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!
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’.
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.
Buff up on baking. Try a Bake it Cake it experience with someone you love, or come to a class and make new friends.
Expand your repertoire! Perhaps come in secret while you learn to make scintillating Sushi to surprise your guests at your next soiree.
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.
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..
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.
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!
Longing for warmth back in March, it felt like I’d never know Summer again. Still, I scowled at scanty bikinis too-early displayed in supermarkets and splayed over tube posters. I even saw some on sale in petrol garages in some parts of the country!
Yet, when it was so hot our shins shone in early August’s heatwave, neither did I take kindly to seeing cumbersome autumnal fashions in stores whilst savouring the joyful much anticipated heat. It never seems like shops allow us to enjoy the experience of the current season, without reminding us of what’s on the horizon.
I once worked in a famous department store. Glorious window displays brought joy and wonder to the west-end, but I’d constantly, contemptuously marvel at the Formula One pit stop performances of the visual merch teams changing the seasonal displays like it was the changing-of-the guard.
Gaudy halloween get-ups got out of the way for Christmas. When chintz was out, The Sales signs went up. After that, floors flooded with vulgar Valentine paraphernalia. Easter accoutrements brought bright Spring changes; Spring clear-out bonanzas then made way for the typical tropical Summer themed tedium which then brought the sales again.
However, what I do welcome is the Back to School season. It’s the one time of year I pack away my cynicism for the ‘selling of the seasons’ along with my summer swimsuits.
It comes from my school days when at the end of long holidays, actually eager to get back to school, I’d start breaking in new shoes or shining up old ones and get my pencil case packed.
At Greenwich Pantry, we can help you get back into a ‘Back to School’ frame of mind and come to terms with the new season and by that we don’t just mean squirrelling away nuts and goodies for the winter.
It’s not only the kids who can go back to school. We’ll soon be calling register at our next cooking classes. Yes, foodie students, Greenwich Pantry’s Cook Eat Partyis back. If you want to get up-skilled in the kitchen this autumn we’ll be bringing you top-notch nutritionists to teach you a thing or two in the kitchen.
For a quick way to prepare super quick suppers and swot up on your spices, we’ve cleverly gathered Greenwich Pantry bundlesto help you. These buddied bottles, companioned condiments and stack loads of snacks will enable you to have more time to prepare for the more important things to come this season, making a well stocked food cupboard one thing less you have to worry about.
Headed to halls? Well, our bundles are rather useful for students, too! Before packing back off to Uni, make sure you get sent packing with some staple seasonings to make quick easy nutritious food, rather than seeing your student loan spent at the uni’s ubiquitous local Kebab-Shop.
Finally, the new season doesn’t only mean a make-over and a clear out for your wardrobe. Have you ever thought about a make-over for your pantry? The Greenwich Pantry Makeover Service also means there can be a new pantry to welcome the season’s new healthy happy you, too.
Yeah, didn’t you know darlings? September is the new January! I just love preparation and getting things in order at this time of the year. Just popping open a new jar fills me with possibility and comfort, creasing open the spine of a new note book fills me with excitement as much as breaking in new shoes on the first day of school did. So as well as sharpening pencils, I’ve sharpened my knives and pickled and jammed summer fruit.
I really must’ve been a squirrel in a previous life!
It was lovely to be welcomed back when we opened the doors of our Spring Colourtastic Pop-Up Shop last month. You welcomed us back with open arms and even brought back your green reusable Greenwich Pantry jute bags ready to stuff with goodies from when you visited our last Pop-Up event at Greenwich West.
We’d like to thank you lovely local Greenwich residents and a few of you who’d journeyed from far and wide, (well Welling to be precise) to fill your shopping bags up again with our delicious authentic gourmet pantry pots and jars and packets to stash away.
However their creative creation was no match for your intrepid taste buds. You made it no secret that you loved all of Granny’s Secrets wholesome Serbian spreads and sidled up to the shelves to stash away things like Flax Farms silky Linseed Oils (“The Best Present you’d ever received”, one of our lovely customers exclaimed!).
We loved sharing with you some of our new future favourites and some of you little birdies from the Belleville residents association even continued singing our praises, so thank you for all of your support and popping into our Pop-Up shop again. Now word on the street is that you miss us already? So guess what? We’re coming back. We’ll be popping back every Friday over the Summer months. Exact Dates TBC, but please watch this space.
Now we’re not the only ones trying new things, taste explorers. It was so lovely to meet some of you who also have your own foodie adventures around the corner too! One thing I’m really excited about is a new Brazilgerian venture coming to Greenwich. Yes, you heard it. Brazilian-Algerian homestyle food AND it’s going to be vegetarian!
Speaking of which, in retrospect of last weeks theme of it being Vegetarian Week, I’d like to shine a light on some of one of my Veggie Hero Ingredients.
Vegetarian Hero Product!
