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Cooking at home with Coventry businesses - and how to involve the whole family

Published: Monday, 15 February 2021

Cooking at home

With restaurants closed for much of the last year, we’ve all been doing a bit more cooking at home.

But thanks to many Coventry businesses, we’ve got some help with meal kits and advice on cooking at home being offered by Coventry restaurants doing dine at-home kits, Coventry takeaways offering us ways to personalise our food, and some Coventry food retailers helping us get hands-on in the kitchen.

Encouraging children to take a more active role in choosing, preparing and cooking simple meals can help them eat a wider variety of foods. At Visit Coventry, we’ve put together a few ideas of meal kits you can enjoy at home and ways you can test out your family's culinary skills with some food-related activities at home in Coventry. 

Cooking ideas inspired by Coventry businesses

Bread-making and biscuit baking with Proof Bakery

Proof Bakery is an artisan bakery that turns out great bread whilst also creating jobs for refugees. Proof offers sourdough baking kits that will give you the chance to try baking your own loaves at home. It has everything you need from the starter to the knife, scrapers, tins and full instructions.A great one to get the kids involved in.

Proof is also running online Syrian biscuit-making classes suitable for adults, unaccompanied children aged 8+, and slightly younger children joining in with a parent. For more information visit their website.

Cook as a family with M&S

M&S have everything you need to bring fun into food for all the family, from raw ingredients to whip up a feast, or tasty treats that you can finish off at home. They also offer plenty of recipe ideas like their ideas for family favourite dinners featuring stir fry ideas, ‘fuss-free feasts’ and chippy teas.

They’ve also got a whole section on kids’ lunch ideas that you can whip up for your children or get them to make with you. Check out their website to order food online or to see what’s in store.

Dig into a Nando’s - or make your own!

Nando’s is always a popular family choice. The Coventry City Nando’s is open for delivery or collection, so you can get your family fix of Peri Peri chicken, or burgers wraps or pittas.

But if you want to really get adventurous, you could try getting the children involved in making your own Nando’s using the restaurant’s own recipes for Peri Peri chicken and other dishes.

You can get the recipes from the Nando’s site and order their sauces or grab some from the supermarket when you’re doing your weekly shop.

Pizza night with Basement Browns or Dodo Pizza

Yes, you could try to cook your own pizzas either from scratch, or with the help of one of the many pizza kits out there. Or you could try one of Coventry’s popular pizza joints Basement Browns or Dodo Pizza and let them do the hard work while you enjoy the fun part.

Basement Browns have a whole range of pizzas to suit both adults and children, from family sized offerings to individual pizzas. You can get the children involved in picking from their massive range of toppings and can fight over who has the last slice.

At Dodo Pizza the entertainment is laid on thanks to the webcam in their kitchen that means the whole family can watch the cooking process from start to finish from home while you wait, showing youngsters exactly what goes into that pizza they love.

Coventry restaurants doing meal kits at home

A few Coventry restaurants are giving you the opportunity to recreate their dishes in the comfort of your own home. They do all the hard work, then you just follow the simple instructions and make it look pretty on the plate.

If you’re looking to get the children involved, this is a great way to start them off on the joys of cooking and introduce them to some Coventry-based restaurants, though some may be more appropriate for slightly older age groups.

Hickorys at Home

You might not be able to sit in at Hickory’s Smokehouse in Burton Green, but they’ve thought up the next best thing. Hickory’s at Home has all of the best smokehouse dishes you usually get in the restaurant, smoked in their own smokers then chilled and packed up ready for you to heat and eat at home.

They’ve got family platters, sharing boxes, and if you want to take things one step further you can buy their rubs and sauces and have a go at doing some low’n’slow cooking yourself.

Jerk Kits from Leave it to Esmie

Enjoy the taste of the Caribbean at home with Leave it to Esmie’s takeaway service offering all the classic dishes from this FarGo Village-based restaurant. Or you could try to recreate it yourself. Esmie’s offers a selection of meal kits for you to try at home, from Jerk chicken, Jerk salmon and Jerk Soya to a kit to make ‘doubles’ -  a Caribbean snack of two flatbreads filled with a curried chickpea filling. A great way to introduce children to Caribbean food and get them to get involved in making their dinner.

Gourmet Food Kitchen at Home & Earlsdon Supper Club at Home

Two of the more fine dining meal boxes in Coventry, Gourmet Food Kitchen and Earlsdon Supper Club both are both popular choices for special meals in Coventry. Both have had to move to offering their meals for you to enjoy at home, which allows you the chance to finish off the cooking and try to make them look as good as they do when served up by the chefs who create them.

With both fairly easy to finish off even if you’re not a great cook, and coming with full instructions, they’re great opportunities to get older wannabe Masterchefs involved in the cooking, or to celebrate a special occasion if you can’t get out to enjoy it.

Fun treats to enjoy at home with children

Not so much about cooking, but something to get your kids excited and maybe even a reward for sticking to their schoolwork for the first half of term despite being at home. Esquires Coventry are doing a whole range of treats that can be delivered to your door, from platters and afternoon teas to great cakes. There is undoubtedly something in there for children - and probably a nice coffee for you.

If sweets are the way forward, Coventry-based Covfectionary offer pick n mix sweets delivered anywhere in the country. Let the children choose their own selection, or order a box to be chosen for you. You can also send sweet-based gifts if your children are missing their pals. Take a look at their website here.

Growing your own food with Team Springboard

If you want to go one step further and actually grow your own food, Team Springboard CIC offers Ready Steady Grow kits for children and adults to get everyone growing their own food at home. The packs include compost, seeds and fun guides, and you also get support via Zoom. For advice or information, or to get a pack, email anita@teamspringboard.co.uk or esther@teamspringboard.co.uk.

To find out more about the great food and drink on offer in Coventry & Warwickshire, visit  Ellen’s blog at Eat with Ellen  (www.eatwithellen.com)

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