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Best DIY Recipe Kits

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The perfect compromise between cooking from scratch and ordering takeout

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While the past year has been hugely challenging for the hospitality industry, there have been a few positives. With restaurants forced to close throughout various lockdowns, the food delivery industry has seen a massive surge. Not only are more restaurants offering delivery services than ever before, a new trend has emerged: DIY recipe kits.

While this isn’t totally new (Mindful Chef, for instance, launched in 2015), there’s now more choice than ever. Fancy fresh pasta? Pad Thai? Buttermilk pancakes? The world is your oyster with our pick of the best make-at-home recipe boxes.

Best DIY Recipe Kits

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  • Hakkasan

    Occasions by Hakkasan

    Create Michelin-starred style food in your kitchen with the new DIY kit from famed Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan. The box features some of its most popular dishes, including grilled Chilean sea bass, smoked beef ribs with Jasmine tea and Hakka noodles, plus a delivery exclusive: the Hakkasan Chocolate Soufflé. You’ll also receive your own dim sum basket and Hakkasan chopsticks, plus sticks of the restaurant’s incense and a specially curated playlist so you can really feel like you’re dining out.

    £200 for two people. hakkasan.com

  • Petersham Nurseries Café

    The new at home dinner boxes from Richmond’s Petersham Nurseries Café reflect the restaurant’s produce-led philosophy. Menus change with the seasons, but the first box in February includes a fresh tagliatelle starter, porchetta rolled with herbs or delica pumpkin for mains, and a steamed date pudding to finish. Recreate the Petersham Nurseries experience by adding a terracotta pot to your order, planted and mossed with a hyacinth bulb – perfect for decorating the table.

    £135 for two. restokit.co.uk

  • Musette by Tom Aikens

    Musette by Tom Aikens

    If you’re after a DIY kit where most of the hard work is already done for you, Musette by Tom Aikens is sure to fit the bill. The food is already 90 per cent made when it arrives – all you need to do is add the finishing touches using written instructions and plating tutorial videos from Tom. Opt for three-course ‘makeaway’ to enjoy a ricotta and pickled wild mushroom starter followed by succulent 24-hour braised short rib (don’t worry, the braising is done before it reaches you), served with a sweet Marmite onion tatin and salt baked beetroot. For dessert, it’s a perfectly rich and silky-smooth dark chocolate mousse with pistachio. Ideal for an at-home date night.

    £98 for two. tomaikens.co.uk

  • Norma vegan DIY kit

    Norma

    Trying to eat more plant-based this year? Sicilian hotspot Norma is here to make things more interesting with its DIY vegan kit. Feeding two, the box includes everything you need to make an Italian-inspired feast of winter tomato spaghetti, braised aubergines with almond, caper and olives, and couscous with sweet and sour pumpkin. For dessert, it’s spiced poached quince with pistachio and honeycomb – all washed down with a bottle of Puglian wine.

    From £75 for two. Delivered on Fridays, orders taken until the proceeding Tuesday at 5pm. normalondon.com

  • Dirty Vegan Kit

    Dirty Vegan

    Another plant-based option: Dirty Vegan, the sister to New York comfort food brand Dirty Bones, has launched a vegan burger kit. The Ultimate Vegan Comfort Kit contains the ingredients for two vegan chilli cheeseburgers with skinny fries, plus a bottle of Espresso Medatini and ready-to-bake vegan cookies.

    £42 for two. getdirtyathome.com

  • Fidelari

    Fidelari

    Fidelari founders Vanessa and Valentina bring a wealth of experience in Italian food to their first solo venture. Not only did the pair both grow up in one of Italy’s most celebrated foodie regions. Puglia, they met while working at Restaurant Theo Randall on Park Lane. This expert knowledge comes across in their pasta kits, with options ranging from ravioli pumpkin and ricotta to pappardelle with beef shin ragu, alongside soups and focaccia. Maximum taste, minimum effort.

