It breaks my heart to see people struggling to eat. It’s a world wide problem that will only get worse. Too many people competing for the limited resources left. So what can we on a individual level do do protect ourselves? Start a vegetable garden! Turn you lawn into a farm or your balcony into a container garden.
Yannis Behrakis foto of people standing in line at Syndtagma Square, Athens hoping to get some free onions
One of the best selling books in Greece right now is Eleni Nikolaidou’s Starvation Recipes, made up of recipes and survival tips used by Greeks during the occupation of the second world war. Raisins, olives, wild greens, and rationed bread became the nation’s staples against mass starvation that claimed an estimated 300,000 lives.
Suggestions from the book: No Meat? Push an eggplant through the grinder instead. Chew your food long enough for your stomach to feel full. And don’t forget to sweep crumbs off your table and into a jar.
Rock bottom? Greece gets the lowest credit rating in the world. Again (foto Nikolas Giakoumidis/AP)
Some frugal recipes:
Roasted Sweet Onions with Mint
Stinging weeds: Blanche Vaughan’s nettle ravioli
Stinging nettle or common nettle, Urtica dioica, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant we generally consider a weed to pull. The plant has many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on its leaves and stems, which act like hypodermic needles that inject histamine and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals. The plant has a long history of use as a medicine and as a food source.
Foraging: URBAN FORAGING GUIDE [PDF].
Imagine having to feed your children cookies made from mud…
And if thoughts of the future making you sad, cheer-up with the Fruitcake Lady, Truman Capote’s aunt: