Archive | January, 2012

Box Fresh review by Meredith

31 Jan

This F&V review comes from Carrickature’s first ever guest blogger, and my good pal, Meredith! Welcome Mera, and thanks! (I told her my readership is very friendly so please give her a big friendly “hi”!)

This week Mera decided to try Box Fresh. She ordered a small Mum and Baby box for $37 (plus an additional refundable $5 box deposit). Over to her…

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Small mum and baby box image from Box Fresh website

“I’ve been looking into options for years but never did anything, mainly for two reasons: 1) delivery to our area was Thurs/Fri and I didn’t want fresh stuff to go to waste as we tended to be out of the house over the weekend, and 2) there were limited options for picking your own stuff and after [a previous] experience where we got the same basic produce every fortnight I just didn’t want to get stuck with a cauliflower and iceberg lettuce every delivery (I know you know what I’m talking about).  But, like you, I’m eating at home more often these days and getting Coles online, so it seemed to make sense to start looking again.  I was happy with Coles quality but often found they sent items that weighed as much as possible in order to charge more and I only ordered the bare minimum as I wouldn’t buy what looked nice anymore because I couldn’t see it!  I started thinking the freshest stuff we can get is best for Billy now he’s on solids, and that Dave and I would eat more fruit and veg if it arrived on our doorstep.  I was also inspired by your post.

So, queue Box Fresh!  I chose it for the following reasons:

1) you can order one offs easily, it doesn’t have to be recurring,

2) I looked at the lists of the box contents and liked the inclusions and the variety in each box,

3) the concept of the mum and baby box appealed to me and seemed like they had done their research as a company.  I figured I could at least puree and freeze a lot of the contents, avoiding wastage.

4) you don’t have to be home for the delivery.   I was unsure about their delivery day of Friday to our area, and how that would work for us.

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So my box arrived today as promised!  I ordered the small Mum and Baby Box for $37.  There is a $5 refundable deposit for the polystyrene box.

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I noticed that it was packaged with thought and the box was full and had obviously been refrigerated in the delivery van.  There was a lot of variety, much more than we got in [our previous home delivered F&V experience].  The quality was excellent.  I felt that it was quite similar to what I was promised on the website, and to what I expected.  The main downside was that there wasn’t much quantity of each item e.g. 2 plums, 3 apples, 3 peaches which is the flipside to variety I guess.  You can’t have it all!  The main problem with this is if you want to do a big batch of something then its limiting.  I would consider getting the $10 fruit boost in the future.  I guess the other option is to get the larger box.  Other than that I see no downside.  I realise I like a Friday delivery as I can plan my weeks meals for next week around what I have in my box, which is seasonal and interesting.  The best part: not an iceberg lettuce in sight!

The half cauliflower got pureed today, the grapes were nibbled on (delicious) and the mushrooms/garlic/tomatoes made a yummy pasta sauce for dinner.  I’m looking forward to next week’s box already”.

Well, there you have it folks! A very positive review for the Box Fresh small Mum and Baby box! Myles’ only question in response: do you have to be a small mother to order this box?

Angus eyes off Mum’s dessert

28 Jan

This boy clearly has Morrison genes! I can see us needing to keep an eye on our food when he’s a little older!

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Goodbye Grandma and Grandad- thanks for coming to visit!

27 Jan

We enjoyed lunch at Double Roasters just before farewelling Myles and Marg. It was rather warm in there, hence Angus’ lack of attire!

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Lamingtons for Australia Day

26 Jan

What would Australia Day (or any day really) be without a good old Lamington? Sad. That’s what.

Using a recipe from the latest delicious. magazine, I embarked on making white chocolate cream Lamingtons. The problem was, the white chocolate cream split when I went to beat it, rendering it a curdled mess. Luckily I still had some thickened cream and just whipped it up neat. To be honest, I actually think the white chocolate addition would have made the end product just too sickly sweet (and that’s saying something coming from me).

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I think it’s probably a good 15 years since I last made traditional Lamingtons. My memories of making them were cake falling apart in the icing and then coconuty chocolatey mess everywhere. Some tips to make the experience easier:

– make your sponge cake the day before, wrap in cling wrap, and put in the fridge overnight. It’s far less crumbly this way
– don’t get the cake out of the fridge until you’re ready to start the dipping process
– spear each cake square with a fork and then dip into the chocolate icing; use a spoon to ladle icing over the top (the icing is meant to be runny)
– using the fork to hold the iced cake, move it onto a generous plate of coconut and then use your fingers to generously sprinkle and pat coconut over the cake
– remove the fork and gently lift the cake onto a wire rack to rest and set

The end result: lovely light indulgent little cakes to enjoy on a rainy muggy Australia Day.

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Don't you think it looks like it's sticking its little red tongue out?! Cheeky Lamo.

Aussie Farmers Direct review

25 Jan

I’ve been ordering my groceries through Coles Online for about 5 months now. It’s been tremendously convenient not having to leave the house to do the shopping and overall we’re spending less per week because there’s no temptation to impulse buy! The downside, however, has been consistently disappointing fruit and vegetable quality. To their credit, when I called Coles to complain about a bag of beans that was only 1/3rds usable they put $10 on my account, but that just doesn’t cut it when every week you’re having to re-plan meals because the ingredients aren’t up to scratch.

So, I put it out on Facebook that I wanted to try using a different company just for the F&V. I had lots of replies and suggestions and have decided to try each one once to get a feel for what they offer.

I registered with Aussie Farmers Direct (AFD) online last week and then received a phone call just “checking” to see if I wanted to proceed with an order. When the woman offered me $20 off a regular family size box as a start-up deal, I knew which company I’d be trying first.

Without further ado, I present to you the AFD regular family mixed box, normally $36 but I got it for $16. And, now, having unpacked it, I’m glad that’s all it’s cost me.

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Issues with this box:

– what on earth am I going to do with all that iceberg lettuce?!
– we’re not that really into rockmelon or Red Delicious apples
– several of the nectarines are soft, with two having rotten patches
– the basil is in a sealed plastic packet and has sweated and gone limp and slimy (there goes Friday’s pesto dinner plan…)

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I appreciate that maybe I was just unlucky this time, or that perhaps the AFD organic box would be better (some friends have said it’s great, however it is considerably more at $56). Also, maybe their pick and choose option would be better for us so we don’t get things we don’t like.

Overall, I’m not thrilled with what I got today though. It’s planted a seed of doubt in my mind about AFD quality so I’m moving onto another company for my next order. Stay tuned!

Angus and Grandad

24 Jan

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Cafe discovery

23 Jan

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We discovered “The Wedge” in Glebe on the weekend…a fairly small cafe where we wiled away a few hours as the rain poured down. Angus was offered a Baby Cino by the waitress…hmm! Bit too little for one of those at the moment. He’s content with Mummy Cinos for now.