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Why Social Dining is the trend you need to try

My name is Catherine Frawley, I’m a photographer, recipe creator, content creator and food stylist. You can find me on social here, or via my website. I’m working with Panasonic on their 2019/2020 campaign to help raise awareness of their support for Love Food Hate Waste by showing how easy it is to use leftovers in new dishes, helping decrease the amount of food waste each day.

One of my favourite food trends at the moment is social dining. Not only is it a great way to reduce food waste, but it also gets everyone involved in cooking and amplifies mealtimes to a whole new experience. So what is it?

Social dining is not really a new thing outside of the UK, as food is woven into the fabric of life in places such as France and Italy who have always known that food is so much more than fuel. Social dining (somewhat obviously) makes mealtimes, social. Whether it’s coming together as a team to create a meal, or using the final product to sit together and spend the moment in each others company.

Social dining is not really a new thing outside of the UK, as food is woven into the fabric of life in places such as France and Italy who have always known that food is so much more than fuel. Social dining (somewhat obviously) makes mealtimes, social. Whether it’s coming together as a team to create a meal, or using the final product to sit together and spend the moment in each others company.

But it shouldn’t be seen for just big events or rare occasions, it should be daily. No more working lunches alone at your desk, or dinner time spent quietly in front of the TV. Time should be taken to eat together with family and friends. I’ve hosted dinners where everyone makes a recipe from the same cookbook or invites everyone to bring a dish that fits a theme like Indian, Thai, Picnic picky foods (when the weather’s right) or simply Taco Tuesday.

However, that doesn’t mean you should be expected to spend hours cooking and inviting the different people over each night. What it means is that you need to be creative with cooking and share the load regardless of the occasion. Modern technology has allowed us to become so much more social with food, with Panasonic in particular taking this into consideration with its small kitchen appliance range. I have the Panasonic NN-CD87KSBPQ microwave, which has a wealth of handy features and tools which makes social dining so much easier.

For example, I recently made a Chicken Fajita spread, using leftover meat and vegetables, in less than 30 mins using the Panasonic NN-CD87KSBPQ. I didn’t have to slave away over the grill, dash back and forth back to the oven or have several pans on the go. I simply used the grill to cook the chicken, the convection oven to reheat leftover veggies and the unique Genius Sensor worked out how long to heat up the tortillas to perfection so they weren’t tepid or scolding. The Panasonic NN-CD87KSBPQ has a 34l capacity, meaning you can create larger meals in the one appliance. I then had helpers on hand to dish up sour cream and help prepare some easy homemade guacamole. It just shows how simple, fresh ingredients can be transformed in a feast that can be shared and enjoyed by all.

Once food was made, we sat around as a family and enjoyed some quality time together. We ate, we laughed, we relished in some dedicated “us” time, which is the beauty of social dining. It may be a huge trend at the moment, but hopefully it will just become a way of life and something people just do without thinking in the near future. In the meantime, if this is a trend you’d like to adopt into your everyday lives the Panasonic NN-CD87KSBPQ can help you create it.

Catherine Frawley

Catherine Frawley

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