For those suffering fatigue at the prospect of cooking 7 nights a week, here are some cheats’ options:
A frying pan pizza kit from Pizza Pilgrims is a good weekend treat. Each kit comes with everything you need for 2 Margherita pizzas – dough, marinara sauce, Fior Di Latte, olive oil, fresh basil and Parmesan – add your own toppings as you like. £15 + £5 nationwide delivery.
Asparagus season is here. Order freshly-picked spears direct from Withycombe farm in Somerset. Super popular but do keep checking back as they update the website day-to-day. Sent first class by Royal Mail, £9 one bundle, £15.50 two bundles, with free delivery.
Patty & Bun’s burger kits come with meat from HG Walter, Brioche Buns from Bread Ahead, cheese slices from Neals Yard, plus Smokey Patty & Bun mayo, home-made pickles and smokey onions. Vegan burger kits are now also available. £25, plus £6 delivery within the M25, soon to go nationwide.
Field & flower’s Somerset chefs carefully prepare and sous-vide their cuts of meat, so literally all you have to do is put them in the oven. We tried the lamb rump with rosemary and garlic which took just 15 minutes in the oven emerging perfectly pink and tender, as though you’d spent hours marinating and slow cooking it from scratch. Supporting British farmers, field & flower is a company we really rate: they also stock meat, cheese, deli items, and sustainable Catch of the Day fish boxes. Lamb rump, £11.98 serves 2, Catch of the Day box from £14.95.
Salt beef or pastrami bagels from Monty’s Deli that you can make at home. The bagels arrive frozen and part-baked, taking just 10 minutes to finish off in the oven, so you can have them hot. Be warned that these sell out really fast – fresh stock goes online on Wednesday evenings each week, so you’ll need to order first thing on Thursday morning. £6 for a pack of 6 bagels, with Tuesday-Friday delivery.
Order your favourite dishes from the menu at the Camberwell Arms and cook them in the oven at home. Think beef, ale and bone marrow pie, dauphinoise potatoes or roast San Marzano tomato, chickpeas and smoked ricotta. Sides from £3, mains serving 2 from £18, Wednesday to Sunday only with collection or local delivery within 2.5 miles.
And finally, a cheat’s pudding for Speculoos fans. These new Lotus Biscoff mini ice cream sticks have arrived from Belgium, £4.49 for 8.