As we’re sure our followers will know by now, we love food! And we’ve been truly inspired by some of the recipes being shared in our local community by Discover Rutland through the new ‘Rutland Steady Cook’ initiative.
We’re looking forward to trying Rosie Makes Jam’s Lemon Curd, Hungry Birds’ Confetti Traybake and Orbis’ Teriyake Salmon to name just three!
Local chef Brian Baker is supporting the recently-launched initiative, and says “Rutland Steady Cook is a great chance for the whole community to work together, stay connected and keep each other’s spirits up. While so many people are confined to their homes, the simple act of getting into the kitchen and cooking together as a family is one of the most sociable pastimes. Cooking mindfully can be a great stress reliever and at the same time young and old can learn valuable life skills.
“Rutland is very fortunate to enjoy a wealth of quality local producers and the term ‘shop local’ has real resonance here.”
The idea for Rutland Steady Cook came from local business owner and proud supporter of Rutland’s hospitality sector, Vicky Binley. Her company, Nimble Media produces the Discover Rutland publication, the county’s official visitor guide, and as an active member of the Discover Rutland committee, ideas to help promote and supporting local businesses often spring from the most random places.
Vicky told us: “Having excavated an enormous Haggis from the depths of my freezer, I proudly served it up for two days straight. By day three, enthusiasm was waning to say the least… I wondered what else I could do with it. I’m ashamed to say that in times gone by, it might’ve ended up in the food waste bin, or the dog.
“Determined not to waste anything, my trusty Haggis underwent a tomato-based transformation and was reborn as a Bolognese sauce. Buoyed by this tasty triumph, I had the overwhelming urge to make old-fashioned custard from scratch (like my mum used to when I was little) and promptly bought a tin of evaporated milk. This all got me thinking and the seed of an idea was sown.”
Inspired by the popular BBC cooking game show ‘Ready Steady Cook’ (which returned to our screens in March), the ‘Rutland Steady Cook!’ campaign reaches out to local eateries with a request for them to share recipes, which anyone can make using store cupboard and easily sourced ingredients.
The benefits of the scheme have the potential to be far-reaching, both on an individual and wider level, such as reigniting a passion for cooking meals from scratch at home, rather than relying on convenience food, increasing awareness and use of local produce, and connecting families and people through their love of food.
One of the most important aims of the Rutland Steady Cook is to help ensure that our vibrant hospitality sector can go on to thrive after this period of uncertainty.
Mary Copley, Tourism Officer for Discover Rutland said “Everyone on the Discover Rutland Committee is keen to keep the hospitality industry in the hearts and minds of local residents and future visitors, while offering some light relief as we all adjust to staying in rather than going out.
“Local eateries are keen to get involved and we’ve already received lots of recipes to share. We’re pushing Rutland Steady Cook as far as we can, to help as many businesses as possible to stay in touch with customers over the coming weeks and months.
“By asking our followers to share photos of their creations on social media using #RutlandSteadyCook, our hope is this little initiative will go some way to unite them to others in the same situation.”
At French 75, we’re really excited to see all the great recipe ideas from local businesses and we’ve been very impressed by the efforts of some cafés and restaurants in our town of Oakham – many have introduced takeaway and delivery services, which is a great way to support those businesses through such a difficult and worrying time.
If you are one of those businesses in Rutland, please get in touch as we’d love to share information about the services you are offering 🙂
More about #RutlandSteadyCook and all the recipes can be found on the Discover Rutland Facebook page – we’ll certainly be cooking some of the mouthwatering dishes and look out for some of our favourite cocktail recipes, too!