Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.
I hope everyone is doing well despite the ‘virus’, floods, tornadoes, fake news and politics. It is so easy to become panicked when you see what might be ahead and the papers are doing a very good job of keeping us informed but also creating a fear culture.
Healthy living has never been so important and a fully functioning immune system over the next few weeks and possibly months is vital. Especially for those with underlying health issues, such as the elderly. Apart from washing hands in hot water and soap frequently and avoiding crowds etc, we do need to make sure that we have a nutritionally balanced diet to maintain a healthy immune system system.
The governments are going to do their best to keep food and essential household products on the shelves and we are going to have to trust that it will happen without panic buying.
Having seen the images of what some people are grabbing off the shelves,clearly beer, chocolate and crisps appear to be classified as essential food groups for some.
Whilst I am not rushing out to buy food or these essentials, it is a possibility that as we are in our later 60s, we will be considered at risk and might have to self-isolate even if we do not have the virus.
We used to get snowed in when we lived in the mountains in Spain during the winter months, and it even happened here for over a week the first year in this house in Ireland. I have always kept a basic survival larder that is sufficient to keep us going for at least a couple of weeks.
If you are faced with self-isolation and still want to maintain a healthy nutritional diet for you and the rest of the household here are some of my basics for two weeks should we have to manage without shopping. As you know I do not recommend the use of industrially manufactured foods in a normal diet and prefer the cook from scratch approach. However, at times you might have to fall back on to some canned goods and cereals, but if you choose the ones that are low in sugar then it is not going to cause you harm in the short term.
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I keep a week’s worth of fresh vegetables and fruit topped up every shop that I make and if they start to wilt, I will cook off and they keep for another few days in the fridge.
In the freezer- depending on the size and ours is quite small.
- I keep some frozen vegetables – carrots, broccoli and cauliflower mix, butternut squash, onion, mushrooms.
- Protein in the form of chicken, beef mince and fish.
- Butter and cheese (both keep for at least three months in the freezer if well wrapped)
- Some pre-prepared meals that offer a full nutritional balance – Brown Rice Pilaf
- Slow cooked stews of meat and vegetables in family sized portions.
- Fresh eggs can last about three weeks after their best buy date in the fridge
In the larder
- Tinned tuna, salmon and sardines.
- Tinned soups that can be used as a base for a more substantial meal.
- Marmite, honey and nut butter.
- Brown Rice, whole grain pasta, brown bread (I make my own Irish Soda Bread but you can buy ready prepared mixes). Good quality muesli and porridge oats. Wholegrain rice cakes and oat cakes.
- Dried beans and lentils
- Tinned tomatoes, tubes of tomato puree and garlic puree, dried herbs such as basil, oregano and turmeric. Jars of pasta sauce.
- PIckled vegetables such as beetroot.
- Olive oil and coconut oil.
- Jars of carrots, spinach and green beans (useful during power outages).
- Canned pears and mandarins in juice.
- Good quality fruit juice without added sugar I have cranberry, orange and apple.
- Dried apricots and walnuts.
- Long life milk – Dairy or coconut or almond milk.
- Tea – Black, Green and lemon and Ginger
- Water (although that is unlikely to be a problem)
- Some 80% dark chocolate.
I hope that has been of some help with regard to having a back up in your larder that will provide you with foods that will help maintain your immune system over a hopefully short period of time without access to shops. As always if you have any questions please let me know.
Time to get on with this week’s posts and as always my thanks to my guests and their amazing contributions.
Two more stories from this collection.
Whilst we are all concerned about the spread of Coronavirus, there is a danger lurking in the food that we eat, particularly that prepared by rogue takeaway kitchens.
Thank you for all the support which is very much appreciated.. I hope you will join me again next week .. thanks Sally.