Get ready for British Food Fortnight 2018Written by Anjali Dattani
TUCO are delighted to once again be supporting British Food Fortnight, which runs from 22nd September to 7th October 2018. Held in the autumn at the same time as harvest festival, British Food Fortnight is the biggest annual, national celebration of British food and drink.
There are plenty of ways for universities to take part. You can enhance your menus with British dishes or offer British food-themed promotions, with seasonal dishes, or you can use the fortnight to seek out new local suppliers. Any promotion of British Food Fortnight can be boosted by displaying POS material using the Union Jack flag.
Elsewhere on campus, students can be encouraged to buy more British food with special farmers’ markets.
Love British Food have also put together some tips for students, dubbed 'Cookery for the Clueless'. You can find these tips below. For more ideas and inspiration, visit www.lovebritishfood.co.uk - the website is full of hint and tips, as well as useful resources to celebrate British food this Autumn.
Cookery for the Clueless…
A student survival guide to whipping up healthy meals on a budget
These easy but practical tips have been put together by the Love British Food campaign for students who may be feeling daunted by the idea of picking up the pans at uni.
A lot of students who have left home for the first time will be lacking skills in the cookery department. It is likely a lot of students will share a kitchen at uni so you can learn together and make cooking fun. No one expects the results to be gourmet, just aim for edible! Chances are you will pick up hacks from others anyway, and you might get to try a variety of dishes you might not usually cook for yourself. If in doubt, Google it!
Share the load
Just make sure everyone pitches in – shopping, prep, cooking, washing up and, of course, the cost. Agree to a cookery rota so the jobs are shared fairly and you don’t end up cooking for everyone each night. Also get into the habit of cleaning up after a meal. No one wants to be confronted with a dirty kitchen to work in when it’s their turn.
Build A Recipe Repertoire
If you are able to memorise a few basic recipes that doesn’t require much effort they will soon become your easy “go-to” dish after a hard day. For example, learn how to make a pasta sauce, an omelette, a curry and a soup and they’ll make it easy for you to recreate when you’re tired and feeling uninspired to make anything else.
Once you have built a repertoire of favourites meals try to adapt them so that you don’t get bored eating the same thing every week. Experiment with slightly different ingredients to create something new - for example make fajitas one night using stir-fried spicy chicken, onions and peppers and pile into flour tortillas. Then another time make the same but pour pasta sauce over the rolled-up tortillas, grate over cheddar and bake in the oven to make tasty enchiladas.
Don’t waste money
Be savvy about shopping for multi-buys, discounted fresh produce before the store closes and also save up reward points. Local Co-op stores can be found on many campuses. Also look specifically for local produce as buying British is often cheaper than imported food and it also supports our British farmers and producers. Reassuringly Co-op only sources fresh British meat plus offers 10% off to students with an NUS card.
Remember not to waste money on expensive kitchen gadgets and tableware. You’ll probably find you don’t use them much, they take up essential storage space and also you will be moving again in a year or two anyway.