Last week was a busy week and when I know I have a busy week coming up, I plan my meals accordingly. Luckily, I found out about a new online deli called Delicatezza who make a large range of filled pastas, fresh egg pasta, pre-prepared meals, fresh sauces etc and deliver them to your door.
I knew I had friends coming round so I ordered some gnocchi (£2.99 for 250g, perfect for 2 people), a selection of freshly made tortelloni – aubergine (£5.99 for 250g), mixed wild mushrooms (£6.99 for 250g) and gorgonzola & walnut (£6.99 for 250g) and some buffalo mozzarella and Gorgonzola.
Because my order came to over £20, the delivery was free. I specified that I would like my food to be delivered between 7-8pm and sure enough, it turned up just after 7pm.
How lovely to have your food delivered to your door after a long day at work!
I decided to make myself gnocchi in a blue cheese sauce. This is an ideal dish for a week night. Gnocchi itself takes about 2-3 minutes to cook in simmering water. I then like to quickly fry it until golden.
In a separate pan I heated some single cream and stirred through a good chunk of gorgonzola then grated a little nutmeg into it. Once the cheese had melted into the cream, I added the gnocchi and stirred through.
I served it with chopped toasted pecans and it tasted divine. And it was ready in under 5 minutes. Perfect!
The following evening I had my friend Carmen round for dinner. Again, it was so handy to have food ready in my fridge and all I had to do was cook it for a few minutes.
I decided to serve her 2 or 3 of each type of tortelloni so we could have a little bit of everything.
The aubergine tortelloni were a triumph. I absolutely loved them. The aubergines had a good grilled smokiness to them and there was a stringy cheesiness when you cut into the pasta parcel. When I asked, I was told there was both grana padano and ricotta in with the aubergine. Lovely.
The gorgonzola and walnut were exactly as you would want them to be. Rich, gutsy flavour and with that bite of walnut, I really enjoyed these.
The wild mushroom ones were our least favourite out of the three, which was a bit of a shame as I am a mushroom freak normally, as is my friend Carmen. When I make mushroom-filled pasta, I only fill it with mushroom, so I get a good hit of that earthiness. However, these tortelloni were also filled with marscapone, grana padano and ricotta, so they tasted more cheesy and less mushroomy. Not a problem if this is what you are expecting, but I was just expecting wild mushroooms. They didn’t taste bad at all, I just didn’t get the hit of mushrooms I was after.
But on the whole, I was delighted with my meal and I will definitely be buying the aubergine filled tortelloni again, as well as trying some of their other varieties.
There is something lovely about someone else making your food and delivering it to your door. Especially when it takes just a few minutes to cook it yourself. It is perfect for anyone who works long hours and can’t be bothered cooking when they get home.
If you live in London, this is a great service to know about. See if they deliver to you here.