My Covid Kitchen

Since Covid started I’ve been finding comfort in the kitchen, purposefully getting out of my comfort zone to try new ingredients and recipes. For someone who grew up eating a lot of french toast and macaroni (we all love you mom, but we know you don’t love to cook), I get a kick out of watching Henry become an adventurous eater and embrace different tastes and textures. Anyways, I thought it would be fun to share five of my favourite recipes from the last few weeks. In other words, I’m giving them The Faucet’s “Official” stamp of approval!

Easy Chickpea Curry from Chili Pepper Madness: I’ve been experimenting and trying different curry recipes over the last few months, and this one is the winner! It actually made chickpeas taste good, and I’m going to sub in different proteins from now on to keep things interesting.

Authentic Spanish Paella Recipe from Spain on a Fork: last week we had our first “Around the World Wednesday” where I teach Henry about a different country each week. Spain was up first, and for supper we made this authentic paella. I’d never cooked with squid and scallops before, (I skipped the mussels in this recipe) but they were tender, and this dish was so flavourful, it joins the ranks of the top five favourite things I’ve ever cooked! 

Buttery Coconut Bars from Real Housemoms: okay, this one doesn’t really have exotic ingredients, but it does have a lot of butter and the gooiest, most amazing texture, so it’s totally worth making. And as a bonus, even though these bars have two layers, you only have to use one bowl! 

The Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte from Inspired Taste: I love fall and pumpkin everything, but Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks hurt my tummy. This recipe, on the other hand, contains real pumpkin instead of. flavoured syrups, and even works great with almond milk. So good.

Pumpkin Oat Waffles from Tastythin: I had no idea making oat flour was as easy as throwing quick oats into a food processor, and that extra bit of effort is totally worth it to get the perfect texture for these waffles. While I’m not necessarily avoiding flour, I like trying alternatives, and I love anything with oatmeal. Plus, they freeze really well.

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