Are you tired of the disappointment of ready meals? Apparently cooking from scratch is back and that’s official, well it must be - Mary Berry says so! In her recent TV series she is seen close to our patch at the farmers’ market at Guildford, selecting lots of seasonal food to turn into delicious meals.
At Beau-Port we are located close to both Alton, Petersfield and Winchester which also boast their own Hampshire Farmers’ Markets. This not-for-profit community interest organisation reports that visitor numbers to their markets continue to increase, as more people want to know where their food comes. Their shoppers also don’t want to pay the premium for all those unwanted and environmentally damaging food miles.
The huge range of great cookery programmes currently on television are tempting us back into our kitchens to cook proper food. Perhaps after the freezer, microwave, ready meal revolution that started in the 1970’s, that changed not only what we eat, the way it was prepared but also deeper social changes such as the loss of the family meal time and the beginning of the fragmentation of family life.
Hopefully this new food revolution and desire to cook from scratch will not only improve the nutrition of the nation, but also help to bring families back together in the kitchen to enjoy preparing, cooking and eating the best quality food together. Perhaps there is some hope that the family meal together is returning.
So many of our clients are now looking for the open plan living lifestyle where they can all gather together to cook, eat and relax together. Many of our clients love to have some form of Central Island where they can cook while entertaining their guests or chatting with the children when they come home from school. This was the added bonus for one of our clients, Jo Bowler who commented on her new Beau Port kitchen: “Mark has created a kitchen that is the heart of the home and where everyone could relax and enjoy the space together. It has really changed the way we live. The family gathers around the central island and my children are spending more time with me and together, rather than in their respective bedrooms.”
(Header image, fresh produce for cooking from scratch from the Hampshire Farmers’ Markets)