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Kitchen fatigue: Here’s how to beat pandemic weariness and spice up your meals

Chanterelle mushrooms, basil, pasta and fresh parmesan: it’s a great time to turn for some seasonal comfort photo. (Alex Wilkie/Submitted by Andie Bulman)

The early days of this pandemic were terrifying. I spent the first week glued to my screen. I watched every news conference, obsessed over case numbers and signed up for three different streaming services.

Through my social media feeds, I could see that friends and family were doing the same, but gradually things changed.

Fear was replaced with sourdough, banana bread and pitch-perfect flaky pie crust. Anxiety was channelled into impressive kitchen projects. The kitchen became a source of joy.

Well, that has passed.

Most people are back to making the same five dishes on rotation and trying to pass off cleanup duty to their roommates and partners.

We can do better. Here are my tips for fighting kitchen fatigue during a pandemic:

Use an old tool in a new way

Use a tool that’s been gathering dust, or use an everyday tool in a new way. I use my box grater daily for cheese or lemon zest, but I never grate horseradish and I never grate ginger. This week I’m going to make a horseradish mayo and those tiny holes are going to transform the rhizomes of my ginger into a beautiful paste for a cake recipe that I plan to take to the next level. You can use the box grater to make carrot latkes and potato boxtys. There’s so much potential in each kitchen tool.

Turn to comfort foods

A chill in the air is coming, which means we can put a ban on the herb-laced quinoa salads of summers. Now is not the time for heath and wellness, it’s the season of long-simmering stews, homemade apple butter and from-scratch macaroni and cheese. Embrace

Mourinho sees funny side of Dier’s bathroom break as Spurs beat Chelsea [Video]

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VIDEO SHOWS: POST MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE WITH JOSE MOURINHO AND FRANK LAMPARD AFTER TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR BEAT CHELSEA IN LEAGUE CUP. STILLS OF MATCH

SHOWS:

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1. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF ERIC DIER ON FLOOR

2. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF ERIC DIER TACKLING MASON MOUNT

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3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO SAYING:

“With Eric you can imagine what happened for him to leave the pitch. You can imagine what happened. I knew it. I was just pushing him to come back as soon as possible, because no more changes and one player less. It is the consequence of something not human that he did, which is to play two matches completely dehydrated, tired, no energy in the muscles, completely dead. Of course he is not playing Thursday because I would definitely kill him.”

4. WHITE FLASH

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO SAYING:

“The problem is that it was not a pee.”

6. REPORTER SAYING: “It was something else yeah? It was probably even worse then?”

7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO SAYING

“Yes.”

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8. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF MASON MOUNT MISSING PENALTY

9. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF MASON MOUNT LOOKING DEJECTED

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10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO SAYING

“With Frank the most important thing is my feelings for him. It is more important than any words we exchange. My feelings to him I will always hold him, everything that he gave me, he gave me everything he had as a player and I never forget that

Design tips to beat your ‘boring’ home interior

Umay, that nauseating feeling you get when eating the same food over and over again, can also be used to describe your feeling toward your home interior, especially after seeing the same view over and over again for six months. 

As lockdown eases and as people adjust to the new normal way of living, a lot of homeowners now realize the importance of having an interior that’s not only functional, but fun as well. There is a clamor for more “joy” in terms of home interior design as this can ease anxiety, lift your mood, and boost your spirit amid these challenging times. 

Putting “joy” into your interior need not be tedious (you don’t need additional stress!). You don’t even have to spend much or undergo a major renovation just to make your interiors lively and happy once again. It just takes a few tweaks and a lot of creativity, and sometimes professional help, to beat that “boring” home interior. 

STARK CONTRAST The before and after photos of a living and dining area that has undergone interior styling

If you’ve already done your share of quarantine renovations and DIY home improvement projects, it’s not impractical to ask for expert advice to “elevate” your interiors. There are companies right now who are offering “online interior styling,” or what they call as the “new normal of interior decorating,” where packages do not involve changing the architecture and finishes of the home, but instead putting interior design and styling solutions to enhance a present living space. 

‘We provide new ways for you to collaborate with designers through a purely online process. We believe everyone deserves a designer home, and we’re trying to curate our shop to have the most beautiful things for just about each unique individual.’

One of these companies is