cooking during the pandemic
I’m lucky during the COVID 19 lockdown to live with one of my best friends, Rob. He’s been working from home since January. I’m now working from home for the duration of the pandemic. During the day, he works in the office upstairs, I work in my office downstairs (set up in the kitchen) and we come together for dinner and binging after dinner. (Binging TV! Not drinks… or, well…)
Rob says cooking is my ‘Happy Place” and I guess he’s right. Cooking stresses some people out but it de-stresses me. After a long day, to make a martini and cook a great meal relaxes me entirely. Hell, it relaxes me even without the martini! The kitchen and food were always a comfort for me growing up. A safe space, if you will, to use a modern phrase. I guess that just continued into my adult life.
I also learned to cook because I love to eat. I remember realizing in High School that when I went to college, I wouldn’t be able to keep eating all the wonderful food my mom and grandmothers prepared. So I decided to learn how to cook their food before I graduated so I could make the food in college. I’ve been cooking ever since.
Additionally, my mind is on constant overdrive, I can’t turn it off, which is one of the reasons I don’t sleep much. Cooking is one of two things I’ve found (painting is the other) that clears my head of anything but the process. When I cook, all that shit rattling around in my head goes away, for a time. It’s a balm. And so, in this incredible and difficult time, I’ve been cooking like crazy.
If you click over to the Facebook Page, I’ve been posting photos and recipes of the dinners I’ve been cooking. I’m going to continue to do more frequent posts there, particularly of other chefs’ recipes I’m trying, while I’ll also post my own inventions here.
In the meantime, I’ll give you a couple of recent favorites. There are also some killer recipes upcoming here as the lockdown continues! So stay tuned and if you haven’t subscribed, sign up! You will not get pelted with emails, promise.
A book I’ve been cooking through that is terrific is Alison Roman’s Nothing Fancy. I’ve tried a lot from this book, including a killer dip I love, and I highly recommend her book.
Here is a dinner I made from Nothing Fancy, her salmon and green beans:
This is the best salmon I’ve ever eaten. Made with lemon, red onion and brown butter, it is ridiculously simple and divine. I’m linking to Stacy Snacks wonderful food blog for the recipe:
Alison Roman’s Buttered Salmon with Lemon and Red Onion
Her green beans were also a revelation:
Alison Roman’s Mustardy Green Beans with Anchovyed Walnuts
Another dinner was my Mushroom “Farroto” (risotto made with farro), with a light salad and creamed kale:
These are easy dishes that are fairly healthy and very comforting.
You can find the recipe for the Mushroom Farotto here:
You can find the Creamed Kale recipe here:
And for the salad, simply use mixed greens and my vinaigrette, which you should be making all the time ; )
So! Keep in touch on the FB page for fun stuff during the week, and once or twice a week my goal is to post some new inventions and discoveries here. As always, let me know what you think… and what you are cooking!
Blessings in this unbelievable time.
2 thoughts on “Lockdown Dinners”
What a treat to read your words during such a miserable
Thank you, Ann! And what a treat to hear from you. Blessings to you!!