I just had a bit of a life-changing experience week before last! I actually love cooking, but I find it seriously difficult to come up with meal ideas every day and between my work, my blog, being a mom and life’s other challenges I find very little time to actually cook proper food. Microwave meals, frozen food and boerewors rolls pretty much sum up my repertoire.
So when I got the chance to try Daily Dish, a service that delivers all the fresh ingredients and recipes you need for four weekday meals straight to your door on a Monday,,,I was seriously like “where has this been all my life??” It was a surprise creating something totally new every day and it really brought the fun back into cooking for me. This post might seem a bit long, but read it. It could change your life forever…and there is something special at the end (nudge wink).
Everything you need arrives neatly labelled and measured out, and the menu changes every week. There is also the option of a classic menu, a low-carb menu and a vegetarian menu. I chose the classic menu which for that week consisted of pork medallions in sweet sherry sauce, spaghetti puttanesca, chicken and chilli jam stir fry, and lentil casserole.
These recipes are obviously very well tried and tested beforehand, because every one was really delicious, to the point where I couldn’t believe I had actually cooked something that tasty. My husband loved the chicken stir fry with basmati rice so much that the ate the entire thing (intended for two people) without leaving me a scrap, which should have annoyed me but instead I felt quite proud of my cooking! Even Miss Fusspot (aka The Moo) who normally eats nothing but chicken nuggets ate a bit of something from each dish, which is saying a lot. I have since bought the spaghetti puttanesca ingredients in bulk and have made it about three more times…sorry Mr Atkins.
Time-wise it took me between 30 minutes and an hour to make each meal. Having everything measured out was a huge help, but there was quite a bit of prep work in chopping the fresh veg etc, Normally I would just dump in a bunch of frozen veggies, but the difference the fresh ingredients made to the food was really phenomenal and totally worth it. The recipes are beautifully printed too, perfect for filing and creating your own special cook book.
To give you an idea of price, the classic menu is R850 for 4 people or R590 for two, which works out to R53/R74 per plate of food. I chose the two person option and it actually fed two adults and a child, and in the case of the casserole could have fed three adults easily. If you work out the amount you spend on monthly groceries, the time the planning and shopping takes, you would find this is actually a really well priced service. You can choose whether or not to order for the following week by 4pm Wednesday. There are no obligations on registering and you could for instance order the service one or two weeks a month and skip weeks when you want to. I will definitely be ordering this service again!
You can click on their logo below to see next week’s menus, read up about the service and where it is offered, or register and become a soon-to-be-very-happy Daily Dish subscriber.
Daily Dish has been kind enough to offer three readers the chance to win a menu of their choice for a week. If you would love to try this yourself, just leave a comment below telling me what your favourite meal is to cook and your email address, and share this post using the share buttons below. This is open to readers in the Cape Town and Jo’burg/Pretoria region only.
Good luck! Giveaway ends 1st September.
And the winners are Kristi Beitz, Tracy Jacobs and Kim Gush. Congrats!