At the time of writing, we in the UK, are about to enter another easing of the corona virus lockdown. Throughout the lockdown, Mr WDC went out as per guidelines, but decided to avoid entering shops on the basis that if he ever got in a puch-up with the dreaded lurgy, he knew who would come out worse.
But how did this decision affect WDC? Simple. Dad’s food-based regime was turned on its head. In the halcyon non-lockdown days of plentyful supply, endless shopping and infinite choice, Dad would happily spend hours, or even days, researching, exploring, examining, choosing and browsing food. The corona virus stopped him in his tracks. No longer able to do his own shopping, he was forced to shop online or seek the help of others.
At times it’s been a bleak struggle. The happy, zoomy, smile-in-the-face-of-adversity approach to finding online, or deliverable food was shunned. Radios were switched off at the slightest whiff of items about cooking from store cupboard ingredients. The challenge of overcoming shortages of eggs, bread, flour – or even yeast – were, and remain, unwanted burdens. And although, there was some positives to be found online, the thought of blogging became as appealing as baking with blitzed porridge oats and chickpea water.
But WDC did not buckle; it is surviving and doing very well. In fact, for reasons that will be posted later, it is also doing some of its best cooking.
And so, after months of reclusion, after all the adjustments and modifications to routine, after gaining many insights and useful experiences, WDC is finally escaping the lockdown dulrums. We’re cooking again!