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Heating & Cooking Instructions

Here are some instructions for how to reheat, cook or freeze our dishes. Please do feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all.

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FEB SET MENU

ARANCINI. Pre-heat the oven to 190C. Place the arancini on a lined baking tray and heat for 8 – 10 minutes until piping hot to the centre. Heat the tomato sauce briefly in the microwave.

CONFIT DUCK. Preheat the oven to 190C. Place the confit duck and caramelised shallots on a lined baking tray and heat for 8 – 10 minutes until hot through. Heat the duck jus in the microwave or a small saucepan until piping hot but do not boil.

AUBERGINE. Preheat the oven to 190C. Place the aubergine and caramelised shallots on a lined baking tray and heat for 8 – 10 minutes until hot through. Serve the salsa at room temperature.

RICE. Transfer the rice to a microwave proof container and heat for 2 minutes (alternatively, transfer to an oven proof dish, add a splash of water, cover with foil and heat for 8 – 10 minutes). in a covered dish in the oven).

TREACLE TART. Preheat the oven to 190C. Place the tarts on a lined baking sheet and heat for 6 – 7 minutes minutes until warmed through (doesn’t need to
be piping hot) and serve with the
crème fraiche.

VALENTINE'S MENU

LOBSTER BISQUE / MUSHROOM SOUP.
Heat the soup gently in a saucepan until piping hot through but not boiling. Serve in warmed bowls with the croutons on top.

CONFIT DUCK.
Preheat the oven to 190C. Place the confit duck and caramelised shallots on a lined baking tray and heat for 8 – 10 minutes until hot through. Heat the duck jus in the microwave or a small saucepan until piping hot but do not boil.

AUBERGINE.
Preheat the oven to 190C. Place the aubergine and caramelised shallots on a lined baking tray and heat for 8 – 10 minutes until hot through. Serve the salsa at room temperature.

RICE.
Transfer the rice to a microwave proof container and heat for 2 minutes (alternatively, transfer to an oven proof dish, add a splash of water, cover with foil and heat for 8 – 10 minutes). in a covered dish in the oven).

CHOCOLATE GANACHE.
Remove from the fridge at least an hour before you would like to eat the dessert. Spoon half of the container each onto two small plates or bowls. Top with the hazelnuts, orange oil and crème fraiche

 

MEALS

NUTELLA BROOKIE.
FREEZE THE ICE CREAM AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE IT.
Preheat the oven to 190C. Remove the outer packaging from the cookie and place in the oven for approximately 7 minutes, it should still be a little molten and under baked in the middle. Top with a scoop if ice cream.

KING PRAWN, FETA, ORZO. Decant the whole dish (apart from the feta) into a sauce pan, add around 250ml of boiling water and stir the dish through until you have an oozing, hot dish. Add the feta sprinkled on top.

HAM HOCK, POLENTA. HAM. Preheat the oven to 200C. Remove the outer packaging from the ham hock, place in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes until hot through and a bit crispy in places. Add the crispy shallots rings to the oven for the last couple of minutes. POLENTA. Decant the polenta into a sauce pan, add around 150ml of boiling water and stir the dish quickly so that it all melts together – if it’s still a little stiff, add a bit more water until you have a thick, oozing consistency. PLATE UP. To plate up the dish put some polenta on two warmed plates, add the hot ham hock and kale mix, add your crispy shallot rings.

CHESTNUT & WILD MUSHROOM SOUP
To microwave, remove the lid from the container and replace lightly. Heat on full powder for 2 minutes per pot until hot through. Serve in warmed bowls with the croutons on top.

 


FROM THE FREEZER

These meals should be full defrosted before cooking.

SWEDISH MEATBALLS. Preheat the oven to 180C. Place meatballs on a baking tray and cook for 10 minutes until piping hot throughout.
To heat the mash, transfer to a microwave proof container and heat on full power for 3 – 4 minutes until piping hot throughout. The mash can also be heated in a saucepan over a medium heat, keep it moving around the pan as it heats up.
To heat the sauce, transfer to a small sauce pan and heat gently over a medium heat until bubbling hot. Use a small whisk to smooth out the texture if needed.

CHICKEN TAGINE / THAI SQUASH CURRY / BEEF CHILLI
Transfer to a microwave proof container and heat on full power for 4 – 5 minutes until piping hot throughout. The tagine / curry can also be heated in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring often, until it is piping hot.

SAUSAGE RAGU RIGATONI. Transfer to a good sized sauce pan. Add around 150ml of boiling water to the pan with the sausage pasta mix and stir as it warms through over a medium – high heat until piping hot.

 

Microwave Reheating

for dishes such as Meals for 2, Paella & Sides. 

