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14 Apr

Practical approaches to food and cooking in a hectic world

Greenwich Pantry Cookery Experiences

Greenwich Pantry is a London based independent food boutique running cookery experiences.

We find practical approaches and solutions to food in our hectic world.

At Greenwich Pantry food boutique, we help our customers lead healthier lifestyles by curating a healthy store cupboard with artisan, vegan, and food free from artificial substances. We are great proponents of eating nutrient rich food and balance is a recurring theme in our work. We support the principles of heathy eating demonstrated in the highly acclaimed eat well plate which suggests the amounts to eat in order to maintain a nutritiously balanced diet. These principles have been around for years and when followed is liberating for those who seek long term health benefits and enjoyment of food.

At Greenwich Pantry our fellow foodies can buy a variety of healthier food options and introduce their tastebuds to exciting food concepts, simple recipe ideas and shopping tips. we offer a variety of food and lifestyle services; come along to food events and cooking classes where you’ll learn to cook and develop great culinary skills.

Food is nourishment and a means to a pleasurable end.

With our experienced helpful chefs, we run cookery classes for beginners and enthusiasts and open up your world to simple recipes you’ll keep for life.

We’ll help you think about what you eat and why.  We love talking about food and learning new things about all aspects of food so come along to our pop events in Greenwich.

If you want to discuss booking private classes for healthy eating or a pantry makeover, email cookandeat@greenwichpantry.com or call 0203 0927238

We look forward to hearing from you and to your visit at a Greenwich Pantry Food event.

Very Best xx

The Team at Greenwich Pantry

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05 Jun

How to Love with Food in June

cookery classes

From June to the End of 2017 choose some food flavoured loving…

Happy Half Year to our Foodie Friends.

There’s still 183 days to go and if you’re stuck for ways to make someone feel special, here are some suggestions we think  might help. Look through our list of foodie ways to celebrate love, life and healthiness in June and beyond.

But don’t take our word for it, try it and see.

 

 

June 
Its June, the sun is shining and its London Food Month. You could celebrate by visiting food markets and tasting London’s international cuisine and if you can’t enjoy the delights of summer outdoors, why not stay indoors at a sushi class with  Greenwich Pantry. We’ve got our team waiting to kickstart your love for London’s favourite Japanese export and many other culinary delights.
July 
Write your favourite recipe on a nice rice card or paper for a lasting kitchen memorabilia. Even better, teach it to the person you love and eat it in the warmth of your home or out in the sunshine.
August 
A jar of good quality nut butter, heritage honey, preserves are lovely gifts that live on and on…and you’ll find something in our shop.
September
Learn to cook a delicious simple but nutritious meal you can replicate for friends and family once a week. Start planning for the festive season by learning  a range of delicious recipes.
October
Give a voucher to a best friend to spend in a local coffee shop or buy this month’s coffee for a friend.
November
Buy someone you really love seasonal vegetables for a month from a local delivery service. Shop for fresh produce at RARE Farmer’s market and pick some seasonal vegetables to keep you nourished in the winter months.  Alternatively, make a date with someone and go foraging with them, just for the heck of it!
December
Finally it’s December again and if you didn’t manage any of our suggestions, don’t forget…life is a series of little steps that often blossoms with simple things like a smile to brighten up a strangers day.Perfect for a cold December morning.
Here’s to life and health!
Greenwich Pantry Team
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24 Apr

Use your Swipii Card at Greenwich Pantry

Loyalty Program

We have joined the Swipii network!

We are pleased to inform all our customers that you can now use your Swipii cards when you attend Greenwich Pantry cookery classes or shop at our RARE Farmer’s Market stall.

Greenwich Pantry recently partnered with Swipii, a fun loyalty program that allows you to collect points and claim awesome rewards. Sign up to the scheme for free today download the app pick up a card, use your QR code and start collecting your points!

Your custom is appreciated at Greenwich Pantry and we want to make sure that you get something back for your custom because we believe loyalty is good for everyone. Swipii lets you collect points every time you buy and offers a wider range of rewards for you to choose from, the best bit is that you can collect points even if you forget or lose your card!

