought in chicken hotdogs because after the grilled cheese I was not full yet. Since there were no roasting sticks, I decided to pick up a sturdy stick and skinned it so the surface was clean to put the hot dog on it. The fire was really great and big so, my hot dog didn’t need to be roasted for too long. All the groceries that made such an incredible meal was bought at Walmart and Food Basics. All under $10.
On day two, Tuesday, Emily was in charge of breakfast, which was amazing! We had croissants with nutella with hashbrowns on the side. It was such a great idea to put nutella as a breakfast component because it really boosted my energy on the hike for day two. The breakfast didn’t needed to be heated it was just brought out and eaten in less than 15 minutes. For lunch, we stopped at campsite 5 to eat lunch and take a break. Our group didn’t really eat lunch, we just finished all our snacks which were generously provided by Caylee and Emily. We ate with Daniel’s group and shared food together which was not that bad because sharing is caring! We finished all the flaxseeds, the teriyaki beef jerky, dried apricots, and honey bear crackers. We also ate some salad from Daniel’s group but it only had lettuce in it with a cheese ranch. Most of the snacks were brought from home but only the beef jerky was bought from the stores. Evening came pretty soon, I was looking forward to this the most because it would the most delicious dinner ever, especially if it was made in the wild. For dinner we had Stir-Fry which was prepared by me and Caylee helped cooking it. Also Emmy, brought the minute rice which was pretty decent. I brought broccoli, leek, bok choy, cucumbers, green onions, onions, peppers, chopped up garlic , soy sauce, and ginger. The stir-fry was pretty easy to make. All that was needed to do was cooking the vegetables which were pretty easy. You just need to put one type of vegetables in the cooking pot and let it sit for a few minutes then add a coating or thin layer of soy sauce and garlic, and continue putting in vegetable after vegetable. Later, we got a full pot of boiling water and put the rice in to boil and few minutes later, we have yummy stir-fry! We had extras so we shared with Tristan’s group and they really like it. And my day ended with a good nutritious meal.
On day three, Wednesday, I woke up the latest so I ate breakfast later than everyone else. Breakfast was provided by Emily, again. She brought cinnamon oatmeal and fruits like blueberries and raspberries. All we had to do for the oatmeal was just pour hot water in to the bowl with the oatmeal and stir it until it gets thick. If we felt like it, we could put in fruits to make it taste better but in my opinion I like oatmeal just on its own. Since everyone else, was full from oatmeal and I wasn’t, I decided to eat the last two hash browns. I couldn’t cook it on our frying pan so I used another groups frying pan. Eating the last the hash browns was the cherry on top of a good breakfast. After finally a long hike we got to the parking, something that reminded me of the city. We waited there for the other class to come so we could swap equipment. So while everyone was waiting, we just decided to eat our lunch at the picnic table. Since Fatima didn’t bring the chicken we only had veggie wraps with caesar dressing coated on it. Our group didn’t eat lunch at the picnic table, we just talked a lot so we ended up eating on the bus. There was a lot of food being passed around. Food like granola bars. apples, crackers, etc. Our group shared all that was left of our food with everyone on the bus. It was fun! :)
So overall, our group had the most food to be given out which was good considering that a lot of people were hungry. It was an amazing experience and to cook in the wild felt really hard but now that I’ve some practice in, I should be fine. The food were bought at Walmart, Costco, Food Basics and Sobey;s, All together our food must have cost us each, approximately $15. The number one tip and most important tip I would say to people is to pack good and nutritious food, don’t bring things like chips or other junk food because they can be easily crushed and can cause a big mess. Be efficient and hard working and you will go far.