Sick of your own cooking yet? If you have the means, here are the most exciting things we've come across to eat out, while staying in.
Easter lunch from Bar Carolina
Lost track of the day slash date? The teams at Bar Carolina, Il Bacaro and Marameo haven't. It's almost Easter, and the restaurants are offering to cater your (micro) house party. From Bar Carolina you can get a rice-stuffed roast chicken as well as the restaurant's take on lasagne (with a vegetarian option), cannoli, tiramisu and colomba di pasqua, a traditional Italian Easter cake. The city restaurants are offering a similar package with slow-roasted lamb. Order by Wednesday noon for pick-up on Saturday. Ilbacaro.com.au; barcarolina.com.au.
Free to Feed, the charity that supports refugees through the sharing of their food and stories, is offering unbelievable meal packs. For just $35 you get a meal for two people with mains such as Sri Lankan potato curry, or baked saffron chicken, plus a side, and desserts such as caramelised coconut pudding. Family meals are $50 and there is a whole range of add-on dips and sides. Vitally, the money is keeping refugee workers employed, and if you want to double your good deed, you can pay a meal forward to someone in need. freetofeed.org.au
Shane Delia has joined the take home game with Maha Go. It's a serious Middle Eastern party that will change each week and can be finished in your kitchen for maximum freshness. Week one choices include a whole roasted lamb shoulder for four with aged Persian rice and barberry pilaf or fig and herb salad, a luxe chicken tagine, Turkish beef dumplings and a white chocolate and rosemary milk pudding. Pick up from Maha CBD or have it delivered within a 25km radius. mahago.online.
Attica closed its bakery this past week (much to the regret of all who got a taste of the davidson plum jam scrolls), but they have moved onto their next menu of Attica classics for this week's three-course at-home feast. All parts of the pumpkin, a dish of red kangaroo and saltbush which chef Ben Shewry thinks is their best roo dish to date, and his grandmother's chocolate cake. You can also buy Attica's ice-cream, flavoured with a native bush apple swirl. Dinner for two is $95 pick-up or $110 delivered by Attica staff in full uniform. Service never dies. attica.com.au.
How are you enjoying having your children at home all the time? Distract them by getting them to make you dinner. Teta Mona is doing vegetarian-friendly Lebanese feasts, but they have also launched a make-it-yourself falafel kit. They will supply you with their secret falafel mix, a moulder, and all the fixings including Lebanese bread, pickled turnips, wild cucumbers and olives and tahini. Call 03 9380 6680.