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Cheats Guide to Grub in the Garden – COOK style!

Posted on 28 May 2022

The heat is on! Warmer weather is finally upon us, so it’s time to dust off the deckchairs and get into the garden. It can be much easier hosting family and friends al fresco, as a quick sweep / mow and the outdoor space is ready to go! High-effort affairs that keep you away from the fun are not what we’re talking about here – because stress from the host spreads like an unset jelly. The success of hosting is based not so much on the skills of the cook, but how relaxed and happy they are. So, we’ve done a simplified ‘to do’ list for you, to help ease you into your entertaining.

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Jubilee Colour-in Bunting

Posted on 26 May 2022

A party's not a party without bunting, so our design team have created this for you to print out and let the kids colour in.

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Raw Talent: Why employing the 'unemployable'

Posted on 18 May 2022

“There is gold in everyone,” says John Daynes, a prison leaver who came to work at COOK seven years ago. Through our RAW Talent programme I’ve learned he is right. And the gold we discover in others brings genuine value to COOK both as a business and a community.

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Royal Reward for COOK’S Raw Talents

Posted on 14 May 2022

We can’t quite believe we’re saying this, but here goes: COOK has just been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for promoting opportunity.

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Be More Herbivore

Posted on 13 May 2022

Vegetarians and vegans may no longer be viewed with the sort of suspicion reserved for naturists or members of the Flat Earth Society, and yet we are still largely a nation of carnivores. Meat is at the heart of many great British culinary traditions: the bacon sarnie; the Sunday roast; sausages on the BBQ; lamb at Easter; turkey at Christmas; cold cuts; hot pots; pork pies; Cornish pasties; Scotch eggs…it’s a very, very long list.

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Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Posted on 25 March 2022

Tags: Recipe

Imogen and John from our team had a hot cross bun off recently, and we’re sharing Imogen’s family recipe for you to try at home. John made a sourdough version from a recipe on the BBC. If you have a sourdough starter at home, you can try it here.

The main takeaway is that they are not for the fainthearted! But baking is good for the soul and the results were delicious, so we think it’s well worth it. If you share a photo of your creations on Facebook or Instagram, please tag us @theCOOKkicthen – we’d love to see. 

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Summer Menu

Posted on 18 March 2022

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International Woman’s Day 2022

Posted on 8 March 2022

Rosie, our Co-CEO, shares her thoughts on the today…

Today is International Women’s Day. Gender is an issue society has grappled with for generations, and never more so than now. Women are still under-represented in leadership positions around the globe. I am proud of the work COOK is doing to become more inclusive for all, including around gender, and everywhere you look in COOK there are brilliant women leading the way. We plan to help even more emerge over the new few years. So where to begin on this particular high wire?

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Sweet Potato and Peanut Butter Curry Recipe

Posted on 4 March 2022

Theo Popper, NPD Chef

Veganuary has hit a new landmark this year with close to 610,000 people taking part. Whether you took the Veganuary pledge or just dipped your toe in the water, a lot of people find that one of the hardest things about making the vegan switch is the menu planning - thinking about what to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

So, we spoke to one of our chefs, Theo, and asked him for a recipe recommendation to help us on our way, and he shared this with us: Sweet Potato and Peanut Butter Curry. There are similar recipes out there, but this is a variation on a theme, we’ve called it Theo’s Theme.

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