Over the last few days, the eastern U.S. has suffered devastating tornadoes. People are misplaced, dead, injured, lost, as well as their pets and their belongings. Their lives have been torn asunder and at the moment, they may not even know where their next drink of water is coming from. Programs that are supposed to be in place to help these people don’t always work. We aren’t there and don’t see what is really going on. The Red Cross and Fema should be helping and with any luck, the neighboring towns will reach out and help those that can’t help themselves.
Such is the case of an unnamed Mountain woman in Idaho. She rarely asks for help. She’s usually the one giving it. Over the weekend, while the wind blew elsewhere, this woman called in favors. Her garden needed planted and she knew not how she was going to get it done this year. She was sore and tired and aching for the seeds to be in the ground. A black mail plot was laid. In return for their help she would feed them lunch. Even though the plan was for 6 adults, only two arrived. But it was enough to get the work accomplished.
She brewed up some homemade barbecue sauce of home canned tomatoes, a dash of chili pepper with a ¼ cup of white vinegar, two tablespoons of brown sugar, some chopped onions and cilantro, one ring of green pepper. A dash of salt and some pepper and a teaspoon of garlic salt to deepen the flavor. She cooked the ingredients until the sauce darkened and then poured it into a pot large enough to soak the chicken.
As that sucked up the juices, she boiled some gluten free noodles, chopped some broccoli, cabbage, onions, green onions, and cauliflower. She drained the noodles and rinsed them in hot water. Once they were drier, she combined them in a bowl with ¼ cup of sesame oil, ¼ teaspoon pepper, a dash of salt, some parsley chopped up and ¼ cup of zesty Italian seasoning. She made a bit more than the salad needed and mixed it in.
She let that sit while she got out some tin foil and sliced some onions into rings and placed them on the foil. Next to them, she had some tomato rings and she layered a tad bit of sesame oil over them with a dash of salt and pepper.
The barbecue was ready and it was 15 minutes before the army of helpers was to arrive. She started the chicken on the hot barbecue on a layer of tin foil that she had sprayed with cooking oil to prevent them from sticking. She placed the tomatoes and onions on the top rack and slow cooked them as the barbecue chicken simmered on the bottom rack.
The smells were divine and the plan went off without a hitch. Her sister and her best friend ate until they were full and the garden was planted. She now has potatoes, corn, peas, carrots, basil, cucumbers, pumpkins, beats, onions, green beans and green peppers.
They sat the afternoon away and solved many issues in her front yard, not knowing about the victims of the tornadoes only a few states away. If she looks, she may just have some extra clothes and some bottled water to send those folks.