Like many businesses who have had to change their ways of working due to the current situation, Musselburgh event caterers, Hickory, have had to adapt their business model and are now providing Hickory@Home.
Hickory normally create incredible dishes at Scotland’s grand castles and smart Edinburgh venues but this opportunity means you get to taste their gourmet ‘handmade from scratch’ menus for yourself, with delicious food delivered to your door.
If truth be known, this was only the second ‘takeaway’ I have had during Covid-19. As a confident cook and with more time on my hands, I’ve been using lockdown to spend time doing what I really enjoy, which is cooking. However, this offering was such a treat I’m sure it won’t be my last.
Set menu packages with wine for two
Each week they design delicious set menu packages with wine – for delivery throughout June and July on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Vegetarian options are also available.
Limited numbers are available so you would be wise to order quickly. The set menus for two cost £65 and are available to order from Monday morning for home delivery during the day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Orders close at 12 pm two days before delivery, so for Friday deliveries, orders close on Wednesday at 12pm, for example.
So, for those with a special occasion, I can’t recommend it highly enough. And even if you’re not a confident cook, as long as you can read the simple instructions, you too can create restaurant-quality dishes in the comfort of your own home. It probably helps if you have watched the odd episode of Masterchef too – to get that food-styling finesse.
Fresh, seasonal produce sets this menu apart
Jon, their delivery guy, arrived, as advised between 4.30-5.30pm, with a box of goods, all well labelled.
Snacks were provided to munch on while I got to work on the limited preparation for the rest of the menu.
The sweet, beautiful-looking beetroot crisps were great for dipping into the edamame hummus and also the ajo blanco, which is a Spanish chilled almond soup. Although, I also served this in a small soup bowl.
I heated up slices of the huge slab of homemade focaccia, which I then enjoyed, spread liberally, with the cultured butter and seaweed salt. I enjoyed this with the starter of English asparagus, new season Scottish potatoes served with Berkswell cheese custard and Parma Ham crumble. The cheese custard is the thing dreams are made of. I went back for more.
The main dish was a miso and onion roasted chicken, served with truffled mac n cheese with a toasted breadcrumb topping, with a herb salad. The chicken came in a foil container and only required heating in a hot oven until golden for 35 minutes.
The mac n cheese required heating for three minutes in a microwave. However, I must be one of the few houses that have never possessed a microwave. I had to improvise and heat it on the hob, with a dash of full-fat milk that I had in the fridge. It worked perfectly.
Dessert was a chocolate and green tea fondant served with clotted cream ice cream and pistachio crumb. To be honest, I was so full, I saved this for dessert for my lunch on Monday.
The wine provided was an Italian red – a Somelieri Dolcetto Mengerrato DOC 2017. Soft and velvety and very drinkable, it had a lovely nose of cherry and raspberry.
Hickory, dickory dock, the clock is ticking – so get ordering
For anyone with a special occasion coming up, I would highly recommend. The portions are really generous so you won’t go hungry and Hickory have gone to a lot of trouble in sourcing fresh, seasonal produce. You really could taste it too.
My only complaint and it’s only a very small one, I wish they had a menu just for one. In fact, I think a few of the restaurants have missed a trick here. Some of us are Brigit Jones singletons, living alone in lockdown but we still like a treat and ordering a meal for two, is just plain greedy and not great for the waistline either!
Hickory@Home are delivering to the following Edinburgh and East Lothian postcodes: EH1 / EH2 / EH3 / EH4 / EH5 / EH6 / EH7 / EH8 / EH9 / EH10 / EH15 / EH16 / EH21 / EH31 / EH32 / EH33 / EH39 / EH40
So don’t let the clock tick any longer, go online and place an order for a stunning menu enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.
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