    From £7.50. fidelari.com

  • CERU Cook at Home

    CERU’s Cook at Home

    Bring Eastern Mediterranean flavours into your home with Levantine London restaurant CERU, which has just launched a new range of DIY recipe boxes. Options include chicken shish with polenta fries, slow roasted lamb shoulder with zucchini and feta fritters, and a vegan box featuring spiced cauliflower, an apple, mint and pomegranate salad, homemade hummus and freshly made Greek pitta bread. Not only are the meals very tasty, you can cook them in under half an hour and they come in eco-friendly packaging, wrapped in a beautiful cloth which can be reused as a tablecloth.

    From £40 for two people. cerurestaurants.com

  • Nonna Tonda

    Nonna Tonda

    A fresh pasta dish you can prepare in under five minutes? Yes please. Nonna Tonda’s DIY recipe kits include everything you need to create a sumptuous Italian-inspired dinner: fresh pasta made with St Ewe eggs from Cornwall, sauce, parmesan and garnish. Boxes can be ordered for two, four or six people, with recent dishes including a fusilli with rocket pesto, green beans and Cornish new potatoes, and a beef shin ravioli.

    From £6.25 for two people. nonnatonda.co.uk

  • Dishoom Bacon Naan Roll

    Dishoom’s Bacon Naan Roll Kits

    Dishoom’s bacon naan roll is legendary – and now you can recreate it in your own kitchen, thanks to their new at-home cookery kits. Available to order nationwide, the kit contains everything you need to make the delicious dish: smoked streaky bacon, naan doughballs, tomato-chilli jam, fresh coriander and cream cheese. Cooking instructions are supplied – along with a handy video for first-timers – alongside loose-leaf Darjeeling tea, chai spices and fresh ginger slices for brewing Chef Naved’s much-loved Masala Chai.

    £16 for two. dishoom.com

  • SpiceBox

    SpiceBox

    For a healthy alternative to a curry takeaway try one of SpiceBox’s new vegan curry kits, now available to order nationwide. Inside you’ll find all the ingredients needed to make either a spicy Tikka Masala or a creamy Coconut Korma – both fully plant-based – alongside a recipe card with step-by-step instructions. Each box feeds four people, and comes with a selection of tasty sides such as bhajis and dahl.

    £45 per box. eatspicebox.co.uk

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    Ampéli At Home

    An exciting addition to the food delivery box scene is Ampéli, the eastern Mediterranean restaurant in Fitzrovia. Its tightly curated offering is a highlights’ reel of the restaurant’s autumn menu, which arrives on your doorstep with instructions of how to finish the dishes at home.

    For an idea of what to expect: proceedings kick off with two types of croquettes to share while the main course is cooking – salt cod and pulled beef. You can rarely go wrong with a croquette, but Ampéli’s go above and beyond, pairing the salt cod with samphire and yoghurt tartare, and the meaty pulled beef with tangy harissa mayo. Next: a roasted monkfish main, topped with braised fennel, courgette, and the aforementioned monkfish. In case you felt hungry after all that (unlikely) there are hunks of sourdough and ouzo aioli to mop it all up with. Finally, a cinnamon-infused rizogalo (Greek rice pudding) with a not-too-sweet blackcurrant preserve to round things off.

    Ideal for an autumn’s evening when you want to be transported to the sun-soaked, flavourful Mediterranean, while still keeping the British chill at bay. Although it’s definitely not one for the faint-of-appetite.

    From £65. ampeli.london

  • Hame

    Hame

    Hame – the Scottish word for home – is the new food delivery service from zero-waste chef Adam Handling. The menu offers some of the best loved dishes from Adam’s restaurants, including The Frog Hoxton, Frog by Adam Handling and Adam Handling Chelsea – but rather than providing hot dishes, food arrives ready for cooking, complete with step-by-step video instructions. This one’s all about indulgence: cheese doughnuts, fried chicken, whole lobster and beef wellington all feature.

