We don’t know about you but right now our bank statements read a lot like “Just Eat, Deliveroo, Sainsbury’s, Uber Eats, Tesco” and back round again. With little to do except, well… eat, it seems all our money is going on takeaways of the good stuff. So we thought we’d round up some of our fave smaller companies and restaurants to order cook-at-home food from – some offer subscriptions and others are just great one-timers for date nights, new-baby presents for friends or just a little pick-me-up for YOU.
We hope these bring your mouth lots and lots and lots of joy…
You’ll be incredibly hard-pressed to find any cookies anywhere that look as damn Instagram-perfect as those from Deviant Cookies. Set up by cookie-lover Chloe during 2020, you can buy single biscuits for £4 (which quickly sell-out) or a mixed box of six for £24. Each cookie weighs in at a whopping 170g and you can expect outrageous flavours like Biscoff, Funfetti, Pop Tart and Raspberry Ripple. Delicious.
We’re both huge fans of Pasta Evangelists, having ordered their delicious cook-at-home pasta dishes countless times (Gemma even ordered me some as a post-baby treat!). They really blew up during lockdown last year, and for good reason. Essentially you pick your dishes and you’ll receive a chilled and insulated box with fresh pasta, pouches of sauce and any extras like grated cheese or nut crumbs. A great dine-at-home option for special occasions, or you can set up a subscription to come weekly/fortnightly/monthly. My fave is the nduja sausage and burrata ravioli. Heaven.
Patty & Bun
Burgers loves can get their lockdown fix from the ever-delicious Patty & Bun. They currently have a few different meal kits on offer for you to whip up your take on their burgers from your own kitchen – including kits for two, kits for four and a vegan option too. You can get the ingredients for burgers like the “Ari Gold” (a super sexy cheeseburger) and the “Smokey Robinson” (a super sexy cheeseburger with bacon and onion. A meal for two will set you back £15, but you’ll have to whip up your own sides in the oven.
If outrageously decadent brownies are your jam then you are going to ADORE Hetty’s Kitchen. Whilst there’s an IRL cake hatch you can shop from in Gloucester, they also offer nationwide postal delivery on their sweet bakes. You can either order a lucky dip box (which just FYI, is my dream surprise present from a friend, hint hint) or you can choose a tray bake in a flavour of your choice – there’s a minimum order of five slices. There’s also subscriptions if that takes your fancy. Expect brownie and blondie flavours like Creme Egg, Cherry Bakewell and Peanut Butter and Caramel.
Whilst restaurants are shut, London-bazed pizzeria Pizza Pilgrims have launched their special frying pan pizza kits. Dee-licious! For under £20 you can whip up two pizzas at home in your own kitchen, and there’s a fair few varieties to choose from including veggie and vegan options. I have to say, the Double Pepperoni and Spicy Honey one looks insane. The kits are delivered with proved dough, pizza sauce, cheese and additional toppings and I can confirm are a great way to distract a toddler for a good five minutes (just not, y’know… near the pan).
Cake or Death
More brownies but this time make them vegan and in v cute leopard print packaging. These bakes come in boxes of either six or ten and include delicious-sounding flavours like Raspberry, Hazelnut and Biscoff. And, as well as being vegan, there’s also gluten-free options too. Prices start from £17 for a Surprise Box and there’s monthly subscriptions on offer too. Once brownies are delivered you have 14 days to eat them or you can freeze them (although we doubt there would be any left…).
Our favourite Bombay-inspired restaurant recently launched their infamous naan rolls (best eaten for breakfast IMO) as at home-kits so you can easily whip them up from the comfort of your own kitchen. Choose from either the Bacon Naan or the Vegan Sausage Naan kit, and get enjoying the best brunch of all your lockdowns combined. For £16 for two people you’ll receive dough, spices, condiments and fillings, plus an extra ball of dough for ‘experimentation’. We’re on board!
Stein’s At Home
Rick Stein’s released three-course meals you can order in the post (for delivery on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights) for the ultimate at-home boujiee af feast. Prices for two people start at £40 (for the vegetarian offering) and go up to £100 (for the lobster, obvs). Expect outrageously fancy things on the menu, such as Moules mariniére, scallops and Chocolate pavé. Perfect for a decadent anniversary dinner or lockdown birthday celebrations.