My Favourite London Restaurant Deliveries

If you are missing London’s diverse and exciting restaurant scene, this round-up is for you. I’ve collated a list of my favourite restaurant deliveries, all tried and tested from home. There should be something here for everyone, from comforting Indian curries to special occasion afternoon teas.

Crispin

Comfort Food

Crispin – Crispin is one of my favourite brunch spots in East London, so I was delighted when I heard they were delivering a special dinner menu out. A colourful box arrived filled with ingredients and instructions to make an Italian themed meal… including Courgette & Burrata, Ravioli with wild garlic, and Panzanella salad.

Iberica – Order Iberica when you are missing summer holidays and fancy a Spanish tapas feast. Choose from Jamon Iberico, Paella, Croquetas and other Mediterranean delights.

12.51 – 12.51 is based in Islington and serves Chef James Cochran’s quirky fusion food. The restaurant has recently started their ‘Around the Cluck’ delivery service, feeding Londoners with their signature chicken burgers and delicious sides.

Folie

Folie – Soho’s glamorous French restaurant Folie is now delivering a selection of their menu favourites. Highlights included Chicken Croque-Monsieur, Aubergine Parmigiana and Tiramisu gelato.

Maison Patron – Classic, comforting French recipes delivered to your door. Maison Patron creates wonderful boxes of homemade food to be cooked at home, paired with Provencal wine.

Hankies – Indian food is one of the cuisines I have craved most in lockdown. Hankies was satisfying and indulgent, a feast of curries, rice and breads.

Davies and Brook

Occasion Meals

Davies and Brook – One of the most exciting restaurant openings of 2019 has recently starting a deliver and collection service. Daniel Humm’s London fine dining eatery is presenting a menu based around the irresistable CFC (Claridges Fried Chicken) with complementing side dishes.

Hakkasan – I was over the moon to discover that one of London’s best Chinese eateries was delivering across the capital. From their famous dim sum to their rice and noodle dishes, everything that comes out of the Hakkasan kitchen is a work of art and a treat for the senses. We sampled the exemplary Bamboo Menu which has a lovely collection of complementing dishes.

Kanishka – I have always loved Atul Kochhar’s food, since I first visited the two michelin-starred Benares. The famed Indian chef recently opened his new restaurant Kanishka, and they are delivering across the capital. It was without a doubt the best and most luxurious Indian takeaway I have ever tried and cannot recommend it highly enough for a special night in.

Yauatcha

Yauatcha – Dim Sum from Yauatcha is always a special treat, but eating it from the comfort of my own home felt extra exciting. Choose from a select menu of the restaurant’s most-loved dishes, including Char Sui Buns, Venison Puffs, and of course, the rainbow dim sums dumplings.

The Dorchester – This iconic London hotel kicked off their delivery and collection service a month ago with the launch of their Chelsea Flower Shower Afternoon Tea. Choose from the Traditional Afternoon Tea Hampers, Make It Yourself culinary creations from The Grill, Philip Hammond’s beautiful bouquets, and bespoke indulgence hampers from The Dorchester Spa.

Olive and Pickle

Snacks

Olive & Pickle – Founded by two mums, Lauren and Holly, Olive & Pickle offers the ultimate grazing boxes and vibrant platters delivered to your doorstep.

Cobble Lane Cured – An evening aperitif in has become a regular event in our household, often accompanied by a bowl of nuts or a plate of British charcuterie. Cobble Lane Cured is the place to go for all your cured meat needs, sending glorious boxes filled with specialist meats like n’duja, coppa and wild boar salami.

Le Joli Gateau

Treats

Le Joli Gateau – For sweet cravings Le Joli Gateau is a great option. This fun company sends out delicious cookies vacuum-packed and ready to be popped in the oven for a few minutes, before greedy consumption. Needless to say they didn’t last long in my household. Favourite flavours included Twix and Pistachio & White Chocolate.

Dominique Ansel – Founder of the iconic Cronut, you can now get your sugar fix from Dominique Ansel at home. Order cronuts (the flavour changes monthly) as well as savoury treats, fresh bread and handmade pasta.

