Cooking 101

Do pots and pans make you panic? Does the stove stress you out and the oven give you cold sweats?

Fear the kitchen no more – Patrick is here to help you don your apron and get food prepping like a pro!

Let’s recap on Chef Patrick’s top tips:

1. Invest in kitchen equipment

  • To get started you’ll need the basics: a saucepan, a frying pan, some kitchen utensils, a chopping board, a knife and a colander. They don’t have to cost the world – you can get them online or at your local supermarket.

2. Use online recipes and step-by-step cooking guides

  • Try BBC Food for thousands of yummy scrummy recipes to whet your appetite!

3. Find your go-to dish

  • Whether it's a simple curry or a gourmet bonanza, having a ‘go-to’ recipe up your sleeve makes cooking for yourself easy and painless.

  • Patrick’s ‘go-to’ spag bol is super simple: fry off some onions and garlic, chuck in mince (or a veggie alternative), add a little dash of tomato puree, some tinned tomatoes and some stock, and salt and pepper to taste. Done!

4. Freeze meals for another day

  • There’s nothing that screams #adulting more than meal prep. Bulk cook and then freeze individual portions to keep you going through the week.

5. Practice makes perfect

  • Yes, you’ll burn a dish or two. Yes, you’ll set the fire alarm off. Yes, the lid will drop off your salt shaker mid-seasoning and you’ll end up eating cereal for tea instead (just us?!). But you will get better over time... Have faith!

While it’s unlikely that you’ll be winning any Michelin stars straight away, man (or woman) cannot exist on takeaways alone! We all have to start somewhere, and the benefits of eating well far outweigh the convenience of not working on improving this skill. As Patrick says:

I feel healthier, look healthier, my mind feels better and I’ve got more energy.

So what are you waiting for? Ready, steady, COOK!

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