Hello Fresh review

Last month we tried SimplyCook, a service that sends you recipes with only some of the ingredients. This month we've tried Hello Fresh, which is the same sort of premise except you get all the ingredients. It's sort of like Dinnr, which we tried last year, though with Hello Fresh you have the choice of receiving three or five main meals each week, and their hope is that you continue your subscription each week rather than it be a one-off. (Dinnr appears to have closed down.)

I was given a £25 giftcard outside Farringdon Tube station, so it cost us £14 instead of £39 for their classic box. This got us three meals for two people, with delivery, which is a bargain considering that the ingredients are from high-end suppliers - the cod we were sent for one of our recipes came from James Knight who supplies the likes of The Queen and Prince Charles.

Hello Fresh recommend you do seafood dishes first so that's what we did. Our first meal was James Knight’s baked lemon butter cod with capers.

Looks yum, huh? I can confirm it was, and it's not something we would have thought to cook for a weekday meal, which is the point of us using Hello Fresh. Both Olly and I are good cooks but sometimes the last thing you want to do in the week is think of yummy recipes, go out and buy the ingredients, and then get cooking. Whilst I can't see us using this service on a weekly basis, I can see us ordering a box a month to shake up our repertoire or give us an easy week of cooking.

The next night we cooked the rosemary lamb burgers with sweet potato chips and sour cream dip - delicious, but not a new recipe for us - saving the Sicilian caponata with herbed pork and garlic ciabatta for last. We should have had their summery grain mustard potato salad with pan-fried chicken, but it didn't appeal to me and luckily you can swap two meals each week. I know I've said that using Hello Fresh was about trying things we wouldn't usually make but a mustard potato salad is not my cup of tea. I'm not a fan of aubergine either so the caponata was my least favourite dish of the three, though it was still very tasty (the non aubergine part). 

What else? The recipes were easy to follow, and I'm super impressed with the quality of the ingredients. Going by the use by dates of the meat and bread though, you do need to make sure that you're home for three consecutive nights or else you might find you're wasting a meal. Another thing to note is that if you have this delivered to work, the box is quite heavy (it's all the ice inside to keep it fresh) so you might want to make use of your office fridge during the day and then take the food home in a bag rather than the box if you're using public transport.

I'll definitely order another box next month, and if you also want to give Hello Fresh a whirl, use the code LZJ25T to get £20 off your first order. x

Latest Loves: 18.7.14

Last year, I was at the Real Food Market on the South Bank and ate from a stall called Doukan. Now, it turns out that Doukan has a restaurant in Wandsworth and ever since that day I've been meaning to pay them a visit to try more of their delicious Moroccan food. Earlier this week was that day, and I was impressed once again. The service was lovely and friendly, and the food was incredibly tasty. We took advantage of their mid-week offer and had canapes, a glass of champagne, three yummy courses and a bottle of house white wine for £30. We'll definitely be back!

In under two weeks time, I'll be heading to a secret location in London to take part in Secret Cinema's Back to the Future experience, which obviously means I need a suitable outfit for the occasion! I love these 50's dresses from Lindy Bop and will be wearing their Yvette Parisian style dress, with petticoat, on the night. What do you think?

Jack is back! Well, he was - earlier this week the final episode of 24: Live Another Day aired. Set in London, it's not always been the most faithful to London life - as if you could honestly drive from Waterloo to Charring Cross in under four minutes and make it on to the Tube - but it's still been quite the ride.

Ever since I worked at UNICEF and discovered Pho, it has been a firm favourite of mine. I'm in Farringdon at the moment, doing some social media consulting work, which means I'm making a trip to Pho once a week for Vietnamese tastiness, collecting my loyalty stamps so I can get my second bowl and ladle... Upon finding out that they no longer offer this, Pho very kindly sorted me one out anyway. Thank you Pho!

What are your latest loves? x


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