Sun and Seeds Raw Black Tahini , great for a binding base to Falafel, essential to emulsify home made Humous and makes a stunning dark centre piece if you blend it with some cooked cooled red Hodmedod’s Haricot beans or Black chickpeas to make a sophisticated dip.
Ditch those crisps for Hodmedod’s crunchy healthy snack!
It’s delicious when mixed in equal quantities with Jam Rock’s gourmet pepper sauce, stirred with a dash of another of your new favourites, Sun and Seeds Pomegranate Vinegar or simply add a spoonful to some lemon juice for a delicious dressing.
One thing we did learn at this last last Pop-Up, is that you all seem to be such a healthy bunch as one of our best sellers was the range of roasted Beans: Hodmedod’s tasty snacking Roasted Fava Beans, which are in fact lots more fun not to mention healthier than an equivalent serving of crisps and salted nuts.
So I hope we can still interest you when we come back soon with all of your brand new favourites and rumour has it, that there’ll be coffee. Yippie. We’ll also be testing your virtuous, healthy compasses under the famous Greenwich time-line with some locally baked tempting cakes. We look forward to seeing you again soon. For seconds… of cake, I’m sure.
Until then, enjoy the last few days of the merry month of May.
I’m always keen to take various measures to try and curb my cake intake, decline wine and swap in salad. So far I’ve tried a Dri-eting, #Gymuary and now it’s London Health Week so I’ve no excuse.
I’ve even got a nifty discount #LHW15 wristband to keep me on the straight and narrow and by that, I mean it’s something other than simply willing my hips to stop expanding. This week I’ve been welcoming all the offers they’ve got with open (albeit always in need of a bit more tone) arms.
London’s Health Week is here to highlight local London companies whose products and services benefit wellness and can easily fit into our lifestyle; Foods you can order now that don’t compromise on taste and nutrition. There’s also a whole host of local activities with trial offers.
Armed with their handy little guide, (which can also be found on www.londonhealthweek.co.uk) it’s filled with offers including a whopping 30% discount from us at the Greenwich Pantry where you can treat yourself healthy.
In this heaving, busy and beautifully chaotic city it’s easy to make excuses not to be healthy, run on empty calories even, but we’re lucky enough to live in an incredibly diverse city where access to a plethora of different healthy foods are never more than a hop, skip and a jump away. In London we’ve also the most open green space in a metropolitan area in Europe. Right, wheres my jump rope?
At Greenwich Pantry, as a special treat, we’re extending the 30% off-offer to our marvellous little Pop-Up shop which runs from Thursday 30th April until Saturday 1st of May, so you can stock up for the Bank Holiday weekend on items that are deliciously discounted.
Whilst it’s beautifully temperate to take a walk in the Spring sunshine we can also include a bit more exercise in our day, but hey why not make a day of it and pack a picnic? Visit the beautiful Greenwich Park after seeing us at our Pop-Up Shop. The lovely range from Rice DK would be great to take along for a pretty picnic, too.
Blue Rice DK designs will bowl you over.
Healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Being fit as a fiddle doesn’t have to mean dieting and getting in good kilter doesn’t have to near kill you. Being healthy and happy on the inside and out is wildly different to simply restricting yourself. I think of GP Lara’s mantra of “balance-balance-balance”.
We can look after our health holistically more than ever before. If you are an active bunny or need nutrition post workout, I like to gnaw on Bounce Almond Energy Balls that banish hunger and fatigue giving you the fuel you need to keep going. I’m thinking of you, super-humans running the London Marathon this Sunday. We’ll be cheering you on as you pass us in Greenwich tomorrow! The very best of luck to you!
By George! Proudly Pack your Pantry with English Products.
We may not have had a National Day off, but here’s how I celebrated our National Day. St George the supposed Dragon Slayer was actually half Turkish so I thought I’d try Sun and Seed’s Raw Organic Apricot Kernel Butter and give them a mention. I adore Turkish Food and my new favourite is this sweet Mediterranean Apricot Kernel spread. It’s not a very traditional English breakfast, I know, but smooth this on some toasted brioche and wash it down with a Costa Rican coffee. It’s just splendid. It’s also not half bad on some quick bake pastry topped with fresh fruit for a quick naughty dessert too.
Speaking of dragons; entertain the little ones at bath-time with stories of how George slayed a fire breathing monster, how he was a courageous knight. Or perhaps like me, ponder on how mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen’s hair stays so beautifully braided in every episode. Whether it’s for you or your little ones we’ve got Good Bubble’s Dragon fruit range, I love the gentle fruity British made cleansing bubble bath both nourishing and full of moisturising ingredients that us big kids will enjoy as much as little ones for a delicious smelling tropical plunge at bath-time.
Other notable events today are the birthdays of my Dad and also English icon William Shakespeare. A man after my own heart who wrote for Gromio: What say you to a piece of beef and mustard?