Tayēr Cocktails from The Whisky Exchange – Unable to visit my favourite cocktail bars I’ve been substituted my weekend tipples with the Tayēr pre-made cocktails. Delicious and unique concoctions include the Vetiver Negroni and Cedarwood Old Fashioned.

Venimoo

DIY Kits

Babka and Pitta kits from Shuk – Shuk feeds hungry Borough Market visitors with Middle Eastern delights, and has now pivoted the business into a DIY delivery food service. A few weeks ago I tried the unbelievable tasty babka kits, and I hear the pitta kits are just round the corner. A great activity to do with kids.

Mac & Wild VeniMoo Burgers – There are some great burger kits out there as Londoners crave their favourite burger joints. I urge you to try the Venimoo kit, an indulgent box with 4 venison pattys and 4 beef pattys and everything else you need to make the iconic Mac & Wild burgers from home. Super yummy, and a nice twist on the classic burger.

Cook & Feast – South Londoners Giovanna & Marcus are the perfect pair, with their combined cooking and butchery skills. They have started making up ready to meal boxes with the finest cuts of meat and all the ingredients you need to make Giovanna’s favourite dinner recipes. For BBQs and weekend feasts you can also buy meat boxes, including Marcus’s brilliant handmade sausages.

Arabica

Arabica – I was sceptical about making falafels at home, but the Arabica kit made it easy and fun and the results were surprisingly tasty. If you don’t fancy making up your own dinner you can also order a selection of the classic Arabica meze dishes.

Lina Stores – Anyone else missing all of London’s homemade pasta eateries? My favourite turquoise venue has started offering delivery on some of their most loved fresh pastas, charcuterie & cheeses, and other specialist Italian deli items. Order a meal kit or choose your own menu from their tempting selection. I love the Pea and Mint Ravioli.

Lamezia – I’ve been making dough at home to get my pizza fix. But when I received the Lamezia pizza kit I realised how much easier and quicker the experience is when someone else has done the hard kneading work for you! I loved the n’duja pizza, easy to make, quick to cook and delicious to eat… another great one to do with the kids.

Lahpet

Lahpet – When I posted about the Lahpet recipe box on instagram I received an overwhelming response from followers keen to try it. This East London Burmese restaurant is offering pantry essentials (think shallot oil and chilli jam) alongside the kits to make your fragrant Burmese meal at home.

Angelina Dalston – Bringing fusion into your home with Angelina’s Italian-Japanese recipe and larder boxes. The Alimentari boxes offers a carefully curated array of ingredients alongside instructions to make some of the most popular Angelina dishes. Each box is designed to feed 2 people for 5-7 meals.

Padella – London’s most popular pasta restaurant Padella has just launched their pasta kit boxes. Costing just £15 for a generous meal for 2, you can choose from a range of their classic pasta dishes and make it at home in under 5 minutes. I can recommend the Beef Shin Ragu, although must admit, I’m most excited about the possible appearance of their inimitable Pici e Cacio.

Cocktail Porter – If you are looking for a gift to send to a friend who is celebrating a birthday in lock down the Cocktail Porter is perfect. The stylish kits contain everything you need to make hand-crafted cocktails at home. Choose from favourites like Seville Orange Negroni and Elderflower Spritz.

I will continue to add to this list as I discover more brilliant London restaurant deliveries.

Making Pesto at home with Parmigiano Reggiano

At the moment, during lock down, my daily happiness depends on what I find in the fridge! Parmigiano Reggiano is the one luxury staple we are always stocked up on … this special Italian hard cheese can really make or break the simplest meals … whether it’s as a last-minute accompaniment to spaghetti or a yummy topping for cheese on toast.

Parmigiano Reggiano

A few years ago, I visited Parmigiano Reggiano’s area of origin in Northern Italy, where it is exclusively produced in the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, and Bologna to the left of the river Reno, and Mantua to the right of the river Po. As a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product, Parmigiano Reggiano is a healthy choice, as it is all-natural, made with only 3 ingredients, and every wheel of cheese is individually quality checked before it can be sold. Made with cow’s milk and usually aged for 12 – 36 months, it is a granular cheese with a salty umami taste that can add flavour to an array of dishes.

