Friday, November 2, 2012

The Single Father's Guide to Natural Disasters (Time-Permitting) Checklist - Part III

So, single dad, you're prepared. You’ve kept a FEMA recommended emergency kit, including water, batteries, first aid supplies, and more, ready for any sudden natural disaster. In this case, however, you have a little bit of forewarning about an impending major storm, flood, or imminent catastrophic event. You also have a list of items, like “The Single Father’s Guide to Natural Disasters (Time-Permitting) Checklist,” to make you and your children perhaps safer and certainly more comfortable during and after the time the disaster occurs. The only problem is you have a limited amount of time to do the things you want to do and you need to do. Depending on your kids' ages, they may or may not be much help and, of course, it is just you, single dad. In the meantime, your children still need to eat. So do you.

One option, of course, is ordering out. Pizza, Chinese food, and burgers are all fun food, and, given the circumstances, not a bad thing once in a while. However, restaurants may be closed and it still takes some time to stop your shelf stocking, gutter cleaning, wood hauling, barbecue tank filling, and so forth to order and/or pick up food.

My solution? Single Dad’s Natural Disaster Venison Vegetable Stew. (It doesn’t have to be venison. It just so happens that I had half of a venison roast, courtesy of my friend Jon Mende, leftover in my refrigerator.) Take the literally fifteen minutes before you start to work on the The Single Father’s Guide to Natural Disasters (Time-Permitting) Checklist and make a pot of stew and you’ll have quick, tasty, and healthy lunches and dinners for, perhaps, a couple or three days!

Here’s the recipe:

Single Dad’s Natural Disaster Venison Vegetable Stew

                        1 leftover venison roast (or any meat you have), cubed

                        2 slices of bacon (because bacon makes everything taste better)

                        6 quarts of water

                        8 ounces of milk

                        4 potatoes, cubed with skin on

                        6 carrots, sliced          

                        2 onions, diced

                        2 cups of broccoli (or any green vegetable you have)

                        6 garlic cloves, crushed

                           2 tablespoons of whole wheat (or white) flour

                           2 tablespoons of salt

                           1 tablespoon of pepper

                           Anything else you want to add

Combine everything except milk, garlic cloves, and flour in a large covered pot. Turn heat on low and cover. In blender or food processor, combine milk, garlic cloves, and flour and blend until garlic cloves and flour is smooth. Add mixture to pot. Allow to simmer on low heat for a couple of hours. Season to taste and serve. Maintain the rest of the stew on low heat until it's all gone. Feeds a single father family of four prior to and during a natural disaster for two or three days!
Photo Credit: Gimme Some Oven

For those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the rest of what was called “Frankenstorm,” and other recent natural disasters, best wishes for a speedy return to normal. My thoughts are with the single fathers and everyone who suffered losses during the storm.

-Matthew S. Field

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