In the UK, Britons are about to enter its third week of lockdown with many only leaving home once a day to exercise or buy essential goods such as food and medicine. The three-week lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on March 23.

Mr Johnson said people must now stay at home to step the spread of coronavirus, which has killed more than 3,700 people.

The Prime Minister announced the new tough measures to keep people in their homes in the hope of saving lives and protecting the NHS.

The measures mean many spend all their time at home and have led to Britons up and down the country trying out new recipes.


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How to cook grains

Grains are affordable, have a long shelf-life and are healthy, making it the perfect item to cook during lockdown.

A grain is a small, hard, dry seed, with or without an attached hull or fruit layer.

There are a number of grains including wheat, oats, rice, corn, barley, sorghum, rye, and millet.

How to cook wheat grains

To cook wheat grains, simply bring 2.5 parts water to one part raw wheat grains, to boil.

Rinse the wheat under running water in a colander until the water runs clear, and add to the boiling water.

To boil, cover and simmer for between 45 minutes and an hour, until the grains are tender.

Remove from the heat, drain any excess water, and fluff gently with a fork.

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How to cook rice

You will need one cup basmati rice per serving (75g), a knob of butter or half a tablespoon of oil.

Measure the rice into a cup and level the top, or weigh the amount of servings you want into a jug and note the liquid level it comes up to.

Rinse the rice thoroughly in cold water until the water is clear.

Pour the rice into a pan over a low heat, then add the butter or oil and stir to coat the rice grains.

Add double the amount of water (two cups, or 150ml water for a 75g serving) plus some salt, if you like.

Put a lid on and turn the heat down to as low as possible.

Cook for 10 minutes and do not take the lid off.

Fluff the rice with a fork and serve it straight away.

How to cook oats

Bring water or milk to a boil in a medium saucepan.

Stir in the oats and reduce the heat to low.

Simmer uncovered over low heat and stir occasionally for 25 to 30 minutes or until oats are of desired texture.

How to cook rye

For each cup of rye grain, add four cups of water.

Combine rye berries and water in a pot and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, cooking time is around 60 minutes.

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