Ever fancied having someone to think up delicious recipes for you, buy the ingredients for you, deliver it to your door then leave you to add the final flourish by cooking it yourself?
Although it might sound too good to be true, Hello Fresh offer just that service, sourcing their products from the very best suppliers.
This food home delivery service uses the same fishmonger as the Queen – James Knight in Mayfair – who, as well as seeing to Her Majesty's seafood requirements, provides customers with the freshest produce possible, in keeping with concerns for sustainability and seasonality.
Meat comes from Tom Hixson at London's iconic Smithfield Meat Market, the lifeblood of the city's meat trade which has been going for centuries. This third generation butcher often supplies some of London's top restaurants such as meat maestros Goodman and Mayfair's marvellous 34 Restaurant.
Fruit and vegetables come from greengrocer gurus Covent Garden Supply at the New Covent Garden Market in South London. This hub is the go-to place for the UK's most wonderful and weird produce with most of London's top chefs buying here.
And with our busy lives, convenience really is key. Not having enough time is one of the most frequently cited reasons for resorting to 'ping' meals and eating an unhealthy diet.
Hello Fresh's head chef Patrick Drake, formerly of Heston Blumental's wildly popular and three Michelin starred Berkshire restaurant, The Fat Duck, creates balanced recipes for the weekly menus – all of which are ready in less than 30 minutes.
They are colourful, full of flavour and all-important superfoods pop up in many of them.
Recent menus have featured Chorizo and Halloumi Skewers with Tabbouleh,
Bedouin Chicken with Citrus Cous Cous and Green Beans and
Pan Fried Salmon with Guacamole and New Potato Salad.
Simple, step-by-step instructions are provided so even the more kitchen-shy amongst us have a good chance of rustling up a meal that does not look too dissimilar from the picture provided.
Patrick includes spot-on wine suggestions to go with each dish too.
Waste is kept to a minimum. Your delivery will arrive with just the right amount of each ingredient – be it a pinch of chilli flakes or a sprinkling of fennel seeds.
You can order a three or five day menu for two, four or six people to anywhere in the UK.
See hellofresh.co.uk for more information.