As the rules about eating in pubs and restaurants are beginning to relax, a Premier Foods report suggests more than 91% of people surveyed said they intended to do the same amount of cooking at home, if not more, in the year ahead. According to the report, our dinner time favourites are pasta and risotto based dishes, a traditional roast, and recipes featuring Indian and asian ingredients.
However much we love (or loathe) cooking, at times we all need a bit of inspiration, whether that’s to add a twist to one of our favourites, perhaps try a new recipe and expand our cooking skills or be bold and try out new flavours. Luckily, there are plenty of cookery shows on TV to help us.
Who wouldn’t want to be a judge on the Great British Menu? Arguably the most competitive cooking competition on TV, this year the chefs are creating dishes designed to reflect and celebrate British innovation. It is often said you eat with your eyes and the visually stunning, creative masterpieces these amazing chefs present are definitely a sight for sore eyes!
If recreating a British innovation from your own food cupboard is a step too far, you could take inspiration from home cooks on Come Dine with Me. There have been some memorable moments during the show’s 15 year run including one contestant who had an outside catering company pass cooked food through her kitchen window while passing it off as her own and the contestant who fell asleep after serving the starter leaving guests to cook their own main course. You can watch previous episodes on Freeview channel 4seven.
Maybe MasterChef could help elevate weekday meals into fantastical feasts? First aired in 1990, over 300 million viewers worldwide have tuned in to watch contestants be put through their paces in a series of cooking challenges. Some contestants use their home-taught skills while some are food professionals. Whatever their background, they have an overwhelming and inspiring passion for cooking.
From MasterChef to home chef guru, Jamie Oliver is currently on our screens with Jamie: Keep Cooking Family Favourites. In this series, Jamie set himself the challenge to create some brand-new dishes that he hopes will become new family favourites as he makes problem-solving meals for every need.
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