As though the news lately hadn’t been harrowing enough, a fresh hell has been announced: the infamous “English” trifle from Friends has been recreated by a meal-kit company and will soon be available to order at home.
Wonderland At Home – which comes from the team who are behind the popular Batman restaurant Park Row – are offering a Friends-themed meal kit in time for Thanksgiving, which this year falls on November 25. It will go on sale shortly before then.
The Friendsgiving box, which is being styled up to look like the purple door to the group’s flat, will comprise of six courses, including drinks: things will start with edible leg wax atop a caramel cheesecake – the wax a nod to season three’s The One with the Morning After, where Monica and Phoebe try out a so-called “pain-free” waxing kit. Next will be a Moist Maker sandwich with Chanberry sauce, which recreates Ross’ hoagie of leftovers; following that will be Rachel’s hate crime of a dish.
The “English” trifle comes from season six’s The One Where Ross Got High, when Rachel is put in charge of Thanksgiving pudding by Monica. Determined to prove she can cook, Rachel follows her recipe to the letter, only to be foiled by the pages of her cookbook sticking together; her efforts are thwarted and she accidentally combines a trifle recipe with one for Cottage pie (in the show it’s called Shepherd’s pie, though Shepherd’s Pie is traditionally made with lamb; cows do not, after all, have shepherds). The Wonderland kit will include actual beef for those who can stomach the mix.
Wonderland At Home are including a mocked-up recipe card for the pudding. In the show, Rachel proudly tells Ross and Joey that her creation contains: “ladyfingers, then a layer of jam, then custard, which I made from scratch, then raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sauteed with peas and onions, then a little more custard, and then bananas, and then I just put some whipped cream on top”.
Afterwards will be a bar of Mockolate, the synthetic chocolate substitute Monica peddles, and a can of Central Perk coffee. There will also be margarita mix for cocktails.
The Friendsgiving kit is just one of the themed deliveries being offered by the company, in collaboration with Restaurant Kits, who have just released a £120 Game Of Thrones box, which they say is “fit for a Baratheon banqueting table”, and includes an Inn at the Crossroads beef and venison pie with a sour cherry crust and a “dragon fire smoked” short rib, as well as other bits including a Red Wedding cake. Other kits in the pipeline include a Harry Potter-inspired box, available in December.
For more information, visit wonderlandathome.com