London's Sustainable Food Delivery Guide

We’re Good Hemp and we’ve made a London guide for all the best food delivery services, along with local grocers, recipes from our community and ideas for growing your own food. Think of it as a one stop shop, a lockdown larder if you please, with all the ingredients you need to start buying more sustainably online from local veg boxes to seed deliveries to grow your own. Here’s why:

 

Who would have known that getting a fruit and veg delivery would be so tantalisingly exciting in the year 2020? The hollow knock of a door, the sound of a cardboard box being dropped on your doorstep, the rush of excitement to speak to someone – anyone – other than your housemates/partner/mum.

 

Building Better Food Habits

 

Globally, we’re all having to change the way we shop and as a result how we think about food. The early lockdown panic of searching for bananas has led us to subscription services or local green grocers that we might not have otherwise used. We’re thinking more about the ingredients that affect our mood (no one wants a low during lockdown) and how we can minimise waste. It’s brought things like shopping locally and supporting small businesses into the public conversation. And that’s a positive. But we need to make sure all our new delivery habits are as sustainable as possible, and that they last long after lockdown is over.

 

We’ve been having these conversations for a while here at Good Hemp. (One of our favourite articles from last Summer was all about buying things in season). We’re a small and sustainable business that’s been around since 1998 making honest food and drinks out of hemp seeds – that are as good for the planet as the people on it. So when we were deciding how we could contribute, we thought we’d stick to what we know. Which fortunately for our team is not dance videos or workouts. It’s eco-friendly food that makes you feel good.

 

How We’re Contributing to the Cause

 

Firstly, we’ve made all our products shoppable online, so you can get your hemp goodness delivered straight to your door. That’s hemp milk for the dairy-free, hemp seeds which are great for plant protein, and hemp oil to replace your everyday olive, along with our CBD oils and milks. No 25 minute queue outside your local supermarket or online Ocado purgatory – number 3745 of 3750 (three months in, and it still persists). Some of our favourite cooks have written some recipes too, to start bringing hemp into your daily routine.

 

We’ve also pulled together our collection of small businesses, local initiatives, homegrown independents and sustainable companies that can deliver to your door.  It’s important that we have access to healthy and sustainable food – and that it doesn’t break the bank trying to get it. And those that need their dairy free milks, gluten free pasta, and meat free substitutes can get them too. We see the hard work that big supermarkets are doing, but we also know that there are other companies who can satisfy all our essential food needs. We want to shout about those companies.

 

Welcome to Good Hemp’s London Online Delivery Guide.

Online grocery shopping

Look, maybe you’ve never been one to get your food shop online because it conjures up images of countless plastic bags lining your hallway; or maybe you’re just one of those people who likes to feel their fruit before they decide on which tomato to go for (present circumstances will put a stop to that, though). But online grocery shopping and deliveries don’t have to be all single-use plastic, queuing for days online or terrible swaps because they don’t have the kind of squash you asked for. There are some amazing grocery platforms who care about all the same things we do. Local produce, no GMO, minimal packaging and more. Like Karma who deliver fresh boxes of surplus fruit and veg. Or Abel & Cole, the OG fruit + veg delivery box service who have been sourcing sustainable produce and slinging spuds for over 30 years. If you have a choice while ordering from a local grocer check out our summer seasonal guide to check what will taste best or the foods that will help your mood.

The Best Recipe Boxes + Pre-Cooked Meals

There are times when we want to nurture our sourdough starter, make pasta from scratch, slow cook a stew and bake so many vegan cookies that our housemates actually beg us to stop feeding them (ok that will never happen; they always want more). But sometimes, we just want to put a tray in the oven and for something delicious to come out. Or maybe you want to cook a great meal from scratch but you don’t want to queue for the last aubergine at Sainsbury’s when you could be enjoying a glass of wine and Grey’s Anatomy reruns. Luckily for us all, there’s a huge array of options out there: from recipe boxes that give you the exact portions, ingredients and instructions to make a delicious dinner, to pre-cooked meals that are sustainable and healthy.

