January 30, 2013

The Joys of Cooking After The Ending Newsletter 1.1

Everyone's got to eat, right? Unless you have a generator and electricity, eating after The Ending can be...boring. Not only is it encouraged that you eat a well-balanced diet, it's also important that you mix it up a bit for your mental well-being.

The silver lining...

Although most everyone's dead, you survived...yay! Pantry foods are in surplus and, unless you're out in the middle of the woods, should be easily accessible. If you're really lucky you might even have access to farm land and can maintain an environment conducive to fresh produce, herbs, and vegetables. However, there are many possible variations for our recipes so liven it up as much as you want.

Here is one of our favorite After The Ending recipes that will help keep you firing on all pistons:

Zoe's Black Bean Succotash 

Serving Size: 4
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

You will need:
1- (14.5 oz.) can of black beans*
1 (14.5 oz.) can of corn* 
1 (14.5 oz.) can of chicken broth
1 cup water 
2 cups of white rice*
1/2 Red Onion (optional)
1 tsp chopped garlic (optional)
1 (15 oz.) jar of salsa OR 1 (14 oz.) can of diced or stewed tomatoes

Boil chicken broth and water over fire, wood-burning or gas stove. Add rice and stir until tender, usually about 5-10 minutes depending on heat. Drain and add beans and corn to the pot and stir continuously if over high heat so it doesn't burn. Add chopped onion and garlic at this time. Stir in tomatoes (drain) or salsa last. Add tomatoes in slowly to ensure mixture does not become runny. Mix well and remove from heat. Succotash should be thick. Continue to heat until thick if needed-continue to stir until removed from heat.

Eat with tortilla chips or wrap in tortillas for taco effect if possible for added sustenance, texture and salt. 

*Items can be substituted with frozen, canned or fresh produce depending on availability.

"Pretend it's bean burrito. It's not fancy, but it's the closest thing I've got to Mexican food, and it gets the job done." - Zoe Cartwright, Survivor

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