Adjusting to a life of self-isolation and quarantine can be difficult for most. Some persons may lose their sense of purpose, stability and efficiency. As such, it is important for us to keep ourselves active by maintaining a healthy routine at home.
The DSYA has therefore compiled a list of Do it yourself (DIY) Activities that can keep your brain and body active. Here is a list of activities that you can do as a family, as a couple, or on your own!
Firstly, get creative and create your own face mask:
Recent developments has shown us that wearing face masks are rapidly becoming the new normal. With the major benefit of covering your nose and mouth in public to eliminate risk, it seems that masks stand to become society’s new norm. So let us help you to create your personalized face mask.
You will need:
• Coffee filter or paper towel (optional
If you have a T-shirt that you don’t mind cutting up, then you can easily make a face mask from it. Ideally, your T-shirt or fabric should be 100 per cent cotton and as opaque as possible.
To start, simply cut the bottom off your T-shirt. The height of the amount of material you need should be the length from the top of your nose to underneath your chin (around 7-8-inches of 17-20cm). It’s best to cut bigger than you think you need so you can trim the excess later.
You then need to cut into your T-shirt – around 6-7-inches (15-17cm) – to make the ties for your face mask. Next, cut your ties so that you can retie them around your head. Adjust until you get a snug fit around your nose and chin. If you like, you can add a coffee filter or paper towel to your face mask, and secure it with a safety pin. Please note that you can also create face masks by using cotton fabric and a bandana.
… get innovative
It can become difficult to go out to the market when you’re stuck at home so this is the best time to start your home garden. For an easy start, we’ll guide you in planting a household favorite, chive!
Firstly, CHOOSE AND PREPARE THE PLANTING SITE
• Chives grow best in full sun, though they will tolerate light shade.
• Soil needs to be moist, fertile, rich, and well-draining. Before planting, incorporate 4 to 6 inches of well-composted organic matter.
HOW TO PLANT CHIVES
• Sow seeds about 2 inches apart and no more than ¼ inch deep. Cover with a thin layer of soil.
• Once seedlings emerge, minimal care is needed for fully-grown, established plants.
• Although chives are drought tolerant, it’s important to give them consistent watering throughout the growing season for high yields. Moisten the soil thoroughly when watering.
• After the flowers bloom, be sure to remove them so that the seeds aren’t spread throughout your garden.
Gourmet meals at home
…bring the restaurant to you
Not being able to fine dine at your favorite restaurant is a difficult sanction during this pandemic. As such, here are some easy recipes to follow.
Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and salt generously. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente (tender but still slightly firm). Drain and toss with a splash of oil.
2. Meanwhile, slice the chicken into 1/4-inch-thick strips, and lay them on a plate or a sheet of waxed paper. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter. When the butter melts, raise the heat to medium-high and add the chicken in 1 layer. Cook, without moving the pieces, until the underside has browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip the pieces, and cook until browned and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a medium bowl.
4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter. When the butter melts, raise the heat to medium-high and add the chicken in 1 layer. Cook, without moving the pieces, until the underside has browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip the pieces, and cook until browned and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a medium bowl.
5. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the remaining 6 tablespoons butter. Scrape the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon to release any browned bits. When the butter has mostly melted, whisk in the cream and nutmeg and bring to a simmer, then cook for 2 minutes. Lower the heat to keep the sauce just warm.
6. Whisk the Parmigiano-Reggiano into the sauce. Add the chicken and cooked pasta and toss well. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot in heated bowls.
Fried Chicken Wings
1. Rinse wings under cold water then pat dry with paper towels. Place wings on a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack then season wings on both sides with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
2. In a shallow bowl, stir together flour and spices then season with salt and pepper. Working one at a time, coat chicken in flour mixture.
3. In a large pot over medium heat, heat 2” oil until shimmering (about 350°) Working in batches, fry chicken until deeply golden and cooked through, 8 minutes.
4. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Serve warm.
The Division of Sport and Youth Affairs places the mental health and safety of our stakeholders in the highest regard at this time. Continue to stay at home, stay safe and stay active.