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Published July 31st 2021
Short-term menus and easy recipes
Dalgona coffee - high angle
Dalgona coffee - high angle

Lockdown cooking is growing in importance, interest and necessity - hence what follows is on cooking with virtually an empty pantry, with recipes, weblinks and insightful ideas for the super-resourceful!

BBC Good Food

From BBC Good Food is a list of popular foods and drinks, such as banana bread, noodles, kombucha (made with a scoby), confit potatoes (layered potatoes) and hummus - the latter is really good if you store chickpeas, and have powdered herbs and spices.

But if you wanted to make hummus but have no lemon juice - then you'd possibly find that substituting or omitting where less needed is really positive and creative - and helps deal with the reality of limited food supply. I think how that recipe list from BBC Good Food addresses such a challenge is possibly a bit predictable although comforting in terms of range and types of food.

WeekendNotes - Recipes Search

For best results on WeekendNotes - go to the Everywhere Receipe section.

An example of a lockdown recipe is the one pot chicken recipe with white wine, chicken quarters, chorizo and risotto rice. Such ingredients make this recipe possible for a bigger pantry. Yet from a different WeekendNotes recipe search is the thrifty contrast of Seven Ways to Improve Instant Noodles - with ways such as eggs, vegetables, spices along with sesame oil - with 'the how' for each way being described in this great creative yet factual article. Written in 2013, it was unforeseeable how it could be so useful in a lockdown - added here to help people with more minimalistic pantries.

Noodle packs - stacked and ready for lockdown.
Noodle packs - stacked and ready for lockdown.

There are truly so many eclectic and interesting ideas for lockdown in the recipe collection at WeekendNotes - especially with substituting ingredients or recreating an existing recipe.

Lorraine Elliot (NotQuiteNigella)

The blog at is aesthetic yet the content was delightful as well, hence worth promotion - with recipes that are classy yet resourceful on a top five lockdown recipes article. The whisked (Dalgona) coffee is eye-catching, photogenic and interesting, and the recipes are linked to separate pages, so one can try them at home. It's indeed a fresh yet creative list of trendy lockdown meal ideas.

Dalgona coffee
Dalgona coffee -side view

Delicious Magazine U.K

The Delicious Magazine at has some seriously good ideas, risotto, bean chili, 'cheat's satay', puttanesca, rice pudding along with scones completing a simple yet practical list.

Aside from the above, weblinks are personal experiences and ideas that relate to the above. When with a narrow-ranging food supply, I like to cook to invent, improve, experiment and create. As an example of this idea, from one of my previous articles, it was later realised that red lentil and white rice stockless soup can be boosted in so many ways. A top tip is to use that as a base, and creatively add new ingredients to it - onion, turmeric powder, peppers, chopped tomatoes, among many possible additions boost its flavour and heartiness. It's an idea that can be applied in other dishes - by getting plain food and sprucing it up properly.

making lentil soup
Making lentil and rice soup - by author.

An example of using up old food with experimentation is tomato-flavoured two-minute noodles inspired by the old Maggi product line along with online reminiscences seen here on the Aussie Recreated, with generic-branded dollar packs of five without the flavour sachet and adding my own tomato type of sauce. As a further example of not disposing of food, I'm trying to find ways to use up my leftover Dalgona Coffee mixture - which I made out of curiosity and to get some photos used above. Such an experience indicated that although aesthetic foods seem wasteful in lockdowns - it's also a sign that one's effort to save food overall resulted in surplus.

Tomatoes - versatile hence ideal for sprucing up lockdown meals

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Why? Think, plan, create and eat during unforeseeable pandemic related lockdowns worldwide.
When: Depends on timing of any lockdowns.
Where: At home mainly.
Cost: From a dollar to tens of dollars.
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