The proliferation of the ‘recipe kit’ companies that have flooded the UK recently makes me think that they must have found a real gap in the market. Marley Spoon, which I had the chance to test out recently, offer the usual convenience that is part and parcel of recipe box delivery services but with a difference – they have a new family plan. The plan offers 5 different recipes to choose from weekly, all very easy to prepare and tailored to suit families with even fussy children (ahem, Sam). You can choose how many meals you want delivered per week and the price per meal ranges from £6 for 2 to a very reasonable £4.35 if you choose 4.
The family recipes I chose to test were pork and sticky apple with spinach and mash and baked meatballs in tomato sauce with orzo. The delivery arrived very promptly – two big brown bags containing the all the ingredients required for each recipe (apart from an egg and staples like salt and pepper) carefully measured out and labelled. I love that all the packaging is recyclable and the (reusable) wool insulated cool bag is pretty genius – everything arrived perfectly fresh.
Cooking the recipes is very, very simple. They come with cards which break the method down into illustrated steps and there’s even a hotline number supplied should you get stuck. Makes me think this would be perfect for teenagers to wet their feet in the kitchen and ideal for students sharing a flat! What about the food though? Well, I have to admit I wasn’t the biggest fan of the pork with sticky apple – possibly due to the flavour combination when eaten with creamed spinach. The baked meatballs were a big hit though – even the children ate them without any fussing and that is worth its weight in gold. What’s more, they were ready in 40 minutes including prep time, which meant I was able to make and serve them quickly on a weekday after arriving home late.
What impressed me most about Marley Spoon was the quality of the ingredients – the beef mince and pork steaks were flavourful and very fresh, miles better than what you would get pre-packed at a supermarket. The recipes where slightly too simplistic for me, but they were aimed to please children as well as adults and in that respect they succeeded admirably. Since Marley Spoon offers you the flexibility to choose as many recipes as you like or skip some weeks it would be a good option for busy families with little time to shop. It definitely cuts down on food waste too since you use everything supplied – another big plus. I don’t think recipe boxes are really ‘me’ though, I love experimenting with food and making up my own recipes – even grocery shopping – too much.
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