I've always had more of an 'opportunist' approach to bicycle touring and backpacking than a 'self contained' approach. So rather than pack a weeks worth of freeze-dried yuk - my approach was more to travel with back-ups that might come in handy if I didn't trip across that Hungarian buffet in the prairies, a Tim Hortons in some small town, home made desserts on some cafe on the wharf, and also missed out on trout fishing, wild onions and mushrooms - or a pre-prepped lunchbox at some IGA.
I've been told some of my 'back-ups' are a little unusual, so thought I'd post a few and see if anyone else carry's something equally weird.
(ZipLock No 1) Dulse - that actually seaweed for anyone that doesn't know. Dried, its the best source of protein, vitamins and trace elements I've found to date.
(ZipLock No 2) Biscotti - homemade Italian biscuits made with dried fruit, nuts and panela. Maybe a different take on granola.
(ZipLock No 3) Capicolla or Prosciutto are both dry cured meats that weigh little, and can actually handle unrefrigerated storage for days without issue
(ZipLock No 4) Quinoa - replaces rice or rolled oats or pasta AND has all of the essential amino acids to boot.
OK - thats my top 4 weirdoes! Whats in YOUR touring pannier?