The pandemic enabled me to switch to permanent WFH and things that have stuck with me so far are things like baking breads where previously I would need a large window of time to do at home. I love being able to let the dough proof and rise while I work, then take a quick break before the next step, etc. Not only that, but not losing 90+ minutes a day on commuting means I can spend more time cooking something as soon as I log off work.
I’m also making more items like salsas and hummus to go with fresh tortillas or flatbreads. Things I can snack on easily when I work from home. When I was going into the office, I didn’t like going through the hassle of packing and dealing with the different containers and keeping plates sanitary at my desk. Now at home, it’s easy for me to pull those out and have a healthy snack.
Other items that also take time such as making my own jam with fresh or frozen fruit. Same idea as the bread, something I can put on the stove and leave on a slow simmer with minimal oversight while I’m working. My daily breakfast of toast and jam is now all homemade.
Now that I’m fully vaccinated, I’m also not anxiety prone going grocery shopping, but I’ll keep to running out quickly in the middle of the day when crowds are small. I can get out of the house, do some quick shopping and be back in 30-40 minutes, something I can easily fit in between meetings and calls.
I’m confident these habits will stick as long as I stay WFH. Remains to be seen how my restaurant habits will change after things open up more fully.