Too Good To Go

Too Good To Go is the largest marketplace for surplus food in the world, which means unsold food from retailers can go to people rather than landfill. Their Magic Bags tell you the gist of what you’re getting (it could be pastries, or it could be sandwiches), but really it’s a total surprise. And we could all use a little excitement right now, couldn’t we?

Karma

We believe in karma – when doing something good (planting hemp!) actually leads to something good (helping the environment!). We also believe in Karma, a delivery service that’s all about zero waste and rescuing surplus veg. Karma delivers boxes full of fruit and veg sourced from farmers, producers and wholesalers that otherwise would have been wasted. Win, win.

OLIO

'Share more. Waste less.' OLIO's mantra is one we are definitely on board with, and these change-makers are doing an incredible job of bringing that to life by connecting people to share food, rather than throw it away.

The Cookaway

It’s been A+ for effort as we’ve tried to cook authentic Japanese yakitori and Keralan curries during lockdown, but The Cookaway’s recipe boxes give a leg up when you need it. Choose global menus created by experienced chefs, receive the ingredients and a handy set of instructions to cook up a storm.

Planty

We’re all about that plant-based life, but sometimes we’re not all about spending hours in the kitchen prepping food (people to see at a social distance, dogs to pet from afar). We’re fans of Planty, a freshly frozen meal delivery service, who are part of a movement to fight climate change through the food we eat.

Feed Me Vegan

Back when ready meals were just lasagnes and pies, there wasn’t much in the way of meat or dairy free alternatives. Now there’s Feed Me Vegan which brings all the comforting vegan and gluten-free goodness of a comforting pre-prepared meal, all wrapped up in eco-friendly packaging. We’re basically living off their nachos.

One Planet Pizza

Pizza for dinner (or breakfast?) – but make it vegan. One Planet Pizza is the UK’s first frozen vegan pizza purveyor, who have now started delivering. Keep your freezer well stocked with dairy-free cheesy delights for those Friday nights in. Because what other nights are there?

Mindful Chef

Mindful eating is more than just really concentrating on whether or not to have seconds (always). It’s about understanding what you’re putting in your body – sometimes easier said than done. Which is why Mindful Chef provides recipe boxes so you can cook nutritionally balanced and healthy meals at home.

COOK

Imagine if your parents came over and stocked your refrigerator with all types of deliciousness. Pies, veggie lasagne, a mushroom wellington – you name it. That’s pretty much what it feels like with COOK who make delicious homemade meals for your freezer than you can count on. Great for nights when you just don’t want to chop another onion.

All Plants

You’ve 100% heard of All Plants, the vegan meal delivery service that serves up plant-based dishes cooked by chefs and sent to your door. For those more vegan-ish eaters in the house, they’ve got menus that cater to a slightly more flexi diet – perfect for your housemate who said they’d go vegan but you keep catching them snacking on fromage at midnight.

Cooking

It’s safe to say that we have never been more into cooking. With more time to spend in the kitchen, not being able to go out to a restaurant, and not having the same immediate need to get a Deliveroo, we’ve all adapted to cooking more. Which is great – way healthier and way more sustainable (damn those plastic delivery tubs!). As we speak we’ve got sourdough starter growing in a jar, a loaf in the oven (that was not a brag, we ate beans on toast yesterday). Thankfully there’s a host of amazing plant-based recipe makers online who can help us when we’re not feeling too inspired, have exhausted that one cake recipe passed down from our grandma or just are looking to widen our repertoire. We asked a few of them to contribute some recipes, seeing as the nation has pivoted to baking, roasting, blitzing and stirring, sometimes all at once. Whether you’re after a lazy brunch recipe, a vegan roast, weekday dinner or post-workout smoothie (anyone else been really into Joe Wicks’ PE Lesson?), they’ve got you covered.

Hemp Seed Streusel Muffins

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If you’re anything like us, your baking skills will have dramatic improved during quarantine. The extra time + diminished opportunity to buy sweet treats has turned our nation to baking, with banana bread becoming as synonymous with British culture as tea. But now we want to put forward a new challenge – the streusel muffin. Whilst you might not recognise the name, you’ll definitely be familiar with their defining feature, the crumbly top. We all know the top is the best bit of the muffin, and what could make it better? Hemp seeds, duh!

