With more people spending more and more time in their homes as social distancing efforts increase to combat the spread of coronavirus, many are looking for new and creative ways to stay occupied.
If you’re looking for a fun and educational way to pass the time, celebrity chef Antoni Porowski is giving free cooking lessons on Instagram. The “Queer Eye” star has dubbed the series “Quar Eye: Cooking Lessons in Quarantine,” and his first lesson gives followers a tutorial on how to make a “Keep Calm-lette,” aka an omelet.
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“Quar Eye: Cooking Lessons in Quarantine,” reads the video’s caption. “EP #1: The Keep Calm-lette: An omelette made in isolation is still an omelette. Served with a black bean salsa made w whatever was left at the grocery store.”
He posted a second episode last night that features him making zoodles in meat sauce.
One unique thing about the videos is that he’s basing his recipes on what he can find at the stores when he goes to them. In this video, he says he originally wanted to make a tuna salad, but could not locate any canned tuna. He also gives tips on how to handle grocery stores during this time. He looks much more casual than when he’s on “Queer Eye!”
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EP#2: Zoodles with Meat S.O.S ð ð: Zoodles are a ridiculous word but a delicious thing to eat. A simple af meat sauce w loads of spinach make it a full meal. Check my insta stories to see how you can help @feedingamerica get food to those in need right now including the elderly, families who are struggling and students.
Genius! Here’s hoping that he keeps the videos up in the coming days and weeks. He’s made a great start so far.
He’s not the only chef giving quarantine cooking lessons and tips, either. Michelin-starred Italian chef Massimo Bottura is streaming himself cooking his daily dinner every day at 3 p.m. EDT. He calls his show “Kitchen Quarantine.”
Food Network’s Alton Brown posted a very casual video showing him and his wife making dinner. They did not announce the video beforehand.
So, Elizabeth and I cooking some dinner in our quarantine quitchen https://t.co/TiwhJYs7z4
— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) March 18, 2020
And Tom Colicchio of New York’s Gramercy Tavern posted a thread on Twitter that lets people ask him questions about cooking.
Ok, if you are not used to cooking for yourself and have questions ask away. For instance. I would cook vegetables now and freeze them for future use.
— Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) March 16, 2020
If you’re looking for more online content to keep you going during this difficult time, check out these hilarious coronavirus-related memes. A good laugh or two will definitely help to break up to monotony of being stuck inside the same four walls.
When it comes to social media, the pressure may now be off to craft the perfect post, as everyone is stuck at home. Now is the time to share tips and tricks with your friends, and don’t be afraid to get a little silly.
“The posts will be different now,” Julia Deeb-Swihart, a doctoral student at Georgia Tech who has studied the motivations behind why people post photos of themselves, told The Atlantic. ” ‘This is me at home. Here’s this weird thing I figured out.’ ”
Even if you can’t meet up with your friends in person, you can still keep up with them on social media as well as reach out by text message, email, FaceTime or a good old-fashioned phone call!
How are you spending your social distancing time right now?