GCN Goes Bikepacking | How To Cook A Basic Meal

November 6, 2019 0 By William Morgan

– Now this is a video that I’m
particularly excited about making
because food cooked outside
always tastes better
and we’re in the hands of an expert chef.
Almost, I believe, once a
contestant on MasterChef,
it’s Josh Ibbett who’s
spent many, many months
bikepacking in total, and
so he is gonna show us
the finer points of bikepacking cuisine.
Josh, where do we start?
– Well, first off we
need to boil some water,
’cause tonight we have rice on the menu.
– Lovely.
– You need to think about the type of fuel
you can get in the country
you’re traveling in.
So here in Morocco we were lucky enough
that Marrakesh is now big enough
that you can get gas
canisters for a stove.
However, we were prepared to
find petrol for a petrol stove.
You often find it in kind
of further afield places,
Central America, for
example, you can only get
white fuel or petrol, so the stove type
pretty much depends on where you are.
Europe’s easy, you can just
get gas canister stoves.
Secondly, you need to be
able to light your stove.
You can use matches or a lighter,
however, they do run
out, they can get wet,
so I always tend to take a flint with me
which gives you a nice spark
and that always works,
even if it gets wet.
There we go, third time lucky.
So we’ve got our titanium pot for this.
So before we start, we should
probably wash our hands.
– Hand sanitizer!
– We’ve been in the dirt all day
and we don’t need to get ill now.
– Thanks mate.
– Do a bit of that and we’ll
give the pot a little rinse out
to make sure there’s no
dust or dirt in there.
So I’ve just got water
here, you have to factor
water into your kind of,
your planning earlier on
so if you end up using the last
of your water to cook dinner
and you still have 100K the next day,
then you might find yourself in trouble.
So try and be sparing with it,
so we’ll just get little
bits of dust out of there,
and then we’ll put it
on and get that boiling.
– Now presumably, given
that we’re boiling water
for like 10, 15 minutes with our rice,
actually you could get it
out of wherever ’cause it’s
gonna be, gonna safe to drink
– yeah
If you’ve got a filter that helps
’cause you can get all
the particles of dirt out,
but let’s face it, we’ve been riding on
dusty, gritty roads for days so
we’ve probably already had
our fair share of dirt today.
A little bit of dirt never hurt anyone.
– So whilst you wait
for the water to boil,
tell us about your cooking
history with bikepacking.
So last year for example, you
went for six months right?
You were in Europe and North America.
How often were you
cooking outside like this
and how often were you eating out?
It depends where I was,
so Europe is pretty cheap
quite often to get a fairly decent meal.
So I probably cook outside every,
maybe 4 or 5 days out of a week,
and then have a meal the other two.
In America, it was probably
even more than that,
and a bit of fast food as well.
So it depends on location
and what you can get,
but the staple to eat is basically rice
or pasta, an easy to cook carb.
It’s not the most amazing cuisine.
I’d probably only get one
michelin star to be honest.
– Only one?
– Only one I’m afraid, but you know
you’ve gotta make do with what you’ve got.
– Yeah, fair enough. How we doing?
– I think we’re getting there.
– Yeah
– Nearly, nearly
– That’s boiled pretty quick, isn’t it?
– Yeah, I leave it till
it’s really boiling
just so it kind of does
kill any bugs or whatever,
and then a little tip that I like to do
is just put the spoon
in because well I think
I was spooning out jam on
some bread this morning,
and I kind of licked it
to clean it, so we should
probably sanitize it and
the water’s just boiling
so I’ll just it in there for a minute.
Bear in mind though, that it is titanium
so if you touch the ends
it can get quite hot.
Alright so we’re boiling,
put that on there.
– Careful about that Assos jacket.
Would you like my mug
to measure it out with?
That’s how I measure rice at home.
– You can if you want.
– Nah, this looks like it’s more extreme.
– (chuckles) Extreme,
extreme rice cooking.
So we’ll just shake that in there.
Whoa, whoa.
Alright, that’ll boil up quite well.
There’s a fair bit in there so
we might be overflowing soon.
It’s important when you’ve got
like a metal pan like this,
it does tend to kind of
burn to the bottom a bit
if you’re not careful, trust
me I’ve learned the hard way,
and when that’s the last bit of rice
and you’re already hungry,
you kind of have to eat it.
– Will say, you don’t want rice
to stick to your titanium pan, do you?
– Exactly.
(slow, bouncy music)
– Alright then, so the rice is just
soaking up the last of the liquid.
Can you let the viewers know, Josh,
what is gonna go with it
to complete this recipe.
– As it’s your first
time bikepacking, Sim,
I thought I’d really really treat you,
and get a pretty posh dinner,
so let’s see what we’ve got.
(Josh speaking foreign language)
– Tuna with big flavor, yes (laughs)
– And they’ve even got ring pulls on them.
– Amazing.
– Which is another point, always make sure
you get a tin opener ’cause there’s
nothing more disappointing
than cooking a dinner
buying a tin of something good like tuna
and then realizing there’s no ring pull
and you haven’t got a tin opener.
– Oh, how devastating.
– So I always carry this
rather handy pen knife
that’s been on many trips with me,
and it’s got, oh that’s not
it, that’s a screwdriver.
– So, let’s plunk that in there.
– [Host] Wow, that looks amazing.
– Shall we go for two tins?
– [Host] Yeah of course, yeah.
– One each
– [Host] And then we’ve
got one for the morning
for breakfast
– a good plunk, look at that.
And now we’re going to mix it up.
You can give it a good spin. (chuckles)
– I wish that we could get
three tins in there, Josh.
– Should we go for it?
– Well, why not.
– Come on then, that looks amazing.
– Let’s just leave it
for a couple of minutes.
– What!
– Because the heat of the rice
will just warm the tuna a little bit.
– I think the Moroccan sun has been
warming the tuna steadily all afternoon.
(laughs) in my saddle bag.
– [Josh] It’ll only take 30 seconds then.
– [Host] Okay, right good.
– How many lumps would you like?
– Loads, please.
– Loads of lumps.
– I’m starving and actually,
this is not gourmet,
no offense, Josh, but it
smells amazing and I think
that is the power of outside
and the power of hunger.
(both laugh)
– How’s it tasting?
– You ready for this? Tuna
with big flavor and rice.
(laughs) you know what, that
absolutely hits the spot,
it is not gourmet, but given where we are,
like in the midst of the atlas mountains,
given how hungry we
are, that is top stuff.
Anyway, thank you very
much for the tips, Josh,
’cause it’s not just about tuna with rice,
it’s about all the other
hard-earned lessons
that you’ve given us,
so thank you very much.
If you wanna watch any more how-to videos
about bike-packing with
Josh and drawing on
his experience then click just
down there for another video.
This is great, mate, thank you very much.