When I was still working, before going into isolation, I found myself being caught up in the middle of toilet paper panic. I can remember when we first realised everyone was buying it and we couldn’t work out what was happening. The media hadn’t caught on yet. It wasn’t long before panic took hold on other products such as pasta, dog food and flour. This quickly spread to sugar, tea, coffee and most pantry staples. In ‘normal’ times pre corona virus, flour isn’t a big seller in these modern times of pre-packaged products, but suddenly everyone wanted flour, yeast, sugar and icing sugar.
It seems that everyone is a baker now. People that haven’t baked before are now whipping up gourmet delights such as cakes, slices and more complicated meals. I’m not being critical. I think it’s great. I love to see that people are going back to simpler times and overlooking packages and baking from scratch themselves. I started to really think about this when I saw that a baker on Instagram @missfoodwis put out the challenge to people who were isolated in their homes, to start baking. People were missing being able to go their favourite cafe or restaurant and started to yearn for baked goodies.
“So I propose we all bake….lets make a nice game and bake together, united by the hashtag #BakeCorona, because we will bake it, we will beat it. With every cake, biscuit and Swiss roll,” @missfoodwis wrote to her audience.
I read somewhere that the hashtag was shared about 600 times, at the time of writing this post. People who had never before baked anything, were sharing the hashtag and photos of their masterpieces – pastries, slices, cookies, bread and many more goodies that they would usually eat at the cafe or the restaurant. I probably live in a bit of a bubble but I hadn’t heard of the hashtag #bakecorona. I had noticed that people were proudly posting photos of the goodies that they were baking. They were even posting photos of their failures…..and there seemed to be lots of those.
Even though I usually follow a fairly healthy diet, I have even been baking myself during isolation,after not having done much baking at all in the past twenty years. I soon realised that “what we bake we eat”, so haven’t been doing as much recently. When my children were young, I baked everything. I wouldn’t have dreamed of buying bakery products or even a packet of biscuits. But after they left home, I didn’t do it much anymore. After all there were only two of us, and we didn’t need to eat all those cakes and biscuits. And then there was just one, and I definitely didn’t need the extra calories. My theory about this baking phenomenon, is that many of us are feeling stressed at the moment, and baking takes us back to better and less complicated times, times in our parents and grandparents kitchens. Good and uncomplicated times, with no threat of corona virus. Baking brings us comfort, and we certainly need to feel comforted right now.
My feeling is that it’s not just me who’s been feeling this way. Since being forced into isolation, the community seems to have been changing the way they live and changing their priorities. Many people have started doing what would have been thought of by many as ancient arts and crafts, before corona virus. People who have never grown vegetables before are now planting seeds and growing their own vegies. We have more time on our hands, and being used to a life that is jam packed and busy, many of us are feeling the need to fill those hours with something that is productive, and also comforting.
I really do hope it continues, when we come out of isolation and are able to start living our lives again. I would love to see society slow down a little and become more simple, but I have a feeling that most of us will jump back onto that merry go round of ‘busy-ness’ and there will no longer be time for these things that right now are bringing us comfort.
As for me, I haven’t made any decision yet about my plans after isolation. I’m not looking that far ahead. At the moment, I’m still enjoying being at home and doing everything possible to keep safe. I haven’t got to the stage yet, where I’m feeling bored with being at home. I feel that perhaps the boredom may not come as I have plenty in my life that keeps me busy. I plan to just go with the flow and not rush into any decisions.
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