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Friday, January 15, 2010

Today’s Delivery & Tonight’s 3 Course Dinner

Hello Hello!

This week, we decided that we’ll try our veggie and fruits delivery from a new company – Boxfresh

I got the small chef box which costs $40.

The difference here is that from flemingtondirect i usually get the mover’s or standard box, which is more expensive than the small chef box – i decided on the small since we were going back to Singapore soon and didn’t want to have fresh food that we couldn’t finish on time.

Other than that, the box is a recycled Styrofoam box which, included in the $40 is a $5 refundable deposit for the box. So this means that i have to keep the box and return it when the delivery guy delivers the next order. Flemington uses a new carton box each time and we just throw that away. I’m not sure which way i like more since the styrofoam box is good as it’s recycled, but it takes up space in my kitchen and my kitchen is not big. but as far as cooking dinner tonight, it wasn’t in the way.

The choices are not as customizable as flemingtondirect’s where i could choose almost exactly what i wanted and what i didn’t want.

Boxfresh has a ‘standard’ list for every week and from there, i can choose what fruits or veggies that i wanted or didn’t want. but there are things like potatoes which are not offered this week – whereas i could have potatoes delivered from flemingtondirect in every order.

I got a relatively good variety of stuffs. Just a quick run through.

1 Red & 3 Brown Onions, Basil, 1 bag of Snap Peas, 2 bags of beans, 3 carrots, 1 bag of Baby Spinach, 3 bunches of Bok Choi, 6 Bananas, 2 corns, 3 small & 1 big red chilli, 1 small bag of red grapes, 1/2 pumpkin, 1 head of brocolli, 2 green capsicum and 1 box of oyster mushrooms.

Hmm…. i’m not 100% sure if it is of better value than flemingtondirect’s. I shall have to think about that a bit.

But it is of good quality – the fruits and veggies are fresh looking and packaged nicely.

So, with all these veggies and fruits, i started making dinner.

It has been said that fruits should be eaten first – so i washed the grapes and left them on the dining table so that Fish would be able to eat them once he came upstairs.

Then, i decided, with so much veggies, i should make roasted veggies!

I had to go to the store downstairs to get some cream for the dessert, so i bought some mushrooms and potatoes to add to the roasted veggies mix.

(I had to stop here for a moment – a GINORMOUS spider was crawling on my bed!!!!)

Back to veggies.

Don’t be afraid of roasting loads of veggies at once. Lie your baking dish with aluminium foil – it does not eliminate washing up, but it does make life easier.

Olive oil or Extra Virgin olive oil is essential, so are some dried herbs, salt and pepper.

In this bake, i used:

1/4 pumpkin
4 potatoes
2 white onions
1 carrot
1/2 head of broccoli
9 white mushrooms
1/2 green capsicum

You need loads of oil. A good coating.

All the veggies are hopefully diced in approximately the same size. Don’t dice them the size you want to eat them in, dice them slightly bigger than that as they will shrink.

Give it a good sprinkle of dried herbs – i used dried Italian herbs and dried rosemary. Salt and pepper too.

I wore a plastic glove to mix everything well.

The veggies should be nearly overflowing your roasting pan. Don’t worry. They will shrink. If you look at the picture, it is only half full after cooking.

You have to roast for a long time. and you will need to take it out of the oven to toss and turn a few times. I had to take out the broccoli and mushrooms first as they were browning way faster than the harder veggies.

I started roasting them in a 180 degrees preheated oven. but towards the end, when i knew that the hard veggies were all cooked, i turned it up to 220 to get them to brown faster.

To go with veggies, we decided on a simple spaghetti that is delicious.

At first, i only wanted plain spaghetti, but fish convinced me to go with this – this is one of my favourites.

Simple. 3 ingredients. Spaghetti, chorizo and loads of garlic.

If cooking for one, the oil from the chorizos should be enough. But you might just want to add a little butter or olive oil.

This is also one where i would try switching with kabanas – since i don’t really eat the chorizos as they are very salty. Fish loves them.

Today fish also added chilli flakes. Spicy!


Usually, this would be enough for me, but i was afraid there wouldn’t be enough meat for fish – he makes a lot of noise when he doesn’t get enough protein. So, i bought chicken schnitzel from downstairs and just fried it up.

(haha.. if you realised, we ran out of paper towels and so i used a brown paper bag instead to soak up the oil)

Lastly, i made dessert – Fish has been requesting this for a long long time. So i made it today.

Bread and butter pudding. Only, i used too much butter.. hehe.. i used a tissue to soak up the excess oil.

This is a really quick and simple dessert to make. Only – i didn’t use enough sugar – i don’t like things sweet, but i really should have used more sugar. I’ll make a custard sauce to go with it tml and increase it’s sweetness.

I haven’t found a definitive recipe yet, but i will share when the time is ripe.

Today’s a 3 course meal!

Going out for dim sum tml!! yay! hopefully we can wake up……

Going to cook dinner again on Sunday – making Pork Ribs soup with peanuts and etc…

Till then.. Eat well and Sleep well!

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