Panicking youngsters put to shame

BUNDABERG QCWA ladies have confirmed what many already know - that younger generations do not have the skills to get through a disaster.

In the wake of panic buying and empty supermarket shelves in the city after just a couple of days without restocking, the dedicated group has continued its production of food donations unabated.

“Years ago, you would have the essentials in the pantry,” QCWA Hinkler president Shirley Baldwin said.

“If anything happened you were prepared and didn't need to panic.

“Today everything is different and with shops open until late, no one plans ahead.”

Kathleen Moores recalls a conversation overheard in her local supermarket.

“Two girls were talking over which tea to buy (loose or bags),” she said.

“One girl said she had to get teabags because she didn't know how to make tea with a pot.”

Mrs Moores remembers all too well what it was really like to live on rations during World War II.

“If there was a hole in your shoe, to fix it you had to put a bit of newspaper on the bottom,” she said.

“You don't miss what you never had – everyone was the same.”

Maria Spessa also believes the secret to survival during difficult times is in the planning.

“The younger generations are not used to fixing themselves,” Mrs Spessa said.

“In those days you looked after yourself and planned ahead.”

Meanwhile, the food was plentiful at the QCWA Hall on Quay Street yesterday morning, with packs piled with scones, cakes, sandwiches and salads, ready to be sent out to flood-affected residents and businesses.

“We are resilient, us ladies,” QCWA Bundaberg vice-president Pauline Curson said.

“Tomorrow, if there's no bread it won't be an issue.

“We can make meals with what's available.”



Have a stocked pantry.

Use up all your leftovers. Chop everything up and make fritters.

When fruit starts to brown, freeze everything in its skin and use at a later date for cakes and fruit breads.

Valda’s Fritters:

Self-raising flour


Pinch of salt

Egg (if you have)

AND anything you can get your hands on. (corned beef, ham, onion, tomatoes, pumpkin – whatever you have in the fridge).

Combine flour, milk, salt and egg together. Add all other fritter ingredients (vegetables, meat etc) and mix well.

Shallow fry in heaped teaspoons.

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