The foods we are all eating during lockdown

With most of us stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, our eating habits have had to change. Meals out have been impossible, and we’ve all been having to eat from home. So what have we been eating and which firms have been benefiting?

Barry Smith may be a natural optimist with a market-leading product but as the lockdown loomed, the founder of food probiotic supplement, Symprove, was forced to look at worst-case scenarios.

“If production had to shut down completely and we had zero sales we may have survived for about six months, perhaps a little longer with a government grant,” says the Surrey-based entrepreneur, who doubled supply routes and stocked up on core ingredients including barley in preparation.

“It was very scary to think about, and a huge relief that the complete opposite happened and we had a record 50% new business in May.”

Barry Smith says people

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Giada De Laurentiis on the Challenges of Shooting a Cooking Show in Isolation on iPhones

From learning how to do her own camera-ready hair and makeup to adapting recipes to work around grocery store shortages during a global pandemic, Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis faced more than a few challenges when filming her new limited series, “Giada at Home 2.0,” in isolation this spring.

The Italian-American chef says the six-episode series, shot in a rental house using nothing but a handful of strategically placed iPhones and the help of her boyfriend, will offer viewers a rare peek into her life that they wouldn’t normally see when it premieres on Saturday, June 27 at 12 p.m. ET/PT.

“I basically haven’t done it all by myself in 18 years. When I started I did it alone, but I haven’t done it in so long,” she said in a recent interview with TheWrap. “I’ll tell you, prep everything in advance on your own, wash all the dishes

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Wine and cooking ingredient sales soar during lockdown

Demand for Naked Wines and Premier Foods home cooking ingredients soared during lockdown, the firms have said.

The online wine seller said revenue surged 81% in April and May, after many shops were forced to shut on 28 March.

Naked Wines temporarily halted new orders last month after a huge jump in business as customers stockpiled.

Mr Kipling-owner Premier Foods saw a 20% sales rise in the run-up to lockdown, with strong demand for cooking products continuing afterwards.

Shoppers began to stock up on alcohol in April to drink at home as the coronavirus pandemic spread. Food stockpiling began in March, when the shelves of some shops were cleared.

In a statement, Naked Wines said: “We entered the new financial year with good momentum as Covid-19 has influenced customer shopping behaviour and driven increased demand for the Naked Wines offer.”

The company stopped short of providing guidance for

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10+ Ways Chefs Love Using Hot Honey to Spice Up Their Cooking

There’s a lot to love about hot honey. After all, whose palate doesn’t salivate over the combination of sweet and spicy? This up-and-coming condiment making its way into pantries around the country can be served with just about anything, from pizza and fried chicken to seafood, grilled vegetables and even desserts. With its powerful flavor punch and versatility, it’s about to become your new favorite ingredient.

A few excellent brands on the market—Mike’s Hot Honey or Red Clay Barrel-Aged Hot Honey, for example—are easy to order online, but it’s also simple to infuse your own regular honey with a little heat at home. You can use whatever peppers you like, dried or fresh, says Chris Riley, a culinary expert and co-founder of The Daring Kitchen based in Rogers, Arkansas. To do it, add honey and chopped peppers (he recommends using at least two types for more complexity, such

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