Tomorrow is the day that Ration Challenge starts. A whole week when I’ll join 7,000 other Australians in showing solidarity for refugees by surviving on the same rations a Syrian refugee eats in a week.
I freaked out a little last night because I realised I hadn’t done anything practical to get ready. So this morning I did a little meal planning (on Excel, because that’s how I roll) and practised making flat bread (recipe below).
Ration Challenge is already helping refugees
Act for Peace has already been able to do an extra ration distribution thanks to the funds raised – $1.1 million and counting! Remember to click here to sponsor me online here if you have a few dollars to help out.
Syrian families are thrilled at both the gesture of support and the practical assistance. Just last week Fatima said:
“A big thank you to you for trying to feel what we feel. Thank you to the community eating the same as us. You know what we suffer…thank you for eating the rations as we do. Thank you so much” – Fatima
See her video message here:
My meal plan for the week
In case you were wondering, I’m planning to eat my first sardines on Wednesday.
How to make flat bread like a refugee
I’m not exactly a Masterchef so one of the bonuses of eating like a refugee is that there really aren’t many ingredients to contend with. Take this simple flatbread, for example…
1 cup flour
1/3 cup water
- Add the water to the flour, slowly mixing it in.
- Knead with hands for a few minutes.
- Take mixture out of the bowl and knead for a few more minutes, until it’s no longer sticky.
- Let it rest for 5 minutes or so.
- Divide into sections as desired, roll very thin.
- Fry in a medium heat pan with a little oil for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.