AAW—What’s Cooking!

Andrew's sourdoughWith 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.

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An Inside Peek at the Pantry!

ChocolateAndrea here, musing on an essential staple of the current sheltering-in-place life that most of us are living . . . or so all the food bloggers are telling us! A number of recent online articles have been waxing poetic on that humble kitchen element—the pantry!

I have a very spiffy one built into my kitchen. It is quite tall and features lovely roll-out shelves . . . which I confess are crammed to overflowing with . . .um, stuff. I actually do use the ‘stuff” in those shelves, as I like to cook. But inspired by a guide to stocking a pantry in the New York Times, I decided to take a closer look at mine.

It wasn’t pretty . . .

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