January 7, 2016

They said YES! A Review of Marley Spoon

A Review by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com of Marley Spoon food subscription service

Maybe it’s just me, but it sure feels like every year the holiday season stretches on a little more than the last. There are no hard kick off and cut off dates, but the lead up to Christmas has turned into a marathon of consuming tasty foods (fist bumps to fellow gourmands/gluttons who like me locked down a cheeky 12.8 billion calories), and socialising with amazing people for months, not to mention the odd bevy, which can leave a girl feeling a little at odds with party life.

A Review by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com of Marley Spoon food subscription service

Raw Pad Thai with Seeds Toasted in Shoyu

Being a seasoned foodie, I decided a plan to pace myself through all the holiday shenannagans was required, mostly I was determined to meet 2016 without the need of a new wardrobe in the next size up.

Apart from the usual sneaky tactics of making sure my champagne glass was only ever filled with sparkling water when the second bottle was ordered, and upping the exercise a tad, I ensured the food I was eating on the nights I was home were loaded with all the health and deliciousness too. 

A Review by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com of Marley Spoon food subscription service

Aloo Chaat – Indian Spiced Potatoes and Spinach

Ya’ll know I’ve used a food subscription service in the past, so I was MOST excited when Marley Spoon who are now located in Canberra, asked me if I was keen to check out their chef-designed recipes for the foodie who loves to cook restaurant style meals at home. Seriously, what is more awesome than getting a big box of food delivered to your door?

A Review by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com of Marley Spoon food subscription service

Chicken Rice Paper Rolls with Dill Nuoc Cham

I reckon Marley Spoon nailed it with their choices, unlike other services; you get to pick (and friends, it was like picking from a Delicious magazine) what you want to eat. The cooking instructions were super simple and the end results, almost identical to the pictures on the recipe cards and tasted extraordinarily YARM.

A Review by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com of Marley Spoon food subscription service

You say potato, I say delectable, delightful and delish Indian spiced potatoes

The portion sizes were enormous. Gigantic even. Big coming from this little piggy who seems to possess an elastic stomach that is willing to house often sickeningly large amounts of food. I plated 2 meals and packed a Raw Pad Thai with Seeds Toasted in Shoyu for lunch the next day. #firstworldfoodieproblems

Being an advocate of inexpensive home cooking, I thought $11.65 per meal was a little overpriced but after a mouthful of the Chicken Rice Paper Rolls with Dill Nuoc Cham, I can confirm my relationship with Marley Spoon has escalated (they said YES) and we are now planning a spring wedding.

I’d love to know, what are your thoughts on food subscription services like Marley Spoon? Do you prepare restaurant style meals at home? And what was the last meal you ate that had you down on one knee proposing to the chef? 

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Chen Wang - July 8, 2017 Reply

Hi Anna, great review. Glad you liked Marley Spoon. If you are interested in finding other meal delivery services, we have over 150 other meal delivery services listed on our website: https://comparemeals.com.au/ . We have a summary page for all of them (For Marley Spoon see https://comparemeals.com.au/supplier/marley-spoon). We can also tell you which one you can order from (if you give a postcode), which ones are cheapest and so on.

    Anna - July 10, 2017 Reply

    Thanks so much Chen, I appreciate you offering that list. πŸ™‚

Shane | InshaneTraveler - February 22, 2016 Reply

looks scrumptious.

    Anna - February 22, 2016 Reply

    So yummy Shane! Marley Spoon have some really delicious meals, and there is a real sense of pride when you finish cooking such a top notch feed too.

Maria Claudia - February 14, 2016 Reply

This looks fantastic and delicious!

    Anna - February 16, 2016 Reply

    Oh it was Maria, soooooooooo dang tasty and delicious. πŸ™‚

Bismah - January 21, 2016 Reply

In the busy world we live in today it is good to have these services available. Even better when the food is healthy and looks so delicious prepared. So much better than picking up take out.

