Megan Walsh on how you can now recreate some signature dishes in your own home
Lockdown has been tough for lovers of eating out. Remember the times we broke bread and shared stories over (dare I say it) small plates, as we huddled around a table before social distancing became a thing? But you know what they say: when one door closes another one opens.
All this extra time indoors has created a new wave of home cooks trying to make the best out of a bad situation. And now, thanks to social media, and the generosity of our independents, we can have a go at creating some of the dishes from our favourite places in the comfort of our own kitchen.
Here are five of our favourites:
View this post on InstagramFor everyone that missed the live broadcast on Friday. Here is part 2 of the recording of James and Richie's fantastic and hilarious Disco Cauli demo. Special shout out to Liverpool Confidential's Megan for having the foresight to screen record it! Enjoy x
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The team at Maray have been more than good to us. Not only have they provided quick tutorials on how to make their irresistible falafels, flatbreads and hummus: they’ve only gone and shared the recipe for their glorious, infamous disco cauliflower.
You could say the disco cauli has garnered a cult-like following over the years and I for one wholeheartedly agree. It’s a showstopper and now you can eat it over and over again, without having to share one single floret of tahini-smothered goodness. You can find all the tutorials here.
View this post on InstagramGet the recipes for our BSC Breakfast Beans & Wilted Spinach on our stories 😍 just screen shot to save em! . We’ll bring you a few more BSC favourites in the next few weeks so you can have a go at home. Remember to tag us in your pics even if you make a shambles of it, we all could be doing with a laugh anyways . 🖤
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Bold Street Coffee
Quick, on-the-go breakfasts have been long forgotten in lockdown. For the majority of us, working from home means we can eat like kings every day of the week. Poached eggs and pancakes are our new normal, and the smell of homemade bread fills the air.
So if you’ve made the bread and have finally mastered the art of poaching an egg, the next – and most important – component of your brekkie comes courtesy of Bold Street Coffee.
Put the Heinz back in the cupboard and make yourself a batch of beans like they do it on Bold Street. Trust me, there’s nothing better. While you’re at it, have a go at their wilted spinach too, because we mustn’t forget our greens during times of crisis – even they have been bathed in butter. Find the recipes here.
View this post on InstagramMustard seed garlic Turmeric chilli salt sweet mustard paste and lemon. Done and a revelation I swear!
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Mowgli does in fact have its very own cookbook, from which you can create all of your favourite dishes in your own kitchen. And while you’re one foot ahead if you’ve already got the book, you needn’t worry if you haven’t because over on Instagram, Mowgli owner Nisha Katona has been coming at us with daily IGTVs, giving us tips and demonstrations on everything from Indian cabbage and curried aloo gobi, to treacle tamarind pulled pork and ‘Maa’s’ lamb chops.
View this post on InstagramWe found some chickpea flour in the very back of the cupboard yesterday so off googling I went. We made these nigella seed spiked pancakes and topped with all sorts of herby and spiced concoctions. Scrambled egg with oregano & sumac, yoghurt and fresh coriander, feta, tomatoe, cucumber & mashed avocado. It’s felt like we were on holiday sampling this plate. Sounds - Chris paired the morning with Holiday (1974) by America. A folk rock record with tracks like Tin Man and Lonely People evokes being in fresh open space - and that’s what we all want to feel right now. A band with a back catalogue worthy of your time.
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While Food Sounds isn’t a restaurant, this dynamic duo is a collaborative project from the owner of Allerton Road’s Lifestyle Collective and her partner. And if you love your music as much as your food, then this account is for you.
It works like this: as well as inspiration and recipes, with each meal comes a recommended record for you to listen as you eat. What’s not to love?
The pair had a sold-out supper club set to take place at Chapters of Us, but the implementation of lockdown meant it had to be cancelled.
The three-course dinner will be rescheduled once all of this is over, but for now you can head to their Instagram for inspiration, recipes and music recommendations to see you through to the end of lockdown. They’ve even curated an Isolation Sounds Spotify playlist.
View this post on Instagram. . If anyone tuned in last week to @girlgaygym for the live cook along with me, then this is the Mango salsa I had made . . Instead of Mango, Pineapple or peach work be lovely . . Super delicious, healthy & quick one for you guys . . #mango #mangosalsa #salsa #healthyfood #healthylifestyle #healthyfood #healthyfoodrecipes #lunchideas #salsarecipe #dinnerideas #lightlunch #lightlunchideas #chickpeas #chickpeasalad #chickpearecipes #chickpeasalsa #goodfood @healthy.foodyss @healthyfoodmag @thismorning @bbcgoodfood @good_food_network
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Gabriella’s Kitchen (aka Cucina di Vincenzo)
Cucina di Vincenzo is by far the best Italian restaurant in Liverpool – and now chef Gabriella Margiotta has taken to Instagram to let us in on her secrets.
Her channel is an amalgamation of Italian classics and healthy meals, balanced out by the some of the most irresistible dessert recipes you’ll see during quarantine. Did somebody say rice pudding arancini?
Find her Instagram here.