You may have noticed from some of the rather delicious looking pictures appearing on my Twitter and Instagram feeds that I’ve been cooking a lot at home recently. Inspiration has come in the form of a free trial delivery of My Food Bag. My Food Bag is one of the new services which offers home delivery of the ingredients and recipes for meals which you then cook yourself. The company started in New Zealand where it is a big hit and the founders are now hoping the idea will catch on in Australia.
I went for the “Gourmet Bag” which includes the ingredients and recipes for four meals for a couple. The delivery arrived on a Sunday afternoon and filled three bags. I was impressed with the quality of the ingredients supplied: the meat is free range, lots of fresh herbs and even the pastry supplied was top notch: Careme. I was also impressed to see some more unusual ingredients that I don’t usually cook with like yams and kale chimichurri.
The major problem with My Food Bag is the cost. The Gourmet pack works out at almost $20 a head per meal. Most takeaway meals and even some restaurants work out at a cheaper price than this. On the plus side My Food Bag is lots of fun. I felt a little like a TV chef with all the ingredients ready to go in little packages. All the recipes I tested worked really well for a tasty and relatively healthy dinner for two. They each took between half an hour to an hour to cook. Most importantly for four nights at least I didn’t have to even consider the eternal dilemma: what are we having for dinner.
Because of the high cost I probably wouldn’t order the Gourmet bag from My Food Bag again but I am considering using the Classic bag (which works out at $10 a head) when I’m in a busy patch at work. In the meantime, the experience has given me some great recipes which I’ve been using agin with a few tweaks. Here’s My Food Bag’s recipe for beef and chorizo empanadas.
- 2 eggs
- 200g butter puff pastry (I used Careme)
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1/2 red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 300g beef and chorizo mince
- 1/4 cup pitted green olives, chopped
- 1 tbsp oregano leaves, chopped
- Pinch of sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1. Preheat the oven to 200c. Cook eggs in a pot of boiling water for 7 mins. Drain eggs and run under cold water to cool. Peel off shell and roughly chop eggs.
- 2. Roll out the pastry until it is 3mm thick and place onto prepared tray. Cut out 6 roughly 11cm diameter disks (I used a side plate to trace the shape). Cover with cling film and set aside in fridge.
- 3. Heat a pan on medium heat and add olive oil, onion, garlic, chilli and cook until soft, 3-4 mins. Stir in paprika, cumin and cinnamon and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Ad the beef and chorizo mince and break up with your spoon. Cook until lightly browned, 4-5 mins. Mix the olives, oregano, sugar and eggs into the mince and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread out onto a plate to cool quickly.
- 4. Spoon about 1 tbsp of the mince mixture onto each pastry disk leaving a 1cm border at the edge. Brush milk around half the border (keep any leftover milk), fold the pastry over and press the edges over to leave a seal (you should have semi circle shape). Crimp the edges with your fingers or a fork, removing air pockets as you go.
- 5. Chill the empanadas for 10 mins to firm up. Brush with milk, prick each empanada with a fork. Bake for 18-20 mins until the pastry is golden brown.
- Serve with salad.
Gourmet Chick received a free trial of My Food Bag for one week for review purposes.
Details: My Food Bag delivery.
Damage: Pricey. The Gourmet bag costs $149 for four meals which serve two adults. This works out to $18.62 per plate.