With so many of our normal activities curtailed these days, it’s no wonder that the kitchen has become a favorite refuge—food is not only sustenance, but a way to connect with our creativity and nurture our spirit of hope and resilience. So in this month’s Ask A Wench feature, we’re answering this question: By all accounts, activity in the kitchen has skyrocketed during the pandemic. Have you been busy trying recipes? And have you discovered a favorite comfort treat?
Nicola: I ate far too much at the start of Lockdown and have been spending the last few weeks trying to get myself back to healthier eating. I’m not much of a cook or baker and am totally spoiled because my husband is a very talented chef. One of his pandemic projects has been improving his sourdough bread and I have been an enthusiastic tester of the results.
My own kitchen efforts have been focused on trying out some new salad recipes. My current favourite is salmon with rocket/arugula, pink grapefruit and avocado. Sometimes I throw in some little sweet tomatoes as well. The dressing, which is oil with crushed roasted fennel seeds adds something extra-delicious to the mix.