Sunday, December 15, 2013

Update from Newmachar, Scotland: Mince and Tatties

Reports of the existence of survivors (and surviving cities and towns) all over the world have finally begun to reach the United States. Although losses have been devastating throughout Europe; from all unconfirmed accounts, large remnants of survivors in ancient communities have weathered the worst of the outbreaks and are beginning to rebuild.

We have received word from survivor Mark Stalker, that the village of Newmachar in the north-east of Scotland, within Aberdeenshire local authority, has not only survived the outbreak; but managed to create a stronghold that is welcoming to strangers.

The Kingdom of Scotland became united in the 9th century; bringing an end to the long-held hostilities that had plagued them. The modern-day Scots; descendants of those having done battle with marauding Vikings and Anglo-Norman barons, were not to be crushed by any mere Zombie Outbreak. They regained control quickly and have been able to maintain a safe haven despite the continuing threat to the human race.

In honor of the fascinating history of the Scottish people (and the industrious village of Newmachar), we present Mince and Tatties. Mince and Tatties is a favorite dish in Scotland. Traditionally prepared with minced steak, you may substitute venison. If you don't have a hunter in your group, we've used TVP with excellent results. Likewise, fresh potatoes will be superior over canned; but you certainly won't be disappointed in the canned version either.

While simple to prepare, this dish is anything but plain. The comforting flavors and hearty texture will remind you that wherever you are; you have friends in Scotland and indeed, all over the world.

Make the effort to prepare this Scottish national favorite. Eat it with those you love and raise a glass to the future; to 2014 and remember that the best is yet to come.

Dico tibi verum libertas optima rerum nunquam servili sub nexu vivito fili.

Mince and Tatties

1 1/2 cups water
1 medium onion, very finely chopped or 2 Tbsp. Minced, Dried Onion
1 cup TVP
1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Dried Thyme
1/2 tsp. Dried Rosemary
1 Tbsp. Dried Oregano
1 envelope Brown Gravy Mix
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
Kosher Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Combine the water and chopped onion (or minced dried onion) in heavy saucepan over high heat or very hot campfire coals. Bring to a boil and stir in the TVP all at once and mix well. 

Warm gently until TVP swells and softens, stirring frequently to avoid scorching. Allow to cook for 5 to 10 minutes until the TVP is the consistency of ground beef. The mixture will be very wet. Stir in the garlic, all of the spices, Brown Gravy mix and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well and continue to simmer until the mixture thickens. Taste for seasonings and add sea salt and pepper if desired.

Serve with "Tatties" (mashed potatoes), Glazed Carrots and "Buttered" Peas.

1 large can potatoes, drained well and patted dry
2 fresh Russet (or yellow) potatoes, peeled and boiled until tender
2 tsp Butter Flavored Sprinkles
2-4 Tbsp. Almond, Soy or Dairy Milk
Kosher Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

In a small, heavy saucepan, combine potatoes, butter flavored sprinkles and soy, almond or dairy milk. Warm gently over medium heat or medium-hot coals and mash with a potato masher. Add more milk as needed until all lumps are gone and tatties are the desired texture. Taste for seasonings and add sea salt and pepper if desired.

Glazed Carrots:
1 can carrots, drained well and patted dry
1-2 Tbsp. Sugar or Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Butter-flavored sprinkles
1 Tbsp. Almond, Soy or Dairy Milk
Kosher Sea Salt to taste

In a small, heavy saucepan, combine carrots, sugar, butter flavored sprinkles and soy, almond or dairy milk. Warm gently over medium heat or medium-hot coals and stir until sugar is dissolved, adding more milk if needed. Taste for seasonings and add sea salt if desired.

"Buttered" Peas:
1 can Sweet Peas, drained well and patted dry
2 tsp. Butter-flavored sprinkles
2 tsp olive oil

In a small, heavy saucepan, combine peas, butter flavored sprinkles and oil. Warm gently over medium heat or medium-hot coals and stir until butter-flavored sprinkles are dissolved. Taste for seasonings and add sea salt if desired.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Update from the Field: Toll House Pie

Survivors in Georgia have at last confirmed the existence of a violent walled community in Coweta County. Although it appeared to have been a stable and fortified community at one time, the outer walls had been breached and the only buildings that remained standing had been burned by marauders.

