Baking has become fashionable during the Great Lockdown, so much so that there have been reports of shortages of flour and yeast. Even I baked a banana-carrot bread last week, which isn’t anything I thought I would ever do. But I responded to a different impulse: frugality. There were a couple of blackish bananas in the fruit bowl and a few limp carrots at the bottom of the fridge. A month ago I would have thrown old produce in the compost. Now, I can’t stand to waste even a few radishes, which, in case you didn’t know, can be turned into an edible curry.
Students of the Great Depression will be familiar with the psychological urges that are driving some of us to obsess over waste and others to become Instagram bakers.
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