I recently experienced fine dining at Paris House, a restaurant in Woburn Park which Michelin needs to sort out with a star or two. We had an eight course taster menu with a flight of wines. It was a feast for the tastebuds and the eyes.
At home, I cook every meal from scratch, but my style of cooking is ‘lazy’. None of my recipes are complicated; they can be created using only one or two pans; and most involve chucking everything together and shoving it in the oven.
I never buy frozen meals. Too many horror stories about salt and sugar content. Which makes me a massive hypocrite as I am partial to the occasional unhealthy takeaway.
Everdine asked me if I’d like to try a selection of their frozen meals. I wasn’t initially tempted, but their website advertised some really tasty options, so I decided to park my preconceptions and give it a go.
Everdine: clean meals delivered
Everdine delivers ‘clean’ meals to your home or office. By clean, they mean wholesome food, cooked from scratch, using the finest ingredients with no preservatives. The meals are blast-frozen immediately after they’re cooked, to seal in all the goodness and flavour. You can keep them in the freezer and microwave them from frozen. They aren’t for dieters. They are for foodies, who occasionally can’t be bothered to cook.
I chose eight meals, some from the Classic menu, others from the Veggie selection. Everdine delivered on time (I chose a three hour window for my delivery). Ice gel packs and biodegradable sheep’s wool insulation kept the delivery frozen, and all the packaging was environmentally friendly.
I’ve heard that ‘unboxing’ videos are all the rage on YouTube, so I had a go at one myself. Watch this to see which meals I ordered.
Unboxing the Everdine delivery
I analysed the nutrition information and they’re relatively low in salt and sugar compared to the major retailers’ alternatives. They are also not ridiculously calorific and each meal really does contain everything you need. They are filling and you don’t need to cook additional carbs or vegetables to pad it out.
This Moroccan Chicken Tagine with bulgar wheat, courgette and aubergine, contains 439 calories and is low in saturated fat.
The Slow Cooked Beef and Beetroot Bourguignon with root vegetable crush, parsnip and wilted kale is only 291 calories. I expected this to be very salty but was pleasantly surprised.
I did serve them on plates, but found it impossible to present them nicely enough to photograph. Fine dining it ain’t, but these meals were hearty, wholesome and delicious. They were delicately seasoned, so unlike so many frozen meals, these didn’t leave a nasty aftertaste or leave me gasping for water.
I am genuinely looking forward to eating the remaining meals (which I list in the unboxing video).
The price – and an exclusive discount for you
The cost of eight Classic or Vegetarian meals is £55.20, or £76.80 for 12 meals. That’s only £6.40 per meal including free delivery. Everdine is a subscription service, but you can unsubscribe at any time if you don’t want to receive another delivery.
I have an exclusive offer for readers to receive £25 off your first order – that’s nearly half price on a box of eight meals. Just go to this link to get your discount: https://www.everdine.co.uk/your-curated-meal-plan-is-here/tornado
Can I tempt you to try them?
Much love, Vx[Disclosure: I was invited to test Everdine’s service thanks to Tornado. The meals were provided to me free of charge]