Sinking your teeth into a hunk of gooey, rich chocolate brownie is incredibly comforting. But when it’s fresh out of the oven? Even better. You could make it from scratch, but this is locked-down London in 2021, which means you can have all the ingredients sent to you in a cute colourful carton, portioned into little bags tied with pink ribbons. The Acai Girls (sisters Megan and Georgia Salamat) popped up as a delivery-only restaurant in 2020, sending out nutritious and photogenic açaí bowls, salads and waffles from their Battersea kitchen via Deliveroo. Apparently everyone fell in love with their vegan Oreo brownie, which is why you can now buy the make-it-yourself kit for £20. It’s pretty steep for what is essentially a fairly standard selection of ingredients (although, to be fair, the egg substitute aquafaba isn’t always easy to come by) – but would be ideal as a cute gift for a vegan pal. The brownies are super-easy to assemble, and come out exactly as they’re described: crunchy on the outside, super-gooey on the inside, and loaded with crushed Oreos. Seriously satisfying. Rose Johnstone
Over the past 12 months, London’s restaurants have innovated like hell. When the city went into lockdown in March 2020 and venues had to shut their doors, many popped up on takeaway apps. Others gave themselves a makeover, transforming into shops. But the most boss move of all? Developing recipe boxes that Londoners could use to make their food at home.
Dishoom created a kit that helped you recreate its famous bacon naan, there were Honest and Patty & Bun burger boxes and all sorts of curry packs. Now there are loads of DIY kits. Some involve multiple pans, others require simply putting things together, all promise restaurant-quality food at home.
Some of our favourite new additions to the scene? Berenjak’s gormeh sabzi – a lamb and bean stew, served with tahdig (crispy saffron rice) and salad – as well as all the slow-cooked meats you can choose to fill corn tortillas with via Tacos Padre’s at-home kits and the massive weekend kit from Shuk. Plus, we’re finding it fun to try kits from top restaurants around the country too. Read on to find your dream meal kit.