Updated: Apr 23, 2022
Day 5. I haven't set one foot out of my apartment for 3 days now. I'm ok. Technically, I could go out because we have to walk the dog, but I haven't done it yet. Baby Girl and the Husband do it for me. I can't help but wonder what will happen next? When all of this is over and done, how many of us will be too scared to go out? What are the after-effects of this war we are currently fighting?? I'd rather not think about it now.
I was talking to a friend earlier today and she was telling me she was struggling with meal ideas. I have to admit that that has crossed my mind too. Since the confinement began, I've had to cook balanced meals for lunch and dinner! If it's just Baby Girl and I home, I try to make something quick. But if the Husband is with us, I make sure to make him something consistent to give him enough energy for his next hospital shift!
Before sharing some of our family's favorite recipes, I wanted to tell you how I prepared for this pandemic.
Luckily for us, we don't have any experience with panic shoppers or whatever. A friend of mine was yelled at coughing a little. Poor guy!
Anywyays, here are my essentials (I still need to organise my pantry better, but I'll definitely have time with the confinement).
On my kitchen shelf, I have:
-canned vegetables (green beans, mushrooms, corn, chickpeas, red beans, whole tomatoes)
-canned fish (sardines, tuna, mackerel)
-Asian packaged noodles
-chocolate (to make cakes)
-snacks (cookies, biscuits)
Admittedly, I don't have a lot of fresh fruits. Today I have bananas, oranges, kiwi, but most importantly lemon for our daily Lemon Shots!
We're Filipinos, so we pretty much eat rice at every meal. Unfortunately, our daughter has started to complain. 😂😂 So I try to vary things out. I also have Couscous, Bulgur, Green Lentils, Coral Lentils. Here I also keep my big container of flour, jars of Slivered Almonds, Sesame Seeds, and Chia Seeds too. I also my Oats but I don't see them in the photo.
I follow a meal plan. I don't like wasting food so I only get what I need for the week. Plus, we have a medium-sized fridge, so I have to be carefully with space. Obviously, there is enough space for alcohol. 😂 Oh gosh, is that 6 bottle of wine I see? And there's also that bottom part which hold a couple more bottles. Hahaha no judging please!
In the fridge, I have the usual yogurt, apple sauce, and chocolate cream dessert. I like to have cheese and I see my eggs in the fridge too! Cream, milk, fruit juices. Other than that, I also have opened sauce bottles / containers. I see Oyster Sauce, Filipino Bagoong, Cocktail Sauce, Banana Catsup, Green Curry Paste, ...
The freezer is full too! I have meat (different beef cuts, chicken, turkey, sausages, pork). I don't like freezing fish, but I do have frozen shrimps and mussels. A big part of the freezer is occupied by frozen vegetables. I love those. It makes it so easy to cook. I regularly shop at Picard and I get mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers, spinach, even mixed vegetables! I love the quality of their products. I also stock on fruits like raspberry and herbs. Otherwise, I also have sliced bread (which I toast in the morning for a quick breakfast), puff pastry (for a quiche, or crusts too! This time time, I've also been freezing butter which does really well and also any extra desserts we make. We made Chocolate Muffins and I currently have 2 muffins in the freezer. I'm planning on making some Pain au Lait this week, I'll be freezing those as well.
Last but not the least, seasonings, condiments, and spices. I have these all year long. But I made sure to have extra oil, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. I've been holding off using Filipino Soy Sauce because who knows when we will be able to some. 😩😩
I feel like I have more to show, but I can't think of anything else. What are your essentials?