Pick up your card at the next cookery session or download the free app and start to collect your points. As for rewards, you can use your points for free Greenwich Pantry gifts, free classes, complimentary group bookings and more!

 

 



 

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15 Apr

Loving Food at Greenwich Pantry got us marching into the kitchen

Cooking with Greenwich Pantry

Foodies loving food at Greenwich Pantry is nothing new and there’s a lot to love about food, but if you want to make more of an impression take a leap of faith with our cooking classes. Our enthusiastic team will have you marching into the kitchen with an inspiring collection of food and cookery classes.

“….if you want to make more of an impression take a leap of faith with our cooking classes.”

The last few months had us loving lots of different food. For starters there was February and Valentine’s Day and for some of you lovers who wanted to make more of an impression than a box of cheap chocolates and corny ‘2 can dine for’ deal ever could, some of you in the first flushes of flirtation with food came to us for a sushi class and we made Sushi followers of you; expert lovers of good ingredients whom we’re sure are now skipping if not leaping into more awesome adventures in eating since taking the Sushi Class; finding out your Sushi Type and ‘Finding the Foodie in You’.

Then there was Mother’s Day and competitions but wait; before then, Pancake Day, that flipping crazy (good) day, which featured some of the best pancakes seen careering through Greenwich Market during the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race and with just enough time to get a freshly flipped short stack down, it was National Pizza Day. Yay. And you certainly went about ‘proving’ that when food is homemade using delicious ingredients that are wholewheat, heritage wholemeal and made with a whole-lot of love; food can be a lot of fun, much more tasty, nutritious and way less expensive than when it’s pre-prepared! But all that seems light years away! Who kneads readymade, when a baking class is just round the corner eh?

‘there’s no need to monkey around when it comes to cooking,’

If you’re still stalling, rather than leaping for joy at the thought of cooking, uninspired on what to dine on, or somewhat bored with chocolate eggs and egg hunts then get with the program and join one of Greenwich Pantry’s new classes to get you up-skilled in the kitchen. There’ll be no need to monkey around when it comes to cooking.

Perhaps you’ve been inspired and want to get better at making authentic dishes with Asian flavours? Why not step up to the plate and join our weekly cookery classes, or if you’re after something a bit more special then you could learn to make stunning food and be the envy of your office when you take proper grown up packed lunches to work. Your co-staff will be salivating around you and you’ll be the talk of the town. Everyone’ll want an invite to your table with the cooking confidence you’ll gain on the International Cuisine Cookery Class.

Knowing how to dine doesn’t need to be daunting when you’re well prepared with a stacked pantry of the essentials, so take a leap of faith and ‘Find The Foodie in You’.

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14 Mar

Greenwich Pantry at RARE food markets in London

Greenwich Pantry Markets

Food markets are a great place for captivating smells and great food stories

We love food markets, the aroma and captivating smells of world foods, freshly cooked foods, the hustle and bustle of traders, their enchanting knowledge, and personal stories. Not to mention the excitement of new tastes and textures, of fruit and vegetables across cultures.

We love food, we love it fresh

Sadly, not many experience their local markets and there’s much to explore. Some are taken by scaremongers dismiss the provenance of market food. Don’t get me wrong, there are “bad eggs” everywhere but most food traders will tell you how they’ve come about their food or how it’s made. Feel free to ask- just don’t ask for their recipes-:).

Being penny wise and pound savvy may not only involve you stocking up on good quality fresh foods; a trip to food pop ups every now and then may  revitalise your taste buds, and introduce you to new textures as well as nutritious foods. Some pop up the ideal place for tasting and finding out about produce.
London is full of excellent markets and foodie pop ups. New  ones spring up every week . For good quality fruit and vegetables or just inspiration explore a London market

 

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28 Feb

You can be as foodie as you feel

Cooking with Greenwich Pantry

 

You can be as foodie as you feel

Are you a cooking catastrophe who hasn’t reached any of the gastronomic gourmet goals you set for yourself in 2017  if so, don’t give yourself a hard time.

