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Tips for simple, back-of-the-cupboard cuisine

  • by JW

The new art of cooking in lockdown.


BBC One started a very useful daily series this morning:

Daily Kitchen Live |

BBC launching Daily Kitchen Live with Matt Tebbutt and Jack Monroe |


Meanwhile, Radio 4’s The Food Programme gives us a few cheerful tips:


In a special programme – recorded online from self-isolation – Sheila Dillon explores the new art of cooking in lockdown.

As we all get used to spending more time at home, what better opportunity for an expedition into our kitchen cupboards? What lurks at the back behind the mountains of stockpiled pasta and tinned tomatoes? And how to feel confident using only the absolute basics – from a tin of beans to a bag of flour.

Sheila masters Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp to join some of our favourite chefs and home cooks in their own kitchens, to see how they’re passing the time in quarantine.

Mary Berry is keeping herself busy with gardening and jigsaws. Baker Richard Bertinet is getting used to making loaves at home after closing his beloved cookery school (luckily, he’s got plenty of flour to keep him going). Food writer Felicity Cloake is taking the opportunity to sort out her freezer – and makes a dramatic discovery. And author Lola Milne is embracing the creepily perfect timing of her new book, ‘Take One Tin: 80 delicious meals from the storecupboard’.

Sheila talks to Dr Rupy Aujla about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet during this challenging time. And we share recipes from the kitchens of Britain as Food Programme listeners send in tips for simple, back-of-the-cupboard cuisine.

05/04/2020 |