I’m a creature of habit. At home, we eat the same food all the time: a bit of protein always like steak, salmon, fish cakes, some carbs (generally pasta), and some veg (we’re very partial to broccolini as it cooks so quickly).
In lockdown, however, I crave foods I’d never normally cook as I can get them in restaurants or by a takeaway. Deliveroo doesn’t have that many options as many restaurants have shut completely.
I wanted duck pancakes, so I bought ingredients that were closest to them. We had some hoisin sauce already (but no yellow bean sauce, which is the main flavour in duck pancakes). I bought some duck legs ready to be roasted from Sainsbury’s, and some Mission small tortillas (for the ‘pancakes’), some cucumber and spring onions to be finely sliced.
I also craved a proper burger, and bought some beef burgers, lettuce, white onions and soft white bread rolls, I couldn’t find any cheese slices but it was still excellent. Since making these, I found another great video by Sam The Cooking Guy on his ultimate burger:
Next, I’ve got the ingredients to recreate a dish my mum used to make: cod or haddock, braised with lots of garlic, onions, and tomatoes.
Plus a butterflied small leg of lamb for Easter Sunday, which I’ll do either as a roast or as a curry (but leaning towards a traditional roast studded with garlic).
On my next shop, I’ll get the ingredients for making wor tip potstickers following this recipe: https://steamykitchen.com/41178-best-chinese-potsticker-dumplings-recipe.html
It’s a great time to actually go through the cookbooks we have, like Polpo (some beautiful meatball recipes and salads) and Barrafina (croquetas mmm) and Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi, and actually knuckle down and make them.
What are you cooking during the lockdown?