We are slowly starting to get out of lockdown. Over here restaurants and cinemas are opening again on Monday (max 30 guests), and schools will run normal again a week after. The Husband and I have been back at work for two weeks now, which is great. Seeing as we don’t have a social life or ever go out, things are pretty much back to normal for us now. Which also means we finally have an income again.
We got some financial compensation during the two months we were at home. Together with our last savings it was just enough to get by, and we wouldn’t have made it through another month. Luckily we have just been informed our salary will be going back to normal, and that we don’t have to work the compensated hours back after all. There is a big chance The Husband will get fired though, but at the moment we can’t be bothered to worry about that anymore.
The fact that we just got by meant that food turned quite basic, and I stopped recording it for these posts. We actually received an invite from the foodbank. Luckily we weren’t that desperate just yet. We also gave up on alcohol and most snacks… yes I lost quite a bit of weight during lockdown. Which is all back on again now…
But obviously I did take some pictures (mainly towards the end when we had a bit more security), otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this post. So here are some things we ate during lockdown.
Pasta… We were quite lucky that the week before lockdown it was ‘vegetarian week’, so we had packed our freezer full on discount. Including bacon bits, which we had in a mushroom sauce with broccoli. I also made a pesto with frozen spinach instead of basil and some walnut I still had in the cupboard instead of pinenuts. And we got ourselves quite a bit of soymilk because it was cheap so we had plenty of bechamel sauces (it was a great day when we had lasagna, but I couldn’t get a decent pic of that).
What else can you make with (soy)milk and flour? Right, pancakes. We like to have them with a spiced mince and onion thing, but chocolatespread, fruit and yoghurt, or just sugar was great as well. We still had some vegan shoarma, so I mixed up a garlic sauce and it was yummy. The leftover salad we had from that was eaten with ovenfries and a patty I made from the cauliflower stem, chickpeas and a bunch of spices.
It is fairly easy to make a decent curry with very little… so I made a basic dahl, and a chickpea peanutbutter curry with roasted broccoli. And on special request from The Husband I had a go at ramen, with some fake chicken, mushrooms and snow peas (?).
So… I developed a bit of a weak for mexican (inspired) food. So we ate quite a few varieties of wraps with roasted pepper, refried beans, guac and corn. Also, we made pizza from scratch with spiced ‘mince’, corn, jalapenos, pepper, onion, ‘cheese’ and ‘creme fraîche’.
And lastly two meals that took me a while to make (which was fine cause I really do enjoy cooking, and I made some good progress in my audiobooks whilst making these). Firstly this extremely yummy courgette pie. It is puff pastry, filled with a mixture of ‘creme fraiche’, hummus, peas, lemon juice and breadcrumbs, topped with thinly sliced courgette. I still had some nori sheets and sushi rice in the cupboard, so I decided to make sushi for the first time. I opted for temaki because it looked easier and we don’t have one of those rolling mats. I filled them with cucumber, carrot, pepper, avo, mayo and hoisin sauce, and they tasted Great.
So those are some things we ate in the last two months. I was very lucky to have a well stocked spice drawer and pantry (which is running quite low now), so we never really had a boring meal (even the basic spaghetti with tomatosauce and lentils turned out pretty great).