Flattenning the curve is the goal right now. But, flattenning the curves might have started to become one of our goals right now too. Over the past two months or so, staying home has been important to try and stop the Covid-19 virus from spreading. Staying home has also caused this baking frenzy we’re living, with basics like flour or yeast disappearing from the supermarket shelves quicker than usual.
We have turned to baking and cooking during lockdown to eat healthy and beat boredom, as the sales of flour and other ingredients soar, as well as baking-related searches on Google. Some more data to illustrate this point, the BBC Good Food website had 7.8 visits to their site, the highest traffic ever on the Sunday after the lockdown was announced on 23 March. Guess what users searched the most? ‘How to make bread’.
Other search queries include ‘cake recipe’, surely boosted by the likes of Stephen Fry posting their creations online. The National Trust has posted that cheese scones tops the list of pages visited on their site by the end of April, a whooping 3,009% increase from last year.
Putting on weight is a reality during lockdown wether we like it or not. Less excercise contributes to it. However, we also need to be kind to ourselves in stressful periods. I find that eating good food is a great way to cope with bad times, and to celebrate good times too! In fact, experts seem to recommend not to diet during lockdown.
I’ve seen awesome food pictures posted on social media lately. Bread loaves that have made me pile on the pounds by just looking at them. I have accepted the challenge to enhance my cooking and baking skills. For those who are still not convinced, it doesn’t have to be the best looking or most complicated dish at all. To try and persuade you to cook, I’m posting some of my food below. Post yours too!