Cooking in Confinement

Updated: May 20, 2020

Hey guys, how's it going? For real, I hope you're all hanging in there, because it is May, unbelievably, and things continue to be ... I'm trying to think of a polite term for this. A clusterfuck? Does that work?

I joke (sort of). We are still doing really well here, and Switzerland is slowly starting to grind back to some sense of normalcy. Schools reopen next week (although staggered times), a prospect which both fills me with joy and terrifies me. Yay that my kids can get back to their friends and learning, but also ... what has changed, actually? I maintain there is literally no one in the world who has a fucking clue what they are doing (except for Bill Gates, but as my sister pointed out we missed the boat on listening to him, so there's no point in starting now).

Today, I wanted to write about something that actually has very little to do with books, if anything at all: food. Maybe I'll stretch and say it's nice to eat food while reading - does that work? I've been having a time trying to use up what's in the fridge, getting creative with what we have to make treats while we are confined and I can't pop out to the grocery every afternoon if I feel like it. (Pictured above are vegan, gluten-free Millionaire's Bars).

Making your own bread is the new thing now. Everybody's got their sourdough starter? I have to confess that while I normally love to cook, I suck at baking and bread is like my nemesis. Do you need a floury rock? Because I can do that for you. If you want it to be edible, though, I'm not your woman.

Maybe you're like me and have no interest in becoming a supreme baker. I love you. And also, I have a recipe that might work for you, to bake up some delicious little popovers I have been using when we run out of bread over here (a travesty, I know). These are delicious out of the oven dripped with honey, or if you are my child, with Nutella. And at lunch we stuff meats into them, and there you go, lunch is basically made. I have been asked for the recipe literally every time I've shared these with anyone. And the best thing is they are so simple that even I can make them. That really means that even you can make them too!

Popovers That a Toddler Could Make


2 tbsp butter

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 375 (190C)

2. Melt the butter and brush inside 12 muffin tin. It's going to seem like an obscene amount of butter (well, it did for me), but it's essential. Cause this little delights want to stick in the tin, and that puddle of butter you just put in there is going to help them slip out, while making them so delicious.

3. Whisk eggs with milk in bowl.

4. Add flour and salt and whisk until fairly well blended, although there can be some lumps.

5. Pour batter into muffin tin, 1/2 to 2/3 filled.

6. Bake 30 mins without opening the oven.

Remove from muffin tin and enjoy. Especially good with butter, jam or honey. If any have lasted to lunch time, we stuff them with turkey and a bit of mayo.

Happy baking! Or if you're doing your part by supporting local businesses and ordering in every night, then I support you! You are doing what you need to do to take care of yourself. Now, can I suggest you go pick up a good book?