Sunday, February 28, 2016
Gourmet Chef in a Big Box
I got started with Groupons several years ago. I think I have bought maybe 4 or 5 and most of those have been for gifts. That said, every day, often more than once I get an email touting some great deal I can get. Most of the time I delete them without even reading them. Every once in awhile my interest is peeked and I open the email and read about their daily offering.
A week or so ago they had a deal was from one of those companies that sends you all the fresh ingredients along with the step by step directions for meals. A large box arrives at your door and voila! You are a gourmet chef, just follow their directions. Now, I like to cook and I fancy myself to be a pretty good cook, at least I have the tools, the herbs, spices,various oils, etc., and the fearless curiosity to take on any recipe. So I was curious how complicated these recipes would be. After all, they had to be catering (no pun intended) to those who don't spend that much time in the kitchen. I bought a Groupon for a discounted box.
Fast forward yesterday. I came home from work and found this box in front of my door.
It was pretty heavy (maybe it contained a mini chef!). Alas, it did not but there were the ingredients for 3 meals, all very cold, very carefully packed, and everything very fresh. Of the three recipe choices included, for dinner I chose Bone-in Pork Chops with Roasted Pears Collards, and Shallot Cream Sauce for dinner. I pulled what I needed from the magic box and put the rest in the refrigerator.
Next I pulled out the directions and started to chop, dice, rip . . .
and sear, brown, roast, wilt and cook.
With the help of my sous chefs,
this was my final product:
Which I think looks pretty good compared to the picture on the directions:
The dinner was very tasty, took less time than they said (25 vs 35 Minutes), and is enough food to feed a small family of Haitians. I think I have one more box coming, after that I will not invest in this foray. However, for someone who likes fresh food, likes to cook, but doesn't like to chop or make decisions this is not a bad deal. It is pricey (without a coupon or discount such as Groupon) but you pay for the convenience to shop in your bunny slippers, have someone else decide what's for dinner, and make you feel like a gourmet cook every night.