A group of Italian mammas launch DIY meal kits

Following the successful soft launch of “Mamma’s Survival pack”, after the temporary closing of the restaurant back in March, the group of Italian mothers who usually run the kitchen in King’s Road restaurant La Mia Mamma, in Chelsea, decided to push themselves further and offer home cooked Mamma’s “DIY” and ready meals boxes all over the UK.

Mamma Anna, leader of the “Mammas Squad”, explains that, at the beginning, she wanted to make Londoners feel part of a big multicultural family during the lockdown being herself mother of four expats and knowing very well how it feels to have “piezz e core” (pieces of heart) not under the same roof, this was clearly her call.

The news spread along quickly and so the Mammas were showered with emails and requests from Manchester, Cornwall, Bristol, Nottingham, Leeds and even Ireland and France. People started
purchasing “Mamma’s pack” from the United States, New Zealand and Italy (of course) and the reasons weren’t just survival-related but mainly expressions of love to friends in lockdown, new born babies and birthdays, made a bit less lonely while celebrated on a video call rather than around a table.

“Being an active part of such an unexpected chain of love, was something we couldn’t even dream about on day one” says Mamma Anna and explains that what she’s been doing with Mamma Sara and Mamma Rosanna is nothing but sharing the Italian tradition of sending “ il pacco“ (the pack) filled with regional food. The “pacco” is sent to family and relatives who live far from home and it’s such an Italian way of bringing back people to their own roots and land.

Now that “Mamma’s Survival pack” ( £ 118 big and £ 70 small) has supported many people during the hard times of grocery shopping with a mix of basics for the pantry, fresh handmade cheeses, ready meals, charcuteries, arancini, DIY pasta, pizza and cannoli kit; this group of brave ladies have prepared different new packs to cover any kind of occasion and cooking skills!

Among the others, there are some highlight-worth packs, such as:

● The DIY “MAMMA’S CLASSICS”: for the fresh filled ravioli lover and for those who want to get a bit entertained while enjoying the taste of a slow cooked meal.

This pack is for at least 2 people and contains:
● a batch of 600 gr fresh pasta dough,
● 2 piping bags with different pasta fillings,
● Fresh tomato sauce to pair and fresh sage,
● Bread
● aperitivo mix: aubergines in olive oil, sun dried tomatoes and olives
● 500 gr of mini arancini e croquette as starters,
● Chicken rolls stuffed with eggs, smoked mozzarella, parmesan & mortadella as a main
● Frittata di patate (Mamma‘s style potato omelette) as a side
● 2 Desserts
Price: £ 35

The “SUNDAY IN… ” collection: a gastronomic tour in some of the most beautiful cities in Italy.  Starting with Bologna, Napoli and Genova, each pack will immediately take you to a typical Sunday lunch!

This pack includes:
● a bottle of Italian wine,
● ready to bake lasagna or pasta kit (depending on the city you chose) as a first course,
● ready to eat main such as Italian style meatloaf
● “make your own” Mamma’s Pistachio Tiramisù kit dessert
Price: £ 35

with Negroni, Aperol spritz and cheeky bites coming soon!

The packages are not only made with love, but will also spread the love as 2% of the price will be donated
to our crowdfunding on GoFundMe aimed to support the NHS with food and protective gear.

As a way to say GRAZIE for the support, the Mammas decided to introduce a referral program where each first order made through a friend’s referral link will get a free pack and, on the referrer side,
every 3 friends on board will unlock a free pack as well!

All “Mamma’s packs” are available on:

More info about the fundraising campaign:

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About La mia Mamma restaurant
A special restaurant in Chelsea where real Italian Mammas (mothers) are “imported” from Italy to run the kitchen preparing home cooked traditional regional recipes hard to find in “normal” restaurants.

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Europlaz Technologies Ltd secures contract to manufacture COVID-19 Test Kits

New antibody test kits for ongoing COVID-19 testing and immunity research are now being manufactured in Essex.

Europlaz Technologies Ltd, based in Southminster in Essex, have signed a contract to exclusively manufacture a COVID-19 antibody test kits.

While the existing COVID-19 swab test currently being used by the Government and health services can detect whether a person has the virus at that moment, it cannot tell whether a person has had the virus previously and since recovered. These swab tests also take some time to generate a result.

Antibody tests, on the other hand, can provide near-immediate results about whether or not a person potentially has or has ever had COVID-19. As well as being very useful for key health workers in ensuring a safe return or continuation of their work, knowing generally who is or is not at risk of catching or spreading the virus will provide a much greater understanding of COVID-19 immunity. It will also assist with vaccine research and potentially the easing of some lockdown restrictions in the future.

Europlaz was selected to manufacture these test kits for several reasons,including their fast response to the initial approach, their expertise in medical device manufacturing and a demonstrable track record of engineering highly technical devices. Europlaz also had clear capacity to manufacture the kits within their facilities, having just built two additional Class 7 Clean Rooms – the industry standard for manufacturing medical devices.

Eddie O’Keeffe, Chairman of Europlaz Technologies Ltd, commented: “Thanks to our state-of-the-art resources, Europlaz will be able to physically put the components of the test kits together in approximately 20-30 seconds during the manufacturing process, potentially allowing us to manufacture millions of devices.
Eddie concludes: “We are incredibly proud to be involved in such a significant project protecting the health of our nation through the COVID-19 testing process and we look forward to seeing health services and individuals reap the benefits of antibody test kits.”

To find out more information about Europlaz visit or call 01621 773792.

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