1. How are you coping with UK Lockdown 2
When I asked friends and workmates this question two of the most popular responses were Yoga and baking! Both of these activities became favourites for many people during the first lockdown and I believe people are going back to tried and tested activities which you can do at home and that are relatively inexpensive. So, if you are new to either of these activities and want to know a bit more, I hope this short guide will be useful.
2. Short Guide to Online Yoga
You may have been avoiding yoga thinking it’s very difficult or not wanting to go to a live class (pre-social distancing) where you will be a beginner or you may just think it’s a bit pretentious. Whatever your reasons now is the time to give yoga a try in the comfort of your own home!
Benefits of Yoga
I like Yoga because you work at your own pace. No matter how slowly you progress Yoga can help with flexibility, balance, posture and strength-building. The breathing exercises and short meditations are helpful in stilling the mind and switching off for a brief time from any stress you may have in your life. Also, the relaxation part at the end of most sessions leaves me feeling refreshed and ready to face the world again.
A Word of Caution
Please note the following before you embark on any Yoga practice – it is recommended that you consult your doctor before beginning any yoga exercise programme to establish if it suitable for you.
Where to Find Yoga Sessions You can do at Home
I started with a beginner’s DVD and currently participate in a weekly live Zoom class but there are many YouTube Yoga Channels, websites and Apps. It’s always useful to ask friends and relatives who enjoy yoga if they have any recommendations.
Otherwise why not take a look at the following free YouTube online video from ‘Yoga with Adriene’ - Yoga for Complete Beginners - a 20 Minute Home Yoga Workout.
What Equipment do You Need to Do Yoga at Home?
The beauty of it is that you don’t need a lot of equipment: –
- Yoga mat if you’ve got one or a blanket or large towel are also fine. Some cushions or a foam block are also useful but not essential.
- Loose or comfortable clothing and an optional blanket to cover yourself during the end relaxation period.
- Quiet room where you will be undisturbed
- Access to a Television, lap top or tablet
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3. Lockdown Baking
If Yoga is not your thing you may be one of the millions of people who embraced baking during the last lockdown.
What have been the most popular bakes?
According to the National Trust website Cheese Scones were the favourite thing to bake with 54,000 people visiting the cheese scone recipe page in the first four weeks of the previous lockdown! I must admit they were one of our favourites too – this is one of my attempts below!
The BBC Food website looks at the bakes we’ve turned to in lockdown which include all kinds of bread, flapjack, chocolate chip cookies and banana bread. If you fancy trying any of these there are links to those recipes on this website.
The Great British Bake-Off
On Your Marks, Get Set… Bake! The difference for this lockdown is that we are in the middle of the Great British Bake-Off series on Channel 4 so every Tuesday you can see loads of yummy baked goods being made on TV by talented amateur bakers. On the website you can find recipes for bakes that have been featured on the show.
There are also a range of cookery books available ranging from Amazing Cakes to Everyday baking and Baking for Friends and Family.
We also love the companion programme ‘An Extra Slice’ which looks at ‘all the goings on from inside the tent of the Great British Bake Off’. It also features pictures of ‘baking triumphs and heroic fails’ from viewers which is always our favourite part of the programme! Catch it on Channel 4 at 8pm on a Friday evening.
Cookery Ingredients & Equipment
A great place to find bakeware as well as baking and cooking accessories and ingredients is the Lakeland website. They have a vast range of equipment for amateur bakers and they even have a Christmas shop with everything you need for Christmas bakes and cooking – definitely worth a visit.
Why you should wear an Apron when baking
Baking is great fun and a fantastic way to use your leisure time during lockdown but it can also be messy! While wearing an apron isn’t strictly required for baking it is useful for several reasons. Not only can it provide a shield for your clothes from the spattering of flour, eggs etc but aprons also give other benefits that we don't necessarily think of.
Grease stains are notorious for being very difficult to remove from fabric and you don't want your favourite clothes covered in droplets of oil rendering them unwearable. No one wants to ruin their clothes with hard to remove stains. Keeping an apron hanging around in your kitchen makes protecting your clothing simple.
Wearing an apron is also an easy way to limit the risk of germs from your clothes coming into contact with your food. While an apron isn’t going to be eliminate contamination in all situations, it will lower the chances.
Where to Buy Aprons
You can find a great range of modern denim aprons on the Dungarees-online website. Choose from either traditional denim work aprons or modern Japanese-style Aprons from £19.99.