His kitchen in LA is sparse. Donal Skehan, TV chef and author, has only an old pan, chopping board, wok, spatula and some tongs.
At his own admission, "it's slim pickings but I've served up some pretty decent dinners considering", the 33-year-old Dubliner laughs.
There hasn't been much time for laughter of late as Donal and his Swedish wife, Sofie, prepare to pack up home and bring their two young sons, Noah (2) and Oliver (five months), home from Los Angeles weeks ahead of a scheduled trip.
That had been planned as an idyllic summer beside the sea, the boys spending time with their Irish grandparents, Dermot and Liz, and his brother, John, plus trips to see their Swedish grandparents.
However, as the Covid-19 crisis deepens and air travel shuts down dramatically, the four Skehans are "moving back to Ireland lock, stock and barrel for the moment" and it's been quite a race against time.
The couple and their sons - who were both born in Los Angeles - will hopefully jump on a KLM flight on Wednesday and are travelling home via Amsterdam.
Ironically, while they were delayed trying to get Max, their much-loved Border Collie/Jack Russell mix, on a flight home, the canine Instagram star is now going a day earlier, by cargo from San Francisco on Tuesday, so he might get home quicker than they do.
"This is happening so fast," says the Howth-born chef who has been inspiring Ireland's cooks on lockdown with his comforting and tasty recipes in 'Weekend' magazine, and then there's the utter zeal for his banana bread. The chef, who has nine cookery books to his credit and endless television series screened all over the world, explained how his "website has crashed three times since we put the recipe for the banana bread up. People have been posting photos to us. I don't know why it's such a thing but obviously we need comfort and sweetness in tricky times".
His latest cookbook was due to launch any day in the US with prime appearance slots on all the big daytime TV shows but there will be time again for that, says the chef who hasn't called time on the family living in California in the future. The couple, who married here in 2015, moved to the City of Angels four years ago to follow work.
The chef said the family's summer plans were fast forwarded.
"I called the Irish consulate in LA, and the advice was if you want to get back home, now is the time to do it because of an interruption in direct flights. The amount of flights is reducing daily," said Donal. "We were due to fly home with Aer Lingus on April 30 but it has stopped its direct flights from LAX so we are coming home with KLM on Wednesday into Amsterdam.
"Then hopefully, we can fly direct from there to Dublin and then we are into self-isolation.
"I'm sure we will be getting lots of meals delivered to the front door from family and friends. We can't wait to see everyone, but that will have to wait."
Life over the last four years since they moved to LA has brought lots of career high-points but has not been without its dramas.
In one of the recent fires, flames came within 100 metres of their rented home near Pasadena.
Donal said he had been in touch with the new Irish consul general in LA, Orla Keane, because he was doing work with them on a Concern project.
"The consulate is newly launched here in LA and when the consul general said to keep in touch, we never envisaged I would be calling her in a pandemic. Thankfully I had someone to reach out to and they are being fantastic with anyone who is here and needs to get back.
"We have packed up. Our life is packed up in 36 boxes somewhere across the Atlantic and we won't see it for another two months, I'd imagine."
There was a sad moment as Noah never got to say goodbye to his preschool friends because it closed.
From a career point of view, Donal can keep all his video output going from this side of the Atlantic and writing for 'Weekend' magazine.
He is a partner in Appetite Media, which made the popular RTÉ food show 'Beyond The Menu'.