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Win 3 Gourmet Dinners for 2 with MarleySpoon, worth £90

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It’s no secret that I am to cooking what a naked flame is to a straw bale.

Disaster follows me like a shadow, whether it’s burned pasta, raw potatoes or mistaking sugar for salt (easy mistake, could happen to anyone).

So when I was invited to try new cookery website Marley Spoon for size, I was a bit nervous.

Friends hastily made plans that involved being out of town.

Marley Spoon is an online food delivery merchant. Visit their website each week, and you can choose from a fresh, seasonal menu of seven meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.

Choose your meal, and you’ll receive a neatly packaged set of perfectly measured ingredients in the post a couple of days later, along with a step-by-step recipe card showing you how to create fantastic restaurant-style meals in your own home.

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There are a couple of things I really loved about this service:

  • It’s cheaper than a takeaway, with meals starting at around £6pp, significantly cheaper than my local Chinese restaurant
  • The quality is amazing, with ingredients being organic where-ever possible, seasonal and locally sourced.
  • The packaging is so thoughtful, using paper bags and packaging, along with eco-friendly sheeps’ wool insulation, which keeps everything perfectly chilled for days.

I had just one small reservation. Marley Spoon asks new customers to subscribe to a plan of at least 2 meals a week for 2 people – which costs £36 a week. It’s great value considering what you get – but for me, I’d probably subscribe to receive one box a month, freeze the perishables and just use the recipe bags on a Saturday night, when I have the time and energy to cook. Luckily, Marley Spoon lets you skip, pause and cancel the subscription as needed, so you can certainly do this.

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Enough of such quibbles, though, what was the food like?

We opted to try a recipe for spicy chicken skewers with asian glass noodle salad and it was … divine. Even Flea – who refuses to eat chilli, or anything that’s seasoned – wolfed this dinner down and asked for leftovers the next day.

The recipe was fairly laborious for kitchen idlers such as us, I won’t lie – but with step-by-step instructions, including pictures, Flea and I managed to get everything together and cook something that looked pretty impressive, and even better, it tasted great.

Having all the ingredients weighed and measured saved a lot of time (and wastage). I don’t mind confessing, we did take a couple of short cuts – I’m of the opinion that any recipe calling for julienne carrots works just as well with grated carrot, for example. And you simply can’t argue with the end result – it was brilliant (not to mention foolproof).

If you fancy trying out your own cooking skills first, I’ve included the recipe for Marley Spoon’s spicy peanut chicken skewers with asian glass noodle salad below – along with the chance to try out the service for yourself!

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Win 3 Gourmet Dinners from Marley Spoon!

Marley Spoon are offering one Who’s the Mummy reader the chance to win THREE of their gourmet recipe packs (each pack serves two people) to try out – a package worth up to £90!

So if you fancy cheating your way to a gourmet dinner one weekend, then simply comment on this post to tell me what your own favourite “special” dinner recipe would be – are you a steak and chips girl, or can you whip up a mean thai green curry?

Don’t forget to complete the Rafflecopter widget – bonus entries are available. Entry open to UK adults, 18+, winner chosen at random from all eligible entries, closing date 22/5/15.

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Here’s the recipe (items marked with a * were not included in the Marley Spoon recipe box):

Ingredients 

  • Fresh thai basil
  • Unsalted, roasted peanuts
  • 3 red chillies, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 limes
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Soft dark brown sugar – about 75g
  • Fresh Coriander
  • 2cm fresh ginger
  • 1 carrot, peeled
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chinese rice wine vinegar*
  • pinch salt*
  • 5 tbsp olive oil*
  • Salt and pepper to taste*
  • Kebab skewers, soaked in cold water
  1. Start by making your peanut-chilli paste. We did this by adding the peanuts, chilli, garlic, soy sauce and 2/3 sugar into a bowl with 2 tbsp of oil. Blitz to form a chunky paste.
  2. Use half the sauce to cover your chopped chicken breasts, cover and place in the fridge.
  3. Meanwhile place the noodles into a bowl, cover with just-boiled water and soak for 3 minutes. Drain and return the noodles to the bowl.
  4. Cook the chicken by placing the marinated chunks of meat onto skewers and grilling in a hot oven for 5 mins each side, until cooked through.
  5. Make the salad dressing by adding the remaining sugar, 1tbsp vinegar, 3tbsp oil and the juice of a lime into a bowl and mixing. Season to taste.
  6. Cut the carrot and cucumber into thin strips and combine with the noodles and dressing.
  7. Finally, peel and finely grate the ginger, and add to the salad, along with roughly chopped herbs.
  8. Serve the skewers with the remaining peanut sauce, lime wedges and noodle salad.

