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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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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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11 Feb

Love is in the air at Greenwich Pantry

Rather a lot of roses will be ordered this week. If you’re lost for ideas, don’t let clichés hamper your creativity. Create a surprise order for someone you’re fond of and send a  foodie gift that someone will fall for.

I particularly love the refreshing Mr. Fitzpatrick’s Rhubarb & Rosehip Cordial. He’s particularly passionate about vintage drinks and I think this one’s certainly got a touch of old fashioned romance about it, (it’s also rather good as a cheeky sort of Kir base for a flirty fizzy cocktail.)

I’ve definitely fallen under the spell of the  Conscious Chocolate Love Potion, it’s made with sensational essential rose oil and it’s divine density is like no other chocolate. It contains exotic silky coconut butter; in all of our good books at the moment. This is a treat to fall in love with.

Now forgive me for being a little saucy, but there are too many things to get excited about at Greenwich Pantry.

However, if this weekend you just want some time alone and to perhaps cosy up to nothing more than a good book, this Sweet Freedom Chocolate Shot Sauce will certainly satisfy. For other occasions this sauce is rather versatile; drizzled over ice cream,  you can bake with it and apologies for the anti-climax. It’s sugar-free. But, Yay.

 Good things for the heart other than romance of course are always a jolly good swoon worthy splash of Omega Oils or perhaps for some true indulgence, a one-for-all treat, a massage for any occasion 

Whilst online pondering ways we can share our affections via the medium of food; I found the wonders of Welsh Love Spoons, ubiquitous Belgian Chocolates, copious French Champagnes and when I thought I’d seen it all; I recently gathered nothing quite expresses ones affection like sweet smelling… Bacon Roses. Yes, when a garage bunch, or an artisan floristry bouquet wont do.


(Surely I must be the last person with internet to learn of this? If not Google it.)

Next week, more vegetables I promise and for my vegetarian friends I’ll think of ways to get your pulses racing…

Get Your Pulses Racing

Pulses at the ready, nearing the finishing line.

Lots of Love, Joyce x

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15 Jan

Create Comforting and Colourful food in your Kitchens on Cold Days.

souper dooper

souper dooper

On one particularly foggy day this week, despite unpredictable weather warnings, my impatience to be outside escaping central heating and hiking off mince pies, beat my need to be in-front of my laptop or in the kitchen.

I went out into crisp chilly weather perfect for walking in.

Although the scene was bleak, it was beautiful and still showed me surprising arrays of colour.

It was dry, with the sky a pavement grey. The bleak horizon met the brown, frosty and enjoyably squelchy mud, but in the park I was rewarded with the sight of new life among the skeletons of yellowing fallen leaves.
There, precious bright green beginnings of the heads of daffodils and crocuses peeked timidly through.

If skies were never grey I’d not appreciate the sunshine and it has to be cold and wet to soak deep roots for a scorching summer, I tell myself.

Hooray for these buds heralding the arrival of spring, I count down the days, like a kid counting down Christmas. Whenever there’s a mere momentary break in the rain I pull on my wellies and get out in whatever blustery drizzle the skies offer, with hope that the sun continues to burn through the gloomy mist.

At this time of year, what I do love as much as being outside is thawing out in a steamy kitchen with an oven hot and whirring, pots and pans on incandescent flames of a hob or a discreet bubbling of a slow cooker humbly taking it’s sweet time to warm up the kitchen.

Much like the winters scene I found this week, my cooking in this dull cold season, is predominantly sludgy and earthy coloured. However It’s important for both the constitution and the curator of food in you, that it’s flecked with handfuls of fresh flavouring.

So keep colour an important part of putting together dishes at this time of year:

Slowly simmer earthy brown stews and garnish with glut loads of zesty green herbs and veg.

Prepare plump and creamy oats overnight, or pale blankets of porridge with a blob of ruby jam or golden honey.

Feed fluffy swollen rice with flavour; pique paellas with proper paprika, rightfully enrich risottos or serve simply with rich ochre curries, even sprinkle it in super souper dooper soups.

Harvest season may be a mild-weather dream away but at GP gather yourself jewelled dashes of pomegranate, hibiscus, and rich thick pepper and tomato Ayvar to brighten up dull days and feed the furnace of your body to keep you warm happy and healthy in this newish new year.

Wishing you all wellness, good health and happiness.



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18 Dec

One week to go! Don’t Panic…Much.

I don’t think I’m alone when in any month before October, it irks me to see Christmas jumpers and selection boxes on shelves in shops. Then comes November. Yup Christmas is officially in full swing according to the shops and yet still I loudly tut.

You are either a “Yeah I’ve got loads of time” type, or you’re one of those very organised people who by now have things wrapped and hidden with food ordered and on it’s way and perhaps your zen-like state of christmas calm is due to the constant flow of mulled wine that’s been on offer… since September.

Now we’re just an exciting/alarming week away and being threatened with final delivery dates for ordering on-line. Well dears, don’t worry! Much. You’ve got until Saturday 20th December at 12:00 noon to order your Christmas Goodies from the Greenwich Pantry!

I am one of those “it’s too-early” Christmas cynics. Every time I’ve gotten within sniffing distance of a shopping mall or the dreaded West-End I’ve come out in a cold sweat. Turns out however it was the sniffles, I’d been brewing a fever and now I’m laid off with a lovely dose of the Christmas Lurgy and now in bed.

Fear not my festive friends. I have a laptop, wifi and I’m finally getting some peace, comfort and joy- in bed, well every cloud.. and I’m Christmas Shopping (yay) and planning our New Years Pop-Up Shop (watch this space).

So whether you’ve got this season under control and need to recharge or if you’re feeling the Yuletide Yikes here are some of my favourite things that have kept me healthy, warm and fuzzy inside.

Wonjo Natural Hibiscus Drinks

  • High in vitamins and full of antioxidants, the delicious hibiscus is helping me lick this lurgy. There are lots of varieties and I’m loving the Ginger Hibiscus, topped up with hot water to keep me hydrated. In the name of research I have however prior researched more ways to enjoy this drink in the form of Punch and non alcoholic Sangria : )

Uncle Roy’s Passion Fruit Curd 

  • Just because! See my review, it’s exciting exotic sharpness is perhaps the only thing keeping my failing fluey tastebuds awake.

Granny’s Secret Apple and Cinnamon Fruit Spread 

  • Natural and not too sweet this warming delicately spiced jar of loveliness is very versatile; a great desert cheat for a baked pastry filling, over ice-cream, spread on toast or simply warmed on its own as what my American pals call ‘pudding’. Very popular with my friends little ones.

Nourish Skin Balm

  • Seasonal stress, weather and heating cause havoc to skin. Treat yourself or a loved one to this precious golden star product. I’ve been massaging this myrrh and frankincense rich balm into my skin to mitigate damage, repair and hydrate. Ahem! WISE MEN!!! This is a great present idea!! HINT HINT!

And on that note my dears, I’ll let you get on with it!

Don’t forget you can shop online until Saturday 20th December at 12:00 noon for delivery of your goodies from the Greenwich Pantry before Christmas!

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