Quarantine Cravings….

Today is Friday and I was tested on Monday night. Why did I get tested? I had stomach issues, a headache and a low grade fever Sunday night into Monday night. So I got tested… Work is trying to find someone to cover my shifts, my college kids couldn’t go back to school or work, my husband is home and my youngest had to miss her two day hybrid schooling. I am stuck in my room, losing my mind. I feel perfectly fine now and assume it was all for nothing. Yesterday, I went outside by myself and had a bonfire and I might go for a solo walk (with a mask) in a bit, but I feel horrible for inconveniencing my family. It is my eldest’s birthday this weekend and she wants to be with her roommates enjoying herself. Kids today have so little to look forward too and I have taken this away from her. It is her senior year and so many “events” have been cancelled and now I am ruining her birthday. A while back, I had cancer and thought I knew what all this quarantining was about, but that didn’t restrict my family from living their lives and I could leave my room.

I have thought a lot this week about the pandemic and how people are handling it. When I had cancer, people bent over backwards to help me and I believe if I asked them to wear a mask around me, people would have. Everyone said, “go to the best doctors, do what they tell you, trust them.” This pandemic is like a cancer and we all need to do our part, trust the doctors and have patience.

Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.

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What have I done to handle the confinement. Downloaded books, which I did not read. Sorted through the Christmas presents hidden in my closet and changed the whole look of my blog and watched a lot Food Network, Travel Channel and Hallmark Christmas movies. In addition to all of this… was an undeniable craving for Bruschetta. I cannot wait to get out of here and make it.

If I could have found a rapid test, I would have done that. I worry that people are not getting tested because of the wait time for results. This is really quite hard. Being stuck in your room for 24 hours a day, most likely for nothing. But I will do it, because we all need to do our part. I think of what my grandparents went through in World War II and the sacrifices that they made. Are we living up to their example? Will anyone ever call us the “Greatest Generation?”

Update: The Covid-19 test came back negative! Yeah. What to do now….cook. I have made eggplant parmigiana, stuffed peppers, caprese salad and Bruschetta. I dreamt of the Bruschetta all week and it was great. It is funny the stuff you think about. My late father would always make this for me and I have not had it in years. It will be regular from here on in.

Bruschetta

A simple but satisfying appetizer consisting of garlic bread crostini topped with a combination of fresh tomatoes, garlic, red onion, basil and olive oil.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf of crusty bread Ciabatta, french or crusty italian
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil chopped (could use dried basil in a pinch
  • 1 clove garlic diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin would be best
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Diced up everything except the bread and combine. Let sit in the fridge for a few hours for the flavors to come together
  • Slice the bread and put on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes. Take out and rub bread with a fresh garlic clove and brush with olive oil.
  • Put back in the oven for a minute
  • Serve bread topped with the tomato mixture.

VICTORY GARDEN

So…. we are in the middle of a pandemic. It is all so surreal, I have not known what to do with myself. I have been cooking a lot but the kiddos are like wild animals and start eating it all before I can take pictures for the blog. So, I decided to create a Victory Garden (Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks in the United StatesUnited KingdomCanadaAustralia and Germany[1][2] during World War I and World War II. Wartime governments encouraged people to plant victory gardens not only to supplement their rations but also to boost morale.[3])

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