Written by Christina Chrysostomou

5 food and drink boxes to try over the May bank holiday

Can’t face the busyness of supermarkets over the bank holiday, or simply want fuss-free cooking? Try these ready-to-go food and drink boxes.

Parminder Singh x F&F BBQ feast for four | Good Homes Magazine

Image: Parminder Singh X F&F

Barbecues are a quintessential part of the great British pastime and bank holiday. But, with social distancing measures still in play, the reality is that most of us will be queuing outside our local supermarket or butchers, which can be an anxious or inconvenient outing even after the world has begun to open up again.

So, with more and more restaurants, chefs and independent food and drink retailers venturing into delivery boxes to your door, why not sit back, relax and let the hard work be done for you, in just a click? By doing so, you’ll be able to explore a number of cuisines and exotic flavours, exceeding your garden guest’s expectations and catering to their diverse dietary needs without travelling to multiple shops.

Here are five of our favourites…

Indian BBQ feasting for four, £120, Parminder Singh

Parminder Singh x F&F BBQ feast for four | Good Homes Magazine

 

Image: Parminder Singh X F&F

Jazz up the traditional sausage and burgers BBQ combo with Parminder Singh. Serving four, this kit is ideal for families and friends looking to elevate their al fresco experience. Ready to reheat dishes, themed around Asian BBQ include the likes of grilled warmly spiced cod, sticky maple pork chops, smoked aubergine with cumin seeds, and nutty peanut butter sauce chicken. Sides include the familiar Indian Bombay potatoes that have been given a summery makeover with fresh pickled pink onions.

Pre-marinated Mediterranean fish/meat BBQ, with vines and wood, from £55, Arros QD

Arros QD BBQ selection | Good Homes Magazine

Image: Arros QD

For long, sunny afternoons when you want to pretend you’re on that long-awaited post-lockdown holiday with your significant other.  Serving two, Arros QD’s fish and meat focussed Grill at Home kits are pre-prepped and ready to finesse over the BBQ. Including a box of wood and vines specially selected to bring out the best smoky flavours.

Choose from whole marinated sea bream and fish, racks of trendy Korean-spiced pork, zesty chimichurri ribeye steaks and grilled baby gem dripping in chilli butter. Don’t have a BBQ? fear not, because these dishes also work reheated on the stove too.

Flavours of the world box, £40, Farmison

Flavours of the world BBQ box, £40, Farmison

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Whether you’re cooking slowly over hot coals or flash grilling, Farmison have you covered for all your spring feasting needs. Supplying delicious dry-aged, hand-cut meat, including heritage breeds, and only ever sourcing from responsible and sustainable British farms. Serving 2-6 people, we like the look of their flavours of the world box.

A show-stopping selection of far-flung flavours, made fresh with free range and grass-fed meat. From umami Japanese-style skewers, to spiced merguez sausages, and Indian koftas, this selection which serves six will be the talk of the table. All of these cuts can be popped into the oven in case the British weather interferes with your plans. Plus, if plans are cancelled, all meats are suitable for freezing.

Can’t stand cooking at all? Check out these alternative options…

 

Image: Rick Stein

Ideal for garden get-togethers, celebrity TV chef Rick Stein has put together a selection of his favourite snacks, ideal for sharing with family and friends and whilst quaffing something cold. Rick’s Nibbles boxes include everyone’s favourite ‘picky bits’ saving you the fuss of curating your own snack selection when entertaining.

Includes savoury favourites from Cornwall like Cornish Gouda, Tunworth Cheddar, Cornish charcuterie like fennel salami, a  spicy ring of chorizo, a jar of rich chicken liver pate and Rick’s fruity but hot apple and peach chutney. What’s more, there are crackers and charcoal biscuits, salted Marcona almonds, and the namesakes very own olives to pick over too.

The picnic spread, from £22, Shop Cuvée

Shop Cuvée Picnic Hamper -orange gingham | Good Homes Magazine

Image: Shop Cuvée

The days of sitting in friends’ gardens, basking in the (intermittent) sunshine, and enjoying the alfresco lifestyle are upon us once more. To ensure you never turn up empty handed, Shop Cuvée have created an epic snacking hamper, with everything you need to have a wonderful time with pals, with all the must-have snacks.

Available via collection in store, or via local London bike delivery, enjoy the warmer weather and socialising with this delightful, fuss-free, reusable crate. With the option to add a bottle of Shop Cuvée’s house wine to your order for just £13, what more do you need to celebrate the end of lockdown?

Cuvée crate contents:

  • Torres truffle crisps
  • Perelló Manzanilla olives
  • Pre-sliced salami snack pack
  • Sausage roll
  • Scotch egg
  • 200g Neal’s Yard Dairy cheese
  • Sheridan’s Brown bread crackers
  • Top Cuvée tomato chutney
Are you going to purchase a food box this bank holiday? Let us know by tweeting us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page.

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