Riverford are very well known for their organic veg box scheme of course but they also have a new range of recipe boxes too. Riverford recipe boxes are a simple and inspiring way to cook. Every week, they can deliver everything you need to make tasty organic home-cooked meals. Inside each box you’ll find the freshest, seasonal organic produce, step-by-step recipe cards and all the ingredients in exact quantities. No waste. No missing the vital ingredient. All you have to do is cook. I was sent one of their original recipe boxes to review here on my blog.
The food was packaged well with meat, dairy etc contained in a special cooler bag then the vegetables and other store cupboard type ingredients for each meal were clearly labelled and separated. It was an absolute feast for the eyes when it arrived, everything looked so fresh and delicious that I couldn’t wait to get cooking. We were sent the ingredients for three meals and I have to say that I found the portions to be very generous.
First of all we had Italian meatballs with roasted peppers and spelt spaghetti. This was absolutely delicious and a huge hit with the children. In fact, they said that they were the best meatballs they had ever eaten! I have to say that spelt spaghetti was a new one on us. I don’t tend to eat much pasta anyway but usually find the brown or whole wheat types far too heavy for me. But this spelt spaghetti was lovely we will definitely have this again. It wasn’t heavy at all and had a light nutty taste. I really liked it!
Next we tried the spiced sweet potato kickshaws with spring green kedgeree and mint yoghurt. Now when the box arrives, I would definitely recommend that you have a proper read through of the recipe cards first. For this particular recipe, it said that it was best to make up the sweet potato filling for the kickshaw pasties the day before if possible as it is best chilled. It certainly tasted all the better for it they were out of this world! The best way to describe them would be baked samosas. They had just the right amount of spice and the kedgeree was just a perfect accompaniment.
Last but by no means least we had the jerk ham hock buns with celeriac chips and crunchy fennel salad. The ham for this came pre-prepared so you just had to make the final touches adding the jerk seasoning. We often have celeriac in salad or as mash but we’ve never had it as chips before and they made such a nice change. The salad too was so much more than a few leaves, it was packed full of yummy apple, fennel and seeds.Another really tasty meal. I was really pleased with the variety between all three meals actually.
I was seriously impressed with the quality of ingredients for all of the meals. Not a limp leaf in sight. I also liked that they all came with the recommended ‘eat by’ date of within five days so you could pick and choose which meal you ate when and could even skip a day or two if you wanted. Of course the great thing about recipe boxes is not only the convenience of having everything you need to hand but it’s also great for somebody else to do the thinking for once! I don’t know about you, but planning and cooking day in day out can really take it’s toll at times and it’s nice for somebody else to ‘decide’ what is for dinner for once!
The thing that I found with these recipes too was that it felt like real cooking if that makes sense? The recipe cards were really clear and easy to follow but some of the recipes were quite complex and used a lot of ingredients. They all took me at least an hour to make put it that way. My idea of heaven is pootling around in the kitchen for an hour or so but I do know that Riverford also offer a ‘quick’ recipe box if that is more your thing.
Prices for the Riverford recipe boxes vary according to the plan that you choose and of course depending on how many meals or people it serves. To give you an idea though, the original recipe box like I received would cost £39.95 for three meals for two people. You could argue that you could make the meals yourself for less but when you sign up to this type of recipe box, it is so much more than just food. It is the convenience, the chance to try out great new recipes and also cooking with new foods that you might not look at otherwise. Also, it has to be said that the quality of the ingredients really is exceptionally good. I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough!
Disclaimer: I was provided with a recipe box from Riverford Organic Farms for the purpose of this review but all words and opinions are my own