Hop you had an eggcellent Easter!
Mine's been a positive rainbow of brilliance (I mean, any weekend where you find The One has to be pretty special, right?). The orange and yellow parts of the rainbow came courtesy of Deliveroo and The Chilli Pickle, who are now two of my favourite people*.
As a long-term fan of The Chilli Pickle's fantastic range of authentic, Indian veggie fare, I was just a little bit excited to hear they've started offering a lunch box delivery service(!) Anything combining 3 of my favourite things (great food, a box of surprises, and not having to get out of my pyjamas) is always going to be a winner.
The last time I experienced the delights of an Indian lunch box was on a 24 hour train ride from Delhi to Kolkata. I spent most of the journey gazing out of the window from my own little bunk bed, or reading Anna Karenina - the only English book I could find, and definitely not a page-turner**. The views were amazing but, for
This meant The Chilli Pickle's lunch box had a lot to live up to, and I'm very, very pleased to say it didn't disappoint! Especially as arranging Deliveroo delivery is SO much easier (and cheaper!) than trying to get a tray shipped from Delhi... In fact, it's as easy as pie. See:
P = Place your order on Deliveroo's website
The hardest part of which is undoubtedly going to be selecting your choice of curry, all of which come with rice, riatta, chutney, 2 snacks & masala pappad. If you're struggling to choose, I can whole-heartedly recommend the vegan-friendly Assamese Aubergine Curry (a tomato-based curry with beautifully soft aubergine and marrow) and the vegetarian Paneer Karai (chunks of pepper and spongy cheese soaked in a deliciously spicy sauce). We also ordered Mango Lassis, because we're officially addicted (and not a bit sorry about it).
I = Indian food arrives, courtesy of Man on Motorbike
In our case, 10 minutes earlier than the estimated delivery time. Which was a very pleasant surprise, even if I did almost break a leg trying to get out of my bedroom door. Which wasn't Deliveroo's fault, I hasten to add; I'd stacked 5 metal trunks in front of it while attempting to construct a giant mermaid out of felt. As one does.
E = Enjoy delicious curry
Yummy noises optional - but if you can resist them you're a stronger person than I am! It's also optional to stop eating once you feel full. There is A LOT of food in those boxes. Alternatively, you can choose to power on through and demolish the entire thing...
Then collapse on you bed for 45 minutes with your jeans unbuttoned. Your choice.
Disclaimer: Deliveroo very kindly sent me the food and drinks to review. The expressed opinions, rambling stories about Indian train travel, and stomach-busting gluttony are all very much my own.
*Yes, I know they're not technically people. Deliveroo is a kangaroo.
** I was actually relieved to discover circa 30 pages were missing from the middle part - there's only so much potato farming a girl can take!