While we practice physical distancing by doing the right thing and staying at home amid COVID-19, if nothing else, there is one thing that we all have in common — we all have to eat.
Yes, there are still restaurants that are offering take out and delivery services, and it’s totally understandable to treat yourself.
But being at home presents the perfect opportunity to develop your culinary skills through learning new recipes and experimenting with dishes you may not otherwise have tried.
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To help those quarantining due to the coronavirus pandemic, Borough Market in London is providing free online cooking classes.
London’s oldest food market, Borough Market has been in existence for 1,000 years, and its history is a substantial reason for its draw and charm.
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However, the atmosphere on the ground is also electric, and visiting this place is like stepping into a symphony of sounds, tastes, and colours with a variety of sustainably produced fruits, vegetables, bread, and meats on offer.
“Together, the market’s stalls, shops and restaurants reflect London’s status as a truly global city,” the market’s website explains.
“With traditional British produce sitting alongside regional specialties from around the world.”
Although you can’t visit them market right now — we highly recommend you do when you are able — the market has created a community space on Facebook called Borough Market Community to continue the interactivity between vendors and customers.
Through this page, the market will be sharing videos, articles, recipes and tips.
Borough Market will also be streaming the online cooking classes on its Instagram account as Instagram Live videos featured in its stories.
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So far, Borough Market’s followers have been treated to several short videos from the Borough Market Cookbook Club’s host Angela Clutton’s regarding her opinions on various must-have cupboard essentials.
Additionally, there has been a class by chef Hayden Groves showing how to conjure up four different kinds of pasta with a few simple items.
Food writer, Lisa Fearn also talked to viewers on how to make simple doughs with children in a separate Instagram Live.
On Thursday, its stories featured cooks Joey O’Hare and Katy Taylor, who walked viewers through how to create veggie-centric recipes.
To support their loyal customers and the growing number of followers who are confined to their homes and cooking out of necessity as well as a welcomed distraction, Borough Market is tapping into its network of various experts, cooks, and writers to promote a digital community of learners.
“We would love you to be part of that conversation,” the market said in a statement on its website.
“Ours is a community that has been chatting away and sharing its thoughts for generations on end, and that’s what we’re going to keep on doing.”