Despite reports of a self-proclaimed "governor" in command of the community; no sign of any survivors, nor evidence of an "army" could be found.

As a reminder, all survivors in the United States should be aware that any locally formed militias are not acting on the authority of the Federal government or the President of the United States. 

Almost a year ago, a local group of Survivors in Charleston, South Carolina reached out to reveal their location to us. We confirmed recently that they are still alive and well and not only surviving…but thriving.

They kindly shared their recipe for Toll House pie; a classic Nestle recipe that appeared in the TV Guide. Although TV as we knew it may be no more; the sweet moments we each shared together while watching with those we loved won't ever end.

Share this pie with the ones you love and recall friends long past; moments good and bad; and always remember that the love you take is equal to the love you make.

SuperKerri…May your 2014 be as super as you are!

Toll House Pie

1/2 cup Flour
1 cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 cup Butter-flavored shortening
Powdered Eggs, reconstituted with water to equal 2 Fresh Eggs
6 ounces chocolate chips

1 1/3 cup plus 3 Tablespoons Flour
3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Butter-flavored shortening, melted
6 Tbsp. Water

This recipe really must be made in a traditional oven or campfire style oven, as the filling has a tendency to be very moist and needs to be baked at a constant temperature. Preheat oven to 325° while preparing the crust and filling.

For the Crust:
In a glass or metal pie pan, combine the flour, sugar, melted shortening and water. Blend together with clean fingers until combined. Pat carefully into pie pan, forming into a crust. It will not be attractive but make the effort to pat as evenly as possible to ensure even baking.

Bake in preheated oven or campfire oven for 20 minutes. Let rest while you prepare the filling.

For the Filling:
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, shortening, powdered eggs. Stir well until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips until well blended. Pour filling into pre-baked crust and bake for 1 hour. 

Allow to cool for 15 minutes for easier cutting and serving. Wrap up the leftovers well in a sealed container or aluminum foil.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Internment: Spaghetti Tuesday

Hershel Greene bravely cares for the sick and dying members of the Group. He refuses to give up hope, even in the face of grave danger.

Although Sasha and Glenn are sick themselves, Hershel enlists their aid and the three of them tend to the needs of those most desperately ill. When a patient is lost in death, Hershel will not allow anyone to witness the destruction of the body; insisting that "a sad soul can kill quicker than a germ."

His relentless spirit of optimism literally keeps them all alive throughout the night.

Rick returns at last and reveals the unthinkable to Maggie. It was Carol who was responsible for the murders of Karen and David. He also reveals that he left her behind during the supply run. She is alive. But very much alone.

Maggie is stunned but agrees not to share the news with the Group until Rick can discuss it with Hershel. Maggie warns Rick that the fences will not hold as Rick takes his precious packages inside the prison. 

Rick has brought back fresh vegetables and food as well as over-the-counter medications to last the Group until Michonne and the others return. Hershel continues to care for the sick even as Glenn and Sasha collapse from the effects of the virus.

Thanks to his father, Carl has food to prepare (including fresh tomatoes) for those in quarantine. Hershel had joked earlier to Sasha and Glenn that he wanted to have Spaghetti Tuesday…on Wednesday.

Spaghetti is a nutritious staple to keep on hand; especially if you can scavenge whole wheat spaghetti. When topped with seasoned fresh tomatoes, it becomes even more special…because it then becomes Spaghetti Tuesday.

The Group had an herb garden, with fresh basil that was still intact. If you cannot grow or scavenge fresh basil, then dried basil will work well also. If your fresh (or canned) tomatoes are not sweet, feel free to add a bit of sugar along with the other seasonings.

And when the dead rise; you can have Spaghetti Tuesday any day of the week you wish!

Spaghetti Tuesday

1 pound spaghetti
6-8 ripe Tomatoes, chopped
2-3 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
Fresh Basil, chopped

1/2 tsp. Kosher Sea Salt (more to taste)
1-2 tsp. Sugar

Parmesan Cheese for serving

Chop tomatoes and place into a large mixing bowl. Add garlic and crushed red pepper. Add Kosher salt and stir well. Taste for seasonings and add more Kosher Salt if needed. If tomatoes are not sweet, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar and stir well. Allow tomato mixture to sit for at least 15 minutes while you prepare pasta. It's better if you let sit for 30 minutes (the flavors will develop and the salt will draw more liquid from the tomatoes). This step is critical.

