But it's not all comfort food, with more time at home now I find myself wanting to experiment and try out new, ambitious recipes. Are you the same? Sometimes, that can simply mean trying dishes we’ve always wanted to, but somehow just never did. And this doesn’t mean having to go around town looking for fancy ingredients. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try out making bread. All you need for a basic loaf are flour, water, yeast and salt.
- Make a soft and puffy Indian Naan here
- Make a doughy, chewy Flatbread here
Meanwhile, you can always jazz up the usual staples of rice and noodles anyway. Don't limit yourself to fresh ingredients- stock your pantry with condiments like soy sauce, chili oil, vinegar, fried shallots, kombu seaweed, dried shiitake mushrooms and bonito flakes. And don’t forget spices, like cinnamon, cloves and star anise. Chances are, you already have most of them in your pantry, somewhere.
Between just those few ingredients, you can create dishes from a variety of Asian cuisines. You could try making a plant-based pho with rice noodles, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, kombu and dried mushrooms, for example. Think about what your favourite things to eat are, and figure out how you can stock up your kitchen accordingly.