Don’t hold back, let the cooking continue

Banish those can’t do thoughts and this spring,  don’t let anything hold you back from getting your cooking hero badge from friends and family! At Greenwich Pantry, we say, ‘yes you can’ and instead of being told you can’t, we here at Greenwich Pantry are all about helping you so you can!

Cooking and eating healthy is double liberation.   Forget the biscuits and breakfast skipping, take outs and kfcs, maybe,  you’re just in need of a more diverse diet?  Whatever it is, please, try not to tell yourself off. We’re here to help and get you on your tracks, saying ‘yay yay’ not saying nay.

The key is, rewarding yourself for good behaviour and not acknowledging your bad habits. It only leads to guilty vibes and puts you on the path to resorting back to short term rewards.

Break the bad habits, one recipe at a time..

So breaking bad habits; how? Essentially, what you need is to replace the old habits with new and exciting ones. Take new challenges.

For starters, come on an exciting taste tour with us and find the foodie in you.

Banish dreary thoughts with these 5 simple steps and join us at Greenwich Pantry to make new habits a positive part of your life.

  1. Buff up on baking. Try a Bake it Cake it experience with someone you love, or come to a class and make new friends.
  2. Expand your repertoire! Perhaps come in secret while you learn to make scintillating Sushi to surprise  your guests at your next soiree.
  3. Swot up on how to create sumptuous savouries or simply learn how to maximise your nutritional intake and and eat clean.
  4. Do it with confidence. Our monthly cookery club is where you’ll experience the joy of learning a variety of eclectic homemade food techniques, ranging from French through to Asian cooking, taking you into 2016 with a new and exciting world of culinary delights you can replicate easily at home.
  5. Join in! Don’t do it alone. The art to Finding the Foodie in You is something to
     enjoy with others. We’ve oodles of cooking events this spring!
Finally, celebrate your successes! Share it with friends. Primp up your paltry pantry and fill it with exiting and nutritious delights and show everyone what great new yummy things you’re discovering  with us on Instagram.

So there you go! The best way of banishing a bad habit is to put your energy into another one make a habit out of trying all of the delicious things that you make – practice makes perfect..

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19 Jan

Adult Cooking Classes at Greenwich Pantry

Cooking Classes Greenwich Pantry

Cooking classes at Greenwich Pantry has its character and characters. Curious, lively people who love cooking, eating, making good conversation at the table – my kind of people.

Chopping, slicing, mixing and sometimes crafting

Chopping, slicing, mixing, and sometimes crafting through the chitter chatter. Cooing over colourful vegetables, a comforting backdrop as participants learn to make homely, heartwarming dishes.

We debate the vices and virtues of cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients or buying ready meals to save time and money. Around the table, there’s lots to talk about.

We don’t quite get to put the world at ease about its food conundrums because as the aroma and smells of food hits home, tastebuds are prepped and rhythmic munching takes over.

‘Stomachs are filled and everyone is satisfied’

With stomachs filled, everyone leaves satisfied but of course, someone gets the washing up 🙂

Adult cookery classes and workshops hosted by Greenwich Pantry is a place where everyone including absolute beginners learn cookery basics and healthy eating in a relaxed setting.

Join is in a group class or contact us to run a bespoke session

To join us or invite us to run a cookery session for your birthday party, team building or family get together, complete the contact form here or send an email to cookandeat@greenwichpantry.com to find out more.

*See our next cookery session HERE*

"Well prepared course, excellent tutor, pitched at right level."

Merrill Rogers Deputy Manager, Mottingham Community and Learning Shop 1-2, Cranley Parade, Beaconsfield Road, Mottingham, London, SE9 4DZ July 15, 2015

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01 Jan

Children’s Cooking Classes in London

Children and their parents learn in a range of classes from sushi classes to baking.

‘Teaching parent and child classes is a most rewarding activity.’ Chef Tutor, Greenwich Pantry

Children and their parents can learn in a range of classes from sushi classes to baking. Children’s baking classes are taught by expert chefs with experience in schools and child friendly settings so that your children are helped to become mini cooks.

From baking classes to sushi making, teaching children to cook and eat healthily is a life long endeavour of mine and there’s no better place to start learning about food than in a home kitchen.

So why do we keep our children out of the kitchen?

