Have you ever thought about what a refugee eats while in a camp?
If you’re like me, it has probably never really crossed your mind.
So perhaps you’d be just as surprised to learn a week’s worth of their food fits within a 30cm x 30cm box. Inside is rice, chickpeas, lentils, sardines, red kidney beans, oil and some coupons for flour and more rice.
How can someone eat like that? Wouldn't they starve? Well, taking on Act For Peace's Refugee Ration Challenge, I was about to find out. All I ate for a week was the contents of this box, plus some flour and extra rice and some minor earned additions.
I can tell you one thing - they don't call it a challenge for nothing.
I decide to do some batch cooking in preparation for the week ahead. I look at the resource booklet for recipes and find they suggest hummus, flat bread, fried rice (which is really rice and sardines) a few lentil and rice dishes and something involving the red kidney beans.
Thank goodness I sponsored myself and earned a spice. I chose cumin, and I'm using it to make everything taste a bit less bland. I make a week's worth of patties out of the red kidney beans and some flour and then about three serves of fried rice.