A mother-daughter conversation on food and cooking (mostly)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Hurricane Food in Texas

We were, through our own carelessness, stuck in a Walmart parking lot in Livingston, Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike--for two long days. We were lucky to have propane, drinking water, and all the necessities in our camper; we only lacked gas to get out of there.

One of the things I made was skillet cornbread from a mix. I used a heat diffuser ("flame tamer") under the skillet and managed quite a nice crust without burning it. The mix cost 42 cents. With it we had fried ham, canned stewed tomatoes, some fresh fruit, and imported dark chocolate. It seemed incongruous to eat in such a civilized way under the circumstances.

1 comment:

Kris said...

I have to add that I'm going to stop making snobby comments about Walmart and its customers. We were welcomed by local management to hunker down in their parking lot, and asked by security workers whether we were all right and not too hot. Walmart struggled to open the store as soon as they could get generators working, and prices were still low when it opened--no price-gouging of the vulnerable population.