    Anna - January 22, 2016 Reply

    Oh yes Bismah, I totally and absolutely agree with you. A food subscription service like Marley Spoon is an amazing time saver, and even better that the food is healthful and delicious too. I find half the problem is deciding what to eat, so if the ingredients for a tasty feed were in the fridge, I’d pick that over take out. Thanks heaps for stopping by. πŸ™‚

Claudia | ImagesByCW - January 21, 2016 Reply

Sounds like you found a keeper. Your photos certainly speak for it. I have never tried a food subscription, rather be inspired by all the fresh greens I can get my hands on.

    Anna - January 21, 2016 Reply

    It was a really lovely service to review, but as a chef and a frugal one at that, the weekly expenses involved are too much for this little camper. But I reckon it is a wonderful service, especially for those after delicious, semi technical eats, real foodie restaurant style eats.

Roz Tanner Evans - January 20, 2016 Reply

Your food photos are excellent and make me want to eat more greens. I know I’m late for dinner so I look forward to seein more of your meals.

    Anna - January 20, 2016 Reply

    Thank you so much Roz, I am so pleased you happened across my site and that you are inspired to eat more green food too. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to sharing more of my shenANNAgans with you.

Julie Syl Kalungi - January 20, 2016 Reply

OMG that food looks super delicious, and I have had a couple of the dished before so I know when I say its deliciousoooo. Woo

I agree Christmas tends to stretch esp.on the food side of things. We have been to parties every weekend since and is amazing. Now I have never heard of Marley spoon but it sounds amazing from your post!

    Anna - January 20, 2016 Reply

    It was amazing. So you are absolutely spot on with your thoughts Julie! πŸ™‚ Woah, woo & Wow’s could be heard the whole time I was munching on the food.
    Things tend to settle once NYE is out of the way, then ramp up for Australia Day, then quiet again until mid Feb, early March when life kicks back into gear.
    If you can get your hands on some Marley Spoon, I say DO IT! All the deliciousness.

Hannah - January 19, 2016 Reply

I’m not a fan of the delivery foods after a mildly bad experience on a first try.. However i think they most definitely have a purpose and place in the market!

Damn those meals look delicious and oh so healthy!

    Anna - January 19, 2016 Reply

    That’s a shame you had a bad experience with your food subscription service, although I am sure you made good of what you did get from your delivery?!
    I reckon Marley Spoon aced it, the food was amazing, delicious and nutritious. Not sure I could pick a favourite from the meals tho. All the yum!

      Hannah - January 19, 2016 Reply

      Definitely made good use of what came with the subscription. However didn’t make anything they suggested.

        Anna - January 20, 2016 Reply

        From memory…. that week was a little rough, so I completely understand your rogue cook up. πŸ™‚

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - January 16, 2016 Reply

Every single dish looks simply DE-LI-CIOUS!!! I wish I was there to pay a visit and eat several of this place’s amazing, healthy dishes.

    Anna - January 16, 2016 Reply

    It does huh? I was so chuffed when I plated each of the meals up ready for my eating enjoyment, they all looked so pretty and lovely. πŸ™‚ Well you are totes welcome at mine, and I can happily organise a few of these meals for you too. We can have a cook up, Brazil meets Australia. #fun

Gourmet Getaways - January 15, 2016 Reply

I would love a subscription service like that here!!
I think $12 per meal is really reasonable.
Thanks so much for sharing
Gourmet Getaways

    Anna - January 16, 2016 Reply

    You guys don’t have food subscription services like this? And you are right, $12 for a meal is not so bad, but the chef in me feels it could be prepared for a bit cheaper, then again… if you get an extra meal out of it, it does make the service very affordable. Glad you enjoyed, good to see you. πŸ™‚

mjskitchen - January 14, 2016 Reply

To be honest I had no idea there was such a service. What a great idea and the meals they sent you and your preparations are amazing! Everything does look absolutely delicious. A service like would be fun to do once in a while, but would have a hard time giving up my grocery shopping. The ONLY thing I enjoy shopping for is food. πŸ™‚

    Anna - January 14, 2016 Reply

    Marley Spoon are the newbies on the market as far as food subscription services go, so that’s perhaps why you havent heard of them before.
    Yep, the food was amazing, I was most impressed. Even the packaging was awesome. πŸ™‚
    You love grocery shopping? WOW, that is brilliant. Can you do mine too, pretty please?

