Do you have a particular day of the week when you are extra busy and need a hassle free evening meal?
For us that day is Wednesday. It’s the only day of the week that we both work, the children are in Nursery until late, and we get home exhausted in need of a little bit of convenience. Once we’ve got the children tucked up at 7.3opm, we creep downstairs and quickly heat something up or hastily throw something together, before we give in and crack open the biscuits for immediate hunger relief.
This week we trialed the food delivery service Marley Spoon as an easy way of preparing delicious food, without worrying about hunting down the ingredients. Each week there are new recipes to try and everything you need is provided, you just select how many portions you require and follow the instructions. The recipes are the kind of thing that you will really be looking forward to, we tried the Korean rice with spicy tofu with peanut-sesame topping and the lemon and rosemary chicken with butter bean and asparagus. Everything is neatly packaged and labeled as you can see below.
The first dish we made was the Tofu recipe, we found the instructions clear and easy to follow. There are six instructions with six clear photos, so it’s a clear step by step and easy to see exactly where you are when glancing back. We ordered two potions worth of this and after we had greedily tucked in, and had second helpings, there was still plenty left for a sizable lunch the next day. The picked cucumber was absolutely delicious, I couldn’t help tasting it before the meal was even prepared. The only problem we had with the recipe was that the tofu crumbled up a bit as we were mixing it with the marinade. However, it made no difference to the taste, it just made the chunks of tofu a bit smaller, they still required the same amount of time in the oven.
At the weekend we made the chicken dish. I just love these kind of Mediterranean recipes as they are so fresh and full of flavour. (I baked the chicken, and pan fried the beans in the Vida 8 in 1 cooker which I’ve been trialing this week, review to come soon.) I was planning to make the dish for the two of us and put a quick dinner together for the children, however, the ‘two portions’ we ordered were enough for 2 adults and two toddlers. Before I even had a chance to make a sepperate dish, the children had already started tucking into ours so we served them up a portion each. The children love beans and pulses so the cannellini beans were the thing they enjoyed the most. I really liked the recipe but I think I added a little too much lemon to the chicken (I was a tad over eager to squeeze every drop of juice out of it,) so I added a little honey to sweeten it up. I really loved the touch of fresh tarragon as it gave it a real depth of flavour, something I wouldn’t have thought of adding myself.
Developing some new flavours that we hadn’t tried before at home was the number one reason why I would use Marley Spoon again. I often see amazing recipes on Pinterest but if I don’t know I’ll like the flavour it makes me nervous to hunt down all the ingredients needed. And then, if I don’t like *insert strange paste/vinegar’, I’m stuck with it clogging up the cupboard never to be used again. By having it delivered, in the quantity you need, it means that you can try before you buy! We really loved the flavour of the white miso paste and soybean chilli-paste so I’d be happy to go and find those now, knowing that I’ll enjoy making delicious food with them again.
This week there’s this amazing pesto bean burger from the Amuse Your Bouche blog. So that’s given me a new food blog to read too. Bonus!
We were sent our recipes to review free of charge, all thoughts, words and opinions are my own.