Reviewed by Louise Edwards
Food subscription boxes have really come into their own during the recent lockdowns. With restaurants closed many people are looking for a way of getting more creative in the kitchen themselves and also looking for a change from their normal run of recipes. They also cut down on food waste as you only get the amount you need to make that meal, rather than have to buy a whole jar or bottle of something that once open won’t get used.
Cookaway is, in my opinion, one of the Rolls Royce cooking boxes.
The website is straightforward to navigate and offers a variety of cuisine options including Italian, Spanish, Healthy, Pakistan, Japanese, Indian and Celebration with a huge variety of delicious sounding dishes such as ~Tandoori chicken with lemon rice and coriander mint chutney, spicy linguine with smoked haddock with Rocket & Cherry Tomato Salad and roasted mediterranean aubergine with Quinoa, Rocket and Feta Tabbouleh to name just a few.
Each cuisine has menus that have been created by its own experienced chef.
You create an account on the website and select which dish or dishes you would like to order and choose the delivery day which can be any day between Tuesday and Saturday.
I opted for the Celebration menu for something different to try. The dish I selected was Chateaubriand with bearnaise sauce, toasted tomatoes, sweet potato fries and watercress salad with a side order of crunchy corn ribs.
Masterchef finalist Jack Lucas, who first started his journey as a chef when cooking for friends at university, is the chef behind the Celebration menus.
The box of food is delivered by a courier and you get email and text reminders so communication is fantastic. In order to keep things that need to be chilled there are also some frozen packs around meat and dairy items to ensure they stay fresh.
Inside your box you have everything needed to make your dish neatly packed and padded out with plenty of recyclable packaging to ensure that everything gets to you in one piece. There are mini bottles of oil, tubs of salt and spices, little boxes of eggs and sachets of herbs all securely wrapped. Very cute! There is also a recipe card with full instructions and a menu card!
As all good chefs know the quality of the ingredients is really what makes a meal and the quality of the food sent from Cookaway was incredible.
I found the recipe straightforward to follow and the finished result tasted absolutely amazing! I will definitely be trying out some more of the boxes when we fancy a change from the norm or as a treat or celebration.
Cookalong also offer Cookaway Live which can be done individually, with friends and family or even colleagues. These are free but you just need to buy the recipe box associated. This involves the chef who created the dish joining you virtually in your home to guide you through the proces over Zoom.
You can also have a box delivered to any address so this would be especially useful if planning a staycation as it is straightforward to get a box delivered and this can be delivered even if you aren’t in.
Boxes are available for 2 or 4 people and prices start from around £20. There is free nationwide delivery.
It is also good to hear that you aren’t tied into a subscription so these meals can be used as one offs or a regular treat. You can also send gift vouchers to treat a loved one to a special meal.
RRP: prices start from around £20.00.
This product can be purchased Cookaway here.
You can get 20% off your first order using the code DELICIOUS at the check out.