I’ve been trying ‘Hello Fresh’ (https://www.hellofresh.co.uk) which is a delivery service for fresh and healthier foods for a few weeks now. I’ve been talking about it at work and sharing my opinions with my family so I realised that I should probably share it here too. I guess Mrs Beeton was trying out recipes so I should continue in the same vain.
I started ‘Hello Fresh’ because I’d seen an advert for it online. I love cooking and trying new things and I have got into the same routine recently so figured I’d give it a go. The main thing it does for me is make me eat lots more vegetables and includes them in a much more interesting way than I was used to cooking. It also teaches me new methods and techniques and you get to keep the recipes (in a pretty little binder) so you can recreate them going forward buy just buying the same ingredients.
I picked the couples box with meat. I understand there is a family and vegetarian option and also I saw some dinner party and Easter special boxes recently too. Our box is simple and includes 3 meals for two people. We tend to mix these in with our normal routine allowing making sure we eat something new 3 times a week but also allowing for the odd meal out and takeaways. I will say that the portions are much larger than I thought they would be and we more often than not have enough for a 3rd portion for lunchboxes at work.
I get super excited on a Sunday when the box arrives unpacking it and I do have a slightly smug Sunday looking at the fridge full of vegetables which normally just has the veg for Sunday lunch.
I also love the Rewards system so every box you earn reward points which you can redeem on free items. I was inordinately excited when my free tea towel arrived. How sad am I!
It’s not massively cheap but also it’s not mega expensive and you can stop it whenever you are away or don’t fancy the menu that week. I should say here that every week you can pick generally from 5 choices for the 3 that you prefer. It works for me and only once have I not used a box so I suppose that’s a good advert!
This week we tried Rosemary Glazed Chicken. It taught me three things:
- Brown your chicken first at a high heat and then cook it in the oven to make sure it’s cooked through rather than trying to do it all in a frying pan
- Leeks are amazing. I clearly had cooked them poorly before. This recipe makes you soften them in a tiny bit of butter but also has you cook them a little in chicken stock so they are so tender
- Rosemary Jam is an essential ingredient. They send you 3 little pots of the stuff and now I’m off to the supermarket to see if I can find a big jar