By Leigh O’Connor. Photos from The Deli Erskineville.
Most of us are time poor these days and the thought of
cooking for the family once inside the door after a hectic day at work, can be
a daunting prospect.
Enter the pre-prepared meal option, and we’re not talking
supermarket freezer packets that lack flavour, goodness and inspiration. Many Aussie
providores offer ready-to-go meals that are tasty, nutritious and affordable,
available instore or online, as well as catering options.
Pick up a salad, lasagna and crusty bread and within minutes
dinner is served with no fuss, fluster or fanfare. Kick back with a glass of
wine and spend quality family time around the dinner table, perhaps even
employing a no technology rule so everyone is involved in daily discussions.
Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer to make meal times a
Element The Ingredient is all about fresh produce and pasta. Providing
restaurant quality ready meals to Melbourne and Sydney, The Element delivers
Italian gnocchi with sauces like Napoli and hearty ragu to online shoppers,
from its commercial kitchen base on Robinson Road in Reservoir.
Think dishes such as roasted pumpkin and mushroom risotto,
cannelloni with ricotta and spinach, paired with a grilled Mediterranean
vegetable salad. Whether at home or the office, have gourmet salads like salmon
nicoise or authentic Greek, delivered to your doorstep along with rustic, tasty
soups such as smoked chicken.
Deli Erskineville on Erskineville Road, is the place to go for a tasty
pre-made dinner, antipasto platter for a wine night with friends, or a picnic
to enjoy in nearby Sydney Park. Warm and welcoming in atmosphere, The Deli
draws in those passing by with shelves packed with artisan preserves,
condiments and smallgoods such as fresh pasta and sauces.
Start off with a cheese and charcuterie platter with Spanish
chorizo and spicy salami, before mains like veal, mushroom and white wine
ravioli with a green salad, or perhaps gnocchi with slow roasted capsicum and
Serving meals fit for royalty, Little
Prince Catering delivers personalised mobile menus for all occasions. Check
out the 1960s food van ‘Frank’ as he meanders around Canberra, dishing up
delectable delights at events and functions, or be served an intimate dinner at
Little Prince can cater for any occasion from corporate
functions to small parties, with seasonal plates such as crisp
skin salmon on a quinoa salad with tahini dressing and pomegranate, and
desserts like chocolate panna cotta with sweet and sour cherries and biscotti.
Providore Marina Mirage offers a selection of goods and produce, as well as freshly prepared take home
gourmet meals, to Gold Coast locals from the Marina Mirage Shopping Precinct.
With a bakery - where shoppers can select freshly baked bread, cakes and
pastries daily - and a sit-down restaurant, Providore is a popular hotspot with
outdoor seating and a vibrant atmosphere.
Those stopping by for lunch can enjoy plates likes tempura
zucchini flowers, or a decadent beef burger with hand-cut fries, before
choosing from daily prepared salads displayed on wooden cutting boards, ready
to be paired with a pasta dish for a family-friendly evening meal all will
Fourth Village Providore on Vista Street in Mosman, is an award-winning and family owned food market and
restaurant. Soak up a contemporary European food market atmosphere while
selecting from a wide range of hand-picked local and imported produce such as
fine cheese, olive oil, jams, relishes and sauces.
Cheese lovers can walk through the Fromagerie Room and
sample bites from around the world, before taking home a ready meal made under
the experienced eye of Nonna Paola, who is originally from Sicily, and makes
the fresh pasta by hand. Expect choices such as beef tortellini, eggplant
parmigiana, arancini and more.
Lipscombe Larder in Sandy Bay not only stocks some of Tasmania’s best produce, wines and ales,
but also prepares gourmet hot takeaways and take-home meals from an
ever-evolving daily menu. With a fantastic selection of local and imported
fare, Lipscombe has handcrafted bread baked in house and tempting sweets made
by their pastry Chefs.
Those wanting to cater for functions at home or the office
can peruse platter menus including yum cha, sushi, mezze and antipasto, as well
as salads like marinated mushroom with chilli and garlic and roasted beetroot,
spinach and tahini.
‘Life is too good to eat bad food’ is the motto of Throsby Street
Providore in Wickham, Newcastle. The result of many years planning and
hospitality experience, this providore offers customers an opportunity to enjoy
the talents of a skilled kitchen team, with both ready cooked and ready-to-cook
Whether looking for a quick lunch for work or a dinner for
the family, dishes on offer include chicken massaman curry, lamb shanks, Caesar
salad, baguettes and sandwiches, or pull up a chair and enjoy fare from the
café-style menu such as fennel sausage pizza with mushroom, thyme and
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