Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge to try out with no obligation to leave a review but decided to do one. All views are my own.
Firstly I was quite impressed with the quick delivery with it arriving only a few days after I ordered it with me also getting to choose what day I wanted it delivered. The one downside about delivery was how wide a delivery window it was. The box was estimated between 8am-7pm which isn’t really ideal for someone with a busy lifestyle which is the type of people who would mostly order this product. However, the product arrived around 12 pm so I wasn’t waiting the whole day thankfully!
Once opening the box I noticed how everything was packed carefully, kept separate with a clear instruction of where everything was to go. The meat and products that were to go in the fridge even came inside a special bag with ice packs to keep everything fresh which I was really impressed with.
I love the fact how I was allowed freedom in choosing the menus that I was interested in as well as the option to choose how many people I was feeding. All the vegetables arrived fresh as well which is a massive plus. I love how the recipe cards were hole punched in case you wanted to put them in a binder.
One thing I will say is, the timing it said on each recipe to cook was less time than it actually takes, however, I put that down to the fact I hadn’t made the recipes before. When I cook something for the first time, it takes me a lot longer than it normally would. You also don’t really know how much food you will produce when making it until the end. Both recipes were enough food for two people but if you only are cooking for one person like I was, it will fill you up if you have it with nothing else with it. Onto the recipes.
Recipe One ~ Easy Lamb Biryani:
It’s no surprise by this point that one of the recipes I picked was Indian and the other Chinese, let’s talk about the Indian first.
Just looking at the recipe card made my mouth water. The instructions were fairly easy to follow and step-by-step which is perfect for a novice cook like me. I began by peeling and dicing the onions and for once my eyes didn’t well up doing this so I guess there’s another plus.
I really loved this meal although it looked nothing like the picture and took a lot longer than 15 minutes for me to cook and prepare.
It was really tasty and filling and all the ingredients were fresh with it being an easy to follow recipe.
Recipe Two ~ Hoisin Meatballs and Chinese sesame rice:
Now, this was the recipe I learnt the most from. Firstly, I learnt how to peel ginger, who would have known that the job becomes so much easier using a spoon? To be honest I haven’t really cooked much from scratch before and when I have I’ve never used ginger.
I also learnt that it’s possible to grate the garlic. Yes, you heard me correct. This recipe requires you to grate the garlic. It was easy enough, although garlic really does stink. I love the taste of things such as garlic bread but I never till now realised how smelly it is when you are cooking with it from scratch!
This is also the recipe which has awoken my hunger for cooking meals from scratch (like what I did there?) Ever since cooking this recipe, I have been pinning recipes like mad and been researching how to make some of my already favourite foods from scratch.
You don’t have to be a food lover to fall in love with this subscription box. Such a wonderfully varied selection of recipes to choose from which are being updated every week. You also get the option of how many people you are cooking for: 2 or 4.
It would, however, be good if there was an option to cook a one person meal for those that either lives alone or don’t share similar taste buds to their family members, therefore, having to cook separate meals anyway. I suppose you could half the ingredients and kept the rest for a separate time or freeze half of the food but it’s not the same. It requires even more effort.
I’ve never been a fan of ginger previously but I didn’t taste the difference in this meal. The spiced hoisin sauce and meatballs were simply divine. However, I wasn’t so fond of the Chinese Sesame Rice. I thought that adding lettuce to rice was a bit of an odd call.
One thing that wasn’t so clear was when it came to coating the meatballs in the spiced hoisin sauce it tells you to heat a pan and then add the spiced hoisin sauce and meatballs to this to coat the meatballs in the sauce. When I tried to do this, instantly the sauce started fizzing. It could have been more clear to let you know if you should remove the pan from the heat once hot to add the meatballs and sauce or what otherwise it started hissing and essentially burning.
Other than this I loved the meatballs but perhaps if I was to make this recipe in future I would make it without the Chinese sesame rice because I really didn’t think this rice added anything special to the meal and I didn’t really like it.
All in all, this was a memorable experience, has taught me a few things about cooking as well as sparking an interest in me to cook from scratch more often in the future.
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