My daughter and I signed up for a preparedness cooking class at the extension office. This class was all about cooking gourmet meals during an outage. Since we are in hurricane season, I thought it might be a good idea to go.
We got there rather early and got good seats. While waiting I bought some knives. 🙂
The first thing the lady did was give a thirty minute power point presentation on what is needed. This put the daughter almost to sleep. I didn’t know they were going to just talk for thirty minutes. lol
Once the woman started cooking, the daughter perked right up. The woman spoke about owning a hand can opener. We have several. I have never owned an electric can opener. The other thing she said was necessary to own was a Butane Burner. She heated two food items with this burner. One was a Black Bean Soup and the other was the Skillet Peach Crumble.
You can see the burner in the photo below.
Our hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30th. Our average temps are in the upper 90’s during this time. Our winter months are two days in December and maybe three days in January. Do any of you think we will be making soup, in an outage caused by a hurricane? I think not. The soup was very good, which really surprised me.
The Skillet Peach Cobbler was good. I think it needed something else, but when your hungry, hot, and stressed, any dessert will be a welcomed treat. Except anything made with hot fudge or melted chocolate.
After watching her prepare the food, we waited in line to have a taste.
As a rule, I taste everything that is prepared at these classes. I even made my daughter taste everything. It’s a rule I inforce on anyone who comes with me. It even applies to me if they serve Hot Fudge. The good Lord has had mercy on me and they have never offered any recipe with Hot Fudge. I think they know the truth. 😉
My daughter’s favorite was the Black Foresst Tarts and the Skillet Peach Crumble. No surprise there. What surprised us both, was the Olive-Walnut Tampenade. This was really good. It was served over a nice big round cracker. The big surprise…I do not like olives, black or green. I pick them out of salads and off of pizzas. Nasty little things…yuck. Because of my rule, I had to try the Olive-Walnut Tampenade and guess what the two main ingredients are? Yep, black and green olives.
My next favorite was the Black Bean Soup. It had a nice flavor to it and I didn’t miss the meat. It does have chicken broth in it. My least favorite was the Salade Nicoise, Honey Mustard Chicken with Pecans and Texas Caviar.
My three favorite recipes can be found here.
It was a very interesting class. Most people just think of opening a can of tuna during a time of crises. Well, you’ll get a whole new crises from your children, if you go that route. We have been very blessed with a gas stove and water available to us for cooking. During our five day without electricity, a couple of years ago, we had pancakes, spaghetti, sandwiches, pizza, whatever we wanted. I had even stocked the freezer with extra bread before hand.
It all boils down to being prepared.
Do you prepare for a natural disaster?