This recipe was crafted for us by the aptly named Topped with Cinnamon aka Izy Hossack who’s gloriously hemp-ified this treat. We’ll be enjoying them for breakfast, elevenses, tea at 3 and pudding, although they do last for 5 days if you can stay away for that long!

  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 220g apple sauce (unsweetened) or mashed banana
  • 80ml oil of choice (hemp seed, sunflower etc)
  • 75ml Good Hemp Seed Milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 190g plain white flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp fine table salt
  • Streusel topping:
  • 60g plain white flour
  • 60g light brown sugar
  • 45g vegan block butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 40g The Good Hemp Seed Hearts
    1. Preheat the oven to 180C fan and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, apple sauce, oil, hemp milk, vinegar and vanilla. Whisk together until smooth.

    2. Then add in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Stir with the whisk until the flour has been incorporated and the batter is mostly smooth – (careful not to overmix here!)

    3. Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups equally and set aside.

    1. For the streusel:
    2. In a separate (medium) bowl, combine the flour, light brown sugar, vegan butter and cinnamon. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour/sugar until you get a sandy mixture with no large lumps of butter remaining. When you have this consistency, then stir in the hemp seeds.

    3. Sprinkle this crumbly mixture equally over the batter in the 12 muffin cups. You can pile it up a bit as some will sink into the batter below as it bakes.

    4. Bake for 22-27 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into one of the centre muffins comes out clean. Leave to cool before removing from the muffin tin because burning your hands isn’t fun – but don’t be surprised if a couple go missing before completely cooled, the freshly baked muffin smell will fill the house and is pretty irresistible.

  • Thai Red Curry with Hemp Crusted Tofu

    *Bird eye red chillies are very spicy. Tailor the amount used to your taste preference, and omit if you don’t want a spicy curry. **You can use 1 tablespoon of lemongrass from a jar in the paste if you don’t have fresh lemongrass. For the curry, use dried lemongrass if you don’t have fresh.

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    The Best Drinks + Snacks

    Although there are a few perks to working from home (Zoom outfits: business on the top, casual on the bottom), what we do miss about being out and about in the office is the daily – ok, mostly twice a day – outings to grab snacks, coffees and after-work drinks. Popping to the local bakery for a vegan cupcake, grabbing coffee from your favourite roastery, or heading to the pub for a Friday night pint – these are all things that we can’t experience from the comfort of our own homes. Or can we? There are  sustainable coffee shops like Ozone delivering their beans to your door, organic winemakers like Wander Wines sending you their best vino, breweries like Honest Brew never letting you miss a craft beer Friday, or amazing vegan bakeries keeping you supplied with baked goods (because what is life without your 3pm brownie?). These are the brands who’ve got your drinks and snacks delivery sorted.

    Ozone Coffee

    Remember meeting friends at your favourite coffee shop? Sigh. Luckily East London’s Ozone Coffee is delivering their goods to your door. Since they were just three people roasting out of a shop in New Zealand, Ozone has always been about sustainable sourcing, reducing waste and supporting coffee farmers.

    Wanderlust Wine

    Has anyone else become an amateur sommelier during lockdown? In the absence of people with real life wine knowledge, we’ve been counting on the good folks at Wanderlust Wine to supply us with all the organically farmed, biodynamic wine from small producers. Good for the planet, good for every night of the week (just us?).

    La Fauxmagerie

    We love nothing more than a bit of vegan cheese and a good pun. Enter La Fauxmagerie, the UK’s first dairy-free cheesemonger, delivering the finest plant-based charcuterie and cheeses as well as delightful selection boxes – because being vegan doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a fanciful cheese board, darling.

    Little Cooks Co

    Parents during lockdown, we salute you. Keeping kids fed, happy and entertained is no mean feat (we’ve been there), so it’s handy that Little Cooks Co delivers on all three counts. They’re all about teaching kids to love making and eating healthy food, delivering cooking kits to get kids baking and learning about ingredients.

