HelloFresh recipe box – review, tasty

Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 21.14.54There was a half price bargain to be had, so we took the plunge and got a couple of HelloFresh boxes at half price. Tuesday morning they arrived by truck incredibly well packed. The refrigerables packeded in insulated bags and all the other ingredients portioned into little boxes of a size appropriate to the recipes, or in some case more.

Over two boxes, the recipes we got were:

  • Paprikás Csirke – a Hungarian paprika chicken dish. A dash of honey and soy sauce at the end, lifted the dish somewhat.
  • Beef Enchiladas – There were enough tortillas left over, we had this again for lunch again the following day. Probably my favourite.
  • Pan Fried Chicken with tarragon sauce – a simple sauce of tarragon simmered in crème fraîche.
  • Honey mustard sausages with read onion gravy – the sausages were tiny and the gravy a cheaty version of the one I do, but the real revelation here was cabbage that was quartered, fried lightly then baked in the oven in stock. This I will cook again!
  • Jamie’s grilled chicken with green bean salad – fairly classic, lemony Jamie.
  • Salmon baked on a bed of walnut-herby mushrooms with cerleriac fries. Sorry, there’s nothing to commend celeriac, it’s a vegetable of winter desperation. The mushrooms however, were awesome.  The texture of the nuts and the flavour of lots of fresh herbs. Amazing.

So there we have it. Would I do it again? Probably not. The recipes were easy enough but nothing you couldn’t do with a recipe book and a supermarket. I think my expectations were for more umami and more exotic flavours. Good enough though and if I were a busy executive with a career, wife and mistress, it might be tempting. 3/5.

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Sea bass, seafood and fennel from Relish Wales cookbook

Sea bass on seafood

Sea bass on seafoodThis was my first effort from the Welsh restaurant cookbook and it was a pretty easy one:

  • Sea bass (or red mullet or similar fillet with the skin on), pan fried until the skin is crispy.
  • Fennel finely sliced, softened in butter then braised in the oven in fish stock.
  • An assortment of seafood cooked in fish stock and white wine.
  • Runner beans I happened to have from hte farmers market.

We dressed for dinner and ate at the table. It was good!

Relish Wales – Second Helping, Cookbook

Relish Wales, Second Helping

Relish Wales, Second HelpingMy second major win of the bank holiday weekend was this book spotted for half price in the Beaufort Arms (nice lunch!) in Raglan. It’s a survey of the finest restaurants in Wales and their recipes, featuring much local meat, veg, fish and seafood.

The recipes are possibly a little too complicated for home, and certainly for my level of cooking, but simplified versions are certainly doable.

Confit duck, welsh lamb in multiple forms, local beef? Local lobster, sea bass, crab? Assorted cheesecakes, panna cotta and soufflés? All of that.

This will be my bedside cookbook for a while!

Buy this lovely book from Amazon.