The One Where I Cook

Dear Sam,

Here is a list of the top five most common New Years’ resolutions:

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41% of people actually stick to these resolutions. Personally, I’ve always been part of the 59%. But hey, never stopped me from trying! One of my new year’s resolutions is part of #1 for healthier living where I stop myself from buying meal deals and microwaved meals and actually cook myself something. (#domesticated)

There’s been a lot of hype going on about these food boxes where you basically buy a week box of X number of meals you want and they send you the ingredients you need. They usually let you pick if the meal is good for two or four people and have a list of meals available to choose from.

In the hopes of trying to be part of 41%, I decided to kick start the year by getting one of the boxes from Gousto. I found a bunch of promo codes online and got it £25 off!

You pick out which date you want your box delivered and you pay extra if you want it at a specific time. (Of course, I didn’t pay extra. Ha.)

So I’ll paint you a picture: It’s Thursday night, I come home from a long shift and I find the box.. outside our flat on the street. (Naturally I would go ape shit but I was too tired, I just laughed it off and thanked the Gods the foxes didn’t come and eat them) (Why would they leave it on the street though? Why?)

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You get all the meat, vegetables, some condiments—everything you need to become a fake professional chef.

I first tried out the Lemon Baked Fish with Spinach Mornay.

Ingredients:

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Some ingredients they’ll expect you to have like flour, butter, milk, etc. (Which you know I don’t have so I had to go out to the shop to buy some)

Instructions were pretty straightforward. They even show you pictures on how to do them. (Perfect for people like me who have no clue. Well done, Gousto.)

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(Babe, is this how you generously season potatoes?)

(I would like to give a shout out to my flatmate for lending me this baking tray. Ha ha)

I didn’t take a picture making the Spinach Mornay!

The results:

Expectation

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Reality

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(My shadow says hi.)

I think overall I would rate my dish an 8 out of 10. -2 because I messed up the sauce by not grating the cheese (Please buy me a grater) and I didn’t chop the spinach into pieces. (Please help me from being lazy). But I have to say it was really simple to make and it tasted really good with all the flavours and all.

Next dish I won’t go too much into detail.

But this is how it’s supposed to look like:

Expectation

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 Reality

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(Not bad looking, hey?)

 

To conclude: Five things I learned from my Gousto experience (Some of these are really deep, are you ready?)

(1) Add in delivery note to leave it to the flat next door and not on the street if I’m not home

(2) Expectations are always very different from reality and it’s best not to expect too much then surprise yourself in the end.

(3)Some things look nice in pictures and some things don’t but that’s okay too.

(3.1) I need to work on my food photography skills.

(4) You can achieve something if you set your mind to it and pay subscription for it.

(5) I need more kitchen tools.

 

Hoping you’ll help me stop ordering takeaway,

Isabel

 

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