I love cooking. The smells, the flavour and of course, the nutrition – it just makes me happy! And one thing that I’m thankful for during this quarantine is that I get to spend a bit more time in the kitchen.
Okay, don’t get me wrong, sometimes I’m just not up to cooking and it’s more convenient to throw something in the oven, but spending more time at home means that I get to improve my already high standards (sounds of the trumpet! – Hehe).
So before I can even think about whipping up some goodness in my quarantine kitchen, I need ingredients. Some of you, like me, have walked up and down the aisles of the supermarkets, scrounging for what’s left on the shelves. It’s like playing hide and seek with the eggs – come out, come out wherever you are?! No? Okay then, next item on the list.
Speaking of shopping, it’s always a good idea to have a few tinned, canned and dry ingredients in your cupboards and because we really don’t have an idea how long this lockdown might last, staple ingredients are essential, especially if you’re working within a budget.
I usually like to have a good supply of fresh fruit and veg but making limited visits to the supermarkets means I’ve had to buy some frozen food too. I like freezing fresh ingredients like carrots, broccoli, ginger, sweetcorn and to be honest, it tastes just as good.
Everyone needs a good pick-me-up especially as we’re spending more time at home and maybe tempted to snack more often. Now would be a good time to exercise self-control but I’ll tell you something for nothing: my guilty pleasure for snacks is cakes and biscuits – mmm.
I know, we really shouldn’t! Well, all in moderation and if you must, make sure you have enough of the basics like flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs (that is, if you can spot these on the shelves in the supermarkets).
We don’t want to end this quarantine journey with too many extra pounds around the waist though, so go easy!
My kids and I love baking and especially using up ripe bananas to make banana bread, banana muffins, banana fritters or banana smoothies! Maybe we’re not eating from our banana bunch quickly enough and definitely with the weather getting warmer, I’m finding that our fruit bowl ends up full of ripe bananas.
Here’s a sneak peek of some of the tasty treats that we put together in our quarantine kitchen.
So, if you’ve been cooking up a storm, bulk freezing is a good idea, at least that way, you won’t have to worry about cooking every day and you have enough to choose from when you’re not sure what to have for dinner.
Whatever’s going down in your quarantine kitchen, enjoy it!
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely weekend.