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How to survive the zombie apocalypse (Part 1)

April 25, 2012

Learn to make soup.

Here is a basic recipe.

You will need a big pot. Set it on an element and turn the heat to medium. Warm up 2 or 3 tbsp olive oil in the pot and then add: 1 finely chopped onion, 1 finely chopped celery stalk, and 1 finely chopped carrot. When it starts to brown and soften, add 2 or 3 cups water, 2 veg bouillon cubes and turn the heat down to low. This is soup base.

Things to add:

Legumes, spices, other vegetables. Don’t go all crazy the first time. Pick one or two. Chop them coarsely and add them to the pot with 3 more cups of water. Simmer for another 30 minutes or so, and then toss the whole thing into the blender.

Pro Tips:

Leave out the carrots.

Add a dash of tabasco sauce or a squeeze of lemon.

If you don’t like your soup in a blender, you can add pastini or barley towards the end of the simmer.

Store in the fridge for up to a week in glass mason jars.

Learn to make pancakes.

The easiest way is to get some just-add-water buttermilk pancake mix and keep it in an airtight container. For variety, add frozen blueberries, diced apple, or a spoonful of flax and/or oats.

Other variations: vegan from-scratch pancakes, add cinnamon or vanilla.

Pro Tips:

Introduce them to dinner. Potato pancakes with tzatziki; Chinese chive or peanut butter savoury pancakes with soya sauce.

Enlist the help of children.

Learn to make bread.

You need yeast, flour, water, and sugar packets (the kind you’d put in take-out coffee).

Place 2 tbsp yeast, 1 sugar packet, and 1 cup warm water in bowl. Let it bubble, and when the bubbles are thick, it is time to add approx 2 cups flour. Stir enough to get everything mixed, and then shape it into a greased pan or toss it onto a greased cookie sheet. Wait 30 minutes. Bake at 400 deg F for 30 minutes.

Things to add the next time: honey, other grains, seeds, herbs from your garden, grated cheese. Start with one or two.

Pro Tip:

Wrap in tin foil while warm and give some to your neighbour with a jar of soup! What comes back later might surprise you. It’s called karma.

Learn to share. 

If it is harder for you to take than to give, then take first. Borrow some herbs from a neighbour or scavenge at least one of the ingredients.

Last week I paid off my car loan.  I did not see that coming. Surely the zombies cannot be far behind.

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