I think it's likely too pricey for us too, but would be keen to try to see how it works, and how I like or dislike the lack of flexibility. I menu plan (this month a month ahead, using Cuisines as inspiration) and try my best to shop only weekly, via countdown online, plus the fruit and vege. I also have many quick healthy things ready in the freezer. But I can see how this would be good especially as a way of getting other family members involved in the cooking iekids and or husband who is great cook but has less tolerance for the full on planning that I do, and fewer recipes in his head. Having the ingredients on hand and the recipe means I could just hand over to Miss 15, for example.
I had the same thing with Foodbox when I first started - I struggled to get through the weekly delivery but after several years have adapted ensuring stuff gets used. I would love to try #myfoodbag as I'm always keen to introduce variety to my cooking and am happy to try new recipes most nights as long as i have all the ingredients. last week I cooked four new recipes from the March Cuisine having planned my shopping thusly. 2 will go into high rotation for our family, the other 2 were okay but not any better than existing recipes I use/do. But cooking after work is my wind-down time, and I already get groceries and fresh fruit and vege delivered - ie I might actually be the target market.
NOOOOO I'm never going to be able to get rid of that Isabelle earworm.
Oh Jolisa! Just beautiful. And I am fairly sure the page that floors you in After the War is the one that floors me also. With a 15 year old in the house, I am leaving the re-reading of those marvellous YA novels till later on - remembering how important it is to discover these things for oneself, as opposed to having your mother tell you that you must read this book.But I'm rapturously re-reading The Librarian and the Robbers aloud to the smaller fry. The joy in the language, the wonderful women Mahy wrote, who take no crap and can fix the world. Serena Laburnum may just be up there with Flora Poste for me as a bossy, bluestocking role model with ridiculously long hair and a distinctive fashion sense - courtesy of the Blake illustrations.
And I love The Catalogue of the Universe story - what a wonderful foundational myth for your family ...
They really are delightful Jacqui - she's got a fab personality, good with all sizes of kids, is super toasty warm as they have very fast metabolisms, and you're allowed to feed them treats as they need fattening up! good walker and a real point of conversation - noone can ever go past without a comment. She likes to lean heavily against my legs when I'm in the kitchen and look up at me with her beautiful aristocratic face .... poor Pipi the maltese however is getting fat and is on diet - she feels very hard done by. The kids like to dress up both of them in dolls' clothes. They accept this torment with grace. Good dogs.
This is the gorgeous Georgia (Georgie) who is dangerously close to converting this cat-lover. She belongs to my sister and her partner - they have a wee maltese cross called Pipi too who is delightful - but Georgie's beautiful. She's in bed with Zoe, a practise which now takes place every time they come for dinner. She starts lurking in Zoe's room as soon as she sees the pjs go on. Felix has moved onto the bottom bunk with the express intent of luring her into his bed. She is a visitor, but much loved. Perhaps being the dog of a much-loved aunty helps?
Yes GI is pretty fantastic - food and opshops of the best kind - making for it being one of my fave places to wander. I got 5 Poole cups, assorted colours & two side plates for $12 in the Sally Army Shop.
St Heliers/Eastern suburbs-centric:
Fruit and veges:
delivered on a Tuesday from https://foodbox.co.nz/ - I've been getting this for over three years now and the goods are seasonal, handpicked, excitihng - we've tried all sorts of new things - and make my life easier. Then we pick up extras from the lovely man from out west who parks his van on Shore Road - beautiful Albany grapes, walnuts, best strawberries in season.
Done online (you can sense a theme) and delivered by the lovely Countdown courier driver who has been delivering my groceries since we moved to Auckland 7 years ago. He brings them right in and puts them on the bench for me. Also, his backing skills are legendary. This for all the usual boring stuff like loo paper.
Mad Butcher Glen Innes/Nosh Glen Innes/St Heliers Butchers. I know people deride the MB but the people who work here are lovely, and they text me their good deals on a Thursday. I find the meat to be good quality too. Nosh has a great range, and some very good deals - frozen free range chooks were $6.99 for a while - I stocked up.
the Fishmonger in St Heliers (good but expensive) or the fish shop in GI (good and cheap)
Nosh GI, Chinatown Pakuranga, La Cigale Market, Huckleberry Farms GI, Martha's Backyard - for peanut butter m and ms and kosher salt.
Village Co-op in St Heliers - who also do gorgeous gelato without the Mission Bay subsidy.
Friday night faves:
New Flavour, Sal's or Kohi Fresh Fish Supplies.
Basically I love cooking and shopping for food, but work fulltime and have family to feed on boring day-to-day basis. Hence food is organised so the basics are delivered and thus I can wander happily when I have time to pick up the little treats.
+ a million. Thanks Bart. Have been trying to figure out the gist of the issue - and this is it. Thank you.