New lease of loaf: calling all Insta-chefs for lockdown cook-alongs
Use your time indoors to hone your skills in bread- and cake-baking and to expand your recipe repertoire
We’ve all been told that to maintain a little sanity when self-isolating, it’s good to get some kind of routine going. So, at 9am today I opened Instagram to look at the latest instruction from Brickhouse Bread’s sourdough how-to, and popped downstairs to dutifully refresh my newly created starter, which is bubbling and burping nicely. At 11am I had a quick lesson in no-knead bread courtesy of The Real Orange Bakery’s Instagram account, and, oh, at 2pm I’ve got a live cook-along with healthy fast food chain LEON. Working from home isn’t so bad after all.
As restaurants have been forced to close and freelance food writers, bakery owners and chefs are left without regular work, many are harnessing the power of social media to share their expertise with the world. Though flour may be hard to come by these days, there is a huge variety of cook-alongs taking place online, covering everything from basic skills, easy, work-from-home lunches and store-cupboard and freezer-friendly dinner recipes, to more elaborate dishes and specialist cuisines.
Many are available on YouTube at any time, and many are broadcast live on Instagram and Facebook, giving you something to pencil in your diaries to look forward to, and an excuse to step away from your desk. ..