    Available Thursdays to Sundays, orders must be given 48 hours ahead of preferred delivery/collection date. adamhandling.co.uk

  • Mindful Chef x LEON

    Mindful Chef

    Since its launch in 2015, Mindful Chef has become a market leader in healthy meal delivery. Each week there are 16 recipes to choose from, with meat, fish and plant-based options – everything being free from gluten, dairy and refined carbs. All ingredients are delivered to your door, along with an easy to follow recipe: perfect for those who want to make life a bit easier, but still enjoy cooking. You can choose between one, two and four person bundles, and as everything is measured out precisely there’s no waste. Portions are generous too, particularly the meat and fish, which are sourced sustainably.

    Mindful Chef has recently joined forces with LEON, offering the chance to re-create LEON’s famous meatballs dish – with both a meaty and a veggie option. Each box comes with a jar of LEON’s much-loved vegan garlic aioli to dollop on the side too.

    One person portions from £8 per portion, two people from £5.50 per portion, four people from £5 per portion, mindfulchef.com

  • Shoryu Ramen

    Shoryu Ramen

    There are few things as comforting as a bowl of ramen, but noodle soup can be a tricky dish to get right. Lucky Japanese restaurant Shoryu Ramen is here to help with its new DIY recipe kits, available for nationwide delivery. Each box contains 12-hour tonkotsu soup, ramen noodles, char sui BBQ pork belly and toppings, alongside a step-by-step guide. If you can handle heat, go for the extra spicy option – or if you want to go meat-free, opt for the tofu alternative.

    £20 for two people. japancentre.com

  • Where the pancakes are

    Where the pancakes are At Home

    Missing decadent brunch trips? Make your own with these new DIY kits from Southwark pancake mecca Where the pancakes are. The Big Brunch Box includes everything you need to make pancakes for six, including organic buttermilk pancake flour mix (or vegan and gluten-free), Canadian maple syrup, streaky bacon and blueberries. Saturday, sorted.

    Order online by Monday 5pm and the box will be delivered by Friday anywhere in the UK. £45 including p&p. wherethepancakesare.com

  • Chotto at Home

    Chotto At Home

    Its unique blend of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine has won Chotto Matte many a fan – and now the Soho restaurant is offering a sneak peek inside its kitchen. Order the Chotto at Home kit to discover how to make some of its hero dishes, including padron peppers and black cod aji miso. All ingredients come inside an elegant box reminiscent of the restaurant’s unique interiors, with detailed cooking instructions printed on recipe cards.

    £60 for two people, with a £10 delivery charge. chotto-matte.com

  • Wild Radish

    Wild Radish

    Feeling uninspired in the kitchen? Expand your repertoire with new chef-led recipe box Wild Radish. Delivered weekly, each box comes complete with a recipe from the likes of Philip Howard, Anna Hansen and Alyn Williams, alongside all the ingredients and some top chef tips. To top it all off there will be a little surprise too, such as artisan chocolate, a bottle of matched wine or fresh bread.

    wild-radish.co.uk

  • Rosa’s Thai Café

    Hearty and bursting with flavour, it’s no surprise Pad Thai has remained Thailand’s national dish for 75 years. Rosa’s Thai Café is celebrating the anniversary by launching new DIY Pad Thai kits, designed to serve four people. Try your hand at founder Saiphin Moore’s signature Pad Thai – either prawn or tofu – without the hassle of sourcing tricky ingredients.

    £40 for four people, greatfood2u.co.uk   

  • Passo To Go

    PASSO To Go

    Pizza has arguably been the most popular takeaway choice for many years, but DIY kits add a new element into the mix. The boxes from Old Street Italian restaurant Passo include freshly prepared pizzas, which can be cooked either in a frying pan or in the oven. Fan of unconventional flavour combinations? Opt for the Build Your Own, where you can select your favourite toppings. If you’d rather leave it to the professionals, give the Nancy Silverton special a whirl: white pizza with fennel sausage, mozzarella and spring onion.

    From £15 for two pizzas. passotogo.com