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - January 14, 2016 Reply

Those Rice Paper Rolls look delicious! I reviewed another food subscription like this before before and although I can see why some people find it inviting, I like to control what I’m cooking so it’s just not for me (plus it’s usually pricey!). I do think it would be amazing for beginning cooks or to have at your door after a long vacation when you know there’s nothing in the fridge!

    Anna - January 14, 2016 Reply

    The rice paper rolls were wonderful! I hadn’t made them in a really long time, and had forgotten how much time it took to prepare them, but that made them all the more tasty. πŸ™‚ Yes… I totally agree, this service would be amazing for beginner cooks who love delicious and restaurant style eating OR for that first fridge shop after holidays. Speaking of… I do hope yours was magical and that your 2016 is ace, tops and totally rad.

Rosemarie of Travel and Beyond - January 13, 2016 Reply

Oh my those Chicken Rice Paper Rolls look so good! So far the only dish that has got me on one knee is the Hainanese Chicken Rice at Miss Vans Food!! πŸ™‚ Have you tried it yet?

    Anna - January 13, 2016 Reply

    The chicken rice paper rolls were flippin amazing! πŸ™‚ A little time consuming to make, but worth it, well worth it. πŸ™‚ Oh you REALLY do love your Miss Vans huh? I have had the Vietnamese pork & lemongrass soup – BΓΊn bΓ² HuαΊΏ & phở. So dang GOOD!

Norma Chang - January 13, 2016 Reply

Like many of your commenters I have never used a food subscription service but it is good to know there are good one around, never know when I may be in need of the service.

    Anna - January 13, 2016 Reply

    There are some amazing food subscriptions around, I certainly loved Marley Spoon! πŸ™‚

Agness - January 13, 2016 Reply

This first salad would be totally my fit, girl! Looks so colorful and yummy! πŸ™‚

    Anna - January 13, 2016 Reply

    YES…. The raw pad thai was amazing Agness, you’d totally have loved it, the sauce was so delicious too. πŸ™‚

Elizabeth - January 12, 2016 Reply

This food look amazing!
I have only ever done Light and easy… just for 1 month to check it out…. I put on 2 kg… too many carbs for me they filled me up with bread etc… no good for my body, still no good… But this looks really delicious, and really if you can get a few meals out of one, $12 is better than going out for a gourmet meal πŸ™‚
Liz xx

    Anna - January 13, 2016 Reply

    The food was really delicious Liz! And I just loved that the pictures were pretty true to that of the finished product too.

    WHAAAAT?! That’s terrible, although you are not the first person to say that, I have heard that Lite & Easy have very carb heavy meals, not ideal for most.

    Yep, that’s true, if you get 3 meals for the price of 2, its far more economical, especially if the meals are as amazing as this.

Jean | Holy Smithereens - January 12, 2016 Reply

Wow! I love those food choices, very healthy and fresh, maybe I ought to give them a try! I’ve never tried food subscription before as I prefer to prepare my own (extremely simple) food but these look like my type πŸ™‚

    Anna - January 12, 2016 Reply

    They were crazy delicious Jean, hard to decide on a favourite even. πŸ™‚
    A service like this would prob work a treat with your crazy travel schedule, and they are in both Canberra and Sydney, so you’d be totes sorted.

Vacuum packed leftover roast lamb - January 11, 2016 Reply

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Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - January 11, 2016 Reply

I’ve tried food subscription services in the past and enjoyed them – especially when the kids get on board and take the initiative to cook the meals for us! I’ve not heard of Marley Spoon here in Adelaide, but it sounds like a great idea.

    Anna - January 12, 2016 Reply

    Brilliance all round! πŸ™‚ And yes, I reckon Marley Spoon are pretty darn delicious and lovely, I sure enjoyed the meals, even the packaging was lovely.

Liz (Good Things) - January 11, 2016 Reply

I’ve never used this kind of service, Anna, but it sure sounds good… and if you’ve given it the thumbs up, it must be! xx

    Anna - January 11, 2016 Reply

    Yes, I can’t imagine you using a food subscription service, but I can totally attest to this one being really ace, the food was so fresh and presented beautifully too. This little chef gives it a big thumbs up. πŸ™‚

Bam's Kitchen - January 11, 2016 Reply

What a great idea to use a food service during the holiday. All your dishes look lovely and all this help can free ypu up to do the things you need to. I don’t know if they have a foodservice here but I am sure they must. Wishing you a very safe and happy 2016.

