I was dealt a decent turn of fate last week. As I walked past my local tube station, taking whatever flyer was pushed into my hands by some very eager leafleter for such an early hour, I noticed that I’d been handed a £25 voucher for a new food delivery service called Hello Fresh. Seeing as my boyfriend and bestie are both away this week, what better way to keep myself occupied than getting creative in the kitchen… Or at least eating my way through the loneliness (how could they abandon meeee?!?!)
I received 3 dinners for 2 for £14, including delivery, recipe cards and a free carton of Innocent smoothie. The USP of Hello Fresh is that you only get the exact quantities you need to prepare the meals on the recipe cards. The recipes are developed by top chefs, and all of the food is locally sourced and high quality – so naturally I went for the meat/fish option:
On Day One, I tried Cumin Spiced Beef Skewers with Satay Sauce, Rice and Sugarsnap Peas. I also added some peppers because after the delivery box gave me three I suddenly had about 5 peppers in the fridge!
This was super easy (and fun!) to prepare, and I was happy with the end result. The sauce was so good I had to have both portions with the meal! My only criticism is that there was way too much rice per person, and although I followed the instructions to the letter (which I almost never do), the meat came out very pink in the middle so I had to grill the skewers for longer. It’s probably just me being fussy but I’ve had bad experiences with undercooked meat before, so better to be safe than sorry! I’d give it a 6/10
Day Two was Gremolata Crusted Tilapia with Roasted Mediterranean Veg. Sounds fancy, I know. But this was very easy to prepare too as essentially you add garlic, parsley and lemon zest to some panko breadcrumbs for the topping. After spooning it onto the fish you roast / grill it for a few minutes once the new potatoes and veg are cooked, and voila!
I really loved the flavours and it was nice to try a new fish, but again I took a smaller carb portion as it was way too much for me! This one gets an 9/10
So Day Three was Sweet and Sour Pork with Bulgur Wheat. I have two confessions to make here. The first is that I’ve never cooked with pork fillets before – aside from the occasional bacon sandwich / hog roast I’m not much of a pork fan. So while you see a piling plate of pork here the reality is that I after trying a couple of pieces I shelved it for the veg instead. This week has reinforced that I really don’t want to have so much meat in my diet! The second confession is that I was quite nastily hungover, so please don’t judge me on the enormous portion size!
Overall I thought the Hello Fresh service was great and I’d definitely use them again. I wouldn’t want to carry it on permanently as I prefer having freedom of choice when it comes to cooking (plus I’m quite fussy) but it’s fun to try out when you’re looking for ideas! The best thing about the service is that it gets you trying new recipes that you haven’t thought about before, even though half of the ingredients you most likely already have in your fridge! I’m sure I’ll be feasting on the leftovers for a while.
For more details see www.hellofresh.co.uk.