Fill a large Dutch oven with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat or medium-hot campfire coals. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain well and top with fresh tomato sauce. Sprinkle with Fresh Basil and Parmesan Cheese. Serve immediately.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Indifference: Sun Dried Tomato and Chicken Stew

Daryl, Tyreese, Michonne and Bob have been forced to continue their mission on foot after a disastrous run-in with a Mega Herd. They make their way to a gas station and express-mart where they're able to hot wire a car and finally begin to make up lost time.

Bob confesses to Daryl that he has battled alcoholism and is reassured that he is no longer alone. They reach the veterinary college at last and split up to collect their desperately needed supplies. Once they reunite, Bob directs them to take additional antibiotics.

A small group of Walkers takes notice and they're forced to climb out a window to escape with their precious packages. Bob nearly falls to his death, yet seems more concerned with protecting his knapsack. Daryl discovers a bottle of liquor within the bag and the two men nearly come to blows.

After their escape, they locate a minivan and plan their return route. As they leave, Michonne promises them that she will no longer leave the prison to hunt for the Governor.

The drive back would have been long and tedious, requiring stops to scavenge gasoline. Hershel would have seen to it that they had something to eat on the road.

Sun dried tomatoes and chicken stew is an intensely flavored dish, thanks to dried herbs, broth and the concentrated flavor of the sun dried tomatoes. It requires almost no attention; simply stir up the ingredients and allow to simmer.

If you can scavenge fresh onions, it will taste even better; but minced, dried onions will still be delicious. A few cans of chicken meat boost the already substantial protein content provided by the Cannellini beans. When  your group wants something tasty and special…but nobody has the time to slave over the campfire…pull out the ingredients for this stew and knock their socks off.

And when the dead rise; don't take apricots (or peaches) from strangers.

Sun Dried Tomato and Chicken Stew

2 cans chicken meat, drained
1 large onion, peeled and diced (or 2 Tbsp. Dried, Minced Onion)
1 jar oil-packed Sun Dried Tomatoes, drained well and sliced
1 can artichokes, drained, rinsed and chopped
2 cans Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 quart Vegetable or Chicken Stock
1/2 tsp dried Rosemary
2 Bay leaves
2 tsp Italian Seasoning

Kosher Sea Salt
Ground Black Pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large Dutch oven. Heat over medium heat or medium-hot campfire coals. Allow to come to a simmer and partially cover. Simmer gently (stirring every once in awhile to prevent sticking) for 1 hour. You may need to add additional liquid (water) if the mixture becomes too thick.

Taste for seasoning and add Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste. Serve hot. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Isolation: Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese

The brutal murders of Karen and David have rocked the Group. Tyreese erupts in rage and sorrow and the resulting brawl ends in a sprained hand for Rick Grimes.

Hershel advises that they must isolate those showing symptoms to protect the most vulnerable of their Group. He believes that the veterinary college more than 50 miles away at West Peachtree Tech may still have medications that would help the victims of the infection. So Daryl, Tyreese, Michonne and Bob prepare to leave, while Carol and Glenn separate the group that were exposed in the initial attack on Cell Block D.

Sasha shows signs of illness and says a tearful goodbye to Tyreese; while Hershel and Carl trek into the woods to gather elderberries for a medicinal tea. Maggie urges her father to stay away from those infected but Hershel refuses, since this is the first time they have control over what they risk their lives for.

The threat facing the Group is unlike any other they have dealt with before. The battle ahead will not be won with cunning or force, but with time. Only the immune systems of those infected can do the fighting.

Those that stay behind can do little but provide supportive care to the sick members of their Group. Kind words, plenty of fluids and comfort food would be the best they could do.

The American favorite of Macaroni and Cheese is the ultimate in comfort food. Using pantry ingredients, our vision of this soothing dish is leagues ahead of the standard Kraft-brand style fare.

Careful use of cheese and aromatics push the flavor to new heights. Make this delicious meal when your group needs extra comfort.

