Last Updated on April 18, 2021 by Fiona Maclean
Wine and dine in style at home with our tried and tested meal kit deliveries.
Meal kits and home deliveries have been around for years. We’ve tried and tested a number of the major organisations including Hello-Fresh who brought us a delicious chicken with wild mushroom and truffle recipe and The Mindful Chef where we learnt how to make a delicious Lemongrass Trout with coconut lime rice and we love the concept. All your ingredients for one, two or even four recipes arrive at your door – all you have to do is cook. As one of my friends pointed out, it’s a great way to broaden your own repertoire and learn how to make some new dishes. And, for a small household, it can be very cost-effective as you cut out food-waste of items like herbs and specialist sauces. However, the temporary restaurant closures that have resulted from the current pandemic have taken home-delivery services to a completely new level making for the perfect date night at home. Offerings from Michelin Star restaurants through to street food sellers come in two forms. There are heat and serve deliveries where everything you need is neatly boxed up so that you only need to reheat and plate the dishes. And, there are meal kits where you’ll end up doing anything from making your own babka through to learning how to cook lobster tagliatelle.
Which meal kit you choose for your date night depends partly on your taste, on your own culinary skill – and on whether you want to be hands-on in the kitchen or simply plate up and eat some restaurant-quality dishes in the comfort of your own home. Don’t forget to make an occasion of it though, dress to impress and set the table with candles, fresh flowers and your best china. And, open a good bottle of wine or make a special cocktail or three. For those with kids, you could even bribe them to provide table service – or to keep out of the way for the evening!
We’ve been trying some of the best meal kits on the market – and we’ve listed a few that we’ve yet to review but which are coming soon, because with the year’s biggest date night coming up soon on February 14th, we’re sure you’ll all want to be ready for Valentine’s Day!