During lockdown, many of us have found a renewed love for the kitchen and discovered our inner Gordon Ramsay. Recipes that previously seemed way too time-consuming have now become a relaxing way to unwind and pass the time. If you’re looking for some fun ideas to get busy with in the kitchen, here are a few of our suggestions.
1. Master sourdough
In the midst of the global pandemic, a sourdough revolution began. We get it – there’s nothing more comforting than kneading, baking and showing off your homemade sourdough on the ‘gram. There are so many recipes online to help you create your own sourdough bundle of joy, but here are a couple of key tips for success.
- Prove your dough overnight in the fridge. This will give your loaf an extra kick of flavour. Just make sure you bring your dough back to room temperature before you put it in the oven.
- Try different recipes using a range of different flours such as wheat, rye and spelt. That way, you’ll eventually find a flavour that best suits your taste buds!
2. Create your perfect pizza
Who doesn’t like pizza?! Whether you prefer your crust thin and crispy, or deep-dish Chicago-style, there’s a perfect pizza for everyone. Making your own at home is easy, fun and a great way to get the kids involved too.
Write a list of your favourite flavours and decide which toppings would best complement one another. To test out different combinations, you could switch up the ingredients on each half. That’s amore!
3. Bake the best banana bread EVER
Much like the sourdough, we all went mad for baking banana bread during the first lockdown. Everyone has their go to recipe, but if you’ve yet to try baking banana bread, we recommend this recipe. If you’re feeling nutty, try adding ¾ of chopped nuts to the batter. It will add a sweet crunch to your moist banana bread. Yum!
4. Create a showstopping cake
Feeling ambitious? Try your hand at creating a showstopping cake. Imagine how in-demand you’ll be by your friends when their birthdays are coming up. BBC Good Food has some great recipes to get you started here.
5. Get fermenting
Have lots of veggies in the fridge? Ferment them! It’s the perfect way to extend the life of your produce AND increase their health benefits. This process has been used for hundreds of years and is the traditional way of making pickles, sauerkraut and Kim-chi, resulting in probiotic-rich, raw food, that is a great source of vitamins.
The process of ‘facto-fermentation’ occurs when Lactobacillus bacteria (lacto) convert the naturally occurring sugars in fruit and vegetables into lactic acid giving the vegetables a delicious sour, pickled flavour. Keen to make your own ferments? ABC Life offer a few tips to get you started here.
6. Make a pretty smoothie bowl
If you miss ordering a smoothie bowl from your favourite brunch spot, why not use the down -time to create your own? They’re not only pretty to look at, but they’re also nutritious. You can create pretty much any combo of flavours to suit your taste buds. Try adding in veggies for a tasty way to help get your 5 a day. Get some inspo here.
We’d love to see what you create so make sure to tag us in your creations on Instagram using the hashtag #RealFoodGrocer.
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