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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About 

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.

145 Comments

  1. Tracey Peach
    12th May 2015 / 10:33 am

    Spag Bol, Wine & Cheesecake xxx

  2. Susan Lloyd
    12th May 2015 / 10:38 am

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

  3. Tracy Nixon
    12th May 2015 / 10:39 am

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

  4. kim neville
    12th May 2015 / 10:47 am

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

  5. EMMA WALTERS
    12th May 2015 / 10:48 am

    steak & chips 🙂

  6. Helen Battle
    12th May 2015 / 11:13 am

    roast lamb with mashed potates and mint sauce

  7. Nicki Evans
    12th May 2015 / 12:25 pm

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

  8. ashleigh allan
    12th May 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Beef Wellington then Lemon Posset!

  9. Jane Willis
    12th May 2015 / 1:28 pm

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

  10. susan younger
    12th May 2015 / 1:42 pm

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

  11. GEOFF WICKENS
    12th May 2015 / 3:22 pm

    STEAK AND CHIPS

  12. Rachel Craig
    12th May 2015 / 3:37 pm

    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!

  13. tracy sinclair
    12th May 2015 / 4:17 pm

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

  14. Michelle Banks
    12th May 2015 / 4:30 pm

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

  15. Jaelin Farrow
    12th May 2015 / 4:30 pm

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

  16. liz ferguson
    12th May 2015 / 4:59 pm

    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!

  17. Natally
    12th May 2015 / 5:04 pm

    Rack of lamp with spring veg

  18. Paula Barker
    12th May 2015 / 5:10 pm

    Lasagne and garlic bread!

  19. Carolynn Woodland
    12th May 2015 / 5:30 pm

    Spicy chicken skewers

  20. clair downham
    12th May 2015 / 5:37 pm

    lamb and lentil curry and a nice bottle of red

  21. Kirsty Webb
    12th May 2015 / 5:59 pm

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

  22. Rey Chunara
    12th May 2015 / 6:01 pm

    A chilli beef stir fry

  23. olg carpenter
    12th May 2015 / 6:29 pm

    chili con carni

  24. Maxine Owen
    12th May 2015 / 8:27 pm

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

  25. Samantha
    12th May 2015 / 9:20 pm

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

  26. Harley
    12th May 2015 / 9:28 pm

    Bangers and mash!!

  27. Donna Loxton
    12th May 2015 / 9:39 pm

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

  28. Arabella Bazley
    12th May 2015 / 9:48 pm

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

  29. lynn heath
    12th May 2015 / 10:00 pm

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

  30. Kali filsell
    12th May 2015 / 10:19 pm

    Thai green curry

  31. natalie moore
    12th May 2015 / 10:26 pm

    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

  32. Gerri Tennant
    12th May 2015 / 10:52 pm

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

  33. Fiona Paley
    12th May 2015 / 11:16 pm

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

  34. Leanne Lunn
    13th May 2015 / 12:06 am

    prawn cocktail, Lasagne, garlic bread and chocolate fudge cake

  35. Natalie Gillham
    13th May 2015 / 12:52 am

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

  36. laura stewart
    13th May 2015 / 9:24 am

    lemon sticky chicken with noodles

  37. 13th May 2015 / 9:59 am

    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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  38. Janet Humphrey
    13th May 2015 / 11:43 am

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

  39. Leila Benhamida
    13th May 2015 / 12:37 pm

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

  40. Paula Readings
    13th May 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Roast Beef & Rhubarb Crumble.

  41. jamie banks
    14th May 2015 / 8:01 am

    spag bowl x

  42. Hekna
    14th May 2015 / 11:19 am

    A good steak with rosemary roast potatoes

  43. sarah davison
    14th May 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Morrocan lamb cous cous with key lime pie for dessert

  44. Eva Appleby
    15th May 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Lamb Curry

  45. Lauren
    15th May 2015 / 8:44 pm

    Seafood pasta, white wine and lemon tart!

  46. Emma
    16th May 2015 / 1:09 am

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

  47. Spencer Broadley
    16th May 2015 / 1:15 pm

    Got to be Steak with pepper sauce and veg

  48. laura jayne bates
    16th May 2015 / 7:12 pm

    sweet and sour chicken with egg fried rice and prawn crckers

  49. Lindsey Stuart
    16th May 2015 / 8:03 pm

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

  50. claire woods
    16th May 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Cheesy pasta.