And when the dead rise; don't cough in front of Carol.

Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese

1 pound box Macaroni

1 (10 oz) can Evaporated Milk
1 (16 oz) box Velveeta Queso Blanco, cubed
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 can Anchovies, drained
1 (8 oz) jar Sun Dried tomatoes, drained and chopped finely

1/2 tsp. Dried Basil
2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp. Red WIne Vinegar
1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg (optional)

2/3 cup Bread Crumbs
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 tsp. Dried Thyme
2 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese

Fill a large Dutch oven with water and bring to a boil over high heat or very hot campfire coals. Cook macaroni according to the package directions and drain well.

While macaroni cooks, mix the evaporated milk and the next in a large, heavy saucepan. Allow to heat gently over medium-high heat or very hot campfire coals until cheese and anchovies melt.

When the macaroni is drained, return to the Dutch oven and pour over cheese sauce. Mix well and set aside while you prepare crumb mixture. 

In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and the next three ingredients. Sprinkle over macaroni and serve immediately, making sure that each serving gets some of the breadcrumb mixture on top.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Infected: Five-Spice Lo Mein

The start of another morning at the prison finds Rick enjoying a moment of happiness with his baby daughter Judith. Beth takes over the care of the little girl so Rick and Carl can start their morning chores.

It is still quite early so the crews assigned to cull the Walker herds gathered at the fences have not started yet. 

The sound of gunfire inside the prison stuns those working outside. Rick, Carl, Daryl and those on guard quickly mobilize and storm D-Block. Impossibly, Walkers are inside the secure block and chaos has erupted. Children are screaming and the adults there have been caught completely off guard. When the Group finally regains control, at least a dozen of their own lay dead or dying.

Upon examining the bodies, they discover the start of it all was young Patrick, who simply died and turned during the night. The doctor among the group realizes that it was likely pneumococcal or an aggressive flu strain.

Whatever the origin, they now have to quarantine everyone. Hershel also insists that they get rid of all the pigs, as they can spread the disease further. Even burying the bodies must be done with masks and gloves to prevent infection.

The Group does not have a moment of rest. As they prepare the Death Row block to house those showing sings of illness, the prison's perimeter fences  begin to buckle under the weight of Walkers pressing inward.

The culling cannot be done fast enough and the fences threaten to collapse completely. Rick decides on a way to draw off Walkers and get rid of the infected pigs all at the same time. Driving the Jeep, Daryl leads the Walkers away as Rick rides in the trailer hitched behind it; dumping the pigs as they go. The plan works and the fences are saved. But the day has been catastrophic. Their friends lay dead and they may all be infected with a virus or infection that would have no treatment at all.

Despite their heartbreak, they still had to eat and eat fast. After carrying out the bodies, Hershel would make them eat something.

Canned tuna, pasta and some pantry seasonings combine perfectly to make Five-Spice Lo Mein. Since they had a small herb garden, they would also be able to use cilantro and spring onions. If you cannot scavenge these, you can substitute dried cilantro and chives. 

Spicy foods may even help your immune system do battle with viruses and bacteria. So feel free to use as much sambal oelek as you wish. If you cannot find this spicy condiment, feel free to experiment with cayenne pepper.

And when the dead rise; never take M&Ms from Michonne!

Five-Spice Lo Mein

1 large can Solid White Albacore Tuna (in water if you can find it)
4 T. Soy Sauce
2 T. Brown Sugar, Agave Syrup or Honey
1 1/2 tsp. Sambal Oelek
1 T. Chinese Five-Spice Powder
1 T. Garlic Powder (or minced fresh if you can find it)
1 T. dried Ginger (or grated fresh if you can find it)

1/2 to 1 pound fettuccine, linguini or other flat noodle

Scallions, chopped
Cilantro, chopped

Fill a large heavy stockpot with water and bring to a boil over high heat or hot campfire coals.  Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well.