If cooking and eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures, teach them young. There’s so much to learn through cooking skills which goes way beyond the aesthetic value of food. Measuring, weighing, estimating, guesstimating, socialising, learning about tastes, textures; the list goes on.

It’s not easy when you come home and have a million and one things to do is it?

Granted, it’s not easy when you come home and have a million and one things to do is it? But there are ways around this. Help with planning and goal setting may be what you need. Whatever the case,  with expertise in nutrition on family food programmes, we have seen and helped hundreds of families become better at teaching food at home.

If you are keen to get kids cooking but can’t come along to a group class, but want help with teaching kids to cook at home email cookandeat@greenwichpantry.com and let’s teach the children to be great cooks.

Read more information or get a ticket here

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01 Dec

Dark Nights. Bright Lights. It’s almost time!

Where did November go? What a ridiculously quick month! The days seem shorter than my attention span for new things and once I finally feel that I’m concentrating on the wonderful spinning world underneath me, I’m just spinning plates. It’s so easy to let it get on top of you, isn’t it. Despite what you’re doing, if it just keeps getting busier and more exciting, go with it. If it slows a little, lucky you, recharge.

It’s a bit too early to start thinking about new years resolutions, even though no doubt, that’ll be upon us in no time at all, but whilst I can; I want to think thankfully for the craziness around me and my constant ability to keep up with it, even though I’m constantly feeling like I’m not.

I want to thank my guiding stars for not bumping into the furniture and for all the pleasantries of new things to come; new people, new babies, friends new and old and discovering that the huge that world isn’t that big after all.

So before you even get to the point, the end of the year where it’s so easy to burn out, keep your star; your eyes and sparkle shining bright. How? Well how I cope, is something quite simple.

Breakfast. I don’t subscribe to the so-called glamour of the 1950’s housewife, yet I do love aprons and cake stands and I do believe in the vitality of the 1950’s slogan of ‘Go[ing] to work on an egg’. I take that literally, for when I mean I have an egg (poached of course); I go to town on it, serving up wholesome homemade wholewheat soldiers or see that the mound of wobbly poached eggs sit on a tasty freshly baked toasted muffin or ciabatta.

So you don’t know how to bake? (Here’s how) Or you don’t have time? As I’ve said before, ‘beat stress bake bread’. There’s nothing like punching into a ball of dough to take the day out of your system, rather then someone else who cuts in line when you’re out Christmas Shopping.

We all need as much peace comfort and joy at this time of the year, and well, that’s how I cope.

Of course, if you’re not into eggs, we’ve got plenty else to keep you going at breakfast. All completely full of luscious and nutritious ingredients that’ll see you not only through the day, but to the end of the year, helping you keep your energy and spark.

Keeping on the subject of retro Kitchenalia, I have always been a retro maximalist, rather than a modern minimalist. I love all gadgets, condiments, all the flavours and all the goodness and that’s not hard to find when you’ve a speed dial to a pantry like Lara’s.

To help you ready yourself for the Christmas rush, my advice is to actually slow down, chill out, take it easy.

I hope you avoided all the unnecessaries of the Black Friday madness? For when is a bargain really a bargain? It’s not, not when it comes to our health and our bodies and our sanity.

If you want to avoid the hellish malls and shopping districts, come and take a gentle stroll down the newly reopened Lovibond Lane from Greenwich Station (which finished just in time for Christmas) and pop-in to our pop-up Greenwich Pantry Christmas Shop and treat your family to Christmas essentials and lovely little luxuries. We’ve Greenwich Pantry  gastronomic gifts to give, that they’ll actually use (and consume.)

With gift ideas galore we’ll also be offering gift wrapping to raise money for Action Against Hunger.

You can also pick up things like treats from Nourish Skin to see you through times of stressed winter skin, create a flavour station with Cornish Sea Salts and Uncle Roy’s and Every Man Foods. There’ll be something to please all tastes, we promise. Even for when the relatives visit and one half of the family have traditions that call for one method of marathon marinading and the other half of the family want option two of tastes, there’s help from the likes of Scarlett & Mustard who’ve turned marinading on it’s head.