    Deliciously Ella

    What started as a blog by founder Ella to help manage a condition through alternative diets, is now a thriving plant-based community. And we’re quite partial to a Deliciously Ella nut butter ball at the office (RIP) – but since being locked down, we’ve been on DE’s app getting vegan recipes and ordering plant-based snacks and breakfasts.

    Honest Brew

    In times like these, cold beers on a hot day with friends (at a social distance) are getting us through, especially when they’re from HonestBrew. They stock beers from top independent producers around the world, and they’ll deliver as quickly as the next day. Cheers to that.

    Norah's Brownies

    Ironically founded not by Norah but by her mother Leah, a Type 1 Diabetic who was looking for alternative ways of getting her sugar fix. And so Norah’s Brownies was born – rich, gooey and intensely delicious, award winning and naturally free of refined sugar, dairy and gluten. Even better when delivered to your door.

    Union Coffee Roasters

    Nothing like a roast to start the day. We’re talking coffee (although a cheeky leftover nut roast for brekky never hurt anyone). East London’s Union Coffee Roasters are one of our favourites, marrying high quality speciality coffee with responsible sourcing. Which is what we like to know when we’re sipping on that morning brew.

    Grow Your Own

    The eco-warrior in us (hey, Alan!) longs to live on acres of land, build our own house and grow vegetables in our wild and wonderful  allotment. Sadly London life doesn’t necessarily allow for that grower’s paradise. It’s probably more a herb ‘garden’ in a planter on a kitchen windowsill that hasn’t been watered for a few days, coriander leaves looking limp and the mint shrivelled and dry to a crisp. We’ve all been there. There are ways of getting your homegrown game back up, even if you live in a studio flat with only one window. We’re all for growing your own because it’s a sustainability win, so we’ve put together a list of great online resources that will help your green fingers flourish. Whether that’s sending you tomato seeds and soil, or giving you tips on how to keep everything alive – because it’s not just your houseplants that need all the love and attention during this time.

    How to choose your veg with Jessie

    It can be daunting to choose what you’re going to grow, because once those seeds are planted, there’s no changing your mind. This is especially important when you’re in London and every inch of outdoor space is precious, and it’s not that simple. We all love avocado, so it sounds like a no brainer considering how expensive they are from the shop. But did you know it can take anywhere from five to thirteen years for your tree to grow it’s first avo?! Not worth it in our books.

    So – we spoke to Jessie (aka @plot_37) who knows all about growing different sorts of fruit and veg in London. Have a read and find out what she recommends investing your time and love into!

    Top tips for beginners with Rosie

    So you want to start growing your own veg, but the responsibility of looking after a living thing is triggering memories of the Tamagotchi graveyard in your parents’ attic. We get it. Sometimes no matter how much you love something, you don’t always know how to look after it (too deep?) So many Tamagotchis met an early fate from being overfed or having the lights left on when they went to sleep and you don’t want your plants to follow suit.

    But fear not – we’ve got some secrets to share that should give you the skills and confidence to start growing your own fruit and veg regardless of how many indoor plants or 90s toys you might haved killed in the past…

    We spoke to Rosie from @rosiesallotment to get her top tips for those just starting out growing their own veg, our fave being – to have fun with it and remember to enjoy the process of it. And whilst plants wont bleep to tell you they’re hungry, after a while you’ll pick up the signs of over/under watering and be eating tomatoes straight off the vine.

    Growing basil with @inatinygarden

    Herbs are delicious. Parsley makes every dish better and mint is the ultimate allrounder (what else can you make cocktails, teas, fruit salads and salad salads with?!). A lot of them also happen to be very happy with living indoors, so you don’t have to have an outside space to experience the joys of freshly snipped basil. You can start off buying  We caught up with Kathryn aka @inatinygarden to get some tips on how to grow your own herb garden so you don’t have to keep paying a quid for those tiny, tiny bags…

    “Before I had the tiny outdoor garden I grew a variety of herbs in front of a south facing window. One of the best herbs to grow indoors is basil and it’s also easy to start from seed!

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