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Creative cooking during lockdown

While you may not be able to go out to eat, you can still cook up a storm during lockdown by following some of these live chef cook-alongs.

While many of us have may have a stash of cookbooks that have been gathering dust for the past few months *cough* years, now is a good time to delve into them. For those that know their way around a kitchen better than me, you may need a little more inspiration.

One positive that’s come from lockdown is that restaurants are sharing the secrets to their hit recipes for us to create at home and even chefs are sharing their kitchen recipes too including Jamie Oliver, Jason Atherton, Gordon Ramsey, Helene Darroze and more.

Closer to home, celeb chef Kwoklyn Wan is doing live cooking demos via Instagram every Weds at 12 midday perfect for lunch or 6.30pm just in time for dinner. He’s already made Hong Kong eggy bread, king prawn and tofu as well as a tasty noodle bowl. Check his IG account for timings and menu details.

Bisbrooke Artisan based in Rutland is run by Ami and Lance and they make delicious sourdough bread – seriously, you can’t go out and eat in the area without trying it. Follow Ami as she makes delicious toppings for your sourdough including creamy leek and mushroom. Yum.

Chef Marco at one of my fave restaurants, Pear Tree Woodhouse is doing a live cook-along every other Thursday. Simply book your cook-along box (suggested donation is £12) and simply join in – all proceeds go to the Leicester Hospitals Charity COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. Their next cool-alongs are 30 April and 14 May. Check their Facebook and Instagram for more details and the menu.

Further afield, Greek street food restaurant chain The Athenian’s co-founder is whipping up dishes on Instagram live, every Saturday at 7pm. You’re given time to buy the right ingredients each week so you can cook the dishes in real time for dinner. 

Meanwhile, Wagamama is dishing out tutorials for the restaurant’s favourite recipes weekly on Instagram, part of the new Wok From Home IGTV series. Recipes so far have included katsu curry, wok fried greens and yasai yaki soba. Wahaca’s Tommy Miers is revealing some of her secret recipes on her IG – think chipotles en adobo and Mexican chilli picadillo. Muy delicioso!!

Cool Borough Market Bakery and Cookery School, Bread Ahead, is offering daily 2pm online tutorials on Instagram. Plus Morty and Bob’s sandwich bar (you’ll find it at King’s Cross’ super-cool Coal Drops Yard) is posting weekly recipes on Instagram (parmesan and truffle fries, anyone?). 

The man behind the mega Momofuku brand, David Chang is giving his foodie fans plenty of Instagram love in the form of detailed recipes and easy meals that you can make at home everything from tuna pasta to Chinese street food and even reveals how he likes his eggs in the morning.

Ravneet Gill, pastry chef at Puff, a cool London pop-up bakery has been running cook-alongs via Instagram Live. She’s made my stomach rumble with her carrot cake and double chocolate cookies which I’d be happy to snack on during lockdown.

And for some Michelin-starred magic, Italian chef, Massimo Bottura, is live streaming his family dinner prep from his kitchen every night at 7pm – how amazing is that! Get involved with the entire Bottura familia and you can end up cooking anything from orange peel marmalade to Thai vegetable curry and parmigiano reggiano and is an absolute joy to watch. He’s also doing live Q&A sessions during his #QuarantineKitchen.

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