Has your social media feed been bombarded by people baking lately? Mine has! Everyone seems to be trying their hands at this age-old tradition, and I have to say that I am guilty of taking part in the craze myself.
Like many, we are looking for things to do while we are self-isolating during this covid-19 pandemic. From jigsaw puzzles, to baking, to even TikTok videos, we are all just trying to cope and have fun AT HOME during these uncertain times.
Baking has become so popular these last few months that it has been challenging to find some pantry staples in our grocery stores. Ingredients like yeast and flour are like gold when you find them. Food rationing and “fear cuisine” has not been part of our generation’s vernacular. However, during the Great Depression and World War II this was a very common sensation as ingredients, in particular sugar and butter, were just not available (Julian, 2020). One of the outcomes of this rationing was the creation of a chocolate cake recipe called “Wacky Cake”, it turns the most basic ingredients (i.e. flour, cocoa powder, vinegar, etc.) into a yummy dessert (Julian, 2020).
What differentiates us from those living during the Great Depression or World War II, is that we are not making wacky cake, we are making sourdough with a side of dalgona coffee it seems, and we are sharing our creations, and even our fails, on social media. Hashtags such as #covidbaking and #covidcooking have popped up, and show a slew of tasty treats, some prettier than others.
With the craziness of what is going on around us, there definitely is something so comforting about the aroma of baked bread or cake wafting through the house, and sharing those treats (albeit virtually right now) to stay connected to those we miss and to inspire others to do the same, because sharing is caring, right?
What tasty treats provide you comfort, and have you shared them on social media during this pandemic?
Julian, S. (2020, May 05). When cooks in the Great Depression had no eggs and butter, they baked anyway – The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 30, 2020, from https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/05/lifestyle/when-cooks-great-depression-had-no-eggs-butter-they-baked-anyway/
Social media posts:
Twitter: Let them eat cake (or bread, or anything else I am baking during a pandemic). https://bit.ly/2XeYQWd #covidbaking #covidcooking #baking #bread #covid19
Facebook: Let them eat cake (or bread, or anything else I am baking during a pandemic). Food still unites us all during a pandemic. https://bit.ly/2XeYQWd #covidbaking #covidcooking #baking #bread #covid19