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Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Lightweight Egg Omelete on 04/04/2012 09:30:48 MDT Print View

For a group of six backpackers, I am planning a breakfast. 1.Generic instant coffee or tea, 2.Fry-It-Yourself Egg Omelete, 3.Cream of Wheat.

The Egg Omelete starts with generic whole powdered eggs mixed with water and olive oil. Then there are the additions, and each person can spoon in any that they want. Additions are mostly dehydrated or powdered and then reconstituted. A.Green Bell Peppers, B.Red Bell Peppers, C.Spinach, D.Fresh Grated Cheddar Cheese.

I have a tiny non-stick skillet and wooden spatula to use over a Gnat stove.

What else does this need? Are there other additions that I've overlooked? There will be some no-red-meat types on the loose. If a vegan shows up, they will have to be satisfied with the Cream of Wheat and coffee. I could probably add some f.d. fruit to the Cream of Wheat if I had to.

I know that it is a little too classy for ordinary backpackers.

--B.G.--

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
"Lightweight Egg Omelete" on 04/04/2012 09:57:16 MDT Print View

A bit off-topic, but: dried bananas for that cream o' wheat. Oh my! Just discovered them last year. Before that, I thought that dried cranberries in my oatmeal was the best.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
eggs on 04/04/2012 10:36:19 MDT Print View

I don't really like the flavor of the generic whole powdered eggs and much prefer the following scrambled egg mixes for backcountry use...

Ova Easy
Adventure Egg
Walton Feed Scrambled Egg Mix (Rainy Day Foods)

PS I like mushrooms in my omelet. What time do we meet at the trailhead?

Edited by Laurie_Ann on 04/04/2012 10:37:26 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: eggs on 04/04/2012 12:03:41 MDT Print View

"generic whole powdered eggs"

A word of explanation. Some of us served in the U.S. military overseas once upon a time. The mess hall served some form of eggs every morning for breakfast. Powdered eggs were dependable and safer than some local eggs from a third-world country. So, the cooks mixed nine parts of powdered eggs with one part real egg, added some cooking oil and water, and then whipped it smooth. Those were the scrambled eggs that were a staple source for protein and calories. To this day, powdered eggs taste fine to me.

Mushrooms don't have much food value. What type?

I think I need to add some Mesquite spice to my list. It's lightweight.

We'll be at the trailhead some time in May. It might be a long commute for you.

--B.G.--

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
eggs omeletes on 04/04/2012 13:18:31 MDT Print View

Thanks for the clarification Bob.

Actually, that's a common food myth about mushrooms not having food value. Mushrooms (I'm talking the common white-button sort here) are a good source of Niacin, Riboflavin, Folate, Phosphorus, Iron, Panthothenic Acid, Zinc, Potassium, Copper, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Selenium and Thiamin. Mushrooms actually have more potassium than a banana which is really a good thing when you are doing intense activities where dehydration and electrolyte issues can arise. Mushrooms, all varieties, are also a good source of protein. Oh... and they are the only vegetable source of Vitamin D with 100 g of white mushrooms having 4% of the RDA and shiitake having 13% of the RDA for Vitamin D.

I think I know just a little too much about food... lol. Occupational hazard?

I'd go for crimini or shiitake.

Edited to add... they also have fibre and they rehydrate well.

Edited by Laurie_Ann on 04/04/2012 13:20:00 MDT.