  51. Nat thomason
    17th May 2015 / 2:51 am

    Steak salad and chips x

  52. Allan Wilson
    17th May 2015 / 9:26 am

    Foie Gras, Cassoullet & Baked Peach pie.

  53. ELIZABETH DOODY
    17th May 2015 / 4:14 pm

    A Mexican feast!

  54. Karin Mortensen
    17th May 2015 / 4:14 pm

    Fillet steak with béarnaise sauce and cheesecake 🙂

  55. Sarah Maxfield
    17th May 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Lasagne with home made garlic bread followed by lemon cheesecake

  56. Claire Tucker
    17th May 2015 / 4:51 pm

    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.

  57. Stacey Carnell
    17th May 2015 / 5:15 pm

    Duck, vegetables and red wine gravy
    Chocolate mousse for dessert

  58. Allan Fullarton
    17th May 2015 / 5:18 pm

    A rack of lamp with spring veg

  59. Ann
    17th May 2015 / 5:25 pm

    steak and chips with a green salad

  60. sharon mead
    17th May 2015 / 5:25 pm

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

  61. Allan Smith
    17th May 2015 / 5:29 pm

    crab ravioli and hake with a melting chocolate pudding for dessert

  62. sue hodges
    17th May 2015 / 5:51 pm

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

  63. Anthony G
    17th May 2015 / 6:19 pm

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

  64. Fiona K
    17th May 2015 / 7:10 pm

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

  65. cheryl lovell
    17th May 2015 / 7:21 pm

    tempura prawns, steak then panacotta 🙂

  66. Val Swift
    17th May 2015 / 7:50 pm

    Lasagne with salad and garlic bread and a glass of wine

  67. tracey
    17th May 2015 / 8:37 pm

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

  68. Edward Guerreiro
    17th May 2015 / 9:06 pm

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

  69. barbara daniels
    17th May 2015 / 9:09 pm

    tomato soup, roast chicken and apple pie

  70. 17th May 2015 / 9:20 pm

    spag bol, garlic bread and apple crumble for pud

  71. Paul T
    17th May 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Pie and mash

  72. Sarah Davies
    18th May 2015 / 12:17 am

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

  73. Laura Kilby
    18th May 2015 / 6:47 am

    Steak with blue cheese sauce and cheesy jacket potatoes!

  74. Greig spencer
    18th May 2015 / 10:44 am

    steak and chips

  75. Philip Darling
    18th May 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Steak, egg and chips does it for me

  76. jodie yorke
    18th May 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Lamb kofta mini pittas.
    pathia curry
    Cheese cake

  77. Janet Dring
    18th May 2015 / 3:51 pm

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

  78. matt allison
    18th May 2015 / 4:17 pm

    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

  79. Leanne Bell
    18th May 2015 / 4:46 pm

    A nice leg of lamb with all the trimmings please.

  80. Harriet
    18th May 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Moussaka

  81. Faye Reed
    18th May 2015 / 11:04 pm

    Thai green chicken curry

  82. 19th May 2015 / 5:20 am

    steak, jacket potato with a side salad

  83. Minnie15
    19th May 2015 / 8:04 am

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

  84. Angie Hoggett
    19th May 2015 / 10:24 am

    mushroom risotto with roasted garlic flat bread

  85. elaine stokes
    19th May 2015 / 12:48 pm

    steak and chips, followed by strawberry cheesecake,

  86. donna l jones
    19th May 2015 / 2:18 pm

    chorzio chicken with rice

  87. jen jackson
    19th May 2015 / 3:23 pm

    beef wellington

  88. sarah hanson
    19th May 2015 / 7:37 pm

    steak pie and chips then trifle

  89. Layla Thomas
    19th May 2015 / 7:49 pm

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

  90. PAUL STANLEY
    19th May 2015 / 9:54 pm

    steak, boiled potatoes & asparagus

  91. katrina walsh
    19th May 2015 / 10:24 pm

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

  92. Elizabeth Smith
    20th May 2015 / 11:01 am

    Paella is my current favourite

  93. tracey olver
    20th May 2015 / 11:09 am

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

  94. Elizabeth Briggs
    20th May 2015 / 12:10 pm

    A Lovely Steak Dinner x

  95. Selina
    20th May 2015 / 12:52 pm

    Always steak!

