Another day in ‘lock down’ in New Zealand and things appear to be going well. I’m generally avoiding going out where ever possible although when I do I have a clear purpose. Each of the times I have gone out it is for the essentials from the store and when I get home I always make sure I washed my hands and face – it isn’t a full proof plan but regular hand washing and minimising exposure reduces the chances of contracting COVID-19.

Tonight I had tortellini with a creamy tomato sauce which was very tasty. In the past I used to microwave it (in a bowl of water) but what I do these days is get the water boiling in the pot (with a pinch of salt in the water) then pouring the tortellini into the water to boil for 10 minutes. After boiling for 10 minutes I then strain it and while it is straining (to remove as much water so that the sauce isn’t watered down) I heat up the pasta sauce then add the tortellini and mixed in it. All in all, rather than trying to half-ass it like I’ve done in the past I’m taking a few extra minutes to do it properly and the end result is a wonderful meal.

When I wake up tomorrow I’ll do some cleaning around the house – mopping, hoovering, dusting etc. the extra time should men that I’ll be able to get my house clean from top to bottom. Oh well, lots of work to keep myself occupied while on lock down.