Next time you stock up on essentials on-line from The Greenwich Pantry, what about a little whistle stop tour around England. We’ve English treats a plenty!
We’ve aIso got mouthwateringly thirst quenching, unmistakably fruity Blueberry and Blackcurrant cordial from Belvoir Fruit Farms. This is made in the stunning Lincolnshire countryside. It’s a grown up sort of squash and my salubrious tip for when cordially invited to, is to add a dash to the bottom of a glass of British Sparking wine for an English version of a Kir Royale.
If we visit our south-west, from Cornwall’s picturesquely rugged coast we have The Cornish Sea Salt Co; Lemon & Thyme is one of GP’s top popular buys for adding a tangy aromatic zing to almost every essential summer dish.
Now the English backbone of many of my dishes, ardent supporters of British produce are the lovely Hodmedod’s Beans. Their dried peas and beans make up a staple part of my pantry as way of making soups and salads so much more satisfyingly substantial. You can’t Diss their magical dried snacking beans for an alternative way of filling up instead of munching on salty crisps between meals either. (P.S They’re actually from Diss!)
To be a champion at breakfast, the best way to start the day is with what we love; award winning Bonallack’s Great Granola which is hand made in Norfolk. Unlike most granola commercially available it is packed with natural goodness and very little else. They use English apples too.
So whether from North, East, South or West, Greenwich Pantry knows the best provenders to pack your pantry with.
Oh how that big shiny yellow ball in the sky gladdens my heart.
Another thing that brings joy to my soul is Jam. Simply good Jam, with a pot of tea. Jam on buns and on finger sandwiches; oh yes it’s time for the timely old tradition of Afternoon Tea.
I’m not talking silver service, stuffy expensive afternoon tea at a hotel with your Aunty Mabel. Although I’m known to have a penchant for dollies once in a while, we should do it more often. At home, alone, at work even or outside; especially when today is as beautiful as today. Go on have Afternoon Tea, al fresco if you can.
Start by putting down that thing you’re doing. Right now and just get your buns out. Spread them with juicy delicious, tangy sweet delightful jam and have a moment. That’s it, just you and your buns.
Well, share this moment if you will, just excuse yourself if in company but try to make a date of it at least once a week.
Brew a decent cuppa, let the caffeine gently perk you up whilst the sugars do the thing that sugars do and you’ll be right as ninepence. Well at least until supper time.
Rosehips are full of vitamin C, Tea is naturally high in antioxidants and sitting in front of the windows wide open bathed in glorious Spring sunshine, I’m getting a much needed dose of vitamin D, too. You could say that taking Afternoon Tea is practically beneficial to your health, well you could.
Time for Tea
Ahh, that’s more like it. Now, back to the grindstone for now.
After the clocks officially sprung forward, I felt strangely revitalised this morning despite loosing an hour of precious beautiful sleep yesterday.
I didn’t even notice that I worked overtime last night as the day drew on into night later and lighter. So this morning, with my house bathed in spring light anew, during my morning routine, I noticed more.
Whilst noticing a bluer sky in light of a high-rise demolition next door. I also noticed more dust in the corners of the skirting boards, oh and more cobwebs around lampshades then in my kitchen cupboards, tatty packets and zipped up unloved ingredients that have gone unused. Oh my! Time for a Spring clean around the home and also in the kitchen.
Oh my poor boring porridge, I pondered.
The coconut milk, sat sad at the back of the pantry.
That’s it. This lunchtime I am going to look at ways of spicing things up for Spring suppers, livening up lunches and decluttering cupboards to welcome Spring right into my kitchen.
With freshly cut daffodils on the kitchen side, I am firstly going to don the marigolds and get the place scrubbed up.
Nothing beats a fresh zesty spray like this one from greenscents
With Exmoor Water, Fair-Trade essential citrus oils, has Soil Association organic certification, it’s just the ticket for prepping and degreasing with no nasty harmful chemicals.
Greenscents Citrus Multi-surface spray. You’ll surface from the kitchen a new person.
Gorgeous and helpful designs by Stuart Gardiner are just the thing to dry dishes and keep you in mind of the season springing up before us and what’s fresh and delicious right now.
A Seasonal Guide to British Fruit and Veg
You’re right. It’s also high time, high tea gets served on something spectacular; like these perfectly pretty trays from Rice DK.
High Time for a nice new High-Tea Tray, isn’t it.
So what about cleaning our cupboards, revitalising our recipes?
I’m going to have a chat to Lara about The Greenwich Pantry Makeover service and also find out from our competition winners Hannah and Jade, who both won the opportunity to have a fantastic Pantry Makeover, what they switched to spring clean their ideas on eating with more authentic gourmet inspired treats.
P.S I love pigeons and to add to that; Greenwich Pantry also loves the Vegetarian Society (Vegetarian week is coming on the 18th-24th May), Fish4Ever and BigBarn.co.uk with many of our friends campaigning for healthy and respectful animal husbandry.