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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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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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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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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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03 Mar

It’s time to give Mum a colourtastic gift

Let’s celebrate great Mums in the month of March with a special gift from GP.

With our range of foodie gifts and kitchen wares, you’ll find something Mum would love on Mother’s Day.

If you’re stuck for ideas why not buy a GP voucher worth £50.00 and we’ll give you a free gift for mum from our range of Granny’s Secret Condiments. She’ll be delighted to have the gift as a breakfast or dinner treat on Mother’s Day. You can use our discount code: GP4MUM throughout the month of March but don’t forget Mother’s Day is actually on the 15th!

GP vouchers are valid for 12 months and can be used on any GP services or within the online shop. However it is not valid on third party sites.

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14 Jan

Happy New Pantry!

It’s mid January and seasonal festivities are ‘so last year’ for most of
us. The weather is dreary and grey skies are here to stay.

At Greenwich Pantry we’re celebrating with all things colour to keep the vigour in our
stride and sparkle in our eyes. We embark on a mission to make 2015 a colourtastic year in every way possible; in the kitchen, at the table and most certainly in our bellies.

Rice thermal flask

Rice Thermal Flask

Bright vintage style cup

Bright vintage style melamine cup

Pomegranate vinegar

Pomegranate vinegar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve plenty of colourful kitchen items, pantry ingredients and lifestyle
products, You can be colourtastic, colour wise and colour bold. Banish dull
grey moments with our pantry makeover competition and voucher codes
@greenwichpantry

Vintage greens, deep reds, bright oranges, whatever colour you choose, may
it become that amazing sensation you feel, that beautiful meal you enjoyed
and the warmth that takes you into Springtime.

Lara and the team at GP

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02 Dec

In December I am Looking Forward to Painting My Nails

I am looking forward to painting my nails.

I am looking forward to a fun December. Ok so the fun may only last a few days but I’ll enjoy each moment, let me tell you why.
For a few months now I have been admiring lovely colourful nail art on my elegant ladies and wishing I could do the same for my kitchen clad hands. But nail painting, is not the done thing for a healthy kitchen (despite what you see on cooking programs).
So anyway I’ve put off glamorous nails for months on end; no painted nails at my nephew’s wedding, my birthday nor any other family occasion for that matter.
So here we are in December and am looking forward to changing that. Mmm let’s see, green and purple to kick off the holiday, orange in the middle and blue.

These colours will do just fine. Looks like I’m on trend as I’ve discovered, from my trendy teenage nieces; the more colourful the better!.

Whatever you look forward to in December, may it be fun, joyful and full of colour.

Nail painting here I come.
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27 Oct

I’m falling for Damson

Photo by Andy Bold / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

With my constant quest for variety in fruit and all this talk of nostalgia at GP,  I’m getting a thing for Damson with its rich bitter-sweet adult taste. Delicious as jam with a warm crusty bread  during autumnal mornings, what’s not to love?

Autumn is a great season for many nutritious, colourful fruits and vegetables which have a myriad of uses but damson (as well as quince) are ones that escape the mind. This is hardly surprising as main stream supermarkets don’t sell damson and most people know little about it.

I’ve been doing my own research about this small dark purple fruit and here’s a few interesting things I discovered about Damson

Damson is best in early autumn; having been planted in summer
Damson is great for heart health; high in antioxidants
Damson is great for digestive health; high in fibre
Damson is great for culinary purposes for making jams, cordials and much more.

See www.organicfacts.net for more detailed information.

If you can’t get hold of fresh damson to make your own jam or compote, try the Hawkshed Relish Damson Jam we stock at Greenwich Pantry or taste some at our event on 29th November; you’re in for a treat.

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