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Delectable backcountry cuisine.

What potatoes are to the Irish, what rice is to the Chinese, couscous is to the inhabitants of the Maghreb al-Akhsa (“the land where the sun sets”), known collectively as the countries of Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Couscous is an essential part of their diet and is the national dish of Morocco. When most people see couscous, they think it is a grain. It's actually a tiny pellet of pasta made from the coarse ground meal of Durum Wheat known as Semolina. Traditionally steamed, the name is said to mimic the sound of steam bubbling through the pellets. Couscous is a favorite ingredient to use when inventing recipes because it's so easy to prepare. You can use it to invent sweet dishes or to create savory classics. For this dish, Mary Jane's added tomatoes, lentils, curry and garlic.

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5 5

Oh man

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This one is so delicious. People chomping on their granola looked very jealous when they watched me spoon warm piles of this super aroma filled goodness on a flour tortilla. Its packed with good stuff to keep you going strong all day.

5 5

Good meal

  • Gender: Male

Cooking in the pouch works like a charm, the only downside is..you eat from a pouch.

This was a great lightweight meal, very filling! I only waited maybe 4 minutes after adding hot water and it was good to go, kept cooking as I ate (too hungry :D)

I have never really had curry before, so it was a bit odd tasting at first but it grew on me.

My belly is satisfied!

4 5

Tasty

I love Mary Janes Farm foods. I also love the packaging that is camp-fire friendly. The couscous/lentil dish is great but it could use a little more curry spice.

4 5

Tasty Meal

This is a tasty hearty meal that is easily made in the backcountry. Mine did get a small tear from something in my pack so it made it just a touch more fun to make it but I support their use of recycled packaging!

3 5

My backcountry menu:

Rather than write a small review for each individual item I recently purchased I thought I would share it all in one concise review. (Note with most Mountain House I add 2-3 oz less than it recommends)

Recommend:

Breakfast:
Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Blueberries and Milk – Favorite :) (serve warm)
AlpineAire Strawberry Honey Granola With Milk – healthy and good! (serve warm)
Backpacker's Pantry Denver Omelet (needs pan) – best quick eggs I have tried.

Lunch/Dinner:
Mountain House Chicken Ala King – Favorite :)
Backpacker's Pantry Katmandu Curry - Yum
Mountain House Macaroni And Cheese – Oh to be a kid again!
AlpineAire Chicken Gumbo – Delicious

Sides/Deserts:
Mountain House Potatoes And Cheddar With Broccoli – Favorite :)
Mary Janes Farm Organic Garlic Pesto Fry Bread – I love bread! (bring oil)
Mountain House Peas – Eat your veggies! Add 1-2 oz less water
Mountain House Corn – Favorite, Add 1-2 oz less water :)
Mountain House Green Beans – Add 1-2 oz less water
Mary Janes Farm Organic Brownies – Yes really good!
Mountain House Ice Cream Sandwich – Don’t get the Neapolitan, this is much better.
Mountain House Blueberry Cheesecake – Nice size berries, make in a bowl NOT the package. (Note it will NOT keep
Overnight).

Pass:
Backpacker's Pantry Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes – The Mountain House Potatoes and Cheddar with Broccoli are MUCH
better even the resident mouse in our cave didn’t like it.
Mountain House Scrambled Eggs With Bacon - Backpacker's Pantry Denver Omelet is much better IMO but requires a
pan.
Mountain House Scrambled Eggs With Ham - Backpacker's Pantry Denver Omelet is much better IMO but requires a pan.

Neutral:
Mary Janes Farm Organic Couscous And Lentil Curry – Not bad but I like my curry with more curry!
Mary Janes Farm Organic Black Bean Corn Bread – Not bad but NOT cornbread just a bread with some cornmeal in it.
Mountain House Noodles And Chicken – Yet to try will update
Mountain House Pasta Primavera – Yet to try will update
Mountain House Mexican Chicken With Rice – Yet to try will update
Mary Janes Farm Organic Alfredo Pasta – Yet to try will update
Backpacker's Pantry Chana Masala – Yet to try will update

5 5

my favorite of the couscous offerings from MJF

This is probably my favorite of the couscous offerings from MJF. Seasoned just right, and like most of the MJF meals, it's simple. Add boiling water, stir, roll the top down and wait. With most of these, I use a little less water and let it cook a few minutes longer to make it thicker. I don't bring a pan or cookware when I backpack, just a spoon, so these are the only hot meals I get. I just roll this up in a couple tortillas and eat it that way. Quite good...

How do you prepare the meals ? do you...

How do you prepare the meals ? do you require to have a heater bag ?

Best Answer Responded on

Regardless of what the specs say, you can heat and eat right from the bag. It's actually called an EcoPouch, and even though it has no foil, and you can burn it completely, all you do is add boiling water, stir, and wait about 7 minutes. Alternatively, you can always make it in a small pot, too.

Can you pour hot water into the bag and...

Can you pour hot water into the bag and eat it from the bag?

Best Answer Responded on

Yes, like most of the MJF meals, it's simple. Add boiling water, stir, roll the top down and wait. With most of these, I use a little less water and let it cook a few minutes longer. I don't bring a pan or cookware when I backpack, so these are the only hot meals I get. I just roll this up in a couple tortillas and eat it that way. Quite good...

5 5

Mary Janes Farm Food

Mary Janes makes the best camp food around. This couscous & lentil curry dish is delicious. The portions are definitely smaller than other companies - but the quality far exceeds other dehydrated food products. I'm a big fan of the packaging as well - it burns easily & cleanly. Plus Mary Janes food is available in bulk - so you can skip individual packaging altogether and really get your grub on.