Well, for now, I think I’m a bit burnt out on the politics (to those who’ve been following the last couple weeks of posts). I’ll look for more opportunities to poke fun of the ridiculous in the lead up to the election to come.
I thought I’d do an old-fasioned food post for once, and while I have dozens of backlogged pics of various meals over the last few months, here’s last night. Just a typical Wednesday evening, or any other.
As I wrote some time ago, I’ve been—and very enthusiastically continue to be—a big fan of the chef-it-yourself weekly boxes.
I began with Plated long ago, then added Blue Apron. Both are excellent and the business model all seem to have adopted is that it’s not really a subscription, per se. That is, theres a default, but you can modify the hell out of it. Modification entails choosing different meals than those they chose for you, selecting a different delivery day, or skipping the delivery altogether.
The last option is where the power is, because you can sign up with multiple services, decide which menu you like best that particular week, and skip the others. Long story short…I went months where Plated never won a single time, and Blue Apron won only once. I’m solidly with Home Chef now and have gone so far as to cancel the other two. Way more and better options, way better vibe in terms of substance over needless complexity.
Last night was a particular delight. Box arrived 5pm, same Fedex driver as always, same time. I chose the Caramelized Apple Chutney Pork Chop over the Spicy Lettuce Wraps, or the Salmon dish.
I have done pork and fruit before, going all the way back to 2008 (see here, here, here, and here). All of those were my own off-cuff, in-home recipes. This one came in a box with everything I needed, nothing I didn’t.
I did go off plan on the menu card, as I always do. The card is designed to allow you to prepare in a 30-45 minute timeframe. I never have that constraint, so I do it as it ought to be done instead.
The green beans were easy. Boil for 4-5, drain, add the almonds you toasted in a dry pan for 2-3, along with an OO drizzle and a pinch of S&P. Cover, and set next to a flame.
The chutney was fucking fun and complex and delicious. It’s a green apple, half cup of chopped yellow onion, a little OO; then cinnamon and brown sugar, and then finally, fresh parsley, apple cider vinegar, and dried cranberries. Set it aside next to the same flame, uncovered, so the vinegar wafts away.
Instead of pan frying the chops, I got my fucking awesome 40k BTU Char-Griller up to 800 degrees and slapped those S&P seasoned puppies on for 2 one side, 1 for the other—then flash finished them in hot browned butter in a pan.
Fucking insane. Bea and I gnawed at those bones until all dogs were crushed and devastated.