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My second book, Another Fork in the Trail, was finally released just over a month ago and I’ve been busy chasing after my toddler, cycling with my 10-year old, and redoing www.aforkinthetrail.com as well as a slew of other things. I’m also gearing up to lead another wilderness cooking workshop in Algonquin Provincial Park for their Experience Algonquin series. I’ll be in the park for three events between August 3rd and 7th, 2011 including a book signing in the Visitors Centre on the 3rd. If you are in the area the day of the signing, please stop by and say hello.

Here is a recipe from the new book that you make at home before your trip. It makes for a refreshing trail snack with a great hit of lime. It almost reminds me of my of Key Lime Pie.

tropical kiwi trail cookies

vegan and gluten-free

dehydration time: 5–8 hours
makes about 18–20 cookies

Kiwi is a favorite around here. I first made these because we were going day hiking with a friend who is a raw foodie and I volunteered to make the snacks. I’m still torn as to whether these should be considered a snack or dessert.

1 cup dates such as Medjool or honey dates
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
2 kiwi fruit, peeled and quartered
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon lime zest
1/2 cup shredded coconut

At Home
Pulse the dates in a food processor until ground to a thick paste. Toast the almonds, if desired, in a dry non-stick frying pan over medium heat just until they start to become fragrant. Be careful that you do not burn them. Add the almonds and cashews to the dates and pulse to chop the nuts. Add the kiwi fruit, lime juice, and lime zest, then pulse again until well combined. Remove the container from the food processor and take out the blade. Toast the coconut, if desired, in a dry frying pan until golden and then stir into the date and kiwi mixture.

Line your food dehydrator with fruit leather trays, plastic wrap, or parchment paper. Drop the fruit cookie mixture by heaping tablespoons and press flat until about 1/4 inch thick. If your unit has a temperature control, set it for 104°F and dry for 5 to 8 hours or until the cookies are dry and firmed up. Wrap the cookies in waxed paper and store in ziplock bags. Theses cookies will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

From Another Fork in the Trail by Laurie Ann March ©2010/2011

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My return to posting on this blog has been a long time coming. I’ve been busy with the challenges of a new baby, finishing the manuscript for my second wilderness cookbook, outdooradventurecanada.com, and life in general. Another Fork in the Trail, is now in the publisher’s hands and I will see the layouts this week. The book should be on shelves by mid-May.

Amidst all of this I have been writing a monthly recipe column for Seattle Backpackers Magazine.

Here are the links to each month’s instalments…

December 2010: Quinoa – A Superfood for the Trail

January 2011: Winter Drinks to Warm You Up

February 2011: Romancing the Trail

March 2011: Soup’s On – Pizza Soup and Ribollita

I hope you enjoy the recipes and articles. I’ll be posting more recipes on the backpacking recipes blog soon.

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makes 3 to 4 servings

blueberry-orange tea cake

blueberry-orange tea cake

I’ve always loved the summery taste of blueberries. My family often hikes in areas that have a plethora of wild blueberries, but we like to leave the berries for the wildlife. Buying dried blueberries means that you won’t have to dehydrate anything for this recipe.

Cake
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons powdered egg
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1 fresh orange
2 tablespoons water

Topping
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup white sugar

At Home
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pour the mixture in a ziplock bag. Put the dried blueberries and sugar for the topping in another ziplock bag and place that in the bag with the dry ingredients. Put the powdered egg in a small ziplock bag, and put that bag in the bag of dry ingredients. Pack an orange and add the oil to what you are taking on your trip.

At Camp
Rehydrate the blueberries in a little boiling water. Let sit until rehydrated and then drain and set aside. In a small pot or large ziplock freezer bag, mix the powdered egg and 2 tablespoons of water, stirring until all the lumps are gone. Add 1/8 cup oil to the egg mixture. Juice the orange using a fork and add 1/4 cup orange juice to the oil and egg mixture. Stir well.

Slice the orange peel into thin layers, being careful to avoid the pith. Sliver the orange rind and mix it in with the dry ingredients. Add the liquid mix and stir just enough to moisten.

Line the bottom and sides of a pot or pan with parchment paper. Place the blueberries on the parchment paper and sprinkle with sugar. Gently spread the batter on top of the blueberries. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool slightly.

From A Fork in the Trail by Laurie Ann March ©2008

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