While pasta cooks, combine drained tuna, soy sauce and the next five ingredients in a large cast iron skillet. Warm gently over medium heat or medium coals. When pasta is cooked and drained well, add to the skillet and toss gently to combine and heat. Toss with chopped scallions, spring onions or dried chives and fresh or dried cilantro and serve immediately.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

30 Days Without An Accident: Corn Fritters with Cherry Jam

Six months have passed since the Governor's attack. The Prison Group has thrived despite the constant threat from Walkers. Hershel Greene has instructed Rick Grimes in the art of working the land around the prison. Their hard work has off and soon, crops of tomatoes, corn, squash and cucumbers are ready to harvest. They even have a farrow of piglets as an additional food source.

To his horror, Daryl Dixon has become a minor celebrity among the grateful newcomers, including a doctor and families. He is greeted each morning like a star. A young man named Patrick in particular makes a special effort to show his gratitude.

Carol has taken on the huge task of instructing the children in self-defense. Remembering how unprepared her daughter Sophia was to survive; she makes sure even the most reluctant children attend and pay attention.

Glenn and Maggie struggle to have a "normal" relationship in the midst of all the sorrow. Tyreese and Sasha have proven their value, both as dedicated fighters and moral leaders. Tyreese has even won the heart of Karen, the lone survivor of the Woodbury Army Massacre. And Michonne continues to leave the prison at regular intervals in her quest to find and punish the Governor as well as find supplies for the Group.

Rick has chosen  to stop carrying a weapon and has asked that Carl do the same. His biggest fear is that Carl will become violent and never recover. One additional task that Rick does take on is leaving the prison to check the snares. He runs across a woman driven insane by the traumas she has endured. Watching in shock, Rick can do nothing as she takes her own life. He returns to the prison, even more determined than ever to protect his son from madness.

The Prison Group had a huge breakfast that morning. Carol and Patrick got an early start to make the meal together so the group would have fuel for their day. 

Corn Fritters, a Southern specialty would be fast to prepare and perfect to feed a large group. Although the corn crops would not be ready to harvest for a few more weeks, canned corn would work just fine. Served with cherry jam (or whatever flavor you find), corn fritters would also be a fin accompanyment with Daryl's leftover venison or whatever meat your group can scavenge.

And when the dead rise; don't hand out perfectly good sandwiches to total strangers without asking The Three Questions first!

Corn Fritters with Cherry Jam

1 3/4 cups Buttermilk baking mix
1/4 cup Cornmeal
Powdered Eggs to equal 2 fresh eggs
1 cup Almond Milk
2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 (14 oz) can Corn (drained very well)

Canola or Vegetable Oil
Cherry Jam

In a large bowl, combine buttermilk baking mix and the next 5 ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not over mix.

Heat 2 inches of oil in a very heavy skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat or medium campfire coals. Heat oil until temperature reaches 350°F. 

Drop the batter by a 1/4 cup measure into the hot fat. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes. Using a fork or metal tongs, flip fritter over and fry for an additional 1 minute. Remove from the oil using a slotted spoon and place on a towel to drain. Serve warm with melted cherry jam or any flavor you wish. Corn fritters may also be served with powdered sugar or maple syrup.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Welcome to the Tombs (part 3): Woodbury Slam

The next morning brings fresh hope along with the sunrise. The sound of Daryl's motorcycle and Rick's truck is music to the Group's ears.

Maggie and Glenn race to the gates to let them enter. The entire Group emerges from the prison and are surprised to see a bus at the rear of the caravan. Rick climbs out of his truck and confirms that the wrapped body in the bed of his truck belongs to Andrea; who died at the hands of the Governor himself. Michonne sits, understandably heartbroken in the cab.

Carol, Hershel, Beth, Maggie and Glenn all watch together as Tyreese and Sasha exit the bus. The two turn and begin assisting even more people as they disembark the bus. It is the entire group of Woodbury. 

The Governor would have been quite content to leave them all to die in the small unprotected town. But as Rick has finally realized…he is not the Governor. He is still the Sheriff's Deputy who has sworn to protect and serve. The end of civilization has done nothing to change that. 

As Tyreese and Sasha, flanked by the elderly and the very young (and their mothers) enter the prison, they are warmly welcomed by Hershel and Beth. No doubt the sight of dozens of  more mouths to feed would cause at least a moment of panic within the Group. But Michonne and Daryl planned ahead.

Along with all of Woodbury's people, the two practical-minded survivors would have cleaned out the town of all foodstuffs. They would have carefully directed the exodus to include all the provisions and supplies.

