As a longtime friend of Fredrik – the creative genius, drummer and flyfisherman of J&FF – I know that the subject of food is of utter importance. Whereas most people have probably been through the following stages, I will use Fredrik as an example, partly because he’s a nice guy that loves eating, and also because I have some photos for illustration.
1. Bring it to the max!
Before a long hike you should eat well to keep the body going for hours with a heavy back pack and a demanding terrain. Family pizza for instance. There’s no need to save on weight, fat or carbohydrates (but Fredrik is always whining about the price of the Norwegian food).
2. In-field cooking
Now this is a form of art. On a long trip the meals have to be planned so that there’s: a) enough food, b) not too much food to carry and c) tasty and varied food that is possible to prepare with very simple equipment (this is the most difficult one). Fredrik is a true master of making in-field gourmet dinners. We’ve had some of our lives’ best three-course meals in a tent in the middle of the Scandinavian tundra, prepared by Freddy the master chef. However, planning the amount of food can go wrong. Too much food and you end up competing who can make the longes “squeeze” out of a tube of soft cheese by jumping on it. Too little food and you realize it’s two slices of bread a day for the rest of the trip. Believe me, both have happened us.
3. Emergency situations
These photos illustrate some of Fredrik’s methods for surviving the extreme situations that may occur when you fish too much and eat too little. The recipes are in the photo titles.
Time for lunch now, stay tuned!