Things they said not to do in self-isolation: 1) drink wine for breakfast, 2) go LIVE on Instagram, 3) create a TikTok account. We’re in our fifth week of physical distancing and I did all three within the first two weeks.
In fairness, wine for breakfast is just a mimosa – so let’s not get too judgmental. That being said, I will be having bourbon for breakfast tomorrow – I’ll be hosting a virtual happy hour on CTV Ottawa Morning Live at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, April 17th. I’m planning to make coffee-infused old fashioned and I’ll post the recipe on the blog tomorrow so you can follow along for a real jolt of a start to your morning.
Aside from hosting my nightly edition of Virtual Happy Hour on my Instagram story and being featured in news articles and television segments, I’ve been keeping busy carb-loading and living in squalor.
I have yet to be overwhelmed by the desperate urge to eat a salad or clean my house. Will there be hell to pay when we emerge from this solitary life? Undoubtedly. That first week back at the gym is going to HURT.
I consider this pasta a kind of compromise though – I put broccoli in it, so it’s halfway to being a salad. Let’s ignore the fact that the sauce is brown butter and parmesan. Good news: there are lemons, so we can keep scurvy at bay together.
This dish is a great reminder that food doesn’t need to be complicated to taste great. Just a few ingredients and you’re left with a bright and flavourful meal.
Of the three things I wasn’t supposed to do in isolation, I have to say creating a TikTok account has been my favourite. The platform only features clips of up to 60 seconds and allows for seemingly endless creativity from users – from viral dance challenges, to cooking lessons, to comedic gold, I could scroll through it endlessly.
Yes, I attempted one of the dance challenges and was reminded that I’m not a professional and choreography is way harder than it looks. I’ll probably stick to cocktails and cooking for now, stay in my lane – maybe with a bit of comedy sprinkled in for good measure.
This lemony broccoli pasta packs a punch with a whole lemon, creamy brown butter sauce, some greenery from roasted broccoli & lots of parmesan.
Pasta component adapted from: “Pasta with Brown Butter, Whole Lemon, and Parmesan.” Bon Appetit. March 2020.