If disaster were to strike tomorrow, how prepared would you be?
Yesterday, I took part in the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Dining challenge at Walmart. The contest was part of a 3-week in-store fundraising campaign in support of local Red Cross disaster relief operations.
The objective? To create a presentable AND delicious meal, using non-perishable food items and bottled water. Of course, in a disaster, you wouldn't have hydro -- so no heat!
I was up against some stiff competition too, police chief Murray Rodd headed up one team, and MPP Jeff Leal was on the other. The home team were a couple of real sweet ladies who worked at Walmart. We also had the help of some Red Cross "chefs".
Photo from @PLCPS
While my dish was pretty freaking tasty -- a "cheesecake" concoction made with chocolate pudding, peanut butter, honey, fruit juice and a crushed almond and granola crust, topped with blueberry drizzle -- it wasn't enough to win the top spot.
It just didn't stack up against the 4-course meals my competitors were creating, but I'd like to think I was going for quality over quantity. And in a disaster, is time not of the essence?
Still, I could have done way better -- mine is above, on the right. The winning spread is on the left. Super impressive considering we only had half an hour.
I had time left over to tidy my workspace and read a book.
For more coverage on this event, click here. And to find out how you can help the Red Cross Canada disaster relief, click here.