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Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.

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Sally

Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.

144 Comments

  1. Tracey Peach

    Spag Bol, Wine & Cheesecake xxx

    Reply
  2. Susan Lloyd

    Pasta carbonara, garlic bread and sticky toffee pudding to finish!

    Reply
  3. Tracy Nixon

    Steak Diane with fresh vegetables, Lemon cheesecake and rose wine!

    Reply
  4. kim neville

    Chicken Korma, Naan bread and poppadoms and salad, hot chocolate brownie with ice cream

    Reply
  5. EMMA WALTERS

    steak & chips 🙂

    Reply
  6. Helen Battle

    roast lamb with mashed potates and mint sauce

    Reply
  7. Nicki Evans

    Coquille St Jacques, followed by Lobster, Chips & Salad (Steak for my husband), & a Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Ganache to finish.

    Reply
  8. ashleigh allan

    Beef Wellington then Lemon Posset!

    Reply
  9. Jane Willis

    Steak topped with a slice of Roquefort, chips, green salad with a shallot vinaigrette and a bottle of Chilean Carmenere

    Reply
  10. susan younger

    A meal for 2 from Marks and Spencers!. No prep needed

    Reply
  11. GEOFF WICKENS

    STEAK AND CHIPS

    Reply
  12. Rachel Craig

    Starter :- Brushetta with tomato, onion topping and side salad

    Main course :- Balmoral Chicken ( chicken stuffed with haggis) , seasonal vegetables, boiled rice ( small portion) and roast potatoes

    Pudding / Dessert :- Turkish Delight flavoured ice cream with fresh fruit ( such as banana, strawberries etc).

    Delicious!

    Reply
  13. tracy sinclair

    Lasagne with Salad followed by Strawberry Cheesecake and cream, plus a bottle of white wine x

    Reply
  14. Michelle Banks

    steak and a side salad x folloed by something naughty, like chocolate cake x

    Reply
  15. Jaelin Farrow

    Chicken curry, rice and roti for main and then lime cheesecake for afters!

    Reply
  16. liz ferguson

    scallops, pork in cider and daim cake because I have made this menu so many times, I could do it in my sleep .. so, no stress!

    Reply
  17. Natally

    Rack of lamp with spring veg

    Reply
  18. Paula Barker

    Lasagne and garlic bread!

    Reply
  19. Carolynn Woodland

    Spicy chicken skewers

    Reply
  20. clair downham

    lamb and lentil curry and a nice bottle of red

    Reply
  21. Kirsty Webb

    Homemade satay chicken and special fried rice followed by melt in the middle mint chocolate pudding

    Reply
  22. Rey Chunara

    A chilli beef stir fry

    Reply
  23. olg carpenter

    chili con carni

    Reply
  24. Maxine Owen

    Homemade giant Yorkshire’s filled with sausages, vegetables and gravy 🙂

    Reply
  25. Samantha

    Fat sausages, creamy mash, thick sliced, glazed carrots, peas and real gravy. Pear cider, or a decent red, apple crumble with vanilla ice cream!

    Reply
  26. Harley

    Bangers and mash!!

    Reply
  27. Donna Loxton

    Bruschetta to start, pasta carbonara for mains and sticky toffee pudding for desert

    Reply
  28. Arabella Bazley

    Lobster and caviar if I could afford it but a good bit of fish and fresh veg is a firm favourite.

