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HelloFresh Fail

I have had a really busy few weeks, which among other things involved starting a new job and forgetting my WordPress login details so apologies for the late post!

A few weeks ago now I decided to give a HelloFresh recipe ago. I love the idea of HelloFresh, sadly however they do not cater for my allergies so I have never tried one of their meal delivery boxes, I did however see a photo of their Herb & Mustard Chicken on facebook and thought I should give it ago.

The biggest issue with attempting to make a HelloFresh recipe yourself is that the ingredients list has things like ‘1 packet of chicken’ and ‘1 bag of shredded cabbage’ which meant that I had to really guess what the quantities are. For this recipe I used about 1/2 a red cabbage and 500g of chicken thighs.

First up I got the potatoes boiling with the skins on and popped the chicken in the oven. All seemed easy. I then went to shred the cabbage and realised what a noob I still am when it comes to cooking. For some reason I assumed that you used a grater to shred cabbage, luckily I was fast instructed that this was not the correct way to fo things and learnt about the wonderful and terrifying mandoline slicer. Thankfully no fingers were lost.

I then went to making the mustard sauce, the recipe says ‘1 unit lemon’ and I took this to mean the juice of one whole lemon, now looking back at my end product and the HelloFresh picture I definitely used to much. My sauce was more like a salad dressing.

 Cabbage & Carrots 2

Meanwhile the cabbage and carrots were coming along pretty well, although in the end I think I over cooked the cabbage and undercooked the carrots. I added the butter to the potatoes while I was mashing them rather than adding at the end like the recipe suggested, but this meant I totally forgot to add the parsley.

final

As you can see from the plated dish this dinner looked super average and it didn’t taste much better. The cabbage and carrots were tasty but could not rescue the rest of the dish nor my sad salad dressing sauce. I also was not a fan of the mash, personally I like my mash to be creamy but this was a lumpy mess thanks to leaving on the skins. I think if I am going to attempt a HelloFresh recipe in the future I will do so with a lot more caution.

What I leant:

  • Dont grate cabbage
  • Mandoline slicers are amazing and dangerous
  • HelloFresh recipes are vague AF
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Keep calm and curry on

I am a big fan of curry. They are always so full of flavour and colour and when done well despite a multitude of ingredients everything seems to compliment each other. For this reason I assumed that making a curry from scratch would be overly complicated and way beyond my skill set. Whenever my partner made curries at home I was instantly impressed with his skills. Well no longer. Turns out despite a large number of ingredients it was not hard to make at all!

I found a recipe online for  a one pot eggplant, pumpkin and chickpea curry. I went to the farmers market last weekend and had picked up some capcicums, pumpkin and eggplant so when it came time to deciding what to make I simply googled those ingredients and this was the first recipe to pop up. After having a look at the beautiful pictures I started to drool and had to give it ago.

I don’t actually know what a hokkaido pumpkin is, but I used half of a large butternut pumpkin instead. I also forgot to buy a chilli but added in some chilli flakes instead and used soy sauce as I did not have as tamari. While it turns out we did have tumeric in the house I wasn’t able to find it when I was cooking, however I found a jar of red curry paste in the fridge which had some in it so I used 1 teaspoon of that as well. I also used light coconut milk and two cans of chickpeas.

The recipe was pretty easy to follow, however I did manage to burn some of the garlic but I don’t think it mattered to much in the end.Curry 1

When it came time to bring everything together I had a little freak out that I had over done it with the vegetables and there wasn’t going to be enough curry sauce. I called my partner freaking out and he suggested to simply add more coconut milk however as I hate waste I had only purchased the exact right amount and didnt think about the fact that the veges I used were quite large. While on the phone however the liquid started to rise to the top of the pot so I decided to just leave it and keep my fingers crossed that it would turn out okay.

Curry 2

The final product didn’t look too beautiful but the whole kitchen smelled like heaven, I was so excited to try it that I also forgot to add in spinach.

Curry plated

If you have the chance to check out Lynn’s blog (which I highly recommend!) you will notice that my curry does not really look anything like hers. But this was still a really delicious meal and I can’t wait to make it again 🙂

What I learnt

  • Have extra coconut milk and diced tomatoes in the cupboard just in case
  • Keep an eye on garlic when cooking
  • Even if everything looks like it going wrong you can still make a delicious meal