"If you can't head to a restaurant then bring the restaurant to you."
That's what my mum used to say, around one week ago when she decided it was a good idea to start selling pies door-to-door. Well, this lot have a better idea - delivering all of the ingredients (plus instructions) which you then make yourself. Here's our favourites...
'GIY' Grilled Cheese
Northern Soul Grilled Cheese
They’re calling this a GIY kit - or Grill-It-Yourself - and grill you will my friend. For £20 you'll get 2x Grilled Cheeses, 2x Macaroni Cheese and even a FREE Grilled Cheese voucher when they re-open again after lockdown. In terms of putting it all together - let's all be honest with each other - it's easy peasy. The results are sublime though.
WOOD at Home
Who doesn't want to look like they know what they're doing in the kitchen, and having some top-notch food to eat at the end of it?! Nobody. So Simon Wood has introduced these DIY 'WOOD at Home' kits - where he's done most of the cooking for you - all you need to do is finish some things off, add the final touches and voila - you've got some proper high-end food in your pokey little flat. Read Lee's review below...
Perfect with all of this sunny weather we've been having, Zouk offer up these brilliant BBQ packs - loaded with a ton of meat that they've already marinated and prepared for you. Even though it can sometimes be really, really hard, all you need to do is fire up the BBQ and get these meaty delights shoved on top. A bit of advice - try to save all of the lamb chops for yourself by hiding them towards the back of the BBQ - they're too good to share.
DIY Burger & Full English Breakfast Kits
A true Manchester institution, the team over at Koffee Pot haven't been resting on their laurels during lockdown, instead offering up a couple of great DIY kits for you to re-create that Pot experience but at home. First, they came up with an excellent DIY Burger Kit, closely followed by a Full English Breakfast Kit. Both amazing and both well worth the bunce.
Joe's 29 Minute Meals
Prepared by the talented team at Higher Ground (the new restaurant located in KAMPUS on Aytoun Street), this pack included 4 dishes to feed 2 people plus a 4-pack of Cloudwater Helles Lager to wash it all down with. The meals are designed to be finished off at home in well... 29 minutes - with instructions and all of the ingredients to do so. Read Lee's review below...
Home DIY Hotdog Kits
Producers of the finest sausages in all the land, Grandad's Sausages have been ofeering up a great delivery service during lockdown - dropping off sausages (obviously), bacon, black pudding and more to the people of Manchester stuck in doors. Well, they've taken it all a step further with these Hot Dog Kits - using their HUGE sausages to create probably the best hot dog you'll ever eat in your pitiful little life.
DIY Pizza Kits
If you're stuck inside eating endless Ristorante pizzas, interspersed with the odd Dominos on a weekend, then stop. Please. None of those circles of rubbish compare to a proper Neapolitan pizza - and filling our lives with such beauty is Noi Quattro with their stay at home DIY Pizza Kits. For just a tenner you can get 2 margarita pizzas - cooked by your very own hands - and it's nigh on impossible to fuck it up.
Home By Nico
Six By Nico
Here comes a 4 person, 6-course extravaganza - straight to your door. At a whopping £80 you might think this is rather expensive, but there's A LOT of food in here - enough for a couple of days if there's only two of you. You get all of the ingredients, a list of instructions and away you go - creating a 6-course restaurant quality meal in your own home. Lee was very impressed with it - check out his review here: