Hello Fresh is more than just an online food delivery service - the idea is that they send you quality ingredients along with interesting recipe cards. Its a great way to get people cooking healthy meals at home and perfect I think for those who enjoy cooking but are nervous to experiment in the kitchen. Subscribers receive different boxes every week and get to try new recipes or rate ones they've particularly enjoyed and get them again.
Day One: Tuscan Pork Linguine with Courgettes, Chilli & Lemon
This was delicious - a great start to the week. The sausages were lovely - their garlicky flavours worked perfectly with the tomatoes and pecorino. As the (not so) proud owners of his and hers pot bellies, we were also really impressed with the portion size. One of my initial concerns with Hello Fresh was that the meals would be on the small side. Not to worry there, the portions were just right!
Day Two: Smoked Mackerel and Green Bean salad
Not so much a recipe as a collection of nice ingredients. The Mackerel was shiny skinned and thoroughly de-boned. Hello Fresh use James Knight of Mayfair for their fish and seafood, a supplier also used by the Queen - very impressive! Mixed with the shallot and peppery radish, the smoky mackerel matched perfectly. We ate this for lunch last Saturday and it was surprisingly filling. After some disappointing new potatoes so far this season, these ones were beautiful.
Day Three: Mexican Chicken with Homemade Refried Beans
The most challenging recipe in the box - this meal had the most ingredients and was the most adventurous in terms of flavours. Chipotle and Avocado aren't to everyone's tastes although fortunately for us, we love both. However, this was also probably our least favourite. The fresh coriander on the grilled chicken blackened and went quite bitter. On the other hand, the refried beans were delicious! I will definitely make them again.
As I mentioned at the start of this post, Hello Fresh measure the ingredients out exactly. This means you get just the right amount for the number of people in your home. I particularly loved the mini Tabasco sauce!
My only criticism really is attention to detail on the recipe cards. The Mexican Chicken card tells you to chop up your coriander and then only instructs you to use half of it. On the Tuscan Pork card, there is a small typo on stage 2. They are small things but when they are so close to perfection, these mistakes are annoying.
Overall, however, I was really impressed. The tone of voice and branding are quirky, lots of fun and the recipe cards are clear and easy to follow with simple photography. For busy people with not enough time and an enthusiasm for cooking, I would whole-heartedly recommend trying a Hello Fresh box. If you want to try one, you can get £10 off your first box with the code GINGEY10.
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* I was sent a classic box (meat & fish) free of charge but my opinions are all my own!