The COVID-19 pandemic has shown some positive sides throughout the whole chaos, as many people have been taking the opportunity to explore what they can do with their newfound free time. Some have been brushing up on their skills, others are learning new things, and some are just taking the chance to catch up on a backlog of media. And for others, the kitchen is the main place of interest during these tough times. So what’s everyone doing, and what options do you have that you might want to consider?
Back to the Roots
In the current situation, there’s hardly a better time to give a chance to a more classic diet that brings you back to your roots, instead of continuing to stuff yourself full of processed foods on a regular basis. Surprisingly, many people are ignoring the fruits and veggies sections at stores, focusing primarily on disinfectants and toilet paper. So go crazy and try to integrate this type of food into your life as much as you can!
Nothing can top that feeling on making certain dishes just like your mom or grandma used to. Believe us, as soon as you take a bit, you will be immediately transported to the most precious time of your life –childhood. What’s more, provide your kids with the opportunity to enjoy the same meals or desserts that you did years ago.
Try Something Complicated
And if you’re the avid cook type, you might want to take the chance to try something new and complicated that you never thought would be in your scope. Even something like General Tso’s Chicken doesn’t have to be too complicated if you break it down into simple steps. There is no shortage of guides about these complex recipes out there – and more – so you should definitely see what you can whip up! There are lots of cooking communities online that can be very friendly to newcomers, so you should look around to see if you can join one.
Making Permanent Changes to Your Regime
This is also a good chance to think about making some more lasting changes to your current situation. There’s a lot that the average person can generally do to make themselves eat healthier and control their habits better. And it’s a good idea to start thinking about this right now. It can take some time to build up the right kinds of habits, and you should give yourself plenty of free room for failing comfortably. This is a good opportunity to make some permanent changes in your kitchen, and you should not let it go to waste. If you’re having trouble, remember that the internet is full of useful information on the subject. It might seem complicated at first, but as long as you’re persistent, this will have a very positive effect on your life in the long run.
Cook with your family
Many people would say that the only good thing about the quarantine is that is has forced people to slow down and spend more time doing things they enjoy with their families. We cannot really argue with that. Not only do you not have numerous work-related tasks that you need to complete every day, but your kids are out of school which means that you have a lot of time on your hand. So why not spend it doing something both fun and practical.
Do you have a favorite dish? Why not make it together with your kids? What is their favorite dessert that they don’t get to have too often? Have fun in the kitchen preparing it and then enjoy it together while watching your favorite family movie.
This is a perfect time for making new family memories. In 5 or 10 years the children won’t remember this pandemic, but instead, they are going to cherish memories of making their favorite cake or cookies and having a blast with their parents.
Maybe cooking is your new hobby
Surely you know that a lot of people out there find cooking relaxing. Many moms would say that they love it because not only is it the only time they can enjoy some peace and quiet but also because they have to opportunity to experiment or even create something completely new.
Yes, we have already mentioned that part about experimenting in the kitchen when it comes to preparing some complex meals, but why wouldn’t you try to make something of your own? Yes, we know, for many of us cooking seems like an impossible task, but when you actually think about it, if one was to try and use just a little bit of creativity, they can actually create something delicious.
You can read online to learn some basic rules about mixing different flavors, and you are ready to start. Start at the beginning and combine ingredients. The reality is that you can never know if you are on the right path until you finish the meal and taste it. Plus, some would even tell you that one can never go wrong. Who knows, maybe when this quarantine passes, you will become a top chef and starting cooking interesting meals every day. Put on your favorite playlist, unwind and forget about current events for at least an hour.
And in case you need inspiration
In the end, remember that this is temporary. And while many people are waiting for the situation to pass, others are doing interesting things with their lives. There’s a lot you can do there, especially on the culinary front. Don’t let this opportunity go to waste as we said above! It will take a while until you’re fully adjusted to those changes, but once you’re there, you’ll never want to look back in the future at all.