Takeaways can give back

The need for speed in a modern age where the average attention span has plummeted to 8 seconds and technological development is weighted with demands for efficiency, has paved the way for the rise of the takeaway. The market size of the fast food and takeaway industry is forecast to reach highs of £22 billion in 2023, riding on the record growth of the covid pandemic and lockdowns, Just Eat alone having seen a 76% increase in orders in the first half of 2021. As the world around us becomes less friendly, as we’re faced with the complexity of contemporary life and the sting of sickness and poverty and lies and loss we feel more and more the call of home, with its comforts and familiarity. Worlds can shrink to the space between the sofa, the TV and the phone, lifestyle lives in fa few apps and survival can be pocketed. And its easy to understand. Why make dinner when it’s just waiting for you to call?

This is a question that has been asked and answered time and time again. Countless studies have established the health benefits alone of home cooking. A growing body of scientific evidence supports teaching patients how to cook meals at home as an effective medical intervention for improving diet quality, weight loss, and diabetes prevention. The psychological impact of a home cooked meal is worth just as much consideration as the physical. One study taking data from 71 adults found home cooking was most commonly defined as cooking with love, care and nostalgia, and perceptions of home cooking often focused on the social and emotional elements. The potential of the fridge offers a chance to explore and bond and draw back from abstract connections to big business, to replace this with deepened connections to those around you.

The Foodetc. fakeaways offer a rewarding middle ground, exploring the takeaway dishes we know and love through a new lens of health, agency and community, from homemade pizza to the chickpea curry. The benefits are clear and immediate. In times of significant financial difficulty that see families struggling to balance food and bills, the cost of meals is an essential factor that Food etc. fakeaway recipes effectively address, to a much greater extent than takeout meals despite their cheap and easy reputation. The following explores this in greater depth:

Food etc recipes estimated cost Estimated cost of Takeaway equivalent for one
Chicken nuggets and not chips £1.10 £6.09
Pizza £1.00 £9.15
Beans burritos £0.85 £9.50
Meat and bean burgers £1.20 £6.67
Chickpea curry £0.97 £9.19


The disparity demonstrated here is strongly apparent and could build up to a huge impact on yearly food costs, taking wider statistics into account. According to research, ordering takeaways costs those in Britain as much as £80 per month on average. Even putting aside the cost issue, possible health benefits are tremendous. To compare, for example, the ingredients you’ll use and monitor yourself for a Foodetc. chicken nugget with those made by McDonald’s, exposes the width of the health gap that forms. When the total recipe is taken into account, chicken breast makes up just 45% of the contents of McDonald’s nuggets.

The final message that forms of kitchen cultivated mental and physical health is clear:

Don’t Just Eat, Just Cook!

Article by Ethan Calder, Bedford Modern School

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