In need of some dinner inspiration? Follow these foodies for tips and know-how.
Going out for dinner or grabbing a cafe lunch is currently off the table – meaning lockdown has plunged the majority of us into a world of constant cooking and incessant washing up, as we cycle repetitively through our staple dishes, and turn again and again to the freezer.
However, quite a few chefs, food writers and culinary enthusiasts now have more time on their hands, and so are hosting video cookery tutorials to help us all up our game in the kitchen.
It’s basically free, online culinary school. Here are just a few to follow…
1. Ravneet Gill @ravneeteats
Pastry chef and cookbook author Ravneet Gill has amazing skills when it comes to sweets (just check out her debut recipe collection, The Pastry Chef’s Guide). She’s been teaching us how to make perfect cookies that are gooey in the middle, but crisp on the outside – and has very firm rules about resting batter overnight, however tempted you are to just eat it raw from the bowl.
2. Claire Thomson @5oclockapron
Chef and Bristol-based mum of three Claire Thomson has been doing daily recipes with her kids (so you have no excuses) that you can follow along with. The dishes are mainly from her cookbooks, New Kitchen Basics and The Art Of The Larder, which champion store cupboard essentials and putting your pantry to work. Plus, Thomson is always making swaps, so if you’ve run out of flour, she’ll likely offer a reliable alternative to sub in.
3. Livvy Potts @ahalfbakedidea
Food writer and chef Livvy Potts has been doing daily #isolationbakes – all the recipes are in her Insta story highlights. She often shares what she does with her leftovers too. Her bacon-stuffed hot cross buns were particularly enviable.
4. Chetna Makan @chetnamakan
Whether you’re in need of a chickpea curry recipe that’ll keep your whole lockdown household happy, a decadent chocolate brownie tiramisu, or a new veggie option, check out Chetna Makan’s YouTube channel Food with Chetna. She’s been posting easy recipes practically every day.
5. Honey & Co. @honeyandco
Even with their restaurants closed, Honey & Co owners, Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich are still feeding us. They have taken to Instagram, sharing cookie ideas, and how to eke three meals out of a chicken. Plus, videos of them dancing, which is always brilliant.
6. Oliver Tarrant @otcooks_eats
Recent university graduate Oliver Tarrant loves his food, and shares his culinary adventures via Instagram. Expect everything from sushi and poached pears, to Korean fried chicken and classic crumbles.
7. Massimo Bottura @massimobottura
Endlessly energetic, legendary Italian chef Massimo Bottura (he’s got three Michelin stars for Osteria Francescana) is sharing his #KitchenQuarantine escapades on IGTV. Pick up knife skills, ask him questions live, and discover his pizza recipe – which is undoubtedly excellent.
8. Rosetta Costantino @rosettacostantino
For further Italian inspiration, tune in to culinary instructor Rosetta Constantino’s site. The author of My Calabria and Southern Italian Desserts, she’ll have you whipping up fresh, homemade pasta in no time.
9. Isa Guha @isaguha
Former England cricketer and sports commentator Isa Guha is cooking recipes from her mum Roma’s cookbook, to raise funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care and The Kindness Factory. Get involved and try out some traditional Bengali dishes.