  96. leanne weir
    20th May 2015 / 4:10 pm

    Pasta carbonara,

  97. Lauren Old
    20th May 2015 / 5:04 pm

    Bacon and mixed vegetable risotto

  98. Ellie P
    20th May 2015 / 5:53 pm

    Homemade fish cakes!

  99. Robby Price
    20th May 2015 / 6:09 pm

    Traditional fish and chips

  100. Vera Bahounkova
    20th May 2015 / 7:00 pm

    steak and chips, white wine

  101. Keshia Esgate
    20th May 2015 / 7:05 pm

    Fillet steak and chips with mushrooms and onions

  102. Lindsey Jones
    20th May 2015 / 8:29 pm

    Lasagna and vanilla cheesecake

  103. Laura Asplin
    20th May 2015 / 8:55 pm

    Rare steak with Bernaise Sauce, yum yum

  104. Patricia Avery
    20th May 2015 / 9:01 pm

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

  105. katie thomas
    20th May 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Steak and chips followed by sticky toffee pudding and custard!

  106. Ali Thorpe
    20th May 2015 / 9:38 pm

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

  107. Emma
    20th May 2015 / 9:46 pm

    Lasagne

  108. Angela Williams
    20th May 2015 / 10:03 pm

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

  109. Kerry Kilmister
    20th May 2015 / 10:15 pm

    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.

  110. Sheri Darby
    20th May 2015 / 10:19 pm

    Moussaka followed by lemon sorbet

  111. Jayne K
    20th May 2015 / 11:36 pm

    Chinese roast pork, peas and rice

  112. Martina Alban
    21st May 2015 / 6:43 am

    Steak Diane with fresh vegetables, Lemon cheesecake and rose wine

  113. Karen Barrett
    21st May 2015 / 7:47 am

    Chicken & wild mushroom rissoto followed by lemon posset

  114. 21st May 2015 / 8:11 am

    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!)
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  115. joanne liddement
    21st May 2015 / 9:13 am

    Pea and pinenut risotto with focaccia bread

  116. Debra Winfield
    21st May 2015 / 9:20 am

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

  117. Stephanie Whitehouse
    21st May 2015 / 9:21 am

    A rich curry, followed by Phish Food icecream

  118. Laura Pritchard
    21st May 2015 / 10:53 am

    Steak & chips…we’re not fancy!

  119. MANDY DOHERTY
    21st May 2015 / 10:56 am

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

  120. soneailiami
    21st May 2015 / 11:27 am

    grilled halloumi with vegetables and bulgur

  121. trevor linvell
    21st May 2015 / 11:29 am

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

  122. Melissa Lee
    21st May 2015 / 12:31 pm

    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!

  123. Michelle Wild
    21st May 2015 / 12:40 pm

    Mushrooms on garlic bread.

  124. cat
    21st May 2015 / 12:43 pm

    Lasagne

  125. Michael Ratttray
    21st May 2015 / 1:13 pm

    A steak dish

  126. Kay Broomfield
    21st May 2015 / 3:57 pm

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

  127. Kaye Montgomery
    21st May 2015 / 4:20 pm

    Green Thai Prawn Curry and pistachio ice cream for dessert.

  128. Catherine Gregory
    21st May 2015 / 4:44 pm

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

  129. Natalie Crossan
    21st May 2015 / 4:53 pm

    A steak dinner 🙂 xx

  130. Katie
    21st May 2015 / 5:40 pm

    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.

  131. Alisa Moore
    21st May 2015 / 7:09 pm

    Steak frites

  132. Hannah Igoe
    21st May 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Steak and delphinous

  133. Em S
    21st May 2015 / 9:15 pm

    Steak with blue cheese sauce, twice cooked chips

  134. Janeyferr
    21st May 2015 / 9:27 pm

    A selection of tapas.

  135. Helen Bennett
    21st May 2015 / 9:39 pm

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

  136. pauline black
    21st May 2015 / 11:03 pm

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

  137. teresa sheldon
    21st May 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Morrocan pot roast with roasted fresh veggies and cous cous

  138. Victoria Prince
    21st May 2015 / 11:29 pm

    Salmon and new potatoes followed by pavlova 🙂

  139. 21st May 2015 / 11:37 pm

    Pad Thai, Thai Green Curry & Cheesecake 🙂

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