Cooking in confinement

Boston chef Meryl MacCormack shares how to use leftovers like chickpeas and wilting herbs in your cooking during lockdown. đŸ‘©â€đŸł

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“Hi there, my name's Meryl MacCormack. I'm a personal chef living outside of Boston, Massachusetts. We're staying at home these days. And I want to show you what you can do if you find you have run out of mayonnaise and you don't have anything to put in with your canned tuna that you bought.” This personal chef is sharing two essential recipes for cooking during quarantine with Brut. Here are the two recipes for cooking in confinement.

Mayonnaise without eggs

The first recipe is for mayonnaise without any eggs. It is a vegan mayonnaise with aquafaba. Aquafaba is the liquid from canned chickpeas. Chef MacCormack explains, “You can take the chickpeas and you can save this liquid in a jar in your fridge for maybe up to a week and use it later. It's also a good substitute for baking. You can make meringues with it. You can do a lot of different things with it.” The ingredients for this recipe are water from chickpeas, mustard, salt, vinegar, oil, and either sugar, honey, or maple syrup.

Salted herbs

The next recipe is for salted herbs. MacCormack understands how difficult it can be to use up all your fresh, delicious hers. So, she came up with this recipe as a solution. She shares, “I have another bunch of cilantro here that's looking a little sad as well. And I'm going to show you how to make herb salt, which you can then freeze and use to add to your food, to add delicious nutrition from herbs, as well as flavor and stop wasting food.” The ingredients you need for salted herbs are simply kosher salt and herbs. She also reminds people to always wash their fruits and vegetables. “And there you have it. We have cilantro salt!”, she concludes.


03/28/2020 12:00 PM


  • Fernando A.
    04/07/2020 19:02

    les do it Wham!!!

  • Mary D.
    04/07/2020 14:18

    Very nice. Thank you

  • Dezeraei G.
    04/07/2020 05:02


  • Chris B.
    04/06/2020 21:42

    why do you say erbs , when it has a letter h , HERBS

  • Thomas E.
    04/05/2020 23:01

    who eats chickpeas

  • Meryl MaCormack
    04/05/2020 13:27

    Hi Gloria! The reason this video could be seen as specific to this moment in time is that in many places people cannot or do not want to leave the house and are “making do” with what they have. I agree that these kind of frugal tips are useful even when we are not experiencing a global pandemic! My hope is that folks will embrace a less wasteful lifestyle during this difficult time and that by being resourceful, it will improve their cooking skills. Please be safe and eat well!

  • Nevin S.
    04/05/2020 03:50

    all you leftist nancy, soyboy, femmo limp wrists would love this chicpea sh#t

  • Gloria G.
    04/05/2020 02:26

    Why should cooking during lockdown be that much different from year-round cooking? I find the "cooking-through-the-virus" approach a little silly. 😘😘😘

  • Vijay N.
    04/05/2020 01:20

    It is sad to see that scientists and doctors from all over the world are trying to get rid of the epidemic, but some countries are also trying to gain popularity from the epidemic. The leaders of the ruling party are displaying their work in front of the people of the country in such a way that they will be able to get rid of the corona virus in these ways. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, ordered Indian citizens to turn off the electricity of the homes for 9 minutes on 5/4/2020, and light the candles by standing at the door of the house. Along with this, he also said that the electricity department of India will shut down the electricity supply for 9 minutes all over India. The Prime Minister of India has argued on this order that, by shutting down the electricity for 9 minutes, lighting the candle, the citizens of India will get rid of the corona virus. You all must be surprised to know the truth that, such a command was given by some other country too, but there the government has asked to do so due to compulsion. In fact, every year on a particular day in Yunnan, Greek citizens stand outside the church at night and light it with a candle, but due to the Corona Virus epidemic, the Yunnan government has refused to do so this time and the Greek government has given all citizens Said that, he should celebrate this festival in his own homes this year. Such an event is held every year in Greece, but according to my view, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is trying to gain popularity through Unani customs. In Greece, no one is asked to light a candle under strict prohibition, but the Prime Minister of India is working to the contrary. I am surprised that, how can a government of two countries give such an order, is such an order a coincidence? Or is the Prime Minister of India cleverly trying to gain popularity? Journalists from all over India are propagating loudly, calling this order of the Prime Minister a great work. But I want to ask all of you, will the burning of a candle relieve the corona virus? If the burning of a candle relieves the corona virus, then why did the Prime Minister of India hide this thing from the whole world? If this thing was known in advance, no one would have been infected with the corona virus and no person would have died. Now I want to ask all of you, whether such events are being held to gain popularity, or to avoid accountability, such gimmicks are being adopted. Or will the citizens of India get rid of the corona virus?

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