Victims of Hurricane Sandy have been cleaning out their fridges, getting creative with their leftovers and posting their storm and post-storm meals on photo-sharing sites like Instagram.
Viral trend-tracking site BuzzFeed has curated dozens of #stormfood images from Instagram and Extragram, where users are uploading pics of their hurricane-themed meals like a ‘meat cyclone’ snack made with cold cuts; or peanut butter, jelly and pickle sandwiches; and random food pairings like ramen with hot sauce and honey cheese curls.
Some have also gone into survivalist mode, pulling out astronaut fare like freeze-dried strawberries from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and ‘stuff in packets’ like energy packs, gels and shots, honey and peanut butter.
For those with power, crisis mode spurred home cooks to whip up comfort foods like cakes, puddings and other desserts, some of which were supersized. There was a triple-decker monster cake slathered in chocolate and sprinkles, a cake crowned with Kit Kat sticks and topped with M&Ms, and a blue-iced hurricane cake which was baked during the storm. In their slideshow, nary a vegetable is seen. Instead, survivors are tucking into rib-sticking old standbys like macaroni and cheese with hot dog wieners and ketchup; peanut butter, jelly, Marshmallow Fluff spread and chocolate sandwiches; or cleaning out the contents of their fridge with plates groaning with everything from sushi, macaroni and cheese, egg rolls, beans and dumplings.
In one particular act of self-preservation, one survivor builds what they call a raw, cookie dough cake, “cause the oven ain’t working.”