December 5th 2016
Today we got a delivery from HelloFresh, it’s this food service where you order three meals from a menu of five and they deliver the ingredients to your door, along with the recipe for the meal.
We only did it because we got the first box for free, but it turned out pretty well in the end. Well, the packet of cous cous was split and had gone everywhere, and both the onion and the pepper were nothing like ‘fresh’, but I spent three years cooking for myself at University – I’m used to that.
In the box they provide every ingredient you need for the dish, even a teaspoon of paprika comes in a cute little jar.
Alice waited for me to get home so that we could cook together, which was cute. Although you know the phrase ‘two many cooks spoil the broth’? It turns out, in our house, ‘too many’ is roughly equal to two. Still, we each had our roles, and followed the recipe to make ‘spiced beef ragout with cous cous and flaked almonds’
The thing about the HelloFresh box is that it gives you all the ingredients. Usually, when we’d read a recipe we’ll think ‘coriander? don’t need that.’ because it would mean buying an entire bunch just to do the one meal you want. The HelloFresh box gives you the exact amount, which is handy.
Today’s dinner even included an ingredient that I’ve never heard of.
Ras-el-hanout. Which, from what I can tell, is shredded rose petals.
Shit like that we’d never bother to put in dinner before, but it’s the little shit that makes the meal taste good, I guess.
The recipe suggested and provided flaked almonds and fried courgettes. Ingredients which would usually be walked past with a shopping trolley, somehow found their way onto my plate.
I’m pretty… unadventurous when it comes to food. I like what I like and I categorically do not like what I do not like, but occasionally, like today, you’ve just gotta go for it.
I know ‘cous cous and mince and courgettes’ isn’t exactly escargo en croute, but it’s a step in the right direction for me. I always say this, but my Christmas dinner used to be turkey, microchips and beans, so food is still a bit of a learning process for me. At twenty-three years old.
Until tomorrow, I wouldn’t even have roast potatoes.