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Kitchen fatigue: Here’s how to beat pandemic weariness and spice up your meals

Chanterelle mushrooms, basil, pasta and fresh parmesan: it’s a great time to turn for some seasonal comfort photo. (Alex Wilkie/Submitted by Andie Bulman)

The early days of this pandemic were terrifying. I spent the first week glued to my screen. I watched every news conference, obsessed over case numbers and signed up for three different streaming services.

Through my social media feeds, I could see that friends and family were doing the same, but gradually things changed.

Fear was replaced with sourdough, banana bread and pitch-perfect flaky pie crust. Anxiety was channelled into impressive kitchen projects. The kitchen became a source of joy.

Well, that has passed.

Most people are back to making the same five dishes on rotation and trying to pass off cleanup duty to their roommates and partners.

We can do better. Here are my tips for fighting kitchen fatigue during a pandemic:

Use an old tool

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Mourinho sees funny side of Dier’s bathroom break as Spurs beat Chelsea [Video]

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VIDEO SHOWS: POST MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE WITH JOSE MOURINHO AND FRANK LAMPARD AFTER TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR BEAT CHELSEA IN LEAGUE CUP. STILLS OF MATCH

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LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 29, 2020) (ACTION IMAGES – ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

1. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF ERIC DIER ON FLOOR

2. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF ERIC DIER TACKLING MASON MOUNT

LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 29, 2020) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO SAYING:

“With Eric you can imagine what happened for him to leave the pitch. You can imagine what happened. I knew it. I was just pushing him to come back as soon as possible, because no more changes and one player less. It is the consequence of something not human that he did, which is to play two matches completely dehydrated, tired, no energy in the muscles, completely dead. Of course he

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Design tips to beat your ‘boring’ home interior

Umay, that nauseating feeling you get when eating the same food over and over again, can also be used to describe your feeling toward your home interior, especially after seeing the same view over and over again for six months. 

As lockdown eases and as people adjust to the new normal way of living, a lot of homeowners now realize the importance of having an interior that’s not only functional, but fun as well. There is a clamor for more “joy” in terms of home interior design as this can ease anxiety, lift your mood, and boost your spirit amid these challenging times. 

Putting “joy” into your interior need not be tedious (you don’t need additional stress!). You don’t even have to spend much or undergo a major renovation just to make your interiors lively and happy once again. It just takes a few tweaks and a lot of

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