To curb the spread of COVID-19, after the WHO decreed this disease as a pandemic, many of the governments indicated that people must comply with mandatory social isolation and confinement. Because of this, people should stay in their homes and only go out when strictly necessary. This can be a bit difficult since we are used to working, shopping, recreation, among other things. However, we should not see quarantine as something negative as the time we spend in our homes can be very helpful. Do you want to know how? Pay attention to the following tips for experimenting in the kitchen during the lockdown.
The kitchen is a place where you can not only prepare recipes but also develop your creativity, relax, and take care of your health. Preparing your own food is a practice that is related to good eating habits and, if you have a family; it is also very useful to spend time together. In this way, we can see the kitchen as a multifunctional space in which we can carry out different activities that can be very beneficial. In this sense, the Silestone Institute recommends the following:
- Cook, find different recipes, prepare or improvise new dishes or try different flavors.
- Take advantage of the time you have to teach the little ones of the house to cook and adopt good hygiene and food safety habits.
- Make an aperitif or have a virtual coffee as a good way to share time with friends or family who are far away without having to leave home.
- Celebrate an anniversary or a meal online with family and friends.
- Enjoy playing or cooking with the little ones.
- Learn well to recycle and manage food to avoid waste.
- Order and organize the space to make it more comfortable and enjoyable.
- Listen to music and sing without complexes, including moments when you are in the kitchen.
It is no secret to anyone that the modernity and stress of the busy life we usually live in the 21st century have led us to eat more out. However, quarantine has made us spend less time on the streets and more time in our kitchens. For that reason, on social media, there are many movements that encourage people to practice preparations and motivate them to cook. Here are some of the most viral recipes for you to try too!
- Dalgona coffee
It is the recipe of the moment. This coffee-based drink became famous on the Tik Tok social network, and many Internet users have already dared to prepare it.
To make this amazing drink, you only need to beat two tablespoons of instant coffee, two tablespoons of sugar, and two tablespoons of hot water. You can use a hand mixer or an electric mixer until peaks form in the mixture. Then, put the amount of milk you want in a cup and place the previous preparation on its top. It's a delight!
- Pancake Cereal
This is a fun recipe that everyone will love, especially kids. And the best of all is that it is very simple to do. You just have to prepare the pancake mix of your preference and make them as small as you can.
Then, you just have put them all in a cup or bowl and add the toppings you want. You can use fruits such as strawberries, bananas or blueberries, chocolate, Nutella, caramel, maple syrup, or powdered sugar. You will love eating pancakes in such an innovative way!
- Brownies in cup
Other of the most popular recipes are those that can be done in less than 5 minutes and by using just your microwave oven. We all love brownies so trying this quick version is an amazing way to start experimenting in the kitchen.
For this, you only need to mix two tablespoons of oil, one egg, two tablespoons of milk, three tablespoons of sugar, two tablespoons of flour, and two tablespoons of cocoa. You can also add nuts, almonds, cookies, or chocolate in pieces. According to the power of your microwave, you can place it between 2 to 3 minutes, and you will have an exquisite dessert in the blink of an eye!
- Pizza in pan
We continue with the practical and fast recipes so why not make another one of the great favorites of all people? Pizza is a dish that both children and adults enjoy so we bring a creative way to make it without using the conventional oven.
Mix a cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon of oil and half a teaspoon of salt. Put the mixture in a frying pan with a lid, cook for a few minutes, add sauce, cheese, and other ingredients of your preference like pepperoni or bacon. Finally, cover and cook it until the cheese melts. And so, you will have an exquisite home-made pizza!
- Nachos in the best Dorito's style
Making your own versions of the most popular treats and snacks until you find the perfect recipe is another of the most fun culinary practices that you can perform during the quarantine. And we can't leave the classic Doritos behind.
To prepare them you only need to mix dry ingredients such as wheat flour (1 cup), cornflour (1/2 cup), paprika powder (1 tablespoon), and salt (one teaspoon). Then, you must add water until a moldable dough forms, cut it into a triangular shape, fry them and add more salt and ground paprika. They are amazing!
Do you see how easy it is to experiment in the kitchen? There is no better way to take advantage of free time than this! You can also increase the level of difficulty and make a bit more complicated recipes like bread or typical dishes from different cultures.
Remember that you can include your loved ones and have some hours of fun cooking with them. You will eat delicious meals, learn new skills, and spend time together. You will not regret doing it!