How to handle food & hygiene during the coronavirus pandemic

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 Recharge your optimism!

Who would have thought WE’d be crossing these times… We hoped for a while it’s the best prank before April 1st settled in, but nope! The Coronavirus pandemic grew fast. Now it’s time to breath in deeply, keep calm, and remember that former generations ahead of us also went through their own time of change, crucial turnovers, whether political, social, environmental, war, natural disasters… Ours is a pandemic…

We plan to #StayHome and share with you our thoughts and tips in a GUIDE to a safe pandemic. Here’s Part 1… from MobileRecharge team, with optimism!

Forest, stop running! Stay home and…

Time to rest, Forest… You may have heard that Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were among the coronavirus victims. Well, they are doing better now after weeks of self-isolation. For everyone, homemade is back! Including food… And slow is the new fast.

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Cook real good food for your family or yourself. Because when we play wisely with our resources, we may actually get more creative than we ever thought. Pizza is the popular dish made out of leftovers… Who knows what’s the NEW popular dish after all this is over? 

Yes, get used to this routine during the Coronavirus pandemic. Cook, watch a movie or an online show since most operas and theatres broadcast online, work, read something, play a game, draw, knit, watch a tutorial … and then inevitably cook or fix something again before bedtime… Good meals together will make “home sweet home” turn into “the sweetest home sweet home.”

Food you need in the house

Please please please avoid panic buying and focus on your immune system boosters. Quality, not quantity. And social distance as if you were a sociopath or a shy introvert. 

A shopping list from the experts

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According to the New Castle University shopping list for this Cornoavirus times, the basis for many meals consist of vegetables, fruit or dairy that come in cans, jars or packets. Canned tomatoes (no added salt / reduced salt), corn, beetroot, asparagus, beans, potatoes, onion, garlic, canned peaches, apricots, fruit salad, pineapple, apples, oranges, dried fruit – sultanas, apricots, dates, prunes.

The list goes on with proteins: canned fish (tuna, salmon, sardines, anchovies), bean mix, chickpeas, lentils (canned or dry), Tahini jar, peanut butter. Canned soups are finally more than camping goodies.

We also recommend this comprehensive article, where Prof. Collins featured by EuroNews, develops the topic of foods, vitamins and different effects on your body, so helpful during the Coronavirus pandemic.

What MobileRecharge team does

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We thought of putting together a list of things we’re having in our homes, in case you need inspiration for your shopping list.

  • Foods that you know you enjoy eating. There’s no use bulk-buying broccoli if you’d never touch it.
  • For one MobileRecharge team player, around 5 different types of cheese. :) 
  • Coffee! Nothing worse than self-isolation with a coffee withdrawal headache. :) 
  • Tomato sauce! From pasta to ratatouille to chicken parmesan, it’s one of the most versatile sauces out there. 
  • Dry foods, canned goods, frozen foods and, of course, your favourite junk food. 
  • All kinds of spices, especially cinnamon to boost your immune system.
  • Honey
  • Smoked fish
  • Peanuts & sunflower seeds
  • Onion & garlic
  • Frozen vegetables & meat & pasta & pickles

Pfff, not really budget-friendly, you’d say. But dosage makes the budget friendly…

Other things you need in the house

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  • Supplies for any (indoor) hobbies you might have.
  • Netflix subscription
  • Board Games
  • Good internet connection
  • A first aid kit 
  • Chocolate or vegan truffles 
  • Toilet paper – you don’t want to lose the toilet paper battle
  • Spare lightning bulbs and batteries
  • Soap and all kind of cleaners
  • Pet food if you have any animal friends
  • If you’ve just started to work from home, don’t forget your plants at the office!
  • Enough medicine to last you for a while, if you have any health problems that require them. 

Crazy recipes from leftovers

Homemade is already the big thing now. And homemade cooking will rock, despite the odds. Why? When resources are limited, yet we play wisely, we may actually get more creative than we ever thought. Pizza is the popular dish made out of leftovers, right?… Who knows what’s going to be the NEW popular dish when this is over? 

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We asked our MobileRecharge team what’s the real good food for them and their families these days.

#1 Polenta, cheese and cream

Cristina is the guru of the MobileRecharge team. Very passionate about homemade stuff, including growing her own vegetables. She’s using long-lasting goods like old corn flour from her pantry.  

