Cooking is a fabulous activity rivalled only by eating – everyone is busy doing one of them on any given day.
Helping people from all backgrounds learn to cook and eat well is a responsibility to be taken seriously.
At Greenwich Pantry, we believe food is both fuel and medicine and we don’t take any chances when it comes to getting food cooked well.
But first things first... What are we eating?
In the UK we are really spoilt for choice when it comes to food. The question “What do you want to eat?” often comes up in conversations. Even though it sounds like a simple question, it can be frustrating and challenging too; especially when the answer is “I don’t know” or “am not sure “ or it becomes another question such as “what do you want? Understandably, after a while, questions such as these, carry undertones of angst in homes across the world.
Furthermore when you finally decide what you’re going to eat, there’s slight trepidation as the next question pops up… “What’s there to cook?” and so it goes on.
So rather than cooking being a fabulous activity, it becomes a chore.
To avoid this scenario we’ve prepared a few tips to help you get a pleasurable experience when preparing food:
1. Think about what you want to eat before you want to eat.
Everyday cooking is somewhat different in style to dinner party cooking. Depending on lifestyle and budgets most people keep weekday cooking low-key, basic and simple. With this in mind, creating a timetable may be a handy way to avoid cooking stress.
2. Prepare a shopping list.
Lack of preparation in most things can result in a lacklustre performance. It’s true for cooking too. Your shopping list is your “best friend” because it will guide you to what you need and away from what you don’t
3. Keep a well stocked up pantry.
Your pantry is your “bestie” and safety net. Adopt the first in first out rule to reduce food waste. Food waste makes no sense especially when you’re making efforts to invest in good food and cooking.
4. Learn and collect simple recipes you can count on in three ways.
Our rules for recipes are – keep them practical. Recipes are handy when you can make food that’s ready to eat, ready to freeze and ready to adapt. Recipes you love and use are very different from recipes you have and never look at. If you have recipes that have been passed down through family they’ve been tried and tested so keep these nearby.
5. Cook the seasons (Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables Calendar is available at this link)
For many of us, the seasons get blurred and we only really think winter and summer. Not only that, we’ve become comfortable with the idea that everything is available in the shops most of the time – therefore seasons don’t stand a chance!! However if you live in the UK, you’ll know that seasons overlap. The good news is that each season brings new produce; so, make the most of them when cooking. You might also like to start thinking of growing your own.
6. Kitchen Pals matter.
Good kitchen pals (tools) kept handy are a ‘life saver’ and the more user friendly the better. There are certain tools every cook needs to have in the kitchen and we especially love these.
7. Choose healthy or healthier ways.
If healthy eating is your goal, try a range of cooking methods. Steaming, grilling , pan frying – these all help you eat better as there’s little or no oil involved. If you’re really serious about cutting down on fats, an air fryer will not disappoint.
If any of the above tips work for you tell us, we would love to hear your stories.
Happy cooking (and yes you can do it)!