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MAKING EVERYDAY EXTRA-SPECIAL:
AN ALTERNATIVE WAY OF COOKING

By Nonita Mole

( About the writer: Nonita has 14 years of experience in QA, 8 years of those was in food industry where she did sensory evaluation and other food analysis, ensuring its quality. Nonita only started cooking on her own in her late 20s because her mom is a good cook )

Did you ever wish you can make a fancy dinner just like the menu of a glamorous restaurant? Or prepare a fancy meal just like the one you just watched on TV or have seen on social media? But you are not a gifted cook or a chef. You are just a normal person who wants to add a little bit of spice on basic cooking.

I know that recipes and instructions are available on the internet. But some of the ingredients seem to be out of this world. Not all stores carry the ingredient that you need. Also, most of these ingredients are sold in bulk when you only need a pinch to add flavour. Sometimes, you just want to experiment on a different variety but don’t want to buy too much, just exactly what you want. Also, the weather in Winnipeg sometimes drops to -40 C, making it even harder to source out your ingredients from different stores. Lastly , you want to remove the hassle of planning a meal that will include nutrition, balanced diet, taste and uniqueness.

For the above reasons, I researched about an alternative way of cooking. I was looking for a service that can provide me with some solutions. That’s when I become interested with the meal kit delivery service. I want to try it myself and see how it goes.

There are 5 well known companies  in Winnipeg that offer this service:

  • GoodFood
  • Hello Fresh
  • Chef’s Plate
  • Yumm
  • MissFresh

The first one I tried is GoodFood. The delivery day for me is Wednesday 8am-8pm. That’s when the temperature in Winnipeg dropped to -46C and with extreme cold warning. I thought the delivery will be postponed but I’m glad it arrived in our doorstep, sometimes between 1:30-3:30pm. It was packed well in an insulated recyclable box, with ice to maintain temperature and freshness. I have ordered 3 recipes and the meat products are packed separately from other ingredients. 

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Ingredients for the three recipes and ice packs

I was actually very excited to start preparing my first fancy meal creation. The instruction is very easy to follow. So I started with the first recipe. The preparation said 40 minutes , but I actually made it to one hour. I’m the type of cook who would like my meat thoroughly cooked.

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Left (courtesy of GoodFood), Right (my actual creation)

The next day , I made the second recipe which is my Valentine’s menu.

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Left (courtesy of GoodFood), Right (my actual creation)

The third recipe was made a little later, but not after 7 days. They said that freshness is maintain within the week before your next delivery comes.

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Left (courtesy of GoodFood), Right (my actual creation)

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My Valentine’s Dinner

Here are some of the PROS & CONS, based on my experience:

PROS:
 

  • Good recyclable packaging. Fresh food. Vegetables even look fresher than those in store.
  • Minimize left overs and food waste.
  • Ease in meal preparation. Ingredients are ready and steps are easy to follow.
  • Save time in meal planning. Different variety every week . Healthy and well balanced.
  • Give you a different excitement to try and experiment on different recipe with fancy names. To create is quite challenging.
  • Recommended for everyone even for those who are inexperienced cook who only know the basic.
  • The convenience of buying groceries during winter.


CONS:

  • The serving is small so it might not be good for heavy eater.
  • People who are used to have rice as staple may have difficulty switching to their menu.
  • Some kids may not appreciate the menu.
  • The price after the promo or discounts ends is quite expensive, so it’s not advisable for those in tight budget.


OVER-ALL EXPERIENCE: 😊

New ingredients I learned from the recipes:
(Reference : Wikipedia)


ORZO - is a form of short-cut pasta , shaped like a large grain of rice. It is traditionally made from white flour, but it can also be made of whole grain.

BULGUR - is a cereal food made from the cracked parboiled groats of several different wheat species, most often from durum wheat. It originates in Middle Eastern cuisine.

CHERMOULA - is a marinade and relish used in Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan and Tunisian cooking. It is traditionally used to flavor fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats or vegetables.

If interested to try , use this link for a 40$ off on your first box https://www.makegoodfood.ca/en/referred-by/l1622498.