‘Crumpets have been my saviour!’: readers on their 14 best comfort meals of lockdown

crumpets have been my saviour readers on their 14 best comfort meals of lockdown

For me, lockdown has meant an absolutely manic schedule, working from home with back-to-back Zoom calls and long hours. Crumpets have been my saviour. Yes, factory made, perfectly consistent and versatile: top with yoghurt and frozen berries at 8am, blue cheese and leeks at 1pm, followed by eggs and spinach at 7pm, and you have a full day’s menu. For a bit more lockdown spirit, I tried the sourdough version (delicious if squishy) and making my own (I promise you, it’s not worth it). Sophie, data analyst, St Albans

Lockdown hash with fried egg. Photograph: Image supplied by reader

This last year, I have been even more fixated on avoiding food waste than usual. I started putting together a lunch that was known as ‘“lockdown hash” and is a great opportunity to use up any vegetables that are no longer fresh. Sauté potato cubes over a medium heat until they are starting to soften, then throw in whatever other veg you have to hand: peppers, courgettes and mushrooms work well. Add a splash of water to help things steam if necessary. Then add whatever onions/shallots/leeks you have to hand as well as a generous amount of garlic. Diced chilli is always a winner, too…

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