We have been busy around the house getting ready for the upcoming storm. These things cause me to freak out a bit because I used to live in Miami, where I experienced hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita right in a row. During the worst of it, I lost power for several weeks – the first three or four days of which I spent trapped in the house with nothing to eat but a jar of peanut butter, cans of Spaghetti-O’s, and some pretzels. Before I finally evacuated, the local Subway store opened up for a few hours each day with a generator, and made sandwiches for the locals until the generator went out. They tasted so good!
So this got me thinking. If I could fill the house with anything I wanted from New York City to last out the storm, what would it be? (Take a moment right now and picture me rubbing my hands together with glee and a little evil.)
First of all I would fill the freezer up with a few things that must be eaten right away so they wouldn’t melt. A couple of pints of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream would do the trick – a one or two of the basics definately, like dark chocolate or Bangkok peanut and then something unusual as well, such as pistachio and honey or wildberry lavender. Once the power went out, it would be our duty to make sure these things didn’t go to waste, right?
Then we would move on to survival food. Jerky is key, so we would need to have plenty of bags of King’s County Jerky on hand. The Korean BBQ flavor will give us just the pick-me-up we need. Man can not live on jerky alone, though (protein is very important), so how about some Proscuito di Parma from Salumeria Rosi? Heaven. While we are at it, I bet the knowledgeable guys at Murray’s Cheese could tell us what kinds of cheese could stand the lack of refrigeration. Mmmm…….it’s starting to sound like a picnic. Maybe we’ll spread a blanket out on the floor. It’s always good to have a distraction in times of crisis.
Peanut butter is a storm staple, but it can get really boring after a while. It would be great to perk it up with some items from Anarchy in a Jar. How about a sandwich with peanut butter and tipsy quince and cranberry chutney? Or perhaps we can make fluffernutters with some marshmallows from Three Tarts in Chelsea. I’m not usually the biggest fan of marshmallows, but they have flavors like rosemary-chocolate and mango! Plus, when the power goes back on, we could have cocoa!
Speaking of beverages, once you start drinking all that bottle water you have horded, it’s going to get a little dull. That’s why you should also stock up on some syrups from the P&H Soda company. I would stock up on lime, hibiscus and ginger and you can have a different flavor every day!
Instead of canned foods, how about some jarred pickled foods? I need to get some jars of curried squash, Moroccan beans and, of course, pickles from Brooklyn Brine Co. This would be much better than the cans of corn and peas I have sitting around here at the moment!
Let us not forget the most important food group – sweets. Lots of chocolate and sugar will provide the energy and motivation we need to get through the rough patches. I would love to be able to hunker down knowing that I had a large supply of Fat Witch Bakery brownies here! I really like the Red Witch – which has cherries inside. That would also provide healthy vitamin C, right? Some caramels from Liddabit Sweets would not only satisfy our sweet tooth, but all that chewing would give us something to do. I need some chocolate stout-gingerbread caramels, some apple cider caramels, some dark chocolate sea salt caramels, and some fig-ricotta caramels. Do you think if I ordered them right now they would get here on time?
Sigh……probably not. I wish I had thought of this sooner. At least I have enough toilet paper.