    Anna - January 11, 2016 Reply

    Especially January when the last thing one wants to think about is food planning and preparation huh? I loved my week with Marley Spoon, all the dishes were totally delicious too. I’m not sure if they are in Hong Kong, if not now, fingers crossed they do. πŸ™‚ Thanks Bobbi, I hope your 2016 is also a safe, fun & love filled delicious year. Mwah!

Mabel Kwong - January 10, 2016 Reply

The food here looks really, really appetising! That pad thai looks very well done, and I hope it wasn’t too spicy for you. Your little sis here can’t take spicy very well – tongue simply can’t stand hot and the red chillis there look like they have lots of worth πŸ˜€

I am very simple when it comes to food. As someone who suffers from reflux and stomach ulcers easily, I have to watch what I eat, especially eating out. Haven’t proposed to any chefs. But a good, non-oily basil and pesto pasta will certainly have me applauding the chef. Maybe it’s just me, but I find that many places like to cook this particular pasta greasy-style.

Looking forward to seeing what other food adventures you go on this year, Miss Anna. Hope you are well and bubble, and talk soon xoxoxo

    Anna - January 11, 2016 Reply

    It was AMAZING Miss Mabel. πŸ™‚ I’ve not had a raw pad thai before, so was really keen to taste. And…. it was amazing. There wasn’t any spice in it at all, it actually had a sweetened sauce with an ingredient I would NEVER have thought to put in. Sooooo yummy!

    Holy smokes little one, that is awful you suffer, I would hate, hate, hate to have to deal with reflux and painful stomach ulcers too. Sorry! If I could prepare your meals every day, I would.

    I know what you mean about oily based pasta dishes. Yuk!

    I so look forward to following your adventures in 2016 too little sis. Hope you had an amazing weekend and that your week is even better. Biiiiiig hugs and love. xoxo

Tim UrbanDuniya - January 10, 2016 Reply

Last time I was down on one knee proposing to the chef was when I ate Kabuli Pulao in Lahore last year – serious OMG moment there, my friends almost had to restrain me!!

As for the delivery packages, I just can’t justify it (I have my biggest meal at lunch, so dinner is more like a sandwich or a salad for me). I think it’s a great idea though! Those dishes look sooooo good!

    Anna - January 10, 2016 Reply

    Hahahahaha…. Oh bless! I freakin love that you had such an amazing experience, did you photograph said meal?
    I get that re the money, it is a little expensive, but for the ultra foodie who enjoys cooking a restaurant style meal on those few nights they are home, its a winner, especially when the food turns out just like the pretty picture on the recipe card. PS: Sandwich for dinner… Whaaaat?!

      Tim UrbanDuniya - January 11, 2016 Reply

      Ahhhh it’s more of a dieting thing – I try to eat light before I hit the sack at night. Trust me, I make up for it at lunch πŸ˜€

Sue Slaght - January 10, 2016 Reply

Anna I love your enthusiasm that oozes out of your articles. I’ve never used this kind of food service but you definitely make it sound appealing. I haven’t proposed to too many chefs as long time Hubby might be somewhat hurt. πŸ™‚

    Anna - January 10, 2016 Reply

    Thanks HEAPS Sue! I really appreciate the compliment. πŸ™‚ And Marley Spoon was yummy, really yummy. Just the kind of flavours I love. And yes, well it probably wouldn’t be cool to propose to another when you are already betrothed. Lol!

Krista - January 10, 2016 Reply

I’ve never used a food subscription service, Anna, but I’d go for this one in a heartbeat! How great to have such diverse and delicious choices AND enough leftovers for more than one meal. That definitely makes the cost worth it. πŸ™‚

    Anna - January 10, 2016 Reply

    I have had great success with food subscription services in the past, but Marley Spoon, I reckon they are the best Ive ever tried, so pretty and healthful, tasty too. I was most pleased when I got to dig in for lunch the next day too. πŸ™‚

Liz - January 10, 2016 Reply

I think I’d fall in love, too! What a great way to save some time and have a tasty meal πŸ™‚

    Anna - January 10, 2016 Reply

    Yes, it sure was a super tasty week of eating, the food was wonderful and oh so tasty! πŸ™‚ Certainly saved me some time too. It was a winner!

