The world as we know it is very much at a standstill right now, as we attempt to ‘turn the tide’ of Covid 19. It means that for now (and the foreseeable future) we all have to accept this new ‘normal’ and make the most out of the situation. Thankfully this can’t last forever, so it’s important to stay positive.
If you’re a food lover, there are a few things you could try during lockdown that allows you to indulge in your passion while learning new things and doing things a little differently too. Here are some ideas!
Learn to bake
Does your daily sweet treat get you through the day? Perhaps it’s a slice of cake with a hot drink in the afternoon, an 11am chocolate fix to get you through the morning or an indulgent dessert after dinner? We’re no longer in a position to pop out and pick up fresh croissants, cakes, donuts or other bakery items since they’re not considered essential. Even if you do manage to snap some up during your weekly shop, they’re never going to last more than a couple of days. Instead, why not use this time to learn how to bake? Flour, sugar, butter and eggs are pantry staples will last for months on end. Learn to bake cakes, cookies and whatever else you’ve been fancying- that way you can still enjoy your indulgence and the fact that you’ve made it yourself might make you savour it that bit more.
Get creative with meals
When you have access to whatever ingredients you want, cooking is easy. On a normal day you could have popped out and filled your trolley with all of the things you needed, but these days we all need to make do with what we already have in the house in between shopping trips. If you live in an area which has been affected by panic buying then you probably struggle getting much of anything and are having to cook meals with what you can get your hands on. Instead of seeing this as a huge annoyance, see it as a challenge. Use ingredients you might not normally have gone for, try different techniques and flavours, there are lots of recipes online as well as forums, facebook groups and more where you could ask people for advice. See it as a bit of a ‘Masterchef Mystery Box’ challenge where you have a few random ingredients and have to make something delicious out of them.
Have a dinner or cocktail party via video chat
One of the hardest things about quarantine/ lockdown is the lack of contact with friends and family. Thankfully we live in a world where we’re all so connected online, and the use of video calling is fast and easy. It’s become a new trend to have dinner parties, house parties and other kinds of meetups with loved ones this way. Whether it’s a full sit down dinner party, or you’re just enjoying a cup of smooth Kopi Luwak coffee while catching up in the morning. It’s a great way to stay in touch and stop yourself from going too stir crazy.