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15.05.2020- Lockdown Lunch #3: Sophie Warner

Another week bites the dust! Whilst it's tricky to maintain a sense of time just at the moment, I am still finding myself getting a little bit excited for the weekends, as Saturday has become my designated baking day. Curating this series has also helped me to have a little bit more of a structure to my weeks, and although I'm slightly tearing my hair out at the government's mixed messaging at the moment, I'm still trying to really hone in on the positives in this completely crackers situation.

My guest this week is the wonderful Sophie, founder of The story of a girl who lives above her means. I first met her at a blogging event over ten years ago (those were the days!), and she's consistently crushing it with some amazing foodie, interiors and travel content. About this time last year she hosted us all for Sunday lunch, serving up an Ottolenghi feast of dreams which I still dream about, so I'm super keen to know what culinary magic she's been creating over the last few months:

How are you coping with things at the moment?
Some days I feel absolutely fine then I feel riddled with anxiety. I've been furloughed since April so really am living in my own little bubble at the moment. It's only when I venture out the house to do my food shopping and the occasional bike ride that it starts to worry me. 

What are you missing most about life as it was? 

I'm really missing my family. I only live a fifteen minute walk from my parents so we see each other quite a lot. We are also a pretty social household with lots of gatherings. This time of year is when they start up again thanks to the hot weather. It feels odd to not have a houseful! I also miss Aldi surprisingly. We have been doing our weekly shop in Sainsbury's because our Aldi is too small for social distancing. I don't feel safe but I do miss that middle aisle!

Which foods and recipes have become your go-to dishes? 

I have become a cliche and baked lots of banana bread! I have also finally given a sourdough starter a go and have been churning out at least one loaf a week. Other than that we have been eating a lot off curries as they're great to use up veg past its best in the fridge.  

What small things are making you happy right now? 

My kitchen. I feel like everything is out of my control at the minute but one thing I can control is what we're eating. I'm using this time to experiment and try all those recipes I have just never had the time for. Spending time outside in my garden has been a godsend. We've never really spent much time on it because we never had the time! But now I'm starting to try and grow my own veg and planting some flowers to make it look pretty. It's amazing what some fresh air can do! 

What is the first thing you're planning on doing when lockdown is eased? 

The first thing I'm planing on doing is invite friends and family around and cook up a massive feast. I love feeding people and I've struggled not being able to do this! Doing cake doorstep deliveries isn't quite the same as having everyone huddled around the table!

Thanks Sophie for taking part! Find her blog here and follow her on Instagram here!

(Image credit: Sophie Warner, please do not reproduce without permission.)

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