I quite enjoy pork, but rarely (if ever) cook it myself so I was looking forward to the challenge of cooking my third and final recipe in the HelloFresh Challenge - Grilled Pork and Salsa Verde. Of the three recipes I had attempted in my HelloFresh challenge, this was the easiest (which was welcome, after a hard Sunday spent reading my book).
Unfortunately, in my stir-fry excitement of last week, I accidently cooked all the green beans/snacked on them raw (seriously, just give me beans and hummus and I’m happy). So, I had to make a quick dash to Coles to top up my bean count. We also picked up some sweet corn-on-the-cob. Impulse purchasing doesn’t just apply to shoes, it seems.
However, upon returning from Coles with what I needed (and some things I didn’t ) I discovered the coriander and rosemary I was supposed to use in the verde had wilted and died in the fridge. Poo! Too lazy to return to Coles just to buy $3 worth of herbs, I decided to improvise. I pulled out some bottled basil pesto, sploshed in some red balsamic vinegar and hoped for the best. The lesson here: cook your herbs or they’ll give up hope.
I could flesh this out, but at the end of the day, Grilled Pork and Salsa Verde (ahem... bottled pesto) was a cinch. I diced and boiled the chat potatoes, cooked the corn in the microwave, threw the beans in with the partially cooked potatoes and then grilled the pork steaks. Ta-dah. Done. The corn-on-the-cob was a great addition, as was the butter we drowned them in. The coriander verde would have been de-lish, but the bottled pesto and red balsamic vinegar concoction played a pretty impressive second fiddle.
Which I think is the aspect I enjoyed the most about my HelloFresh Challenge . Sometimes I had to add or substitute ingredients, but I appreciated that the recipes were flexible enough to do this. In turn, I learnt a little bit more about what flavours like to play with each other on the plate.
I’m no Masterchef - I would definitely get booted off if they so much as saw my attempts to dice an onion, let alone scale a fish. But the point is not to plate a Three Hat meal every day of the week. The point is that every dish I put down on the dining room table was tasty and healthy, but most importantly, shared by my family. We cooked it together, we ate it together and we enjoyed it together. Like Mrs Rutledge says, “If you can read, you can cook”. HelloFresh provides the words, but you give them meaning.
So, did I cook three recipes I have never attempted without throwing a tantrum and ordering takeout? Yes. Did HelloFresh help me discover the joy of cooking? Absolutely.
Have you been left inspired by Kristen's cooking? You too can take up the HelloFresh Challenge! Prices vary based on how many meals and how many people you are cooking for (see prices below). At the moment, HelloFresh deliver in Sydney only, but will soon be hitting the streets in Melbourne and Brisbane. Visit HelloFresh to find out more about prices, delivery and the most important part - the food!
Small Box (three meals per week)
Two people: $64
Four people: $119
Six people: $179
Large Box (five meals per week)
Two people: $99
Four people: $189
Six people: $279