In our normal life I don’t cook much, it’s not that I don’t like to cook, or am not very good at it, it’s just that I’m never home long enough to cook. A few years ago we starting using meal kit delivery. We did Chef’s Plate for about a year but the kids found their meals a bit too adventurous. We switched the Hello Fresh and have been getting their meal kits for a few years now. With these meal kits I know that we are at least eating a well balanced meal at least 3 times a week. Whoever is home first makes it and everyone eats when then can, rarely together.
Since school’s have been closed dinner time has changed dramatically in our house. We have sat down to dinner, the 5 of us, almost every night for 2 weeks now. I can’t remember the last time that happened. I have kept up our Hello Fresh deliveries, mostly because that way I know whatever happens with food availability in the next couple weeks/months we ‘should’ have 3 well balanced meals a day. The others days of the week I have started to cook again, and I am having fun with it. I am trying to get through the many items that have been stocked in my pantry and freezer over the past year. We are trying to support local. Today we got fresh bread order from The Good Bread Company, and picked up a drive through market order from Heritage Lane Produce. Earlier in the week we received a Dover Rocks Box, with cheese, bread and sweets from small shops in Port Dover. I dare to say that we are eating now better than ever (Eileen is becoming a bit of a cheese snob).
The other great thing is that there are so many chefs doing online cooking demonstrations for free, as many people now have more time on their hands. There are many out there but the one I have been following is from another local business, Ritzy Cakes. Michael Reitz is #chefisolation and he is posting video on the Ritzy Cakes Facebook page. You can watch them live or look through their page for past videos. Last weekend I made the crepes and tonight I made the Pasta Carbonara. They were both awesome and devoured by my entire family. On Saturday morning I’m going to tackle the Eggs Benny. I love trying these new things, and it is a great way to keep busy and motivated. The next time I need a cake for a birthday or other event I’m definitely calling Ritzy Cakes! (for some reason I can’t upload a photo of my crepes but here is the pasta)