What to cook, eat and drink during lockdown
Awaken your inner chef, culinary expert and sommelier with these online cookery classes, virtual drink tastings and get interesting food delivered
With restaurants closed, mobility restricted and overall boredom spreading in households, it is high time we turn to the inevitable question: what are we going to cook over the next few weeks and what interesting food can I get delivered? Keep in mind that you can always support local restaurants by ordering food via delivery services but let's face it, you still need to conquer your kitchen and set off on some gastronomical adventures. Luckily, there are plenty of cookery classes, tastings and recipe box offers to help you out with this.
Even the most accomplished chefs need some help from time to time, some encouragement or at least a good idea to refresh their menus; not to mention those who struggle to turn their oven on. No matter which group you belong to, joining some fun online cookery classes could come in handy either way. The Chef & The Dish offers classes featuring recipes from ten different gastronomical regions to explore food from countries like Brazil, Hungary, Japan or Turkey. Fēst is also a helpful collective of chefs, bakers, pastry makers and sommeliers that teach you all the tricks via live video classes.
Similar to this, Jax Restaurant Reviews have come up with a series of exciting virtual cooking sessions to help people learn how to make a plant-based BBQ or a traditional curry. The Chef's Compliments private lessons went virtual too; you'll get your shopping list in advance then just join a video call with a professional chef to take you through the steps.
You can also visit BBC Good Food, Epicurious or Serious Eats to get easy and simple recipe ideas if you've just started your culinary career.
Virtual drink tastings
Although staying at home provides the perfect excuse to hit that hidden minibar in the cupboard, if you want to do it in style, there are great virtual and online tastings to try out. You can order an impressive selection of six whiskies and attend a two-hour long virtual masterclass with Forbes whisky writer Felipe Schrieberg or join The Scotch Malt Whisky Society's virtual Members Room where you can find news, videos, podcasts and features shared by other members as well as enjoy online tastings, chats and interactive Q&As – with a dram in your hand of course.
If your poison is beer, join the first ever online beer festival, CyberFest by Beer52. Preorder your selection of 12 products and join the four-hour long live stream of Q&As with brewers on Fri 17 Apr. CAMRA has also launched a virtual bar, Red (On)Lion with online pub quiz sessions, beer tastings and talks with various industry professionals. Register to the bar for free and enjoy the Tasty Tuesdays starting on Tue 14 Apr. For something closer in time, head to Tiny Rebels' Facebook page on Wed 1 April (and beyond this) for a virtual tasting session led by one of the production team members.
For all the wine lovers out there; visit Lyon Wine Tastings' free virtual happy hours every day at 5pm for an informal tasting session or tune in to the West London Wine School's online tastings that usually run for an hour introducing two to three wines.
Food delivery, recipe and drink box offers
Most of the time, the hardest part about cooking is not the time spent in the kitchen but the energy it takes to figure out what to cook, where to get all the ingredients and to actually go to the shops. With the current lockdown and advice not to leave your home, food and drink box offers could not be appreciated more; get your foods delivered to your doorstep, browse the exciting recipes then get cooking.
Mindful Chef delivers fresh food in the form of nutritionist-designed recipes with mindfully sourced ingredients to recipe box subscribers. And now you can get £10 off your first and second recipe box orders if you sign up. Simply Cook also offers simple and quick, restaurant quality meals to cook and you can get your first one for only £3! Looking for something Asian and Middle Eastern? FeastBox has got you covered with unique and exotic meals that you might not have heard of but will absolutely love; get 40% off your first recipe box with free delivery and start your culinary adventure.
And if you are really out of ideas, why not leave things to chance? By subscribing to Degusta Box you'll receive a monthly surprise package including a delicious mixture of salt and sweet products. Last but not least, you can always check out Gousto's website for regular deals and offers on their food delivery service.
Need something to drink for those delicious lunches and dinners? How about some beer, wine or gin offers? Beer52 has a lovely £10 discount on your first crate of craft beer to help out during those stressful working evenings. Or fancy a proper wine tasting from your couch? The Wine List's educational drinking experience allows you to learn more about tasting with a detailed introduction, interactive cards and of course, divine wine. Enjoy 30% off your first delivery now. Finally, Craft Gin Club also offers a 30% discount on your first delivery including a gin, mixers, garnishes, and snacks to do your own mixology classes.
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