While their victory has come at a high price, it is still a victory. They are all together and there is great strength in numbers. The newcomers may not be battle-hardened soldiers but they can still assist in the fortification and upkeep of their prison home. Everyone has something to offer.

The safe return of Rick, Daryl and Michonne and the joining of their two Groups would require a celebratory meal.

Inspired by Denny's famous Grand Slam® breakfast, the Woodbury Slam highlights some of the state of Georgia's favorites.

Rolled Peaches and Cream Pancakes showcase Georgia's most famous and delicious crop and SPAM Barbecue features Georgia-style barbecue sauce. Scrambled Eggs with Chives (powdered of course) and Hash Browns with Rosemary Salt complete the meal and create a memorable moment for the new arrivals.

And when the dead rise; Fear No One. And Protect the Living.

Woodbury Slam

Rolled Pancakes with Peaches and Cream Filling:
1 1/4 cups Bisquick (Heart-Smart) Baking Mix
2 1/4 cups Evaporated Dairy, Almond or Soy Milk
Powdered Eggs Reconstituted with Water to Equal 3 Fresh Eggs
1/4 cup butter flavored shortening, melted if possible

In a large bowl, combine all pancake ingredients. Stir batter well with a wooden spoon until blended. If there are some lumps, that is fine; it does not have to be perfectly smooth.

Melt 1 tablespoon shortening in a cast iron skillet or heavy non-stick skillet over medium-hot coals or medium heat. Using a 1/4 cup measure, drop pancake batter into the center of preheated skillet. 

The batter is thin and will run, so tilt pan evenly around until a circle shape forms from the batter in the center of the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes on the first side. Using a rubber spatula (metal will work but rubber is better), flip pancake over very carefully. The batter will create a very thin pancake so this may require a bit of practice on the first few. Cook another minute on the second side and then remove from pan. Repeat procedure with the remaining batter.

To assemble rolled pancakes, spread 2 Tablespoons of the Peaches and Cream Filling onto each pancake (do not spread closer than 1/2 inch to the edge of the pancake). Roll up carefully and place seam side down on plate. Top with optional melted peach preserves if desired. Serve with SPAM Barbecue, Hash Browns with Rosemary Salt, and Eggs.

Peaches and Cream Filling:
2 jars Kraft Pineapple Spread
1 can Peaches, drained

Drain peaches well and mince into small cubes with a sharp knife. Combine with the Pineapple Spread in a medium sized bowl and stir well until blended.

Additional Topping (optional):
1 jar Peach Preserves (melted)

SPAM with Georgia Barbecue Sauce:
1/4 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup Mustard
1/2 cup Vinegar (Apple Cider if you can find it but any kind will work)
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
2 tsp. Garlic Powder
3 Tbsp. Sugar
2 cans SPAM (sliced 1/4" thick)

In a small bowl, combine ketchup, mustard, vinegar, cayenne pepper, garlic and sugar. Mix well. 

Place SPAM slices in a flat dish (like a pie pan) and pour over barbecue sauce. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes. Grill over medium-hot coals for 2-3 minutes on each side or until hot and grill marks appear.

Hash Browns with Rosemary Salt:
2 cans Potatoes, drained VERY well and grated
Olive Oil, for sautéing

1/2 tsp. dried Rosemary
1/2 tsp Sea Salt

In a small bowl, combine rosemary and salt. Use the back of a small spoon to grind the mixture together to release the oils from the rosemary into the salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix grated potatoes with salt and rosemary mixture to taste. Pat mixture into small, flat patties (about 4 inches in diameter) and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil, over medium heat or medium coals. Cook grated potato patties in hot fat for 4 minutes on each side (or until golden brown and crisped). When all of the potato mixture is cooked, set aside (wrapped well to keep warm).

For the Scrambled Eggs:
Powdered Eggs reconstituted with water according to package directions

In the same skillet used for the hash browns, (over medium heat or coals), melt a tablespoon of shortening. Pour in powdered/reconstituted eggs, along with 1 Tablespoon of Chives, and scramble lightly using a wooden spoon or spatula. Scramble eggs until softly set. Remove from heat onto a warmed plate and cover to keep warm.