Battle of the Boxes 1

Trust me when I say that I have been waiting for this day patiently, it’s something I have been wanting to do for quite some time now but for whatever reason have decided against it. Now, you may think I’m an absolute fruit loop here because we’re not discussing travelling the world or buying a fancy new car, no, we’re talking Veg boxes, delivered straight to my door – organic, fresh and in-season VEGETABLES! I know, I know, you were probably hoping for something a little more exciting, but to me, this is a pretty exciting moment in my life (well, moment in my week at least).

I’m not sure about you, but for me, Supermarket shopping is a nightmare. I spend far too much time wandering around, I spend too much money and I end up buying unhealthy and unnecessary purchases. I end up doing several trips to the supermarket, overspending on deals and by the time I get round to using it all, it’s out of date. Hopeless!

After my weeks holiday, I decided it was the perfect time to finally trial these boxes and ban the endless, useless supermarket visits once and for all!

Week One – Riverford 

Week Beginning 10th August

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Amazing things about Riverford:

All produce is organic and extremely fresh

They offer free delivery

You are allocated a Delivery Man or Lady and you receive their number and email in order to contact them which makes it extremely personal and puts you at ease

I contacted Paul, my delivery man and he was lovely, quick to respond and very helpful

I ordered on a Sunday evening and my box arrived Tuesday morning

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What I ordered: Medium Veg Box plus Meat £31 & Fruit Box £11.95

Meat – Frying Steak, Lamb Shoulder and Gluten Free Pork Sausages

Fruit – Bananas, Apples, Redcurrants, Small Plums and Strawberries

Vegetables – Beetroot, Bunched Carrots, Salad Potatoes, Courgettes, Runner Beans, Salad and Cabbage

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A few things I created with my produce:

Using Madeline Shaws recipe I made coconut porridge with caramelised bananas – the bananas were delicious, ripe and ready to eat and tasted amazing no matter how I had them.

Pop Pilates Banana, Egg and Coconut Oil pancakes – using the beautiful bananas and scrumptiously sweet strawberries. I also topped with chia seeds and a *drizzle* of honey.

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A stir fry using the Frying Steak, Cabbage, Courgette, Runner beans alongside some wholemeal noodles and frozen Edamame Beans, garlic and soy sauce from my cupboard. The Steak was cooked perfectly, the vegetables tasted fresh and the whole meal was a huge success with both myself and Mr.T. Result!

The Sweetcorn was wrapped in tin foil with garlic butter and mixed herbs to be baked in the oven for about 30 minutes. I ate the both of them as a lunch one day as Tom isn’t too keen, but I usually would just boil them and serve them with a little butter, so changing it up a little was a real treat.

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I found the company and process extremely positive and enjoyable, I will definitely order from them again very soon. Next week I will post my experiences with Abel & Cole along with my overall verdict between the two.

Thank you so much for reading!

Jessica X

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