Saturday, December 17, 2011
Greece's New Diet
As the economy continues to worsen in Greece, people are rediscovering the foods and recipes that got their grandparents through WWII.
In occupied Greece, an estimated 300,000 people starved to death. Pets disappeared, and the hills were stripped of wild greens and firewood.
Grapes (and raisins), olives, foraged greens and rationed bread became the nation's staples. Sugar and meat were simply unavailable.
We all suffer from the "It can't happen here" syndrome, but it can and it has. I still have some of my grandfathers ration coupons from WWII:
"Meatless Mondays, Wheatless Wednesdays, vegetable gardens and chickens in every empty lot."
We aren't that far behind Greece. It's time to get retro ourselves. Don't wait for well-mannered, caring government subcontractors to deliver MRE's to your neighborhood. Plant a garden, learn to forage, get a half dozen backyard chickens.