'Quaradine With Us' cook book is published by Milton Keynes couple and their friends during lockdown

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A fun Come Dine With Me-style cook book called Quaradine With Us is the inspiration of a local couple and their friends.

Lal Tawney & Michelle O’Dell, who live at Shenley Lodge, are part of a group of six friends who began exchanging recipes for three course meals during the Covid crisis.

Rather than see the lockdowns as a barrier to socialising, they used it as a catalyst to dine together throughout the pandemic by using Zoom.

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“Every few weeks we would take it in turns to pick a recipe for a given course. The recipes were shared across the group and we cooked each others choices, creating wonderful three course meals," said Lal.

The group of friendsThe group of friends
The group of friends

The friends decided to capture these recipes in a new book and came up with the title QuaranDine With Us.

They are donating all royalities to Hospitality Action to help those in the hospitality sector who have been blighted by Covid lockdowns.

"The recipes promise to be both simple and exceedingly tasty, and best of all they are the kind of recipes you can use for any dinner party - lockdown or not," said Michelle.

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“Most of the preparation can be done ahead of the meal, with the emphasis on quickly serving and so we can put the focus on enjoying each others company. This book captures the moments and the recipes - hugs were virtual but banter and friendships are as real as they come.”

The tasting sessions were via ZoomThe tasting sessions were via Zoom
The tasting sessions were via Zoom

She added: "Socialising with friends over Zoom has been great but we also want to make a contribution to the hospitality sector so it can return in the best shape possible. Sharing our recipes and fun loving banter was the obvious thing to do.”

You can buy the book “Quarandine with us” from Amazon here. It's available in electronic format for only £1.50, or in paper back for £14.99.

You can also donate directly to Hospitality Action here .

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