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Cooking with Marley Spoon

I really love cooking. Especially for other people. In a lot of ways, cooking is a lot like performing. You put together your show, present it to an audience and if it’s good, they make appreciative noises and if you’re lucky you might even get a round of applause at the end.

But with every good will in the world, sometimes cooking just isn’t that practical. Especially in these busy whirlwind lives that my chums and I all seem to lead. Sometimes we’re lucky if we manage to rustle up a bowl of chicken supernoodles (I promise that’s where my slummy students culinary bad habits end. Apart from the 4 pack of strongbow in my fridge. FFS WOMAN GET A GRIP YOU`RE NEARLY 30 STEP AWAAAAY FROM THE SNAKEBITE. p.s never).

That’s where delivery services like Marley Spoon come in VERY HANDY. On occasions where you want to cook, but are pushed for time or don’t have a chance to pick up all the right fresh ingredients, it’s ideal. You simply log on to the website, select your choice from the meals on offer, which change every week to reflect seasonal ingredients, and a delivery slot of your choice and all the ingredients will arrive beautifully boxed up and fresh, with step-by-step recipe cards popped on top.

When the lovely folk at Marley Spoon offered me a box of delights to sample, I said YES PLEASE and gathered my best girls together for a Valentines Day Lunch.

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That counts as a Valentines Card, right?

That counts as a Valentines Card, right?

The meals we’d opted for were roasted poussin with roast potatoes and fennel, and a poppyseed curry which was accompanied by a cucumber salad and fried okra.

Because the box arrives with most of the ingredients readily portioned up, we only had to chop a few bits and bobs and sling i it together, which meant we had plenty of time to actually enjoy each other’s company. Oh, and to drink of course (don’t judge, we’re single girls on Valentines Day, you get me?).

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Izzy, our Head Chef

Izzy, our Head Chef

chopping, drinking and gossiping. QUEENS of the Muti-Task

chopping, drinking and gossiping. QUEENS of the Muti-Task

Lols, beers and food- the perfect Valentines Day

Lols, beers and food- the perfect Valentines Day

Each recipe was REALLY easy to follow, and totally delicious to munch. Both meals were things I’ve never cooked before, nor had tried (I’m a bit wary of fennel, anything aniseedy instantly makes me flash back to a time where I nearly vommed sambuca out of my eye (bloody hell brennan- keeping it classy since 1987)) but we gobbled everything up.

The Poussin about to roast away in the oven

The Poussin about to roast away in the oven

Roasted Vegetable Medley

Roasted Vegetable Medley

ET VOILA

ET VOILA

Poppyseed Curry, Cucumber Salad and Fried Okra. SO MUCH GREEN.

Poppyseed Curry, Cucumber Salad and Fried Okra. SO MUCH GREEN.

Fried Okra

Fried Okra

The portions were beyond generous too- each meal was meant for two, but all four of us has decent sized helpings of each meal, even having some leftovers from the curry course. WIN.

Whilst it’s not something I’d order regularly, we all agreed that for a special occasion, or if you’re pushed for time, or want to keep things really easy for yourself without resorting to an M & S Dine in for Two (I say that, but we all know that shit is goooooooood) then I would highly recommend Marley Spoon for a TREAT.

Have any of you ever used a recipe box service?

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I was kindly sent a box to review from Marley Spoon, however, if I hadn’t have loved the grub so much I wouldn’t have written about it!

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