Cooking in the World of COVID

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My name is Garima Vir. I am a  lawyer, dog mom, wife and home cook.

I have a passion for food and love to try new dishes when I go out and at home.

I love being creative and trying new things but also enjoy making things that are easy and quick.

Join me on my journey as I learn more about food and cooking.

Today the Governor of New York extended the PAUSE order for another month. We have been socially distancing for two months now and have at a minimum another month to go.

It’s safe to say things are getting emotionally difficult. Very grateful for the health and safety of my family. But still, I have my days where this feels overwhelming. I take solace in the fact that I am not the only one having a tough time. We can all understand each other’s lows and highs.

Some of my highs come from my dog, Jackie- who could not be happier that we are home all day but does not understand why that does not simply translate to spending all day petting her.

Jackie is our companion and source of joy during this time. In the evenings when I am cooking in the kitchen, she can be found at my feet scrounging for food. She makes me smile and fills my heart with joy. If you are able to, I highly recommend adopting or fostering an animal in the need of a home. They will give you so much joy and love in return.

While I can always talk about Jackie, this post is suppose to be about cooking during COVID. Like many of you, I am trying to limit how often I go to the grocery store to buy food. Gone are the days of running to the store because I absolutely needed some random ingredient or garnish to make the dish pop.

I find myself coming up with elaborate ideas but then lack the energy to follow through. I can be harsh on myself for not eating well which is made worse by the current sedentary lifestyle.

But I also find myself wanting to cook meals that bring me joy, warmth, and comfort. I have been going back to the basics. Taking the time to cook wonderful slow roasted vegetables and meats in the oven. My home smells with wonderful spices and our day builds anticipation and excitement. The meals are healthy and simple to make. Requiring minimal prep and clean up.

While I miss the days of gatherings with friends and family, I am hopeful that we will return to that way of living in the future. Until then I will cook with my heart and continue to nourish my body and soul with kindness and good food.

I hope you will join me on this journey and make some of my favorite slow roasted vegetables in your kitchen.

Check Out the Following Slow Roasted Vegetable Recipes:

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Garlic

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Garlic
Simple and easy roasted asparagus flavored with garlic, lemon zest, and panko bread crumbs. This side dish is delicious and crispy.

Greek Style Lemon Potatoes

Greek Lemon Potatoes
Delciously roasted greek lemon potatoes infused with oregano, lemon and olive oil. Simple and east to make with minimal prep and clean up.

Roasted Carrots with Candied Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Roasted Carrots with Candied Walnuts and Goat Cheese Crumbles
Roasted Carrots with Candied Walnuts and Goat Cheese Crumbles

Muhammara

Muhammara in a bowl with pine nuts
Muhammara- Roasted Red Pepper Dip
 

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