Being a food blogger certainly has its perks and last week I was lucky enough to be sent a Hello Fresh box to review. It arrived well packed and with plenty of ice packs to keep the veg fresh and meat chilled. As there are just two of us in our house (not including the cat) we opted for the 3 meal box including meat and fish, for 2 people.
Day One: Tuscan Pork Linguine with Courgettes, Chilli & Lemon
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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