Carbonara with orecchiette pasta Credit: Maya Dukmasova

At 5 PM Saturday, March 21, Governor J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 Executive Order No. 8, aka the Stay at Home order, took effect. Here’s a daily-ish journal of how Reader staff, our friends, family—and our pets—are spending our time.

Day ten: March 30

What we’re reading:

What we’re listening to:

What we’re watching.

  • The Thick of It on Amazon Prime
  • Narcos: Mexico on Netflix

What we’re cooking:

  • 100 g of dark chocolate
  • 500 mL of milk
  • 1 Tbsp of flour

    Melt the chocolate on the stove in a saucepan over a double boiler or water bath. 

    Sift in flour once the chocolate is melted and mix into a paste. 

    Transfer saucepan directly onto medium heat, add milk, and bring to a boil stirring occasionally, breaking up any clumps that form. (You’re basically making chocolate bechamel!) 

    Once the milk starts to boil, turn off the heat, give the mixture a good stir, and pour the hot liquid into serving cups (small bowls, glasses, whatever!). Let cool on the counter, then transfer to the fridge to finish setting for at least a few hours before eating.  v