HELLO FRESH + FLOOD OF 2015 + AUDREY HEPBURN

My neighbor receives a package from Hello Fresh and Blue Apron once a week, so I finally asked her about it. I missed my Green Bean delivery that I received when I lived in St. Louis and she highly recommended it, so I gave it a shot. She emailed me a coupon code for $30 off my first order, so the total for one week (three meals) was $30 instead of $60. I will warn you that I didn’t cancel quickly enough so my credit card was charged $60 for next week. I immediately realized my mistake and have put all of November on hold. You can select your three meals from five options and I have to say, I wouldn’t make any of these meals if I were to go to the grocery store and just started throwing items in my cart. If you are new to cooking or just want to be inspired to try something new, then I would recommend it.

For someone like me, it doesn’t really make sense. I wanted to change every recipe in some way. I also would have been happier with my usual, improvised meal. The three meals come in a giant box with ice packets and a booklet with directions for your three meals. The directions are very detailed – this is written for someone that has never chopped a vegetable in their life.

The fish and rice meal was the best meal I received – I also selected the serving size for two. The other option is for four and the price increases a bit. You can choose meat or vegetarian and I went with meat. The first night I stayed true to the recipe and made saffron rice with peas and a white fish. The second night I totally failed. It was a recipe for turkey meatballs with a parsnip/turnip mash. I made my go to turkey meatball recipe, added marinara, some penne, and called it a night. While I think it is important to try new things and be adventurous in the kitchen, if you are not feeling parsnips, then toss them! The last meal in our series of three was bratwursts on pretzel buns with a purple cabbage apple slaw. It wasn’t my favorite and the stone ground mustard serving was laughable. I really like mustard.

I don’t know that I will order Hello Fresh again, but I am glad that I tried it! My neighbor is a med school student and newly married, so it is ideal for her. After my washer exploded yesterday (broken hose and the valve wouldn’t turn off), I saw her husband in the hallway and talked to him about Hello Fresh. He said they don’t cook a lot and it helps them create meals; otherwise, he wouldn’t know where to start. I am the type of person that would rather create what appeals to me.

Winston checking out the goods 

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SAFFRON RICE WITH PEAS AND WHITE FISH

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TURKEY MEATBALLS

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See ya later, parsnips

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CABBAGE SLAW AND BRATWURSTS

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THE FLOOD

As I alluded to earlier, my washer exploded. Imagine water spraying everywhere and not being able to turn off the water source. My laundry room was drenched and I had water going into the hallway and my kitchen. I have all hardwood floors and am still nervous that there will be damage. I had every towel I own on the floor and was lucky that a member of my building’s board was home to help me. He managed to get the water to stop, but my hose is broken and I will find out tomorrow if I will be upgrading my washer. It was old when I bought my place, so it wasn’t a shock.

The bigger point here is that after a horrible, no good, very bad week, it only got worse and yet, I could not stop laughing. I was dressed as Audrey Hepburn (it was Halloween), I put Winnie in his life jacket (the $84 life jacket that is the wrong size), and I went through every pair of pliers I had in my toolbox. There was something comical about the whole thing and what else can you do except laugh? You can’t control everything that happens in life, but you can control how you react!

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WHEN YOU’RE DRESSED AS AUDREY AND YOU’RE NEAR A TIFFANY’S (AND A STARBUCKS)

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