Tigerlilly Quinn: Hello Fresh

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Hello Fresh

Last week we were lucky enough to be sent a lovely parcel from Hello Fresh. It came perfectly timed as it was approaching the afternoon, raining and I had nothing in the house for dinner.

Each box comes with the ingredients and recipe cards for three different meals, we were sent the vegetarian box for that week (the recipes and ingredients change each week so you are not eating the same thing if you were doing it on a weekly basis. We were sent a pasta dish, a stew and minestrone soup.

We tried the linguine first as I LOVE pasta and there was no chance I was going to wait any amount of time to try it. Although I cook pasta a lot I never really ever follow a recipe so it was interesting to actually cook items at different times (rather than throw everything in the pan at one go). To my surprise I found that doing so can make a huge difference! It was also good to apply the less is more attitude that I am so bad at using, rather than cooking every vegetable in my fridge it was interesting to see which ones complemented each other in the sauce. Lesson learnt. 

On all these recipe's they didn't call for wine but I took it as a given ;)

Next up we tried the minestrone soup. Tom and I both have this thing where if we think about eating soup we find the thought pretty boring but once we are eating it we both remember how much we actually like the stuff. Same applied here.

I've never really made soup from scratch before (told you I was no cook),  if we are going to buy it we usually get the Covent Garden cartons so I was surprised at how simple it was. I also liked how they had included items such as the Biona tins of organic cannellini beans as its a brand we use quite a bit already.

Last up was the smokey stew with pearl barley. I had never cooked pearl barley before but somehow just sprinkling it on the stew at the end made me feel like I'd made a really hearty and nutritious meal, ha! I also liked how the stew came with a bit of a kick, we added dumplings as an addition to ours and the stew actually lasted a good few days (I ate it for lunch on the following two days adding a few more ingredients here and there)

The box is meant to feed two people for three days but in all instances (including the pasta meal) there was way to much food for two people. I ended up eating leftovers for my lunch on all three days plus Tom and I had the soup for a meal later in the week and freshened it up by adding a little more pasta and some fresh bread. 

Meal planning for the week is something Tom and I have been talking about for months and never doing so getting a box like this is great for having a few set meals with recipes during the week and having other days where you have more spontaneous meals. 

I loved that all the ingredients were locally sourced and fresh or organic which made it feel just like getting a veg box but with the bonus of being able to create set meals.

You can buy a family box from Hello Fresh for £36 pounds with recipes changing weekly.

Hello Fresh sent me a veggie box to review - all words and thoughts are my own


Modern Day Mummying said...

What a great idea! I love this! Recipe in a box!

Sophie xo

P.S. I'm loving that table cloth or material. And for the record - Yes wine is a given! It's universal law!

Dilan Dilir said...

ohh love this! :D

Polly Davies said...

such a great idea!! i've just done a meal plan for april, first one since january. meal planning makes my life so much easier... otherwise i leave it to the last minute to decide what to cook, and we end up eating the same thing over and over!!

oh - and pearl barley is great! i always chuck some in my stews :)

Bonnie Rose said...

Thats really awesome. I love all these neat things you can now get sent to your home like that. We just started getting our groceries delivered and soon hope to get raw jersey milk from another location soon too. You have to be living in the right areas in the US for those options. Such a great share, thank you Fritha. x

Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

Georgia Coote said...

I would so love to have this!xx

Pink Ronnie said...

That's pretty handy having fresh ingredients plus recipes all in the one box. What an awesome idea.

I've never heard of pearl barley before - I'll have to Google it... :)

Ronnie xo

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said...

Oh my goodness, I would love to find something like this where I live (southern California) - it sounds awesome! I love that it would force me out of my cooking comfort zone lol. We have CSAs that deliver to the doorstep and it is one of my favorite parts of the week =)

fritha strickland said...

Sophie - glad you agree ;) ...it's an IKEA pillow case, ha! x

fritha strickland said...

Polly - I had no idea adding something simple like that could make such a difference, I'm a convert!
and yes very similar story in our house, I need to get better at meal planning! xx

fritha strickland said...

Bonnie - I remember you saying! And I've told a few people now that you wanted to live in the UK for the food, ha! I think there are some local places in Bath that sell raw milk/yogurt etc a friend was telling me, I'll try and find out for you. I would recommend getting a pack like this once in a while though its quite exciting! x

fritha strickland said...

@georgia - you should go for it, I think its a nice little break once in a while and forces you out of your comfort zone a little xx

fritha strickland said...

Ronnie - I had heard of pearl barley but I thought it was one of those things you had to soak or would be a real pain to include in meals. Its supposed to be really good for you, I'm a convert! xx

fritha strickland said...

Sarah - I had to google CSA and I still dont know what it is ha! Bonnie (comment above) was telling me its hard to come across things like this in some parts of the states? I was surprised! xx

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