Eating Well While Escaping From Zombies, Or How To Cook A Hot Meal On A Car’s Engine…

4 Nov

When you’re running for your life, trying to escape those pesky marauding zombies that are somehow everywhere all of a sudden, you don’t really have time to stop and cook. Yet, having your belly full of nice warm food will be a great morale-booster, so what do you do? Well, if you are fleeing in a motor vehicle, the answer is quite simple: use all the heat from your engine which is otherwise going to waste to cook a nice tasty meal. Now, you might this is a stupid idea, but it’s actually something that working drivers have been doing for as long as engines have been around. There’s even a book on the subject by Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller with the great title of ‘Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine!‘.

Once you’ve mastered the art of cooking while on the move, the question then becomes where do you get the food? Well, luckily the road might just be able to provide that too, in the shape of road kill. Now, when you think of road kill you’re probably thinking of some smelly, rotting scrap of flesh that’s been there for weeks, but think about it for a moment or two: when it was first killed, it was lovely and fresh, and would have made good eating.

Unlike many things on this blog, I can actually speak with some authority on this. Around where I live in Scotland, each year thousands of pheasants are released into the wild to boost numbers for shooting, but since they’ve been raised in captivity, the poor buggers have little road sense. This means at certain times of the year, there’s plenty of plump, fresh birds lying at the side of the road, just asking to get picked up and eaten. And in my student days, when funds were tight, a fair few of these found their way into my oven. After all, when you’re a student free food is free food no matter where it comes from!

Of course, you need to know what you’re doing if you’re going to eat road kill, but luckily there’s a book to help you with that too, and it’s called ‘The Original Road Kill Cookbook‘ by Buck Peterson.

So, as you can see, just because you’re life’s suddenly been turned upside down by the arrival of the undead, there’s no excuse for giving up on eating properly and starting to live off Twinkies. And if you’re really brave, maybe you could even try it before the world comes to an end. After all, whenever you’re on the road, a nice hot meal is just a small bump and a warm engine away!

Obviously, I’m not suggesting you should run anything down on purpose, but accidents do happen, and if they do you might as well make the most of it.



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From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

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