Lockdown recipe ideas and my top 8 stay at home tips

 

It’s week three of self isolation for my family not to mention one week into South Africa’s lockdown, and it felt wrong to just put out another recipe without acknowledging the strange and unsettling situation that we all find ourselves in right now. So for this post I’m doing something a little different and sharing not only some recipe inspiration but some thoughts on how we’re managing at home, and our new routine. Please feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear how you’re doing!

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Easy chickpea wraps

 

Wow, what interesting and crazy times we are living in! A few days ago I had no idea that this week our little family would be hunkering down at home together (with schools closed and supermarkets cleaned out) and the prospect of another few weeks at home ahead of us. Being in the kitchen is particularly comforting at times of uncertainty like this, and to be able to sit down as a family each evening and enjoy a home cooked meal is a blessing. Over the next few weeks we’ll be doing a lot of that, and I guess that’s just one of the silver linings to a harrowing situation.

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Quick creamy chicken pesto pasta

 

This week’s recipe doubles up as a quick midweek supper or a delicious lunch! I’ve used a zesty homemade basil pesto in this pasta dish along with sautéed chicken, cherry tomatoes and not forgetting the all important parmesan. This speedy meal is easy, filling and full of flavour.

 

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Mini roasted veggie phyllo parcels

 

Today’s recipe is an updated version of a dish I put together six years ago and is a delight for all the veggie lovers out there – crispy phyllo pastry parcels filled with roasted veggies and topped with sesame seeds! Serve them as a starter, a side dish or even as the main event!

 

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Aubergine parmigiana

Aubergine parmigiana

 

An oldie but a goodie, aubergine parmigiana is a scrumptious side dish that I absolutely love. This is classic comfort food that’s perfect for serving to a crowd alongside a main meal, (although I’ll happily enjoy it for lunch with a fresh side salad too).

 

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Leek fritters

 

Yotam Ottolenghi’s “Plenty” contains a wealth of vegetarian recipes and is a fantastic resource not only for vegetarians but for those wanting to include more veggies in their diets. Stuffed inside my copy of the book is a piece of paper on which I’ve scrawled the names of the recipes I want to try out first… needless to say the list is rather long! These delicious leek fritters are from the “Funny Onions” chapter.

 

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Chicken tortilla pinwheels (with video)

 

Roll on school holidays! We’re nearly there but with another two weeks or so to go (not that I’m counting) I wanted to share this tasty and nutritious lunch box filler. These chicken and sweetcorn tortilla pinwheels can be made ahead of time and make a great alternative to the usual sarmies.

 

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