Things to do if you’re bored at home (without alcohol)

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It can seem like you’ve run out of things to do during lockdown, but there are many fun ways to occupy yourself in a healthy way. The Drinkaware team has put together recommendations of our favourite things that we have been doing to keep time ticking on as we enter a new phase of easing restrictions.

Reading (shop local!)

Audible Books – Sherlock Holmes read by Stephen Fry. 72 hours’ worth! great for when you’re walking/jogging. - Sheena

Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan - Ann

Wonder by Raquel Jarmillo under pseudonym R.J. Palacio. While it is a children’s novel it is a brilliant read for adults too. August, a brave young boy, was born with a severe facial disfigurement and the reaction of those who see him is usually shock. - Martha

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilmore, A Gentleman of Moscow by Amor Towles, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins - Marie

Daughters of Ireland by Debbie Blake looks at the lives and work of 15 pioneering and innovative women in Irish history, women who paved the way for future Irish generations. For example, Dr James Barry (who was born Margaret Anne Bulkley) went to the extreme of masquerading as a man throughout her adult life in order to pursue a career as a military surgeon in the British Army. She qualified before women were officially recognised as medical doctors and in 1826 performed the world’s first recorded successful caesarean section. - Martha

Colouring

I found a really cool 80’s colouring book called ‘Like Totally 80s’. It’s perfect for using glitter gel pens! - Clara

Watching Series

I've been watching Ozark, After Life and Dead to Me. All different but good! - Marie

Sopranos box set (avoiding streaming and watching on DVD too!) and Normal People (who isn't?) - Ann

Netflix – there is so much choice depending on your taste and I only started using Netflix since lock down! Personal favourite is Suits. - Gillian

I watched Lost from start to finish after years of wanting to but never having the time. And now I’ve just started watching Arrested Development, which has given lots of laughs so far! - Clara

Podcasts

The Adam Buxton Podcast, Grounded with Louis TherouxThe David McWilliams Podcast - Sheena

I find that I'm listening to the radio a lot more over past few weeks (but trying to avoid the news where possible is difficult). One podcast I do listen to is the Adam Buxton show! - Ann

People Fixing the World, a podcast by the BBC World Service. Offers a weekly positivity boost of stories of people from around the globe who are sharing ideas and creating innovate solutions to the world’s problems.

Getting outdoors and active

Gardening: watering, planting, composting, weeding (just bought a mini glass house!) - Sheena

Bird watching in your garden. You can log into eBird and identify and see the pictures and hear the sounds made by various birds. Really interesting and relaxing while keeping in touch with nature. - Martha

I’ve been using the garden to do at home workouts and I bought a kite, which has been a lot of fun (I felt like I was in Mary Poppins!) - Clara

Walking and Yoga with Adrienne - Marie

Online yoga classes with Janet via Zoom - Ann

Fresh air – a walk in a park or on a beach if possible (I’m lucky to have both close to home!) - Gillian

Cooking and Baking

Nigel Slater’s Classic Ratatouille is simple but delicious - Miriam

I love baking classic buns. The Odlums recipe is my favourite and you can add whatever toppings you like! - Clara

Baking or making a no bake desert! I hadn’t made a cheesecake for years. Be brave and bake or create something new or different. Baking is an art form and is very therapeutic. - Martha

Martha's No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake 

Base: Ingredients - 400g packet Digestive Biscuits 150g/5oz Butter, melted

How to: base

1. Place a 23cm/9" tin on a serving plate.

2. Break the biscuits in a plastic bag with a rolling pin or in a food processor until in fine crumbs.

3. Pour in the melted butter and mix well. Press into the tin. Allow to chill. 

Filling: Ingredients 

  • 200g tub Cream Cheese (Philadelphia) 
  • 135g packet strawberry Jelly or lemon jelly 
  • 3 tablespoons Water 
  • 125g/4oz Strawberry Jam (or grated rind of a lemon plus juice of half a lemon) 
  • 500ml carton fresh cream
  • Few drops of strawberry essence

How to: filling

  1. Break up the jelly and place in a bowl, add the water and slowly melt over a low heat. Allow to cool.
  2. Put the cream cheese and strawberry jam (or grated rind of a lemon plus juice of half a lemon) into a large bowl and beat well.
  3. Add the cream and beat until still quite loose in consistency.
  4. Finally, fold in the melted jelly until in a semi whipped state. Pour onto the biscuit base.
  5. Transfer to the fridge and allow to set, preferably overnight. 

To Decorate, remove the ring from around the sides of the cheesecake and decorate with freshly sliced strawberries (or fruit of choice). If you like it, pipe whipped cream around the edge.

Enjoy!