Quar Eye: Cooking Lessons in Quarantine

'Queer Eye' food expert Antoni Porowski is hosting leftovers-inspired cooking tutorials while in lockdown.
Melanie Colwell
Published on March 25, 2020


There are many things that the current situation is teaching us — one of the less-serious realisations being that we'll be spending more mealtimes at home. With all local eateries closed for business and the government firmly advising Kiwis to stay at home, we're all going to become a lot more familiar with our kitchens.

You may see this as an opportunity to crack out some of your favourite cookbooks, but with the restrictions on some grocery items, those elaborate 15-step recipes are probably going to be a little out of reach. Luckily, Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski has you covered. The Canadian, who is the food expert on the super-popular Netflix series, is hosting daily cooking tutorials on Instagram while in lockdown in Texas. The series, which he has dubbed Quar Eye, focuses on recipes that require only a handful of easily accessible ingredients with an aim to minimise waste.

"It dawned on me that a lot of people in the country, and in the world, are actually going through this right now: when they go to the store and they can't find what they want. We're stuck at home so we might as well still be able to prepare good food that's good for us and makes us feel good," Porowski explained in his first video.

Part one of the series saw Porowski create The Keep Calm-lette, an omelette served with a black bean salsa and, of course, avocado (fans of the show will know of Porowski's deep love for an avo). The punnily named dishes have continued from there, including Sequestered Salmon Squash, Cooped Up Chicken, Stripped of My Sanity Chicken Strips and Let Me Outside Leftovers.

Porowski uploads his videos to IGTV and Facebook daily, so you can go back and watch them at any time.

Image: Facebook


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