Food seems to be the in subject. Philip is into one pot meals; Tracksterman is inspiring Alan. Well, here is my take on food. (Note: there will be no detailed Excel sheets detailing calories or weight).
For last year's big trip in the USA (before it shut down) I made my own mix of meals. Mash, salami, pasta and the like. On this year's Great Outdoors Challenge I did a mix of the same, adding in some stovetop stuffing and canned chicken recipes - things like that. Throw in some sweeties and I was ok.
Then I did a deal for a Mountain House Freeze Dried meal on that trip (well, I still owe the glass of wine I traded for it. But what's a glass of wine between Challengers, right...?)
That meal reminded me how simple pouring hot water over something is. Simple, fast and to be honest, appeals to my do-less-when-cooking-outdoors viewpoint (others might call it laziness).
This weekend I am off backpacking. Like my last trip, a Real Turmat is the evening meal as it's tasty stuff. A Cup a Soup with it. Lunch is a flapjack, some GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) and a treat of Pepperami, as the shop had nothing else I fancied; and breakfast is a couple of Alpen porridge packs. 300ml hot water over it in the morning for one "tasty" breakfast, but without the extra faff of dehydrated milk to add to it. Drinks are a couple of coffee sachets and a hot chocolate for bed time.
Food is simple and on a weekend you don't need too much. If it's big days and lots of hills I would dial in some more (take cheese). A two week walk would see me add more after 5/6 days when my appetite would be firing and the energy needs rising. Otherwise, keep the weight down and keep it simple.
Time saved from all that cooking and faff is time spent watching the hills, reading a book and doing something far more interesting than watching your stove. Boil - pour - done. Now go enjoy the hills.