I was thinking - if I had to go walkabouts and had to carry everything with me food-wise - what 5-10 items would you take to make a variety of interesting dishes. This is assuming water was plentiful, and not using expensive dehydrated meals from a camping store. My list would be: 1) Rolled oats - easy to cook, versatile 2) Rice or couscous - also easy to cook 3) Pulses (dried beans, lentils, peas) - satisfying and good protein 4) Nuts - good protein, high in calories. 5) Dried fruits/vegetables (potato, apple, raisins, dates, tomato) - flavour - and vitamins 6) Seasoning (Salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon, chilli) - makes food palatable for very little weight. 7) Sugar - pure energy. 8) oil or other portable fat which won't go rancid. - Fat makes the spices work - lots of calories too 9) Tea/coffee - makes life worth living 10) Dried milk - very versatile - and helps for tea/coffee. I left wheat flour out as it struck me as a bit more effort than rice/couscous to make into a meal in the field, but you could add that too if you wanted. What would your 10 be?