During lockdown, we started only going shopping once a week so we would make a meal plan together on the weekend and stick it on the fridge. We’d make sure we ate all our fresh foods first so they didn’t go to waste and then towards the end of the week it would be more of what was left in the freezer and using up the food in cupboards. We’d always have something different every day. One of my favourite meals was Issy’s chicken stir fry which we got into the habit of having on a Monday. She’s very adventurous in her cooking and always blends spices really well.
We also discovered the concept of having breakfast for dinner! One day, we weren’t sure what to have and Issy suggested this so sometimes I’ll come home to bacon, sausages and eggs which is a nice surprise. Although Issy and Anna took on the majority of cooking in the house, I still really loved cooking so sometimes I’d prep a meal like a chicken with bacon and leek pie the night before.
Our whole family’s love of cooking has increased. The girls are now baking bread and cake and actively looking for new recipes to try which I have been testing out and taking for my lunch at work. Even though lockdown has started lifting slightly my hours are still as long as ever so the girls are still cooking and cleaning for me.
Anna is about to go off to university, but Issy will continue preparing evening meals for us. She’s great with experimenting and using flavours like chilli. We’ve also said we want to try out more vegetarian recipes which will be something new for the both of us, and very exciting.
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