Regular contributor Zena Leech-Calton brings us much needed easy recipes for lockdown snacks, and shares her admiration for local food businesses in the Norwich area.
Who would have seen this coming – Covid 19 has come in like a wrecking ball – Miley Cyrus wasn’t wrong.
On a serious note – I’m heartbroken for the food scene, so many independents will struggle, who knows what the future will bring. Let alone all the other things that are happening because of the Corona outbreak.
Norwich is without doubt the Food capital of the East and up there Nationally as one of the best places for food in the UK, plus number one for Vegan food choices. Norwich’s food scene will recover – but it’s such a shame as we were doing so well and didn’t need a pork-chop in the works!
I’m a positive person and have tried my hardest to support local by buying in farm shops, ordering local delivery’s, blogging the latest information, doing a bit of shopping for some villagers, doing a bit of baking for neighbours and offering my live Children’s / Family Friendly Cookery class twice a week.
But what’s impressed me the most is the food businesses that have come out of lockdown to feed the lovely people of Norwich. The farm shops who have extended and adapted to demand. The booze producers that turned to hand sanitizer. The street food vendors who offer delivery meal kits. Plus, the charity food donations that has gone out to the key workers and those in need – the baking groups, the scones sent to care homes, the emergency food parcels to those who have lost their jobs.
Watching on social media these rays of goodness has been heartwarming.
So, while we are still surfing the sofas and in need of nourishment I thought I’d offer up some lockdown snacks ideas and recipes. After all what else are we to do while we watch another series on Netflix’s.
Lockdown Snacks – Top Tips
- If you’re short on tortilla chips – did you know you can deep fry off bake flour tortillas. You can even make tortillas by simply mixing flour and water, see recipe below.
- A simple dip is 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt and 1 teaspoon mango chutney – multiply as needed. (or replace mango for other chutneys)
- Pan-fry nuts (cashew, peanuts, walnuts) in a little oil with spice like cajun, curry, chilli powder for a minute or so.
- Self-Raising flour mixed in to a stiff batter with seasoning and spice with chopped veggies makes lovely savory bites, either pan-fried or deep-fried.
- Nothing healthier than crudities – strips of veggies with a hummus or yogurt dip.
Floured Tortillas (5 – 6 tortillas)
225 g plain flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
100-120 ml cold water
- Double sift the flour.
- By hand mix in the salt, oil and most of the water.
- Mix to form a soft but not sticky dough, add more water if too dry.
- Knead for 4-5 minutes.
- Cover with a damp tea towel and rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Divide in to 6 equal balls.
- Roll out each one in a little flour – till approx. 15 cm wide (or use a tortilla press).
- Meanwhile heat up a griddle, frying pan or flat stove top.
- Cook each one (with no oil) for about two minutes or so on each side, they will turn golden and light brown, bubble slightly and loose the doughy texture.
Guacamole (6 servings)
2 ripe avocados – halved, stone and skin removed
1/2 medium onion – finely chopped
1 small tomato – finely chopped
½ fresh red chili – finely chopped
1-tablespoon fresh coriander – chopped
½ fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon Greek yogurt or sour cream – optional for a creamier version
- Place the avocado in a bowl and squash with a fork until half mashed, with a few larger pieces of avocado remaining.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and season to taste.
Tomato Salsa (4 servings)
2 plum or juicy tomatoes
½ finely chopped onion or red onion
½ red chilli – finely diced
½ avocado – small dice
1 clove garlic – crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ lemon or lime juice
- Simply mix and serve.
Feta and Red Pepper Dip (2-3 servings)
½ packet of feta cheese
1 roasted red pepper or jarred
few twists black pepper (no salt needed as feta is salty)
- Simply process until smooth and serve.
For more information on up-to-date info and things to do during your new lockdown routine whilst observing social distancing, why not check out our Facebook Page or Groups dedicated to your county Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk. Those dog lovers out there would be barking mad not to join our Doglife Group and vegan’s, you’ll be pleased we have one dedicated to you too.