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Which SPICES to bring - make almost any meal

It can be tricky to know what spices and condiments to pack if you’re buying your main meal ingredients when you arrive. Choose wisely and you can go in any direction you desire, whatever the limited local shop supplies deliver!

Here's some ideas to give you a little inspiration:

 

Garam Masala – a fairly well rounded curry blend to make everything a bit more interesting. Add to cooked potatoes and lentils, or shake over chicken and lamb for tasty kebabs.

 

Garlic powder/flakes – in our opinion garlic makes everything better (unless you hate it of course)! At the right place and time we’d opt for the wild variety but for the rest of the year we can rely on our powdered friend.

 

Salt & Pepper – the staples of seasoning, leave behind at your peril!

 

Chilli/Cayenne powder - add some heat to boring beans or blend with the Garam to go extra on everything!

 

Italian herbs - a blend of mainly basil & oregano, goes great with steaks or you can whip up a satisfying pasta dish (dried pasta makes excellent camping food!) just like mama makes it. Perfect for combining with the garlic powder…

 

Ginger powder - combine with the Garam and Chilli to sway towards Thai, add to hot chocolate for a warming evening drink, or turn into an anti-inflammatory tea by itself if you’ve picked up some bruises along the way!

 

TIP: don’t bring the whole jars, they’ll likely leak or become waterlogged in the damp air and every gram of weight adds up in your backpack – save and label empty tic tac containers or other handy small pots and tins to bring only what you might need.

 

Do you have a mix you can always rely on? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to hear from you!

 

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Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more


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