If you’re using lockdown to perfect your culinary skills, then have a follow of these foodie accounts for some extra inspiration. While we can’t guarantee they’ll make you a better cook, they’ll definitely make you hungry!
The bakery shop and stall in Borough Market are offering free online tutorials showing you how to make doughnuts (yum), soughdough (also yum) and focaccia (OK, we’re drooling now) all from the comfort of your own home. Matthew from Bread Ahead directs each session, along with a load of Q&As alongside it. Honestly, so wholesome. If we close our eyes, we swear we can smell the bread… hmmm.
If we're going to talk about delicious home-cooked recipes, we couldn't overlook the Gastro Gays. Patrick and Russell are great at recreating dishes they’ve enjoyed on their adventures such as Piri Piri chicken, taco fries and pimped hot dogs. They’re also doing a #COVCookClub - a digital cookery club and you can hear more of them via their podcast series, Chew The Fat.
If you didn’t get a chance to experience Italian restaurant Padella (in London Bridge) before lockdown, then you really need to check it out when this pandemic is over. To get a glimpse of what they’re all about, have a watch of their live cook-alongs, where the chefs show you how to recreate their signature dishes such as Pici Cacio e Pepe in your own home. Ingredients are posted two days before, so you’ve got time to stock up too. Amazing.
If you’ve got a craving for cookies then you’d better get following US pastry chef Christina Tosi ASAP. She hosts a daily baking club via Instagram Live at 6pm everyday, using simple ingredients, many of which you’ll probably find tucked away in your kitchen cupboard. We’re talking oat cookie bars, which require no flour, and four ingredient cookies. Proof that sometimes, simple is best.
Fast food chain Leon have been broadcasting live cook-alongs to inspire your week-night meals. TBH their insta account is on fire right now - even if you can’t cook, their colourful feed will brighten your day. Think Turkish-style eggs, black bean tacos and Leon-style baked potatoes, all from their famous recipe books. Delish.
Selasi from the Bake Off
Former Bake Off star Selasi has the ultimate sweet tooth - and we love it. Follow his Insta stories and watch him make everything from fancy Easter Eggs to hot cross buns and cookies. While his recipes aren’t always the most basic, he’s fun to watch, and we love how he shares his creations with NHS staff and his neighbours (we wouldn’t mind living next door to him!)
Niamh, a cook and writer in London
For home-cooking with a twist, give Niamh a follow. She has an incredible repertoire of recipes and offers alternatives for ingredients if lockdown has made them hard to source. From noodles to stews and brunch dishes, there’s loads to try, along with three banana bread recipes - so you can whack that on your Instagram and join the banana bread hype! She also recently posted a cracking blog post featuring 39 recipes for lockdown solo cooking - just what we need right now.