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    Posted July 8, 2014 by
    Eshkol Region, Israel
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    New violence in Israel and West Bank

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    War-time Cooking Tips


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     adeleraemer has lived on an Israeli kibbutz near the Gaza border since 1975 and has never considered leaving. She frequently writes about life in a conflict zone.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    War-time Cooking Tips


    Have you ever tried to cook dinner in a war zone?


    I have lived on a kibbutz for all of my adult life. Most of the time, especially while my kids were small, we had a wonderful dining room, so cooking never became my forte. The kids have grown, and I am often on my own, so I am still culinarily-challenged. Even more so when I try to cook soup and veggies while under fire.


    Here is what it looks like:


    Step one: Wash the veggies - hear red alert - run to the safe room.
    Wait to hear landing/s.
    Return to kitchen.


    Step two: Cut veggies (be especially careful with sharp knife, so as not to cut yourself if you are suddenly surprised by loud explosions of return tank fire)


    Step three: Fill pot with water and veggies.


    Step four: Turn on light. Cook for as long as possible.
    Hear red alert.
    Turn off light.
    Run to safe room.
    Wait for landing.


    Repeat step four as often as possible until veggies are soft and cooked.


    In between sprints, receive announcement from offspring that soup will not help him continue growing..... therefore, despite lateness of hour, boil up pot of water for noodles, roast seeds for salad and defrost, then fry, schnitzel. This is NOT something you should really try at home during war, since it multiplies the number of fires you need to remember to turn off when red-alert sounds again (at least twice).


    Do keep in mind that it can take up to four times as long as usual to cook anything under these circumstances. But then again, by the time you finish, your nerves are shot and you don’t have much of an appetite, anyway. Luckily, I was just trying to make the simplest of menus. Anything more complicated could have ended badly.


    Warning: The situation here in my home on the border of the Gaza Strip is really quite frightening. However, as a person who believes in the power of humor, I just had to see the “funny” side of this, as well. Unfortunately, taking into account the reports on TV and the noises outside my window, tomorrow I will probably be writing another, more serious piece.

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