We asked on Facebook: What’s the best post-hurricane food you’ve ever had?
While working in my flooded house in Bay Ridge, a young girl knocked on my door and handed me two plates of homemade fajitas, Mexican rice and beans with homemade tortillas. Was the best meal I ever had! I’ll never forget her.
It might have been the Red Cross in Bolivar. The hamburgers were over-the-top good. What a blessing they were! Every day!
Had a barbecue in the neighborhood to cook all of the meats from freezers after we all lost electricity. Just delicious!
I think it was after Alicia. We barbecued everything in two freezers, pit kept going constant for three days. We fed everyone in the neighborhood — trash guys that came by, police, anyone who wandered into our far West End neighborhood. We had no power for three weeks and we developed a real liking for barbecue and coffee.
Brownies cooked on the grill and cowboy coffee!
Best one was the first Salvation Army meal of Ike that came in the Styrofoam container after working all day in the muck and hay-packed belongings that was our garage. Hot, delicious, with love from kind volunteers. Not even sure what we ate, but it was good, just because of the love, care, concern that came with it.
Gaido’s put on a huge shrimp boil for everyone right there in the parking lot.
In our building on The Strand, we did communal meals for three days and made a big pot roast, lasagna and tons of snacks and deviled eggs in addition to huge brunches every morning. It was the best!
Jennifer Winfrey Nelsen
Denise Sowell Shead
After Kroger opened up, we had a lot of good outdoor barbecue meals, but the best thing we had was right after the storm. We found a box of German potato pancake mix in our pantry, way past its expiration date. Dan fixed them with butter and we gobbled them up with wine. So good.
All I wanted was chocolate cake. Lacy Dagerath baked her mom’s famous chocolate cake for me and it was divine.
After Hurricane Ike, I did a lot of cooking. We had not evacuated for the storm, and I had prepared by stocking up on chickens and veggies, which I put on ice, as well as charcoal for the grill and butane for our table-top burners.
I barbecued on our Postoffice Street balcony, and fed the clean-up crews home-made chicken and potato salad in exchange for top-shelf booze they had scavenged from the ruins of all the bars on our block.
People have asked me about the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. I always say the beforemath was stressful and the math was terrifying, but the aftermath was not bad. We met people, and had great food and interesting times.
Jim and Sally Galbraith hosted a “Bring-whatever-is-thawed-in-your-freezer-and-we-will-put-it-on-the-barbecue-pit” party. There was no electricity and a huge feast was had by all! The only issue we had was that there was no light at night, so knowing when the chicken was done was difficult to determine. Great food — but one unfortunate experience with very rare chicken!
Randalls drove through the neighborhood after Ike with peanut butter, bananas and loaves of bread. Best sandwich I can remember.
The morning after Ike, we had instant coffee, fried eggs and bacon. Gas-supplied stove at home. Best meal ever after the night of Ike.
We pulled all the M&M’s from the MREs and were pretty happy!