And Now we’re cookin’!

Cooking in the hotel.

For the displaced folks, cooking is a project of its own. Of course, following my packing advice of looking around your kitchen and grabbing those items that are most dear to your Martha Stewart heart, you DO have your essentials. (For those disaster victims who have none of their personal items, I know you miss them.) The key to simple cooking is just that, keeping it simple. If you have told yourself for years that cooking from scratch is healthier and cheaper, which of course it is, you may have to lay that aside for now. The key word here is survival until your life can go back to YOUR normal. So give yourself permission to lower your standards a bit. For me, that isn’t giving up healthy food but definitely using the convenience foods that are available at the high end grocery stores. Those peppers already stuffed, the brown rice already cooked and the pomegranate already peeled found a place in my heart and in my fridge.
Also, disposable plates and baking pans are super helpful here. You can make up for your carbon imprint when you get a real place to live again but for now, throw aways are your friend.

My favorite simple meal is to use a disposable aluminum pan with fresh veggies spread out on it, sprinkle some seasoning (you bought seasoning mixes of garlic/onion/Italian etc so you don’t need a hundred bottles in order to add flavor), drizzle a bit of olive oil then add small pieces of boneless chicken like tenderloin or raw LEAN hamburger sprinkled on top. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for approx an hr. Uncover and keep checking till done. One dish used and throw it away.

I have resigned myself to the fact that my whole wheat cornbread and fresh baked cinnamon rolls aren’t going to happen again soon.  But that’s not such a bad thing either. So readers……tell me your “cooking like we’re camping” dinner ideas.

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This blog may not be for you.

This blog may not be for you.

It may be just the right tool for someone else in your life however, or someone you will meet in the next week or so. We don’t often have warning of being displaced, of being thrust out of our common everyday life of the comfortable and the ordinary and the “go to” places in our days.

We can be moved by circumstances like a fire, flood or tornado or because our husband or wife made a quick decision to go back to school in another city. Perhaps it was not so quick but it still happened. Maybe your aging parent is suddenly hospitalized and you find yourself a caregiver in a location you aren’t so familiar with. Or maybe you find yourself a caregiver in your OWN HOME that you weren’t expecting. We love the familiar and the comfortable and the predictable. That’s why people sit in the same seat each Sunday morning or drive the same way to work each day or eat the same thing for breakfast each morning. But when that time comes that you lose control of the familiar…..
This blog may not be for you.

My intention is to reach those who are feeling uprooted, out of place, out of their comfort zone and looking for ideas to put some “normal” back into their days. So this blog may not be for you now …..

This blog MAY be for you.