Abel & Cole Recipe Boxes:
Abel & Cole’s vans delivering quality organic fruit and vegetables are a common sight in London. In the early days of the business, it wasn’t unusual to see posts from friends on social media asking what on earth a particular vegetable was, and once identified how to cook it. Those days are now gone with the arrival of the recipe boxes.
I was asked to a launch event, where we were able to sample a range of dishes from the current boxes, and where we got to chat with the people behind the recipes. Each week, using the current fruit and vegetables available the chefs get creative and come up with four different boxes. There is a light box, ideal for those of us being careful about our calorific intake, a simple box for those wanting to start cooking but without too much fuss, a foodie box for those who are happy to be more creative and who are more confident in their culinary skills, and a vegetarian box. Apart from the latter, each has a meat dish, a fish dish, and a vegetarian dish for 2 people as standard, and each contains absolutely everything you need to make the recipe – no more frustration of realising that you don’t have the required sherry vinegar! The beauty is the ability to be able to mix and match if you don’t fancy one of the three items, so one week having chosen the light box I swapped the vegetarian option for a lamb dish from the foodies box. If you are more than 2 people, it’s simplicity itself to add additional items without the need to order a whole 2nd box (and it’s less expensive that way too).
So how was it? The ingredients were first class as you would expect from Abel & Cole. We made 6 recipes and found the instructions very well written. I particularly liked the fact that the cards told you what equipment you would need so it was easy to get everything organised. It also led us to use items that we wouldn’t perhaps normally consider e.g. bulgar wheat. As I was trying to be good in January I chose the light boxes, but in no way felt as if I had denied myself, each of the recipes was delicious. There was only one recipe where the cooking time wasn’t right, the fish en papillote took a good deal longer than the 15 minutes on the card. A few examples are shown below, the recipes do change every week so you won’t get these exact dishes.
On the whole, I’d say that if you want to eat well, but without spending an age looking at recipe books for inspiration and hunting down all the ingredients, this is perfect.
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Disclosure: I was offered an Abel & Cole recipe box free of charge for the purpose of writing this review. All views are my own.