Well done. You have not only survived the apocalypse but also
out into the unknown to restock your supplies. Grocery shopping has
become a deadly game of Supermarket Sweep where
contestants packing the most heat get the goods. You are learning to
survive but are aware that the
supermarkets that once neatly stocked 40,000 of your favorite items are
being overrun by cockroaches and mice, and supplies are dwindling. It is
time to open your mind to the readily available provisions that are
right in front of you, even if you had never considered eating them
If you are a fan of salads then you will have no problem
consuming greenery. Unless nuclear fallout turns all flora to dust, plants will
still be edible and most garden weeds like Dandelion, Redroot Pigweed,
Nettles, and grass will provide Vitamin C and taste just like those
things restaurants try to impress you with before bringing out your steak. Cockroaches, spiders, scorpions, worms, ants, and ant eggs
are edible and are considered a delicacy in many eastern countries. It’s not easy
to imagine enjoying the furry texture of a creature on which you would otherwise
empty a can of Raid but most westerners pay the equivalent of a Hindu rice
farmer’s yearly wage for a beef burger that farmer considers sacred. We are both assholes for our
pre-apocalyptic habits but persevering won’t be about judgment, it will be about surviving. Below are a few recipes to get you started.
Fresh Garden Salad
2 cups fresh thistles
4 tufts grass
Combine and toss. Serve at room temperature.
Baby Mice Soup with Cockroach Croutons
1 cup oil
Place ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to boil. If you prefer a less chunky soup, blend before serving in soup bowls with a light sprinkle of roasted cockroach.
Broccoli and Mrs. Jenkins from Number 4 Stew
2 whole broccoli
Chop and mix in large saucepan. Add water and bring to boil. Serves 12.