Here is a guest review blog from expert wild camper Lee Taylor - you can visit his blog site here:
Lee bought a range of Bla Band meals from us...
Bla Band Wilderness Stew
Our friends at LYO Expedition food have created the first freeze-dried 100% vegan meal ever! This tasty barley and lentil risotto, with avocado mousse is both lightweight and nutritious. If you are looking for a 100% vegan camping meal then this is the answer. Combining lentils, red pepper, pearl barley, avocado and leek, flavoured with lemon, parsley, oregano and sea salt you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy this one!
Our range of LYO meals, fruits and soups – exclusive to Base Camp Food in the UK - are becoming increasingly popular with new and existing customers, but what makes it so special?
LYO use only 100% natural ingredients, with no additives or preservatives added. LYO even grow many of their own herbs in their fields.
Many other meals mix the ingredients after they have been cooked separately – LYO cook their meals and then freeze dry, meaning their lightweight expedition food has the taste of a homemade dish.
The freeze drying process used means the meals are high energy with a high calorie count. It also keeps all of the food’s natural vitamins and minerals giving great nutritional value. The process also removes 98% of the moisture content meaning the meals are lightweight and compact.
LYO Expedition foods also check their meals are safe twice – both after the cooking process and after the freeze drying process to ensure the highest safety standards.
Perfect for all backpacking meals, expedition food and lightweight camping meals – LYO food is simple to prepare:
- Tear off the top of the pouch above the zip lock
- Remove the oxygen absorber
- Add hot water and stir
- Close the zip for 5 minutes
- Open, Eat and Enjoy!
It’s no wonder that our customers love LYO!
I've been looking forward to trying the LYO Expedition Mexican Dish for a while. It is one of chief taster Laura's favourites and I've been waiting for an excuse to take myself off in to the Peak District for a night and tuck in!
This is one of the award winning range from LYO Expedition, for which we are proud to be the only UK stockist. The food is lightweight, easy to prepare and usually very tasty.
As always, my Vargo titanium spork came along too!
It's simply a case of adding the dried mixture to about half a pint of boiling water and leaving (if you can) for 8-10 minutes - give it a quick stir and it's ready!
Once ready, it looked appetising and smelt great.
The dish is made up primarily of chicken, rice, sweetcorn and kidney beans and comes together in a sauce. It is not too spicy but has good chilli and paprika flavour. If I was eating this at home I would probably add a little more spice. The chicken tastes like the excellent quality we come to expect from LYO and as always it tastes great and was warming and wholesome.
I took a standard size portion with me and, after a 4-5 hour hike this was perfect for one. At 93 grams, it is relatively lightweight and contains 360Kcals. As with all LYO food, the ingredients are 100% natural with no preservatives or artificial additives.
For a full day out in the mountains the larger size may work better but it depends on your appetite (equally the larger size would be good for two to share for as lunch stop). This one weighs in at 126 grams with 488Kcals.
The team are really looking forward to Base Camp Food's first Christmas. So, in preparation, we have all come up with our favourite items that we would love to have waiting for us wrapped up under the Christmas tree on the 25th December!
It was difficult to choose which were our favourite items but we managed to decide on a few ranging from a Spork, Energy Fuel to a Titanium Stove.
These are the favourites for the Base Camp Food team's Christmas list: http://www.pinterest.com/basecampfood/base-camp-foods-christmas-wish-list/
Why not tell us which of our products you would like for Christmas and why? - Maybe for an expedition in 2014? Let us know!
An early Merry Christmas!
Lucy (and the rest of the Base Camp Food team)
It was a stunning morning at Base Camp Food HQ on Monday. What better way to spend a Monday than outside with big views and big skies to start the week! The weekend orders were sorted and then it was time to head outside. I decided to take along our LYO Expedition Pork Stew and Potatoes to for a test drive!
Limited time before sundown meant I was restricted to a 4 hours up and around the Roaches in the Peak District. The weather was a little cloudy, but dry and with a crispness to the air, and I made good progress to the top of the crags and along to the Trig point.
Once we had worked up an appetite, I set up the stove to boil some water – for the standard LYO food pouch this is about 300ml or just over half a pint. Once boiled, it was simply a case of mixing the contents of the pouch with the water, giving a good stir, and then covering and leaving for about 10 minutes. This was the hardest part as I was pretty hungry and it smelt great!
After (nearly!) 10 minutes, I performed a final stir and tucked in...
The sauce consistency is thin but very tasty. There were plenty of pork pieces which were really tender. What I really noticed was the potatoes actually tasted of potato – sounds obvious but it is a struggle to get fresh vegetables which actually taste like they are supposed to nowadays! There is a good selection of other, finely chopped, veg and it all comes together really well.
As with all LYO, it is packaged well and extremely lightweight. The calorie count is lower than some of our other products and I would suggest if you are very hungry, or in need of a real calorie hit, to consider the larger version. However, it tastes great, and if you want a hot, tasty meal back at camp after a few hours activity (or equally during a rest stop whilst out) then it doesn’t get much better than this. This would also be perfect as a camping meal, having headed up in to the hills late on, for a wild camp and an early start!