The aftermath of hurricane Sandy has (so far) been a very humbling experience. Although we did not go through the horrible personal and material loss that many of our fellow Staten Islanders, we were without power for three days (it was restored minutes before I began writing this post) and are still unable to get to our jobs.
A short walk around the island’s low-lying areas after the storm gave us perspective of how bad things were. Our local supermarket was completely flooded and they lost their entire inventory. A tanker that was anchored a mile away washed up close to the Staten Island home port, and the Staten Island Railway – whose depot just happens to be very close to the shore – Countless trees were downed and power and telephone posts ripped from their foundations by the sheer brutality of the winds. Renata and I were fortunate to live on top of one of Staten Island’s many hills, so we were spared by any rising waters or storm surges.
As we walked along what used to be the north shore SIR right-of-way and assessed the damage to our streets, we saw an injured adult deer that was unable to get up because its legs were broken. I have no idea how it got there in the first place (we do have a reasonably large deer population here but they don’t always roam more populated areas). Some onlookers were snapping photos of the poor animal, and from what we could find out animal control was called in to help it.
On the second day of the power outage I decided to throw out all our perishables – cold cuts, cheese and turkey sausages we had purchased before the hurricane hit. I had moved everything to the freezer and kept it closed as long as I could, but after 48 hours I could no longer keep anything. I still have various vegetables and lots of canned foods, so for dinner I will be making some pasta with tuna and broccoli…
Penne with tuna and broccoli
½ package penne
1 can of tuna in water
2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 can chopped tomatoes (14 oz.)
1 bunch fresh broccoli florets, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat a medium pot with salted water to a boil and add broccoli. Boil until softened, about 5-8 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and reserve. Add pasta to same water and cook according to package instructions, and reserve 1 cup cooking water. In the meantime, sauté garlic and onions in 1 tbsp. olive oil until softened. Add chopped salt, pepper, tomatoes, broccoli, tuna, dried oregano and sauté until heated through. Toss with cooked pasta and serve with a drizzle of remaining raw olive oil.