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Working Cook May 4, 2010

Today was a very, very easy day. After I helped Shulem plan food for an emergency box (three days of food for however many people, with products that require neither refrigeration nor cooking and are readily available – and he had to be told to get dried milk), I got out chicken breast fillets to thaw, and tuna fish. Then I put away a mountain of groceries. Easier when it’s the first thing done.

Dinner – chicken breast fillets baked in barbecue sauce, frozen knishes and peas-and-carrots. Mendy got tuna salad, and Misha got “tuna casserole”, meaning I pureed cheese with the fish.

Shulem and I went through the meals and what would work – cereal, dried fruit, milk for breakfast; peanut butter or jelly on crackers for lunch; tuna fish and canned vegetables for dinner. Kosher canned meat doesn’t exist. There is kosher baby food, which is useful for my boys who can’t chew, but none of it is meat based.

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  1. anonymous
    May 5, 2010 at 4:51 am

    That’s smart, the emergency planning. What prompted it? Could you do the canning?

    • mamadeb
      May 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

      It was a state directive. And, no, I could not can. I don’t have the time or equipment, and certainly not the experience – I once helped my mother-in-law can chili sauce. And canning meat is very tricky and not recommended for home canners. Given that I have some compromised immune systems there, I wouldn’t take the chance.

  2. Milhouse
    May 5, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I believe canned meat does exist in Israel and in Europe. But it’s probably not good enough to be worth anybody’s while importing.

    • mamadeb
      May 6, 2010 at 12:24 am

      And certainly not for three days worth of emergency.

  3. Anne
    May 5, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Who are Mendy and Misha?

    • mamadeb
      May 6, 2010 at 12:24 am

      Mendy and Misha are two of the individuals who live in the group homes. Mendy is diabetic, so he has a strictly prescribed diet. He and Misha are severely disabled – wheelchair dependent with very limited use of their hands and neither can chew, so all of their food must be pureed. They’re also developmentally delayed, like all the other individuals in the these three homes.

      Mendy gives the most wonderful hugs and also loves to blow kisses. Misha’s smile lights up the room and he loves being teased and watching pretty girls on TV.

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