Friday, 3 April 2020

Quarantine cuisine

By Mrs Robot 

I guess we’re not going to be able to avoid updating this blog while we’re on lockdown, eh? To be honest, being shut up at home isn’t having too detrimental effect on our diets. Because of how we shop – milk from the milkman, organic vegbox from Riverford, meat, fish and cheese from Walter Rose – we haven’t yet encountered any difficulties in getting our usual fresh foods, and our diet is so varied we already had various rices, pastas and noodles in the cupboard. (Incidentally, Walter Rose is now doing veg deliveries as well as meat, across the south of England and into London, so they’re well worth taking a look at, or you can try looking round your own local small shops if you're having trouble finding what you need in the large ones.)

I’ve been really grateful for having a well-stocked spice and condiments cupboard, because making decent food has become an important part of daily life. Stepping away from our computers (we’re both currently still working full time from home) and making something is a good brain-refresher; plating it nicely and taking care with presentation reminds us we’re not just existing, we’re still living.

And so I made scones during one lunchbreak. Another time, I grabbed my usual salad ingredients, and instead of just bunging them all into a bowl, added some rice noodles and a lime/fish-sauce dressing to make something much fancier-tasting, and presented it all nicely on a plate. I charred aubergines during one lunchbreak, then left them in a plastic tub in the fridge to drain, and turned them into baba ganoush with home-made roti a couple of days later. I’d been meaning to make baba ganoush for ages, and being shut up at home gave me the kick up the bum I needed to get on with it.

We do have foods in the freezer in case we both get ill at once and neither of us can cook. For now, we’re focussing on eating well, with a decent quantity of fresh veg, to stay healthy. I hope you stay healthy too! Have you tried anything new, or made anything you're especially proud of?

1 comment:

  1. It all looks delicious.
    I'm cooking 3 meals a day for the boys and living on jam sandwiches myself. I just can't eat when I'm stressed. Have been working on my bread baking and made a beautiful sesame semolina loaf. I could see doing that one regularly.