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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Easy dukkah

 

There is something so enticing about this particular blend of nuts, seeds and spices that makes me want to sprinkle Egyptian dukkah on just about everything! Dukkah is one of those things that I just have to have in my pantry, and because it’s so quick and easy to put together there really is no excuse not to make it myself.

 

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Vegan chocolate caramel tart

Vegan chocolate and caramel dessert recipe

 

A few weeks ago I was challenged by Nicolas over at Blogtastic Food to create a fabulous vegan dessert as part of a blogger recipe collaboration. The idea was inspired by this recipe for vegan lemon meringue pie which Nicolas put together recently, and he had the idea to challenge other food bloggers to get creative (vegan style!) and do the same. And that is how this vegan chocolate caramel tart came about.

 

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Eat Like A Local: My vegan food tour experience

Street food koeksisters in the Bo Kaap.

 

Hello foodies! Whether you are a Capetonian or planning a visit to our beautiful city in the future this is one experience you definitely need to know about! I was recently invited to join a vegan food tour around Cape Town’s CBD, and after seeing some of the photos from previous tours on social media I could not wait to try it out for myself.

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Roasted tomato soup with red pepper and basil (vegan)

Vegan tomato and basil soup recipe

 

It’s soup season and right on cue the kiddies and I have all come down with horrible colds! Whether you are needing some wholesome sustenance or a hot bowl of goodness to chase away the chills (or the germs!), this vegan tomato and red pepper soup with fresh basil is bound to do the trick.

 

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Date, seed and nut muesli bars (with video)

Refined sugar free granola bars with oats and honey

 

I love a good, nourishing snack recipe, and while I often turn to date balls as my go-to home made snack (side note – I cannot believe how tiny Miss M. looks in the photographs in that post!) I love trying out new combinations and recipes using my favourite healthy ingredients. I tend to keep my cupboard stocked with dates and a collection of various nuts and seeds, along with my essentials – oats and honey, so I decided to mix them all together in this delicious muesli bar recipe.

 

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Strawberry and banana smoothie bowl (with video)

Strawberry and banana smoothie recipe.

 

The bowl food trend seems to be going strong and it’s not hard to see why. They are easy to prepare, you can personalise them with all your favourite ingredients and, whether sweet or savoury they are usually brimming with colour and goodness. Today’s strawberry and banana smoothie bowl recipe is no exception and ticks all the boxes – simple, beautiful to look at, healthy and delicious too!

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