You’ve got to love your own traditions though, learn new ones and it just means, like in most families, there’s always more than one way of one way of boiling a turnip. (Hey. We’re cat loving household).

One thing I do like to do, much more than in the Spring, is just freshen up my home. It gets a bit stifling with the heating on and when it’s blowing a gale, I’m loathe to open the windows. So I like to refresh my home with memories of Spring with Green Scents.

Once that’s done, it’s time to put my cold feet up and treat myself to some fine Jam on Toast, watch some sort of costume drama, have a nibble of exquisite chocolate and have a cuppa, knowing I’m just delaying my fate. I’ll be elbow deep with the rest of the world, albeit serenely gift shopping among the madness in about 24 days time. I’d better get baking then. Santa’s coming!

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31 Oct

Hubble Bubble! Make a feast in your cauldron.

Instead of bumping into blood sucking vampires as things go bump in the night tonight, celebrate Halloween, (All Hallows Eve) traditionally.  Did you know that on this date of remembrance for the faithfully departed, it was historically marked by feasting (and something that won’t scare-off vegetarians), it was also customary to abstain from meat.

Foods that were favoured were seasonal English apples, country cider and the humble potato, but back in days of yore when people were hell-bent on witch-hunting, one would have had to have kept shtum about the spice-rack. 

You wouldn’t have dared to pepper your potatoes, or brazenly sprinkle cinnamon and stud cloves on your sweet apple pies for fear of being called out a ‘Witch’!

How ghastly! If you do want to keep it traditional tonight, fear not! It might be fright night, but you don’t have to keep things frightfully bland if you want to be faithful to the festivities.

‘Witch’ is a good job Greenwich Pantry’s shelves are bursting with flavours. That’s what we’re all about: Feasting and flavoursome deliciousness, but do spare a thought, whilst you get your worst witch on in Greenwich this weekend: Think back to the women centuries ago accused of the serious crime of witchcraft; persecuted for flavouring food, cast-out of communities for healing with herbs and accused of all sorts of wrong doings for keeping company with familiars. (That’s the likes of cats to you and me).

Dreadful to think, that in reality the accused women were usually the poorest women in society, marginalised for being the unmarried singleton and with no access to healthcare, would have had to rely on experimenting with natural home remedies. So in the days of the unexplainable, with no way of Googling oneself out of a situation; just the mere sniff of sage, would have landed you in the stocks.

Speaking of stocks, tonight I am going to celebrate all things soupish and bewitching, just me and my faithful cat. With a cup of hot herbal tea, I am going to soothe my sore scratchy winter worn throat with some traditional and antibacterial natural Greenwich Honey & lemon and I am going to hubble bubble boil, with no trouble; cook up a storm.

Tonight as werewolves howl in the wind, out from the windows of my house will pour steam and sumptuous flavours like fresh ground Indonesian long peppers and the bewitching green brew of piquant Anita’s Goan Green Curry Sauce to ward of the Ghouls.

So if you want to try a seasonal spicylicous and vegetarian feast this Halloween here’s an easy delicious recipe for a Bewitching Pumpkin Curry. 

To make 5 portions you’ll need

  1. 2 large carrots
  2. 1 medium pumpkin or squash & a selection of vegetables
  3. Wharfedale Rapeseed Chilli Oil
  4. Anila’s Green Goddess Goan Curry Sauce
  5. The Real Basmati Rice Co Basmati Rice to serve
  6. Some nuts of your choice and spoonful of sugar to toastily caramelise them

This devilishly good recipe is smooth yet chunky and crunchy, with sweet caramelised pieces of tender squash, and veggies with bite. Wolves and goblins and ghosties and ghouls, if you want to trick of treat me at mine, there’ll be no sorcery within. If I don’t answer the door, i’ll just be clanging my saucepans.

I bet Macbeth’s Witches would have loved the texture from my recipe, but I don’t really rate theirs.

“Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howler’s wing”

You can’t help but feel sorry for those puritanical potato peddlers of yesteryear, I’d be praying for flavour. They we’re really missing out. If you need me tonight, I’ll be on my broomstick!

 

XX Joyce

 

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