Keep Healthy - Eat Well

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Food and cooking

Eating well means you’re more likely to feel healthier, stay active for longer and protect yourself against illness. 

  • Age UK have produce a really informative and useful Healthy Eating Guide which will provide you with reliable information and sort out facts from fiction when it come to diet. 

There are many online food and recipes collections but here are a few that stand out:

  • Viva!: with a lot of advice and tips on how to eat well and stay healthy as a vegan including Cooking Tips to Get You Through the Coronavirus, or even Tips for boosting concentration, energy and immunity in self-isolation. There also is a Recipe Club with hundreds of tried and tested recipes that do not require many or costly ingredients and are really yummy. There is also the possibility to search for an ingredient and get suggestions on how to use it in recipes, to filter recipes by difficulty, course, occasion... Worth a visit even if you are not vegan...
  • Similarly the Vegetarian Society - which describes itself as 'the place to go for everything you want to know about the world of vegetarian food' and whose 'mission is to inspire, inform and enable people to be vegetarian' - is a great place to check out for their recipe database. Try the Recipe Collection, where you can also filter recipes according to skills level, dietary needs and more...
  • Do you need some basic cooking knowledge? Try this free Instructable Cooking Class (ok, I'd say ignore the 'tools needed' section, as most of it is over the top, and you should have enough equipment in your kitchen already) but the various 'skills' section are well laid out and explained simply.

Some of you may remember the early days of Jack Monroe - a food writer and activist, who taught the nation how to survive on less than a fiver a day (Tin Can Cook was a best seller!)...Well, the BBC have decided to call on their help, teaming up with chef Matt Tebutt to respond 'to lockdown challenges facing viewers such as cooking on a budget and providing insights into how to make a little go a long way'... Read the full press release here. The Daily Kitchen Live started on the 13th of April, for two weeks, if you have missed previous instalments you will be able to catch up on iPlayer by clicking the link above. 

  • And there, there always is the trusted BBC Good Food site.... 
  • I thought I'd mention - not wanting to scare you off trying new things, but it is important to remember that as we age, we become more sensitive to pathogens, and especially pathogens in food. The NHS has produced this useful guide on Foods to Avoid if You Are Over 65.

Some personal favourites from around the world

Korean Food with Maangchi

Indian Food with Manjula

Moroccan Food with Choumicha

Japanese Food with Nami

And just for pleasure.. Queer Table

Queer Table is a new show from Eater (USA) that tells the stories of queer people building restaurants, pop-ups, and food businesses that center their community in an outward-facing, all-welcoming way.