We’re now in our seventh week of lockdown and you may be missing life’s simple pleasures, like going out to your favourite restaurant.
Eating home-cooked meals all the time isn’t quite the same and we’re starting to lose interest in our own culinary repertoire, it has to be said. And sometimes, we just cannot be bothered and instead find ourselves craving a dish from a local hotspot.
The hospitality industry is also set to be one of the worst affected as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Italian chain Carluccio’s has gone into administration as has Mark Hix’s restaurant group. It’s two of many places facing the same fate.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. In response to the lockdown, some restaurants have created DIY meal kits to help you whip up their well-loved dishes in your own kitchen.
Not only will they keep your cravings happy but will also provide support to struggling businesses. Here are seven to get stuck into.
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Burger restaurant Patty & Bun has created a Lockdown DIY patty kit, £25, featuring four of its signature beef patties, bacon, brioche buns, a squeezy bottle of smokey mayo, cheese slices and homemade pickled and smokey onions. All you need to buy is lettuce and tomato to finish it off.
It also has a vegan kit which contains four plant-based patties with vegan bacon, mayo and cheese along with buns, caramelised and pickled onions. Delivery is £6 and it’s available for postcodes within the M25.
Neapolitan pizzeria, Pizza Pilgrims, may have shut its London and Oxford shops, but it hasn’t stopped the restaurant’s love of making good food. Instead, it has created £15 frying pan pizza kits containing; two x Neapolitan 48-hour proved dough balls, marinara sauce, fior di latte cheese, olive oil, fresh basil and parmesan so you can whip up a pizza yourself and delivery will cost £4.99.
Italian restaurant La Mia Mamma has created four survival kits starting from £65 full of goodies that will help you create a multitude of dishes during lock down.
Available in meat and vegetarian options, the small kits contain things like pasta dough, dried pasta, handmade bolognese and cacio e pepe sauces, a bottle of red or white wine, a loaf of bread, mixed charcuterie and two portions of aubergine parmigiana, handmade ricotta, pizza dough and meatballs.
The larger kits contain double the amount of ingredients which you can cook straight away and freeze what you don’t need. Delivery is free within London and takes between three and four days, and if you live outside of London, email email@example.com for a delivery quote.
Vegan burger company Vurger Co. is offering kits made up of all the ingredients you need to make its signature dish at home.
Starting from £17.95, the takeout box for two contains two vegan patties, two brioche vegan buns, two gluten-free cheese slices, lettuce, gherkins, tomato, a bottle of burger sauce and a portion of gluten-free skin-on fries.
Delivery is available within five miles of its stores in Shoreditch and Canary Wharf, and you can check if your postcode meets the delivery requirements here.
While pastrami and salt beef wizards Monty’s Deli have done most of the hard work for you in recreating their bagels for you to enjoy at home, all you need to do is add the mustard of your choice and the pickles.
You do buy the ingredients separately and build at home. The pastrami and salt beef cost £15.50 each and a pack of six part-baked bagels are £6.
Amazingly, you will receive your orders the following day if you order before midday every Tuesday to Friday. If you place an order between Friday and Sunday, you will receive it the following Tuesday.
Behind some of the best bacon buttys in London, Le Swine has temporarily shut up shop and in the meantime, it’s created its own DIY kits to “bring home the bacon”.
The kits start from £12 for two serving portions and contain middle bacon, Clarence Court duck eggs, bacon butter, milk and onion buns, fresh sage, its homemade ketchup pots and a voucher for a free bacon butty when it opens its doors again in Spitalfields market.
Delivery costs £4 and is available for the following areas; Lambeth, Southwark, Greenwich, Lewisham and Wandsworth on Thursdays, City of London, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Islington and Camden on Fridays and Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Lower Brent, Ealing, Richmond and Kingston on Fridays.
If you live outside these areas, it’s advising customers to email firstname.lastname@example.org and it’ll let you know within 12 hours if it can deliver.