Country Child’s Jo Leigh confesses to being the worlds worst cook and how she has found a new way to cook for her family. And it’s healthy!
I have a confession, I am no chef… It is the worst skill I have in the world. Some mums take to cooking and baking like ducks to water, like a knife through butter but I am more your first time skier… dreadful, some (my husband) might even say dangerous!
It is one of the main nurturing roles and responsibilities that a mother has to do, provide good, nutritional food for their growing brood. I needed to seriously find a fix for my ravenous four-year-old boy, who despite having his free school meal, still comes home ready to rip the hind leg off the poor cat and tuck in! It takes all my energy and time up to supply him with healthy snacks, one after another, after another!
Also with my four-month old approaching the weaning stage any time soon, how was I – the world’s worst cook – going to balance the two differing demands of my children?
Then a complete chance meeting at a baby and toddler group in Romsey, literally answered all my prayers. And my new found love for the Riverford Recipe box was born!
After looking online at the various and ever changing recipes available, I opted for the vegetarian box that provides three meals for a very reasonable £33.95. Easily the cost of a family takeaway…
Delivered on a Friday ready for the weekend I set about opening this intriguing package. Opening the lid, I discovered a segregated, marked, measured and bagged abundance of ingredients straight from the field with token soil decoration to boot. And the fresh farm odour was a trigger to remember just how fresh and organic these ingredients were. Thankfully, most of which I recognised, but some I had never cooked with or been brave enough to buy. I studied the recipes, again none of which I had ever eaten and was soon inspired to get cracking.
Half my problem with cooking is having the ingredients ready to go and in the cupboard coupled with the effort of time to prep and measure all components. Lazy or short attention span; either were of no problem here as everything is ready to go.
To ensure no casualties took place my husband over saw the proceedings and actually made a pretty good soux chef, cutting and prepping. Hoorah, even better I thought, this is going to change my life!
Once we had all that we needed, prepped and ready to go we followed each recipe to the letter. They are practically the idiots guide to cooking, it literally takes you through each step, so that you follow each and every command, you don’t even have to pre-think the timings, the strategy or planning.
I think I can say with pride we recreated the menus with 95% accuracy, my nemesis in this recipe box has to be polenta… an art form I’m sure and one that will get better with practice. The biggest test was my husband and son, whom I am pleased to say enjoyed each and every meal equally. In fact the menu stated the recipes were for two but could easily feed a family of four, so our excess dishes were blitzed and frozen into cubes for my daughters meals later in her weaning process.
It felt hugely rewarding to provide a healthy, organic and vegetarian alternative as our family dinner. This simple solution to feeding the family is a god send especially for the working parent and utilised over the weekend, ensures you do not succumb to the unhealthy option of the weekend takeaway.
Riverford, we will be back as I’ve already spotted a new recipe combo I am keen to try out.
Recipe boxes start from a little as £29.95 but you can also order an array of different boxes that include, meat, poultry, and fruit. Add on a little something from the dairy or a bottle of wine perhaps?
All ingredients are sourced from the four Riverford farms that exist around the UK and another five sister farms all supplying the best in organic freshness and flavour.
Visit: www.riverford.co.uk for more on the Riverford history and how to order a box for your family.