There’s a fight over flour in the supermarkets. I guess everyone’s been watching cooking shows too much to think it’s baking time. So, if you find yourself short for flour, one thing nobody fights over is good old corn flour. Boil 1l of water in a pan, 1 pinch of salt, throw in 2 cups of corn flour and wangjangle it till it turns into a yellowy, creamy delight. That’s when it’s time for some butter. We eat it with hard cheese and cream. 

Another Polenta recipe, sour cherry polenta cake, comes from Claudia, the most cheerful player in MobileRecharge team, a nature’s lover, biker, painter and collagist offline. :)

Baking sour cherries cake desserts is one of my favourite “therapy” sessions. For this particular recipe I’m going to share with you today, you don’t need a lot of ingredients. (Hint: you can always improvise with what you have around the house. Want it more dietary? Remove the sugar, add some sweetener) 

Here’s how you do it: Mix 1 cup of butter (150g), 3/4 cups of sugar (150g), some vanilla, a pinch of salt, lemon juice and peel. Add 3 eggs, no need to split them. Whisk ⅞ cups of whole-wheat flour (100g),  ⅞ cups of corn flour (100g), and baking powder until moistened. 

Place the cake on a prepared pan, arrange 750 g of pitted sour cherries (fresh or from a compote) on top and bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown. Let it cool and you’re done. 

You know that old saying – if you do things the same way all the time, don’t expect different results! Well, when it comes to this sour cherry cake, you’ll be surprised. I won’t tell you more, just challenge you to try it at least 3 times. Aaaand here’s a pic, just to make sure you’re in! ;)

#2 Pancakes are cheap during the Coronavirus pandemic


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Francesca is a mom of two girls. Her suggestion is a cheap banana pancake recipe with flour (pantry safe) and some fresh bananas, that work alright for the entire family and fun to make.  

1 banana, 1 egg and 2 spoons of flour (+ cinnamon if desired)

Mash the banana with a fork till it turns into a fine puree. Add the other ingredients and mix until combined. Heat a non stick pan, add the batter and cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip it and cook for extra 3-4 minutes. Done. A sweet and healthy breakfast or dessert. Kids will surely enjoy it!

Claudia, another player in the MobileRecharge team goes for potato pancakes. Even friendlier to avoid stores during the Coronavirus pandemic. Because potatoes can be well preserved at home for longer.

This is a great way of making use of foods that are staples in (perhaps) every household. You’ll need about 4 large potatoes, 2 large eggs, a few tablespoons of the flour you bought in bulk, salt/pepper to taste and sunflower oil for frying. This makes about 15 pancakes. Grate the potatoes and rinse well under cold water. After most of the water is drained, add the rest of the ingredients. You’ll know the mixture is ready when it looks like a gooey mess. Take spoonfuls of your eggy potato and throw them in the heavily pre-oiled pan. Make sure the pancakes are thin so they’ll become extra crispy when fried. Flip when golden brown on one side. You’ll know they’re ready when your entire house smells like potato heaven. Serve with any cheese of your liking! 

Washing your hands. More than a table rule.

20 seconds, make it count! Do it when you get back from the store, do it as often as you can.

And if your hands are cracked, please keep them moisturized. In a recent Washington Post article, Graig Saphiro explains:

“Keeping skin moisturized is important. If the skin is breaking down or raw, then the soap and alcohol disinfectants do not work as well.

Mr. Craig Shapiro is an attending physician in pediatric infectious diseases at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware.

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Washing your hands is among the popular measures these days, besides keeping social distance. Especially when you get back from the store, as the medical authorities suggest on all channels. Wash them again before starting to cook.

TIPS on how to get mobile balance for YOU & YOUR FOLKS AWAY

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During the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s better to avoid stores aka crowded places, due to community spread changes. MobileRecharge app and are working at their fully potential to carry on your request, whether it’s balalnce for your phone or for your folks abroad.

Stay safe! Skip the shop, recharge online!

Yes, self service online. Here’s how.

  1. You need no contract, just visit or get the app for free for your Android or iOS.
  2. Make sure you have a free account to use. You’ll have all your invoices and history there, plus shortcuts to numbers previously recharged.
  3. Fill in the online form with details of your top up. It takes seconds.
  4. Tap recharge and processed to payment via PayPal or any major card. You’re done!

The amount gets to your phone instantly.

Keep your family and friends safe! Recharge their mobiles online. Several PROMOTIONS also running these days, for top ups to Ethiopia and Latin America.

It’s basically the same process as if you’d top up your phone, except the details of the recharge are different. So, check out the steps below and keep them safe from going to the store during the Coronavirus pandemic.