    Reply
  29. lynn heath

    Chicken wrapped in bacon, with a cream cream filling, roast baby new potatoes and green beans!

    Reply
  30. Kali filsell

    Thai green curry

    Reply
  31. natalie moore

    prawn cocktail a classic starter, roasted leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic, garlic and rosemary potatoes, carrots and turnip roasted, then my slow cooked self saucing golden syrup pudding mmm divine

    Reply
  32. Gerri Tennant

    Steak with blue cheese sauce, salad and crusty roll with a full bodied Shiraz

    Reply
  33. Fiona Paley

    I love Italian food so it would have to be lasagne with maybe a bit of a twist.

    Reply
  34. Leanne Lunn

    prawn cocktail, Lasagne, garlic bread and chocolate fudge cake

    Reply
  35. Natalie Gillham

    Caesar Salad, Followed by Steak and finished with a Lemon cheesecake 🙂

    Reply
  36. laura stewart

    lemon sticky chicken with noodles

    Reply
  37. Erica Price

    I’d like to say spag bol, but hubby won’t eat it. so maybe crispy duck. Wine should go without saying.
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    Reply
  38. Janet Humphrey

    Something Spicy like a curry – would be my choice for special dinner night menu with a cheesecake to follow 🙂

    Reply
  39. Leila Benhamida

    Seabass with gratin daupginois and salad on the side , creme brulee for dessert

    Reply
  40. Paula Readings

    Roast Beef & Rhubarb Crumble.

    Reply
  41. jamie banks

    spag bowl x

    Reply
  42. Hekna

    A good steak with rosemary roast potatoes

    Reply
  43. sarah davison

    Morrocan lamb cous cous with key lime pie for dessert

    Reply
  44. Eva Appleby

    Lamb Curry

    Reply
  45. Lauren

    Seafood pasta, white wine and lemon tart!

    Reply
  46. Emma

    Salmon mmmm love it with a creamy chilli sauce and gnocchi x

    Reply
  47. Spencer Broadley

    Got to be Steak with pepper sauce and veg

    Reply
  48. laura jayne bates

    sweet and sour chicken with egg fried rice and prawn crckers

    Reply
  49. Lindsey Stuart

    I do love a steak dianne oh it is so lovely!!! I enjoy a nice hot sticky toffee pudding for desert lovely!

    Reply
  50. claire woods

    Cheesy pasta.

    Reply
  51. Nat thomason

    Steak salad and chips x

    Reply
  52. Allan Wilson

    Foie Gras, Cassoullet & Baked Peach pie.

    Reply
  53. ELIZABETH DOODY

    A Mexican feast!

    Reply
  54. Karin Mortensen

    Fillet steak with béarnaise sauce and cheesecake 🙂

    Reply
  55. Sarah Maxfield

    Lasagne with home made garlic bread followed by lemon cheesecake

    Reply
  56. Claire Tucker

    Mine has to be something fish based, it depends what my husband catches but sea bass is one of our favourite meals when he gets it, especially with jersey royals and asparagus and I do a chervil butter.

    Reply
  57. Stacey Carnell

    Duck, vegetables and red wine gravy
    Chocolate mousse for dessert

    Reply
  58. Allan Fullarton

    A rack of lamp with spring veg

    Reply
  59. Ann

    steak and chips with a green salad

    Reply
  60. sharon mead

    moussaka as it takes ages to make, and lemon meringue pie

    Reply
  61. Allan Smith

    crab ravioli and hake with a melting chocolate pudding for dessert

    Reply
  62. sue hodges

    beef rendang with rice and something spicy with whatever veggies are available

    Reply
  63. Anthony G

    Sea bass with new potatoes and veg, followed by sticky toffee pudding 🙂

    Reply
  64. Fiona K

    Seabass with new potatoes & vegetables accompanied by a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc

    Reply
  65. cheryl lovell

    tempura prawns, steak then panacotta 🙂

    Reply
  66. Val Swift

    Lasagne with salad and garlic bread and a glass of wine

    Reply
  67. joe suttle

    roast dinner, my favourite 😀

    Reply
  68. tracey

    Smoked salmon with hard boiled quail egg
    Chicken breast in a cream, Blue Shropshire chese and Tarragon sauce with croquet potatoes
    Creme Brulee

    Reply
  69. Edward Guerreiro

    Some nice fresh sea bass with and roasted baby potatoes and mixed vegetables.

