The arrival of COVID-19 has meant the arrival of a few new traditions at my house and likely homes across the globe. Enter Locals Night, every Saturday my partner and I take turns to make a meal for each other. Kids go to bed early, they are not invited.
It could be a five-course Sichuan feast, Anthony Bourdain’s favourite sandwich or pasta made from pantry ingredients. It doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive. It’s about slowing down, celebrating the little things and breaking Groundhog Day monotony.
I present to you nine menu ideas for one, a couple or a bunch of housemates. So take a deep breath and choose your own adventure, you don’t even have to change out of your leisure-wear.
Skip Straight To Dessert
The mission here is simple. Eat whatever is easy for dinner: eggs on toast or last night’s leftover pesto pasta and head straight for dessert. I have made this many times (skipping the home-made ice cream part, a vanilla bean supermarket tub does the job) and can attest that the effort to deliciousness ratio is 1:3,780
Wedding anniversary, date night or just missing sitting in a bustling restaurant, set the tone with these french classics. Last weekend it was my turn to cook and this is what I served up, with oysters to start, a garden salad as a side, one dirty-martini down.
It’s likely that you won’t even need to go to the store for this one and let’s face it, the store isn’t very fun right now. Mandy Lee (of Lady and Pup’s) Sardine Spaghetti is a new favourite in my house. Pantry staples and minimal effort means more time for backgammon or watching I May Destroy You on Binge.
Danielle Alvarez Simplicity
After listening to the Danielle Alvarez episode of Drive with Georgie Gardner, I was inspired by the Fred’s Head Chef leadership style and quiet genius. A quote that really stuck with me was, “What I’m proud of is that the people that I work with now, they’ve come to us because they know of myself, they know of the kind of food we do. They’re caring, deeply respectful people. So I’m quite proud of creating an environment where chefs can grow and can cook without fear.”
Here are two recipes from Danielle herself. Give her Instagram account a follow as she has recipes saved in Highlights.
Party Like It's Not 2020
Housemate got a promotion? You’re turning 40? Celebrating less cases in Melbourne? The vibe must be brought! Put down the supermarket mud cake and pick up all of the ingredients to make these three mood-lifters:
The Best Things In Life Are (Dairy/Gluten/Egg) Free
My mum is a coeliac, one of my nephews has a nut allergy and another one has recently been diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes. This makes me extra-aware of excellent recipes for those with dietary requirements. Both recipes below are perfect to be made and gifted to someone who needs a little love.
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