Melanie Mitchley

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Hello, I'm Melanie! I've gained cookery experience through working as a Chalet host in France and catering for hungry walkers in Wales. I completed a formal cookery training course at Leiths, and have since been working as a Cafe Chef, as well as doing some freelance catering work.

I love to experiment in the kitchen, using a variety of fresh and seasonal ingredients. I hope my menus will offer something tasty to appeal to all.

My Recipes

Thai Fish Cakes
Chilli con Carne
Chilli non Carne
Prawn and Cashew nut Curry
Chicken and Cashew nut Curry
Fancy Falafels
Chicken and Leek Pie
Root Vegetable Pie
Smoked Salmon and Dill Quiche
Vegetable and Cashew Nut Curry
Moroccan Lamb Tagine
Smoked Haddock Pappardelle
Raj Chicken Korma
Prawn and Courgette Curry
Lamb Rogan Josh
Smoked Salmon Linguine
Meat Balls and Linguine Pasta
Roast Beetroot, Quinoa and Feta Salad
Chicken Noodle Stir Fry
Chicken Cacciatora
Lentil and Aubergine Curry

My Reviews

There should be a higher rating than 'very good', perhaps 'delicious' or 'please sir, can I have some more?'! The food arrived freshly delivered bang on 7pm, sadly I wasn't here to meet Melanie but my neighbour said she was very sweet! I would highly recommend Melanie - her smoked salmon linguine was divine and the portions were more than ample. - Davina, SW18
The meal was delivered by two Culinary Goddesses...the lamb was tender and delicious...the rice cooked to perfection...and the Thai Salad was as fresh as a daisy...and so tasty. Thanks Melanie! - Sheridan, SW18
These were excellent meals; arrived hot right on time, delivered by a smiling, cheerful and polite lady. Everything tasted very good, portions just right. The chili con carne had a nice but mild kick and the fish cakes were the best I've had. I'll order again from this Chef. Many thanks. - Robert, SW6
Excellent as ever - many thanks and look forward to the next time! - Simon, SW15
As our first housebites order, we enjoyed Melanie's food quite a bit. The Falafels were tasty and seemed to be baked, instead of fried, which was a nice change. The Tagine was tasty, as was the cous cous. The portions were generous and overall we were very pleased. We'll definitely be using housebites again! Our one criticism was that some of the seasoning needed adjustment (the hummus lacked salt and acidity). - Sarah, SW6
Great meal. My only other feedback is to use basmati rice instead of long grain. This is the first time I have used Housebites and I am looking forward to trying Melanies other meals. - Clive, SW15
Very delicious treat on a Monday night - thank you! - Lizzie, SW15
Unfortunately the chilli con carne was lukewarm when it arrived - to be fair Melanie said she had difficulty finding my address so hopefully this is a one-off, though if I was making it myself I would add a few more ingredients; chopped peppers, mushroom, sweetcorn etc, I found it a little plain for my taste. The potato salad was good and reasonable value. However whilst my local delicatessen (1 min walk) continues to do fresh pasta dishes to go for £3.99 I really can't see myself regularly spending £15.00 through this site... - Govind, W14
First time I had tried this but well worth it. Easy to order, great food, big portions and the ice cream in particular went down very well (especially with the two girls I live with!) Will definitely be ordering again. - Jon, SW11
You should have an 'excellent' rating as well. Once again a fantastic takeaway. So far the quality has been brilliant, consistency with this service has been very good. The Chicken and Leek pie was so tasty and the mash and cabbage was delicious. The only thing I would add is that for the size of the pie I had about 3 maybe 4 chunks of chicken, a couple more would have been nice, as there was a lot of lovely leek sauce and pastry to go with it. Melanie gave me some chocolate truffles to try for free as she was testing a new recipe and to thank me for being a returning customer, which was lovely and they were just perfect to finish off the dinner. They should definitely go on the menu. Once again I have some left overs for tomorrow, which is perfect. - Georgina, SW15
Excellent fishcakes again. They have become a firm favourite of ours. - Simon, SW15
I have just eaten the best takeaway that I have ever had in London. The takeaway was delivered by the lovely chef Melanie and she was so friendly. I did not have to wait very long for it be delivered, about 35 minutes. I have waited longer for a pizza delivery! The food was excellent, I really enjoyed it all. Fresh, tasty and healthy food, basically a guilt free takeaway! I did have the desert, so not totally guilt free, but it was exceptionally good. The portion sizes were perfect and I have some left overs, which I will eat tomorrow. I am going to recommend you to all my friends in London. - Georgina, SW15
Arrived on time, Melanie nice and friendly and called me as I asked when outside - very good. Food was hot and nice. Overall very impressed and will be ordering again. - Philip, SW18
Prompt and delicious. I ate the whole thing. Thank you. My only request for next time would be a little more mango chutney and raita...but maybe I am just greedy. - Freddie, SW15
Excellent fish cakes. Will more than likely order again. Many thanks for creating some innovation in the takeaway market. - Simon, SW15
Fantastic meal. Melanie's food was fresh and wholesome; quite a difference for a takeaway. She delivered the meal on time and I was met with a smile and good conversation. I will definitely order again in the near future. - Thomas, SW19
I thought it was lovely! - Kitty, SW15
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