My Inner Chick - January 9, 2016 Reply

Gorgeous, scrumptious photos! O. M. Gosh

Happy 2016! I’m so happy I found you!

Such a super star! xxx

    Anna - January 10, 2016 Reply

    Thanks beautiful Kimmy! πŸ™‚
    Happy 2016 to you too, and YES, I couldn’t agree more, thank you for making your way into my life.
    Mwah! xox

Hotly Spiced - January 9, 2016 Reply

It sounds like you survived the Christmas season very well. The meals you chose look wonderful and I love the blueish plate one of the meals is presented on. It’s great that with this service you can choose your own meals! And I don’t think the price is too bad – it’s certainly cheaper than a crap pizza xx

    Anna - January 10, 2016 Reply

    Hey Charlie! Yeah, can happily tick Christmas 2015 off the list, boy was it a big one for eating. HA! Thank goodness I am back to work tomorrow, not sure I can maintain the holiday eating any longer. πŸ™‚ I borrowed the plates from work, I’ve not been one for coloured plates, but the blue one, dang it makes food pop. Yes, the price is actually pretty great, especially as the product was amazing and healthy and delicious. I would much prefer this over a crap pizza or any home delivery for that matter.

Melanie @ Melanie Cooks - January 9, 2016 Reply

I always wanted to try those food subscription services, but the price is what stops me. Meal planning and grocery shopping is so much work, and whenever I see the ads for the services that deliver recipes and ingredients to your door I get excited, but when I look at the price I just can’t justify it. Almost $50 for dinner for a family of 4? And I have to cook it? I’d rather go to a restaurant πŸ™‚

    Anna - January 10, 2016 Reply

    I thought very much the same way, it is a big expense, especially for a family, but I have in the past got a lot out of them, especially in the middle of winter when I feel uninspired to do…. anything. Ha! For me, I spend a lot of time dining out, so being at home, cooking restaurant style meals = WINNING. But I do totally understand and appreciate your point. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by. Happy weekend Melanie.

Evelyne Cultureatz - January 9, 2016 Reply

I have never used a food subscription service before but I have seen plenty of reviews and that is hands down the best one I have seen so far! Looks great!

    Anna - January 10, 2016 Reply

    Thank you SO much Evelyne, I really appreciate that, glad you enjoyed my review. πŸ™‚

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - January 8, 2016 Reply

I’ve never heard of Marley Spoon way up here in the sticks but if I were going to use a service, they would certainly fill the bill. The potatoes would make my day.

    Anna - January 10, 2016 Reply

    Marley Spoon are the new food subscription kids on the block, and they certainly left a wonderful impression in my world. The food was delicious and I’ll admit, the potatoes I wasn’t too sure about, but it took no time at all to whip up and the combo of flavours were freakin delightful. πŸ™‚ The person that designed that menu, I LOVE! πŸ™‚

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - January 8, 2016 Reply

Man I love food like this! Fresh and tasty! And eek you know the amount of calories you ate? I remain blissfully unaware (ignorant really).

    Anna - January 10, 2016 Reply

    It’s A-MAZING huh?! I looooooved the raw pad thai, the sauce was incredible and had a secret ingredient I would never have thought to use. πŸ™‚ YARM! And well I don’t know for sure re the calories, but I suspect it was in the millions, especially Christmas week…. So. Much. Food! Ignorance in this case, is bliss! πŸ™‚

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - January 8, 2016 Reply

Yesterday, when I got home late from work, and had housework to do as well, this would have come in handy. Especially as I had forgotten to take anything out of the freezer for dinner πŸ™‚

    Anna - January 10, 2016 Reply

    Oh aint that the truth Tandy?! I often find myself thinking that at the tail end of a busy week, mostly it is deciding what to make, guess the pre prepared ingredients really helps too. Hope you found something delicious to eat. Happy weekend friend.

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