    Reply
  70. barbara daniels

    tomato soup, roast chicken and apple pie

    Reply
  71. kathy

    spag bol, garlic bread and apple crumble for pud

    Reply
  72. Paul T

    Pie and mash

    Reply
  73. Sarah Davies

    Whitebait, followed by Duck a l’orange and completed with profiteroles

    Reply
  74. Laura Kilby

    Steak with blue cheese sauce and cheesy jacket potatoes!

    Reply
  75. Greig spencer

    steak and chips

    Reply
  76. Philip Darling

    Steak, egg and chips does it for me

    Reply
  77. jodie yorke

    Lamb kofta mini pittas.
    pathia curry
    Cheese cake

    Reply
  78. Janet Dring

    A nice piece of fish, Jersey Royal new potatoes and Formby asparagus (my meal tonight)

    Reply
  79. matt allison

    Goats Cheese Souffle
    Steak in a pepper and stilton sauce with asparagus and jersey royals
    Chocolate Fondant Pots
    A couple of bottles of Merlot
    and collapse on the sofa afterwards hoping the washing up will disappear

    Reply
  80. Leanne Bell

    A nice leg of lamb with all the trimmings please.

    Reply
  81. Harriet

    Moussaka

    Reply
  82. Faye Reed

    Thai green chicken curry

    Reply
  83. Leighanne M

    steak, jacket potato with a side salad

    Reply
  84. Minnie15

    Spicy mexican – style veggie mince tacos and nachos with salad and dips 🙂 x

    Reply
  85. Angie Hoggett

    mushroom risotto with roasted garlic flat bread

    Reply
  86. elaine stokes

    steak and chips, followed by strawberry cheesecake,

    Reply
  87. donna l jones

    chorzio chicken with rice

    Reply
  88. jen jackson

    beef wellington

    Reply
  89. sarah hanson

    steak pie and chips then trifle

    Reply
  90. Layla Thomas

    Chicken in white wine and mushroom sauce with roast potatoes and crème brulee.

    Reply
  91. PAUL STANLEY

    steak, boiled potatoes & asparagus

    Reply
  92. katrina walsh

    Well done steak, onion rings and crusty bread followed by eton mess

    Reply
  93. Elizabeth Smith

    Paella is my current favourite

    Reply
  94. tracey olver

    scallops to start
    then seabass with stirfried greens and saute potatoes
    followed by lemon tart and cream

    Reply
  95. Elizabeth Briggs

    A Lovely Steak Dinner x

    Reply
  96. Selina

    Always steak!

    Reply
  97. leanne weir

    Pasta carbonara,

    Reply
  98. Lauren Old

    Bacon and mixed vegetable risotto

    Reply
  99. Ellie P

    Homemade fish cakes!

    Reply
  100. Robby Price

    Traditional fish and chips

    Reply
  101. Vera Bahounkova

    steak and chips, white wine

    Reply
  102. Keshia Esgate

    Fillet steak and chips with mushrooms and onions

    Reply
  103. Lindsey Jones

    Lasagna and vanilla cheesecake

    Reply
  104. Laura Asplin

    Rare steak with Bernaise Sauce, yum yum

    Reply
  105. Patricia Avery

    Roast chicken with all the trimmings, raspberry roulade and some sparkling grape juice 🙂

    Reply
  106. katie thomas

    Steak and chips followed by sticky toffee pudding and custard!

    Reply
  107. Ali Thorpe

    Something cheesy for starter, salmon for main and chocolate in any form except white for pudding.

