So, it’s no surprise that more and more of us have been reaching for the apron and turning to our home-cooked favourites over the last few months in these difficult times.
Home-cooking has come a long way from Mrs Beeton and handed down recipes (although these of course still have a place). The rise of celebrity chefs such as Mary Berry, Jamie Oliver, Delia Smith and Nadiya Hussain, who’ve dedicated their work to making it “easy” to cook at home. And the continued popularity of TV shows such as Masterchef and The Great British Bake Off clearly show there’s an appetite (if you’ll excuse the pun) for innovative home cooking.
And of course, now there’s a new kid in town. The rise of the fresh ingredient recipe boxes in the last few years has added variety and simplicity to everyday cooking.
Our own range of meat hampers offer varying sizes and selections of fresh, restaurant-quality meat delivered to your doorstep. And we’ve included a new range of Valentine’s hampers this month too, with delicious sirloin steak, rack of Welsh lamb, or French trimmed chicken breast to choose from. All of which come with delicious sides, desserts, after-dinner mints, and a bottle of wine too.
But the true joy of home-cooking lies in the experimenting and the perfecting. The waiting and watching. A steak sizzling, a cake rising, or a cheesy top browning.
It’s in mastering the art of the perfect Yorkshire pudding.
Home-cooking has not only become a necessity for so many of us, as eating out is no longer an option, but it can do wonders for our mental health too.
So, whether it’s because you have more time on your hands right now, or that you’d like to teach the kids an essential life skill, or simply that you find inspiration and joy in finding a new recipe to love. Home-cooking doesn’t have to be over-complicated and it doesn’t always have to be a chore.
Cooking good food, at home, with the ones you love, or just with a good glass of something and your favourite music, can bring all the love you need this Valentine’s Day.