The Isolated Chef

Hi everyone

So a while back my friends convinced me to add a Thing to my social media, which was a YouTube blog where I talk about all the weird and wonderful things I do with food. I promptly filmed a couple of videos but got terrified of editing them, and have done nothing since.

But now that I’m doing the isolation thing, not only am I getting those videos up but screw it, I’m starting a food challenge. Here’s the idea: Minimising the amount I leave the house is good. Having a pantry full of things that just plain never get used is bad. Being frugal is also good. Experimenting with food is fun.

And as long as we’re all doing this isolation thing, we might as well find both silver linings and entertainment where we can.

So I’m going to start a vlog-type-thing where I talk about what food I’m cooking and eating. The goal is to have no weird odds and ends of bags left in my pantry by the time isolation is lifted. All the half-bags of lentils and specialty flours? Going to get used. All the meals I made and put in the freezer in case I ever needed a dinner at short notice? Going to get used. I’m going to reduce the amount I go shopping as much as physically possible. I’ll still be doing some of the experimenting and recipe creating that I intended to do on the vlog already, but it will absolutely be primarily for the purpose of The Isolated Chef for now.

Here are the exceptions: Fresh fruit and veg, and perishable protein sources. I’m not going to eat a month’s worth of dinners that consist only of homemade flatbread and the remains of a bottle of soy sauce. I’m socially distancing, not giving myself malnutrition. But I will also make substitutions where possible – no going out and buying, say, sweet potato if I already have ordinary potato in the pantry.

I’m going to try and make short videos at least once a week, and see how I do. I’m also going to post photos and a running list of the packets I’ve finished to Twitter. Feel free to chime in with your own recipes and experiments! Let me know what you’re using up out of your pantry/fridge/freezer! And stay safe, everyone.

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