    Reply
  108. Emma

    Lasagne

    Reply
  109. Angela Williams

    Homemade beef lasagne with sweet potatoe chips, followed by sticky toffee pudding and vanilla ice cream

    Reply
  110. Kerry Kilmister

    A delicious Indian – chicken sizzler starter. For main Duck Rezzala with rice, Sag Ponir and Peshwari Naan Bread. For pudding delicious Indian pistachio ice cream.

    Reply
  111. Sheri Darby

    Moussaka followed by lemon sorbet

    Reply
  112. Jayne K

    Chinese roast pork, peas and rice

    Reply
  113. Martina Alban

    Steak Diane with fresh vegetables, Lemon cheesecake and rose wine

    Reply
  114. Karen Barrett

    Chicken & wild mushroom rissoto followed by lemon posset

    Reply
  115. Sarah Franks

    I’ve been doing a smoked salmon tagliatelle dish for years that’s a real family favourite – we’ll be blogging about it later this week!

    But I was gutted to find Jamie Oliver had (unsurprisingly) also invented my Chorizo Carbonara dish.

    Growing up with a mum who grew tons of organic fruit and veg in her garden, I love working with those ingredients. But this year I’ve been making a real effort to improve my skills working with fish and meat, by learning to do hints like gut and scale my own fish for the first time! (The cat gets so excited by this, and desperately wants me to make good on jointing a rabbit, but more so that she can have the liver and some meat than to encourage me to learn new skills!)
    Sarah Franks recently posted..BecoBowl For Cats – ReviewMy Profile

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  116. joanne liddement

    Pea and pinenut risotto with focaccia bread

    Reply
  117. Debra Winfield

    Mussels and clam linguine with a creamy cheese and basil sauce!

    Reply
  118. Stephanie Whitehouse

    A rich curry, followed by Phish Food icecream

    Reply
  119. Laura Pritchard

    Steak & chips…we’re not fancy!

    Reply
  120. MANDY DOHERTY

    Thai sweet chilli chicken with noodles, followed by chocolate tart, raspberries and fresh cream

    Reply
  121. soneailiami

    grilled halloumi with vegetables and bulgur

    Reply
  122. trevor linvell

    Garlic bread and mushrooms, followed by a huge margherita pizza and a triple chocolate gateaux to end

    Reply
  123. Melissa Lee

    We’re getting into our homemade pizzas these days on special nights – feels almost like ordering the real thing from Dominos but less expensive and less calories!

    Reply
  124. Michelle Wild

    Mushrooms on garlic bread.

    Reply
  125. cat

    Lasagne

    Reply
  126. Michael Ratttray

    A steak dish

    Reply
  127. Kay Broomfield

    A nice mushroom pasta dish with a chilled glass of white wine.

    Reply
  128. Kaye Montgomery

    Green Thai Prawn Curry and pistachio ice cream for dessert.

    Reply
  129. Catherine Gregory

    Mackeral pate, homemade beef and tomato ravioli and dessert is a lemon drizzle cake

    Reply
  130. Natalie Crossan

    A steak dinner 🙂 xx

    Reply
  131. Katie

    Prawn cocktail (naf I know but I like it!), then steak with one of those big flat mushrooms and cheesy garlic potatoes for the main, raspberry pavlova for dessert.

    Reply
  132. Alisa Moore

    Steak frites

    Reply
  133. Hannah Igoe

    Steak and delphinous

    Reply
  134. Em S

    Steak with blue cheese sauce, twice cooked chips

    Reply
  135. Janeyferr

    A selection of tapas.

    Reply
  136. Helen Bennett

    Steak, egg, triple cooked chips, onion rings and garlic mushroom, followed by a big slab of homemade cheesecake with clotted cream

    Reply
  137. pauline black

    Would be steak with pepper sauce and spiced wedges. A good win and nutella cheesecake!

    Reply
  138. teresa sheldon

    Morrocan pot roast with roasted fresh veggies and cous cous

    Reply
  139. Victoria Prince

    Salmon and new potatoes followed by pavlova 🙂

    Reply
  140. Rich Tyler

    Pad Thai, Thai Green Curry & Cheesecake 🙂

    Reply

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