Before embarking on an adventure I like learning the names of the towns and resupply points I am likely to travel through. I find I tend to learn the first half of the route quite easily and never remember the last half. So I have started creating route profiles of my route and putting them up on the wall behind my computer so I can lookup and learn a new part of the route.
One of my policies when hiking is to never “cook” food. All the warm food I take should be able to be cooked using only boiling water in a bowl. This means never cleaning pots with burnt on food pieces. So far this has worked well for me.
Last year I got an Excaliber Dehydrator for my birthday and I have made a range of dehydrated meals. Earlier this week I took dehydrated rice and mince to work and rehydrated it by poring boiling water over it and letting it stand in a warm box for an hour. While more sauce would have been nice the taste was great and there were no crunchy bits.