Thursday, May 14, 2020

5-14-2020 More Cooking, A Vacation, and Virus Update

Vegan Asian Cabbage Wraps seasoned with homemade hoisin sauce - yummy!

Coconut curry vegetable soup - I totally winged this one, and it turned out well.

Three ingredient paleo naan bread (gluten free) - just almond flour, tapioca flour and coconut milk. They're not bad, but I
have other recipes for more traditional gluten free naan bread that I think will turn out better.

Falafel (baked, not fried) - one of my favorite dishes.

The falafel on naan bread with a little lettuce and carrot hummus (homemade, but not by me) was delightful.

Gluten free cornbread muffins made from scratch - super easy to make and delicious!

Gluten free naan bread using a more traditional recipe with yogurt, egg, yeast, etc. This bread turned out WAY better and
reminds me of the homemade pita bread I used to get at a little Middle Eastern grocery during my college days. This bread
made a much better sandwich with the falafel I made!

As of the beginning of May we still have no new confirmed Covid-19 cases in Belize, and the last of all that were infected
have now recovered. So, the government is starting to relax the regulations just a little. Resorts can now open back up (for
local business only) if they want to. So, we took advantage of that and enjoyed a brief "vacation" at our friends' vacation
rental property. Of course, we still practiced social distancing, but we were able to enjoy the beach, playing with their dogs,
and relaxing with a few drinks, grilled food, and good conversation at their private palapa bar. 

We don't have such a nice, shady spot to hang out in our yard, so that was nice. It was also great to see some friendly faces
we haven't seen in ages.

Vegetable Pancit - a yummy Filipino dish with rice noodles and lots of veggies. I will definitely make this again.

This is the latest graphic like this the government has put out, but the important numbers have not changed. As of
today, we are at 31 days with no new confirmed virus cases. Because of this the government has relaxed the
regulations even more. The curfew is still in effect.  However, starting tomorrow we can now swim in the sea, rivers
and swimming pools, as long as groups are no larger than 10 people, we practice social distancing, and we don't
linger after finishing swimming. Tour operators can open for diving and snorkeling (but not fishing) trips. Restaurants
will be allowed to open for dine-in customers (until 7pm), but only by reservation, only for outdoor seating, tables
must be 6 feet apart, and guests are limited to 10 people per table. Churches can open but are limited to 10 members
of the congregation plus the minister and essential assistants (no choirs). We can also now travel freely between
districts. Belizean citizens can return to the country if they apply, are approved, come through a designated checkpoint,
and quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.