How to eat real food this year

How to eat real food this year

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If you make one change for the better this year, make it about eating more ‘real’ food.  There are no hard and fast rules about this, it’s just a good way of thinking about it. Making and enjoying home-cooked food doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. To help you make better food choices, here are some of our top tips and tricks to eating real food.

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“ It's much better to eat real food cooked in kitchens, rather than products made in factories"

Our top tips to make home cooking easy

Keep it simple

Home cooking doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. If you’ve had a busy day there is nothing wrong with going back to basics. A frittata or omelette can take just a few minutes, but can be packed with whatever you have in the fridge or freezer.

Small touches

A dollop of greek yoghurt and a tablespoon of toasted nuts and seeds will make almost any dish look great and taste delicious.

Batch cooking

If you are going to the trouble of cooking a meal from scratch, why not make extra portions to pop in the fridge for later? Or add one to the freezer for a time when you want a night off cooking.

Store cupboard staples

Stock up on the essentials; so you always have base ingredients to hand. Tinned lentils, chickpeas or beans are great to have in reserve and are a great basis for many any dish. Throw together with a can of tomatoes, herbs and a few veggies for a fab midweek supper. Jars of roasted peppers, anchovies and capers are also easy ways to add punch and flavour. 

Weekly favourites

Have a few easy and versatile recipes such as lentil dahl, chicken casserole and bean stew that you can easily serve up in different ways. These sorts of dishes all freeze well, so can be reheated easily.

Keep things in reserve

Fridge foods like halloumi and feta can keep for months in the fridge and are both incredibly versatile. Crumble over fresh salads, add them to stews or bake in the oven for a creamy finish. 

Freeze leftovers

If you don’t fancy last night’s dinner for lunch, pop it in the freezer and save for later. You can freeze just about anything- odd portions of mashed potato, cooked vegetables, slices of meat and half pots of things. All these leftovers can quickly and easily be added to all sorts of food and spruce up any dish. 

Discover new and exciting home-cooked food made by people in your neighbourhood.

On those days where you fancy a night off, our Bristol cooks are always on hand to provide a home-cooked feast for friends and family.

Easy classics

Sometimes you can’t go wrong with simple things like dippy eggs, cheese toasties or baked beans on toast.  These are all ‘real’ and nutritious, and make a great speedy meal.

Feeling inspired? Try Elly Pear’s freeze ahead Tuscan style cannellini bean stew that you can serve three ways to keep home cooking interesting.

This stew is especially great on chilly days, but as it uses really basic vegetables that are available all year round, you don’t need to keep it for the depths of winter.

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A look back at 2021: All About the Cooks’ year in review

A look back at 2021: All About the Cooks’ year in review

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As we enter into 2022, All About The Cooks Founder, Claire Ladkin, reflects on the progress of her mission to help home-cooks sell their food to local people all over Bristol.

Back in 2018, Claire Ladkin purchased a jar of home-made lemon curd from the Square Food Foundation. Little did she know that it would lead to the launch of All About The Cooks in Bristol, an online marketplace and innovative concept, enabling the city’s talented home-cooks to sell their food online, from the comfort of their own homes. 

With the mission  to make it easy for people to eat real food made by local people well on its way, heres a look back on the past year from the inspiring founder, a woman driven to create greater food connections within our communities. 

" When I look back at 2021, it pretty much covers the whole of the time All About the Cooks has been actively selling food made by local people”

This time last year

Towards the end of 2020 All About the Cooks launched its pilot phase to the people of Bristol, with three important questions:

  1. Do people want to buy home-cooked food from local people?
  2. Do people want to sell their food they cook in their own home?
  3. To aid future growth, will the business attract objective investors?

Despite inevitable bumps along the way, we are thrilled to say that the answer to all three is a confident YES! Bristol communities have begun to embrace home-cooked food, made by a local, right on their doorsteps. 

As you can see for yourself... the proof is in the pudding!

Of all these statistics, the one that stands out is that well over £25,000 has been paid into cooks’ pockets. This is money moving around within communities, enabling home cooks in Bristol to make money doing what they enjoy, alongside the other busy parts of their lives. The social impact All About The Cooks’ creates encompasses its values and is undoubtedly the driving force for Claire Ladkin

"Our part of this income is really quite a small percentage, but we have achieved 'Proof of Concept’ and are now ready to spread our wings elsewhere over the coming months."

Looking to the future

Food is about bringing people together, which has become particularly important in recent years. As we plan ahead for the future, our goal is to sell delicious food made my local people in several more cities across the UK, with many, many more cooks joining the platform. 

Cheers to 2022- watch this space!

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