Example dishes: Paella (vegan or meat), Comforting Beef Shin Chilli Con Carne, Basmati rice

Many of our meals for two, soups and side dishes can be reheated in the microwave, particularly those with a lot of sauce such as curries and soups.

If the meal arrives in a foil container, decant the meal into a microwavable container as a ceramic dish or a Tupperware then cover loosely with a plate or cling film. If your meal arrives in a black recyclable container then it's good to go straight in the microwave.

Reheat at full power for two minutes. Take the meal out and stir then reheat for another two minutes, again at full power. Ensure the meal is piping hot throughout before transferring to a plate or bowl to eat, as microwave powers and models do differ.

(Note. Side dishes such as basmati rice will not take as long to reheat, so please reduce the reheating time accordingly).

Oven Reheating

for dishes such as Meals for 2 & Side Dishes. 

Example dishes: Sausage & fennel pasta, Mac n Cheese, Thyme & Garlic Roast Potatoes

Many of our meals for two can be reheated in the oven at 180C. Remove the cardboard lid from the meal’s foil container and replace with some foil.

Pop the meal in the oven for roughly 15 minutes until it is piping hot all the way through, stir part way through the cooking if you are able (we know you can't do this with bake at home dishes such as pies or lasagne). Transfer to plates before eating.

Freezing at Home & Using our Frozen Meals

Many of our dishes can be frozen by you at home. Please freeze on the day you receive the delivery and write the date on the container so that you know what date you froze it on. If you are receiving our frozen meals, also make a note of the day you added to your freezer.

Unless the dish says to cook from frozen, please defrost the dish completely in the fridge before reheating as above (in oven or microwave). 

Cook from frozen collection

FROZEN MEAL FOR 2. Roast chicken, tarragon, leek & lemon pot pie to bake at home

To bake from frozen, preheat the oven to 200c. Take the lid off the foil container and bake for approximately 50 - 60 minutes until the puff pastry is risen and golden and the filling piping hot throughout.

FROZEN MEAL FOR 2. Bake at home polpetti in rich tomato ragu w/ Parmesan mascarpone

To bake from frozen, preheat the oven to 180c. Take the lid off the foil container and replace with a piece of tin foil, then bake for approximately 30 minutes until  piping hot throughout. You may wish to take the foil off got the last 10 minutes to gratinate the top.

FROZEN MEAL FOR 2. Roast squash, spinach, ricotta & hazelnut lasagne - bake at home

To bake from frozen, preheat the oven to 180c. Take the lid off the foil container and replace with a piece of tin foil, then bake for approximately 35 - 40 minutes until  piping hot throughout. You may wish to take the foil off got the last 10 minutes to gratinate the top.

FROZEN PASTA FOR 1 - 2. Cook at home, fresh pork sausage, sage & onion ravioli w/ pancetta, broccoli, thyme & garlic butter sauce

Cook from frozen. Simply cook the ravioli for 4 minutes in a pan of salted, boiling water then drain, put them back into the pan and add the provided sauce of thyme, lemon & butter, the pancetta lardons and the cooked broccoli and heat up for 1 - 2 minutes, stirring the pasta into the sauce.

FROZEN PASTA FOR 1 - 2. Cook at home, handmade sweet pea & mint ravioli w/ asparagus, peas & pesto (VEGAN)

Cook from frozen. Simply cook the ravioli for 4 minutes in a pan of salted, boiling water then drain, put them back into the pan and add the provided accompaniments of asparagus, peas and pea pesto and heat up for 1 - 2 minutes, stirring the pasta into the sauce. 

FROZEN MEAL FOR 2. Classic Beef Lasagna

Take out of the freezer and defrost before cooking. Preheat the oven to 180c. Take the lid off the foil container and replace with some foil. Bake for approximately 30 minutes then remove the foil and bake for another 10 - 15 minutes. Check the centre is piping hot before serving. Allow to stand covered in foil for approx 5 minutes before serving so the layers can firm up.

Croquetas & Arancini

These products are best fried from frozen so please keep in the freezer until ready to use. Heat some vegetable oil in a pan until it reaches 170c (or until a piece of bread turns golden in 30 seconds). Cook in batches until they are golden on the outside but heated through to the centre.

Chicken Ramen

Take the lid off the container with the vegetables and chicken, pour 3 tablespoons of the chicken ramen broth into the base of the container, place the lid back on and microwave for 1 - 2 minutes to start heating up the vegetables & chicken. They are already cooked so you don't want to over cook the vegetables too much.

Arrange the vegetables, noodles and chicken in two pre-warmed bowls as you would like to serve them.

Heat the chicken ramen broth in the microwave or in a pan until piping hot then pour over the chicken, vegetables & noodles.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

The sticky toffee puddings are lovely as they are but even better served warm. The best way to heat them (and the sauce) is to give them a 20 – 30 second blast in the microwave until they are steaming slightly.

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