Eating well during the covid-19 lockdown

I love cooking and baking so being at home due to the covid-19 pandemic is giving me plenty of opportunity to do more than usual. I always take a homemade lunch with me to work but there is something much nicer about eating at home rather than out of a lunch box. Here’s what I had for lunch today:

Baba ghanoush

Baba ghanoush (or ghanouj) is a delicious aubergine dip that I first tried in Australia of all places, despite it being a Lebanese dish. It’s really easy to make and keeps for a good while in the fridge, developing in taste as the days go on.

  • 4 aubergines
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • ground cumin
Start by halving the aubergines and scoring the flesh, being careful not to go through the skin. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and cook for about 40 minutes at 180 degrees (c) or until soft and brown.
Once the aubergines have cooled, scrape out the flesh into a food blender and add all of the other ingredients. If you don’t have a blender, you’ll be able to do it by hand as the aubergine flesh is very soft. And that is all you need to do!
Garnish with some chilli flakes (or powder if you don’t have any) and parsley.

Flatbread

No dip is complete without something to dip in it, so I tried my hand at making flatbread for the first time. Don’t be put off if you’re not a great bread maker like me, I used Jamie Oliver’s recipe and I can safely say it isn’t called ‘easy flatbreads’ for no reason.

I used 200g of plain flour (the recipe says to use self-raising flour – oops!), 200g of natural yoghurt and half a teaspoon of baking powder. Mix together to form a ball then knead for a minute or so on a floured surface. Separate the dough into small balls and roll out into circles (I rolled mine out to about a 5mm thickness). Using either a griddle or frying pan, cook the flatbreads on each side for a few minutes. No oil needed but I think I’ll add a bit of salt next time.

Guacamole

Who doesn’t love guacamole? I suspect you have your own way of making it, here’s mine. I very much make it to taste, rather than specific amounts of this and that so add a little more or less depending on your taste.

  • avocado
  • lime
  • fresh coriander
  • ground cumin
  • red chilli (which I didn’t have today 😭)
  • salt and pepper

Hope you enjoy!

 

Stay safe!

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