Parmigiano Reggiano

Pesto is one of my favourite recipes with Parmigiano Reggiano. For me, it brings back strong memories of sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen in Provence, collecting pine kernels from the nearby forest and using an old pestle and mortal to make delicious fresh pesto. We’d sometimes take a day trip over the border into Italy, to visit their vibrant markets and buy huge chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano.

Parmigiano Reggiano

At the moment it’s not as easy as usual to get all the ingredients you need, and pine nuts are often not available in local shops, so I’ve come up with three pesto recipes to help you make the most of your store cupboard ingredients, all showcasing Parmigiano Reggiano.

Parmigiana Reggiano

Classic Pesto

100g basil, leaves picked

75g toasted pine nuts

100g Parmigiano Reggiano, grated

100ml olive oil

Parmigiana Reggiano

Parsley & Hazelnut

80g flat leaf parsley, leaves picked

100g toasted hazelnut

100g Parmigiano Reggiano, grated

zest and juice of 1 lemon

100ml olive oil

Parmigiana Reggiano

Sun-dried Tomato & Walnut

150g sun-dried tomatoes in oil (weight incl. oil)

100g walnuts

100g Parmigiano Reggiano, grated

1 clove of garlic

Additional olive oil if needed, but mostly use the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes

Parmigiano Reggiano

Method

Put all ingredients into the food processor, apart from olive oil and whizz up into a paste. Once mixed gradually add the olive oil while the mixer is still on. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Alternatively you can use a pestle and mortar to break down the ingredients and create a paste, starting with the dry ingredients and finishing with the oil.

Parmigiana Reggiano

Pesto can be used in so many recipes, as a pasta sauce, a salad dressing or a smart canapé spread. I like to make a big batch, and freeze portions in an ice-tray for later use.

You can buy Parmigiano Reggiano from all major supermarkets in the UK. Follow them on instagram @Parmigianoreggianouk and on Twitter @Parmesanuk.

This is a collaboration with Parmigiano Reggiano, visit their website here for more information.

Best beauty products for home pampering

The last month of lock-down has provided me with the opportunity to scrap make-up routines and look after my skin, face and hair a bit more. With no opportunities for eyebrow threading, bikini waxing or blow-drying… I’ll never felt more of a need to pamper myself at home. With this in mind I have round up some of the products which are making me feel glamorous at home.

Face

Chantecaille

Chantecaille Hibiscus Soothing Mask – This indulgent face mask is the ultimate pick-me-up. I like to apply a mask on Sunday night to revitalise and relax my skin before the new week. The Chantecaille Hibiscus mask feels and smells delicious thanks to the grapefruit extract it contains. The cream is rich in Vitamin C (which we all need lots of at the moment) and only needs to be left on the skin for 3-10 minutes to see the effects and improvement in complexion.

Murad

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 & Night Fix Enzyme Treatment – With all the sunshine we’ve been experiencing recently, I’ve been on the lookout for a great moisturiser which incorporates a good SPF protection. This nourishing cream has a blissfully light texture and a lovely citrusy scent. For an extra hit of hydration massage the Night Fix Enzyme Treatment into your skin before bed. Not only does this magical product repair the skin, it also helps you have a more restful sleep.

Paula's Choice

Paula’s Choice Super Hydrate Overnight Mask – For no fuss pampering try Paula’s Choice super hydrate mask. Apply a generous layer before bed and let it work its magic overnight (you can wash off or leave on). This mask is gentle and great for all skin types, promoting healthy skin and hydrating damaged skin. Ingredients include Cloudberry and Reishi Mushroom, a lovely selection of Nordic ingredients that are meant to be particularly good for sensitive skin.

REN

REN Perfect Canvas Cleanser – I’ve always liked REN products for their simple and effective approach to skincare. The tri-phase formula is a all-in-one cleanser that gently removes dirt, make-up (including waterproof) and SPF. Great for all skin types, the product is made with sunflower, meadowfoam and grape seed oils and extracts which helps combat dryness and replenish the skin’s protective barrier. It’s a jelly texture which transforms to a milky oil when used with water. When using before bed I recommend following with the indulgent Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream… you’ll wake up with a dewy, glowing complexion.

