I’ve currently been in home quarantine for 7 days, so I’m halfway through after cutting my holidays early leaving Brisbane last week. My state (Tasmania) had just put in place that anyone returning to the state from overseas or the mainland had to self quarantine for 14 days as a precaution in case any of us had the Covid-19 Virus to stop the spread of this virus to the community. I like to remain positive so I have been keeping a diary on Facebook of what I’ve been doing & I have just loved cooking my way through the week.
I’m now in my 8th day of home quarantine and despite having a long list of things I have needed to do at home for quite some time, (I am very skilled at procrastinating!!) I have been watching some awesome, inspiring and fun live videos on instagram and facebook by some of my favourite Chefs. So I thought I would share my list so far and please let me know if you have anyone else to add to the list – I haven’t gone out of my way to search for these they came up on my feeds and I have started enjoying them and may be slightly addicted!! (I have barely watched netflix etc)
eloiseemmett.com has live cooking workshops with her kids about 3 times a week – visit her website to see what is coming up & you can even cook along – once I get some more ingredients I can’t wait to make some of the recipes!!
Massimo Mele has been sharing videos of his son cooking with him too and has more coming out soon.
UPDATE: I completed my 14 days in home quarantine only to continue into home self isolation. So not much has changed. I am unable to continue working at the gym and even though the gym is doing live stream classes to our members the Bodybalance class I teach has strict copyright laws, so members are still able to do all those classes on the Les Mills on Demand App and so am I. I am fortunate to be able to exercise at home even though it is not as much fun & my motivation is a bit low. I have a few bits of pilates equipment at home too so I have been enjoying a stretch on the roller too. We are allowed to go out to exercise and maintain social distancing and have no more than 2 people together (unless you have more than 2 in your immediate family). I try to go to my local dog beach once a day so my dog can get some exercise too and I take off my shoes and walk on the sand and in the sea water. It has always been my happy place and now even more so. I have had most of my food delivered and we are allowed to go out for essentials while maintaining social distancing.
Everyday I have a routine take a photo of the sunrise, go for a walk on the dog beach with bare feet & paddle in the water (as long as it is good weather). Choose cookbooks of the day to read – 1 non Thermomix cookbook and 1 Thermomix cookbook or cookidoo collection, I post these on my instagram stories and on my Facebook page. They are chosen in relation to facebook memories or what is going on at the time. Of course morning coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner are very important parts of the day. Checking social media & posting food pics throughout the day. watching any live cooking videos that are on during the day and cooking along with any of the cookalongs. Saturday nights is virtual happy hour with my friends and Sunday nights are virtual family dinner night. There have been some great positives to come out of this time. I have slowly been ticking off a list of things I have always wanted to cook, some have been great and some not so great!! It is all part of the adventure.
You know I like nothing better than a cookbook challenge YUM!! And because Jo & Fouad are coming to Tassie at the end of August – this was a good excuse to cook the book!! Plus it’s great because the recipes are so healthy in the ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Life Changing Food cookbook too!! I have already made a few delicious recipes from the book but I’m looking forward to trying some I haven’t tried yet too. Bring it on!! YUM!!
Mexican Hot Chocolate
Golden Butter Coffee
Runner Bean & Garlic Braise
Cream of Broccoli Soup
Apple & Pork Belly Hotpot
Coconut-Chai Chia Pudding with Roasted Berries
Jo’s “Best Ever” Butter Chicken with Cauliflower Rice
Roast Vegetable Salad (without avocado or salad leaves)
Cabbage & Bacon Stir-fry
Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Red Wine Sauce with Cauliflower & Leek Mash
Baba Ghanouj with Garlic Mushrooms
Hainanese Chicken Rice
Fermented Chilli Relish
Apple Cinnamon Nut Porridge
Saffron & Lemon Chicken with Toum (Lebanese garlic dip)
Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Milkshake
Labne (Yoghurt Cheese)
Beetroot Labne Dip
Pumpkin with Pesto
Beef & Quinoa Patties
Sunflower Seed Paella with Prawn & Chorizo
Mango Macadamia High-energy Smoothie
Charred Capsicum & Walnut Dip
Egg, Bacon & Spinach Pies
Purple Power Smoothie
Red Rocket Smoothie
Sweet Potato Rosti
Grain Free Scones
Almond Meal Pastry
Sweet Potato Mousse
Apphia’s Lemon Chicken with Roast Veg & Rosemary
Zucchini & Mushroom Strata
Lebanese Style Herb & Nut Crusted Salmon
Sweet & Sour Prawn & Coconut Soup
Moroccan Cauliflower “Cous Cous” Salad
Nutty Chocolate (I made them in silicone moulds for the seminar so it’s easy for all the gusts to try)
Asian Style Beef Salad
Probiotic Coleslaw with Homemade Mayonnaise
Lamb & Prune Tagine
Super-tender Chuck Steak
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie (I used white sweet potato)