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Over the past few months, tinned food has really come into its own. With the nation spending more time at home during lockdown, people have had to turn to their storecupboards for make-at-home meals.

Food that comes in a tin is now, for many, a staple in everyday cooking. And to that I say: it’s about time! Storecupboard ingredients provide a wealth of inspiration and allow us to be spontaneous and creative in our cooking.

Finger on the pulse

My new cookbook Take One Tin is all about showcasing the many types of tinned ingredients and everything they have to offer, while hopefully giving you the confidence to experiment with this versatile foodstuff along the way. No tinned tuna? That’s fine: try salmon or mackerel! Tinned food can be a great substitute for missing ingredients, as well as being the star of the show. Plus, they’re nutritious, inexpensive and long-lasting, which means you can enjoy great-tasting fruit, fish, pulses and more all year round!

Because the bulk of the ingredients I’ve used in my recipes are from the storecupboard, you can make each recipe without a shopping list as long as your arm, or without even leaving the house. Better still, many of my recipes contain 10 ingredients or fewer. Here are six of my favourite tinned recipes to get you started…

6 quick & easy tinned recipes

1. Mackerel tacos

My citrus-laden salsa and the tangy soured cream are best friends with the fish and hot sauce from the storecupboard. These are fun and easy to rustle up – perfect with a cold beer.

2. Roasted chick pea & squash pasta

The sweetness and softness of squash works brilliantly with the crisp, mild nuttiness of the tinned chickpeas, all wrapped in gloriously warming spice from your stash. It’s mixed with storecupboard pasta and tangy yogurt, then topped with lemony breadcrumbs.

3. Coconut milk set cream

I love panna cotta – it’s so simple and delicious. This is a tropical variation, based on tinned coconut and served with juicy pineapple, also from a tin.

4. Spiced cannellini beans on toast

Who doesn’t love baked beans? Here, I’ve invented a homemade alternative: sweet, spicy and warming. If you like, double up the quantities and freeze any leftovers for a rainy day.

5. Sweetcorn cakes with green chutney

These sweet and mellow corn cakes go beautifully with the punchy, tart chutney. This would work well as a perk-me-up brunch dish or light supper. For a more substantial meal, or if you’re feeding a crowd, try serving it with some crispy bacon and roasted tomatoes on the side.

6. Pineapple, lime & coconut cake  

Coconut and lime make a cracking duo in this tropical cake! In my view, it’s best served with a big scoop of rum ‘n’ raisin ice cream. You can easily make it ahead of time, too; simply warm in the microwave for a few seconds before serving.

Fancy a copy of Lola’s book? Order it here: Take One Tin or check out her website for more information.

Lola Milne
Food Stylist and Recipe Writer

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  1. Hi. The health and safety of colleagues, customers and members is our priority. We are following Government advice which does not enforce colleagues working in retail to wear face coverings, but its use is being strongly encouraged and sits alongside a range of protective equipment and strict procedures in place in stores including visors, protective screens, disposable face coverings and social distancing measures. I will feed your comments back to store management. Thanks. ^Jamie

  2. Don’t go to co op in Crediton very often last time I went there was no hand sanitiser in evidence social distancing was ignored management or team leaders were not taking any action whatsoever

  3. Hi Margaret, Thanks you so much for the lovely feedback. I have just passed it on to the store Team Leader who is delighted. She will pass your comments on to the staff. Thanks a lot for taking the time to message us. Have a great day. ^Andrea

  4. The BEST COOP is at Kessingland – all the staff are always kind, helpful and friendly. I buy ALL MY FOOD & other necessities there – I do not go to any other store. The Head Office of the Coop should be really proud of the staff at Kessingland.

  5. Hi Tony. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had some issues with a specific branch. Please can you send contact us here – with more information as to what issues you’ve encountered? ^Ian

  6. why is the Lewsey Farm Shop in Luton the worst co-op around it is the most unorganised store I’ve ever ever known and it’s always seems to be worse at weekends


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