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July 18, 2012 9:06 AM Subscribe
What are some interesting, edible, non-perishable "theme packs" to spice up food choices when located in a remote area with limited access to fresh ingredients?
posted by charmcityblues to food & drink (19 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Mr. Blues and I are moving to a remote island in the Aleutians. We plan to bring much of our food with us, as we have been told that the items available for purchase are expensive, very limited, and not always fresh. We will have access to a CSA box twice a month, but have heard that the long journey is often tough on the produce. We hope to supplement what we bring with caribou, fish, and shell fish (apparently a reasonable expectation), and we'll be catching the tail end of berry season. Essentially, we'll be bringing a lot of grains and legumes, some canned goods, spices, oils, and sauces, baking essentials, and some "special" things to add variety and interest. Which is where you come in!
I'd like to include a number of "theme packs" to have once or twice a week, most likely based on a national cuisine or specialty dish. They can't be super-dependent on high-quality fresh food (so, for example, a caprese salad is right out). The most unusual the better, no particular restrictions other than no pork.
So far, I've thought of a Thai one including Thai tea, coconut milk, curry sauces, rice noodles, etc. I would love any additional ideas, specific products, and tips on making the most of limited ingredients.
Oh, and this is mostly dinner focused. We are ok with limited variety breakfasts, and lunch will be either PBJs or leftovers.