The rise of home cooking in lockdown

The rise of home cooking in lockdown

Aug 22, 2022 General by jimmy

At the start of the year, we took an in-depth look at how the pandemic changed our attitudes to spending, eating and cooking with a huge surge in home cooking. Mowgli is all about how Indians eat at home and on their streets. She was born to feed the raw need Indians have for tiffins full of fresh bright intense flavour. Mowgli is not about the intimate, hushed dining experience. It is about the smash and grab zing of healthy, light, virtuosic herbs and spices.

Try Quorn Crunchy Fillet Burgers in this flavoursome dish, made with homemade creamy katsu curry sauce. This delicious vegan katsu curry is both packed full of flavour and is sure to be a family favourite. With taste and texture so chicken like you won’t believe Quorn Crunchy Fillet Burgers aren’t chicken! Serve with your favourite sticky rice or pre-made if you’re short on time. This hands-on class is a perfect introduction to Indian home-cooking for beginners and more experienced cooks. In this class you will learn to make a full Indian meal including four classic Indian recipes from scratch using fresh ingredients.

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One of my biggest home cooking tips involves being careful to take enough time over certain cooking processes can make all the difference. When it comes to browning meat for a stew, for example, allow the meat to take on a good brown crust before turning it to colour another side – that magical Maillard reaction. Time spent at this stage – before simmering the stew for an hour or two – brings taste benefits. Frying onions is the first step for so many dishes and time spent doing this properly, stirring over a low heat until the onions have reached the required level of browning, enhances the flavour of the final dish. ‘Bestselling TV cook Rachel Allen feeds her family and yours with a collection of easy and delicious recipes that everyone will love, plus handy kitchen tips and tricks to make your life easier. Bestselling TV cook Rachel Allen feeds her family and yours with a collection of easy and delicious recipes that everyone will love, plus handy kitchen tips and tricks to make your life easier.

  • This time, I looked at my collection of odd ends of bread and I decided to make polpette di pane, bread polpette and what an inspired decision that was.
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I make it informative by explaining different types of substitute proteins such as tofu and mushrooms. Finally, not spices, but perfect for the larder, are tangy barberries that can be used to bejewel rice, dried limes to scent stews, pomegranate molasses to dress salads, and rose water to add perfume to creamy desserts. I love a more minimal approach to food presentation and believe you shouldn’t have to add all the bells and whistles to make home bakes look impressive.

Pilaf Rice & Quinoa Salad with Quorn Mini Savoury Eggs

For this reason, try to avoid grilling meat, as it just doesn’t provide that hit of heat that you’re after. An ever-growing, crazily diverse collection of other people’s knowledge. An efficient one, admittedly, and one schooled in a vast breadth of cuisines, but for all the breadth, the depth was lacking. Cutting meat out of a meal is never an easy thing for a Persian or Middle Eastern cook to have to do.

They’re both ridiculously moreish and easily go well with loads of different things. Without meat, you have to layer flavour and texture in a more thoughtful way, which results in a more exciting way to cook, in my opinion. It doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming – it can be as easy as some lemon zest on a salad or some roasted nuts or seeds to top a soup. Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of fat in meat cooking. Never trim it off before you cook it, as it brings a wonderful depth of flavour and succulence that you otherwise won’t get. If you aren’t keen on eating it, you can always trim it off afterwards.

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In fact, when it comes to British ‘meat and two veg’, the sides take up most of the plate, so it seems pretty negligent to only ever cook the same, bland things. I am no vegetarian and nor do I ever see myself as one – however, as I get older I find myself struggling when eating too much meat. We are globally guilty of meat-overload and that is why I try and cook less of it at home and only really eat meat when I crave it (and usually, when I can get well-reared meat).