Body

rabot 1745

Rabot 1745 Three Shell Scrub – Rabot 1745 products are made in the UK, but offer the tropical essence of St Lucia. Since 1745, the Rabot Estate has farmed cacao on the Caribbean paradise of Saint Lucia. In 2018 they launched their range of cacao-infused products. I fell instantly in love with the Three Shell Scrub. Needless to say all the products smell wonderful, this scrub has a marzipan scent which reminds you instantly of summer. The scrub is made from scoops of island shells and it will gently exfoliate your skin, so you feel transformed after every shower. Try the whole range and find a scrub that suits you the best.

Decorté AQ Hand Cream – With all this essential hand washing my skin has been really suffering, so the Decorté AQ moisturisers have been a life-saver. This hand cream is light and absorbs quickly into the skin, avoiding any sticky residue. The cream improves elasticity and luminosity but it also good for visibly reducing wrinkles and age spots. I’ve also been enjoying the Revitalizing Body Cream which has been nourishing after stints in the sun.

Hair

leonor greyl

Leonor Greyl Masque à L’Orchidée – For thick, dry or frizzy hair these Leonor Greyl hair products are a saviour. This mask was my favourite of the products I’ve tried – the mask is formulated with plant ceramides that strengthen the hair, film-forming silk proteins for unparalleled shine and botanical oils to increase hair flexibility. I found that after use my hair felt extra soft and was much more manageable for blow-drying and styling. I also recommend trying the Shampoo Crème moelle de bambou to pair with the mask if your hair is extremely dry.

SachaJuan Over night hair repair – My hair is highlighted and fine so I am prone to bad split ends… as a trip to the hairdresser is not possible I have been trying hard to take care of my hair with masks and treatments. The SachaJuan Over Night Hair Repair is one of my favourite recent discoveries. This popular product from the cult Swedish brand and should be applied in the evening through the lengths of the hair and left on all night. In the morning it can be, but does not need to be washed off… making it a blissfully easy product to incorporate into your beauty routine. The hair repair has a lovely floral scent and uses sea algae and minerals to ensure the hair is left silky smooth and extra strong. For coloured hair I also recommend trying the Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner, even after one wash my hair felt like I’d been to a professional salon.

Living Proof

Living Proof Triple Detox Shampoo & Whipped Glaze Color Care – Living Proof offer everyday luxury haircare. Use the Triple Detox Shampoo in place of your normal shampoo, and try to leave on the hair for 1-2 minutes before rinsing out for the best results. This product will remove a build-up from hard water (a real issue in London), styling products and pollution. I promise your hair will feel super soft and shiny after. I’m also enjoying using the new Whipped Glaze Color Care, this styling product is ideal for those with highlights who feel the colour is beginning to look dull. Apply to damp hair after every other hair wash and leave in the lengths of the hair.

hair products

Schwarzkopf Root Retoucher – Four weeks of lock-down in and I already feel massively self conscious of my speckled grey roots. The Schwarzkopf is a quick and easy fix… a temporary root spray that will cover any unwanted greys and washes out after one wash (I may never need to have my roots dyed properly again!) If like me you are trying to wash your hair less while staying in try the Schwarzkopf got2b Dry Shampoo, it gives an instant (but long-lasting) refresh and has a lovely clean fresh fragrance.

Nails

CND – A monthly manicure has always felt like the biggest treat to me and it’s one of the small pleasures I’m missing the most at the moment. So I was very excited to receive these CND nail supplies to try at home. The vinylux range is like a 7-day shellac, without the need for UV light or salon equipment. The colours are creamy and rich and the varnish lasts incredibly well. For the ultimate nail care, invest in the CND treatment essentials – RidgeFx nail surface enhancer smooths the surface of your nails instantly, while the award-winning SolarOil hydrates your nails and cuticles, ensuring stronger healthier nails.