Boozy Treats that Delivered During Lockdown

The following small and independent brands provided all the necessary boozy hydration and hedonism during lockdown, when pubs and cocktail bars were out of reach. If you are still hesitant to step out, these brands would be perfect to drink responsibly in the comfort of your own home. HARD SELTZER Ride Hard Seltzer or alcoholic…

First restaurant meal post-lockdown – El Pirata, Mayfair

It has been four and a half months since we dined out in a restaurant, ever since the novel Coronavirus pandemic began. As we live on the outskirts of London, we had been hesitant to venture out, as using public transport was unavoidable. But a kind invite from one of our favourite Spanish restaurants and…

Tasty Treats That Delivered During Lockdown

Alongside all the cooking and ready meals during lockdown, we were seriously obsessed with snacking (anyone else felt that way?), especially when working from home. The following tasty treats from small brands and independent businesses kept us going when we needed that little extra pick-me-up! SAVOURY TREATS OLIVE AND PICKLE GRAZING BOXES We enjoyed some…

Ready Meals That Delivered During Lockdown

In the second blog of this series, I am celebrating the brands and small businesses working in hospitality and the catering business that deliver ready meals to your door. All the food comes pre-prepared in boxes and only need a few minutes in the oven or microwave to finish off or heat up. Not fans…

DIY Kits That Delivered During Lockdown

This series of blog posts is dedicated to all of those wonderful brands and small businesses in the food, hospitality and catering industry that kept us fed, watered and sane during the lockdown months. As we slowly venture back into restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes, I want to take a moment to thank each and…

Jeyel’s South Indian Sauces – A Taste Test

Ready-made Indian cooking sauces are not something I would normally use in my everyday Indian cooking. I tend to have all the spices I need in my cupboard anyway. But I made an exception with Jeyel’s South Indian sauces. Jeyel’s South Indian cooking sauces are made from 100% natural ingredients, are free from nasties and…

Pasta Remoli Home Delivery – A Taste Test

Most of us are familiar with the impact that Coronavirus has had on the UK hospitality industry, amongst other industries. Restaurants have been forced to shut down and staff furloughed to help protect their jobs in the long run. In the wake of the crisis, many restaurants have also had to adapt and reinvent their…

Simple Curry Dinner for two at home

The following two dishes are my go-to when I want to cook a simple curry dinner for two at home. You can prepare the meat dish on the same day or (preferably) a day in advance so it really develops the rich flavours overnight. Then all you need is to warm it up alongside some…

Ikea Style Meatballs Fakeaway

Recently, I had serious cravings for Ikea-style meatballs during lockdown (of all things one could crave for!). So when the retail giant released their recipe, I had to create my own version. Sadly, I didn’t have all the ingredients so I had to adapt it slightly.  FOR THE MEATBALLS I used a delicious pork mince from…

Banana Cake at Home

Since Covid-19 lockdown, everyone has been showing off their baking skills at home, be it bread, banana bread, challah, babka or focaccia. We decided to join the bandwagon and bake a banana cake. We used a recipe by Ping Coombes. The result is a moist, fluffy and truly delicious loaf that is super easy to…

Cottage Pie with Idahoan Perfect Mash

When it comes to comfort food, cottage pie ranks high on everyone’s list. This heartwarming dish is perfect for family-style meals. For the recipe below, I have mixed and matched the recipes from BBC Good Food and Food Tryb to create my own version, as I didn’t have all the ingredients. I have used Idahoan…

Fridge Forage Frittata

If, like me, you hate food waste, then this simple Fridge Forage Frittata recipe is perfect for using whatever leftover vegetables and herbs you have got that are going stale in your fridge. The trick is to find some good quality fresh eggs. Some people add milk to their mixture but I prefer the wholesome…