While there is an abundance of home-cooking kits on offer in London, these independent businesses that offer unique and equally, if not more, mouthwatering kits! Sourced responsibly, these home-cooking kits are handcrafted by real people with the kind of love and enthusiasm that is not always found in bigger corporations.
From authentic Thai food to exotic Arabian cuisine, there’s a home cooking kit for every occasion, whatever your dietary preference and gastronomical desires are.
Spain is no doubt one of the most popular holiday destinations among the Brits. Now that Summer is coming but non-essential travel is still banned, why not get your hands on Toastada’s paella kit and bring Spain to you instead.
Having lived out there for some years, Roxanne has a vast knowledge and love for Spanish cuisine, and my goodness does that come through from the kit. With Toastada’s paella kit, you’ll have everything you need to recreate the authentic Spanish rice dish without leaving your home. Each kit comes with all the ingredients you need, detailed but easy-to-follow instructions and a paella (arguably, the most important component of the dish). You can choose between the seafood kit and the vegan option. I’d never thought that I’d be able to make paella from scratch before this! Pair it with a jug of sangria and you’ll be instantly transported to Valencia!
It must be said that Thai food has undoubtedly grown in popularity in England over the years. (read everything about Thailand here!) While I love eating Thai food when I’m out, I’ve never really attempted making them at home, until I came across Thai Apron. Thai Apron is the UK’s first Thai Meal Kit delivery service founded by KC (from @kceatsin) during the very first lockdown back in May 2020. You get real authentic Thai ingredients (most of which are also gluten-free) delivered straight to your door, with easy to follow recipes that guide you through the process.
I must say, this kit has definitely made cooking Thai food at home less daunting and more enjoyable! Needless to say that my housemate was very impressed with the vegetarian Pad Thai I prepared! With a range of recipes and a variety of vegetarian and vegan options, there’s definitely something for everyone! Ps. They deliver nationwide, so even those who live outside of London can get their hands on their home cooking kits!
You’re guaranteed to be left feeling fully satisfied.
Located on the buzzing Bermondsey Street, Baccalà is a local Italian restaurant founded and run by two couples. The restaurant opened not long before England went into the first lockdown but Fabio and Moreno adapted quickly, thus was born the first finish-at-home kit. A new menu is designed by Moreno each week, using a mix of fresh local produce and imported ingredients from Italy. The dishes burst with both colours and flavours!
Each home cooking kit comes with a generous portion of their signature tiramisu. These home cooking kits are available for collection every Friday and Saturday evening. Additionally, you can also get it delivered to your door if you live around the neighbourhood. The contemporary restaurant has also transformed into a fishmonger and grocery shop, selling all kinds of Italian treasures and wine during the day. Pop in and pick up yours, and you might find yourself going home with a bottle or two! Buon appetito!
From packaging to menus, everything was made with sustainability in mind.
Surely I can’t be the only one who has dreamt of escaping to the Mediterranean multiple times during the lockdowns? Whilst the travel bans are still in place, Ceru has continued to bring us a taste of the eastern Mediterranean through their contemporary but lavish Levantine cook at home kits. From packaging to menus, everything bit of the kit was elegantly designed and made with sustainability in mind. Four choices, including a vegan option, the Ceru meal kits are full of spices and variety. The lamb was so delicate and the hummus is unlike any other hummus we’ve tasted before! The menu is almost entirely gluten-free too! Paired with the carefully handpicked Levantine wine, this is the perfect kit for a candlelit dinner.
Spice lovers rejoice! Noodle&Beer is a vibrant local restaurant in East London, just a stone throw away from Spitalfields Market. Despite having just opened its doors in late December 2019, the restaurant quickly became very popular amongst the locals. When national lockdown restrictions were first put in place, Noodle&Beer quickly put together a selection of home noodle kits so that customers can not only satisfy their cravings but also share the joy of preparing the Sichuan noodles that inspired Mr Wang to start the business. With a selection of toppings, including a delicious vegetarian option, you too can recreate their signature Chongqing Xiaomian in the comfort of your own home! They offer both collection and delivery for those who live a little further in the city. As the name suggests, sit down, laid back and enjoy your noodles with a cold beer!
On the Table
Started by four food enthusiastic pals, On the Table offers the perfect meal kits for you to impress your friends and family with. They offer a selection of meal kits filled with fresh and high quality ingredients straight from independent producers. From seafood to vegetarian, each meal kit contains carefully curated ingredients for you to put together an impressive 5-course sharing menu. The preparation process was so much fun and the end result was nothing short of rewarding. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve seen scallops so big and meaty. With each course being very generously portioned, you’re sure to be left in a food coma by the end of it. Although I must say, it’s absolutely worth it.
Looking for a meal kit that is both good for your health and the planet? Look no further! Zested is a wonderful two men company that makes seasonal eating cool and affordable. Their menus are designed originally, offering a selection of 9 (soon to be 12) choices, including delicious plant-based options. We made their crispy sticky smoked tofu dish using a variety of ingredients and following clear instructions. From sourcing the foods to packaging the home cooking kits, Zested makes sure that every bit of the process leaves nothing but a positive impact on both its customers and the planet. To go the extra mile, Zested has partnered up with an incredible charity to plant a tree for every box they deliver. So get cooking and join in on the meaningful movement!
Given these points, which of these home cooking meal kits can you not wait to get your hands on?