Being a domestic goddess is hard work! But let’s face it, at the end of the day, we all wish we could be a little more like Martha Stewart. So, what if we told you that there was a way to cheat a little and impress your family, special someone, or even your house mates? What if we told you that there’s someone who’s willing to do a week’s worth of dinner grocery shopping for you and bundle them up in one neat package along with super easy recipes to follow so you can spend less time figuring out what you’re going to have for dinner and more time on the things that matter (like shopping for shoes or binge watching your favourite series)? That’s right, imagine a recipe book that delivered all the ingredients you needed to cook every recipe in it, straight to your door. Dinner kit delivery service UCook is making this fantasy a reality and is designed to help you learn how to cook healthy, gourmet meals easily.

With UCook, you simply visit their website once a week and select delicious meals from one of the three menus (Rustic, Low Carb or Vegetarian) that have been curated by some of the top chefs in the country such as winner of Italian MasterChef, Lapo Magni. Choose how many portions of each dish you would like, add one or two bottles of specially paired wine if you like and leave the rest to them. The service delivers all the goodies you need to create three mouth-watering meals each week and makes week-night cooking an absolute breeze.


We love that the UCook team, who are passionate about farm to fork ingredients, only source organic ingredients such as grass-fed beef and free-range eggs from local purveyors as well as rural and urban farming projects, so you know the dishes you are eating are good for you and the planet! Before reaching your door, ingredients are accurately measured and packaged along with their corresponding recipe cards, for you to cook in the comfort of your own home. As for the menu, you can expect delights like Winter Veggie Soup (with white bean, chickpea & broccoli – cooking time: 35 minutes), Chorizo & Butternut bake (with tomato & basil – cooking time: 45 minutes), and Chicken on Cali & Leek Mash (with crispy greens – cooking time: 35 minutes).

The great thing about this service is that it’s perfect for singles, couples, and even families, as it eliminates wastage. Forget buying an entire bag of flour when you only need 150grams, forget splashing out on a cupboard of spices for just a few meals, with UCook you only get the exact ingredients you’ll need for whipping up what’s on our recipe cards. Even better news is that after helping Capetonians cook healthy, gourmet meals easily over the past two years, UCook is now available in Johannesburg as well!


So how much does all this wonderfulness cost? A UCook package for one will set you back R234 (for 3, single portions meals per week) while a UCook package for two (for 3, double portion meals per week) will set you back R438. You can also adjust the portion sizes for hungrier tummies or if you want to left overs for lunch.

For more information about UCook, visit their website.


Two lucky readers stand the chance to win a UCook Couples Package valued at R438 each! To enter simply tell us what your favourite meal is on this week’s UCook menu – email your answer along with your name and contact details to Don’t forget to include the subject line; “UCook entry” in your email!

Competition closes on Tuesday 12 July 2016 at 17:00. One email entry per person please. Winners will be announced and contacted via email. Judges decision is final. Competition open to South African residents only, winner must live in Cape Town or Johannesburg to claim prize.