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!

The quest for BBQ spare ribs

BBC Barbecue spare ribsSaturday was a win again at the farmer’s market. As well as scoring some excellent broad beans and lovely Crafty Devil beer, Charcutier Ltd again had an offer on their spare ribs so the quest was on to cook them even better! This time, I went for this recipe from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/sweetstickyspicyribs_85067

I’m now a big fan of poaching ribs before cooking. It makes the meat so tender!

The sauce in the recipe was fine, ketchup and soy sauce being the base of most of this kind of sauce, however, I spruced it up with:

  • 1-2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder

And probably some other bits (cumin?) that I forget. The result was a sauce with a slightly more complex flavour and more depth.

Will definitely use this recipe as a base again!

 

 

 

Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic PestoFor some reason, I bought some wild garlic from the farmer’s market on Sunday. At a loss to know what to do with it, I made pesto.

  • Bunch wild garlic
  • Similar bunch of parsley
  • 60g pine nuts
  • 60g parmesan
  • 150ml olive oil

This is a minimalist version of the Great British Chefs recipe.

As an addendum, with some local input, I’ve found a vast area of wild garlic locally and now have a small carrier bagful to do things with. The BBC seems quite light on recipe suggestions. Got any?

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