Their tagline is: Recipes. Ingredients. Delivered. That's it in a nutshell, but I want to give you a few more details. The recipes are designed by local Ottawa chefs and are way more gourmet than our typical meat-rice-veggie dinners. The ingredients are fresh and locally-sourced when possible. Everything was portioned and most everything was labeled... I guess I was supposed to know what a shallot looked like!
It all gets dropped off at your door. When I asked if I should leave a cooler on the front step I was told I didn't need to. The food was packaged with reusable ice packs in a cooler box.
|All ready to go!|
With that you make a delicious meal. And let me tell you, if I can do it, you can do it. Maybe that's why they picked me to test it out. I'm not much of a cook and prefer the quick and easy meals. Ones I know I can make while running in and out of the house because I can't get the kids to come inside while I make dinner. We often dine on hotdogs and chicken fingers and fries in the summer because they're fast and easy.
But back to my Chefx meal. It was called Okonomiyaki and I had never heard of it before. Thankfully there was a description: A cabbage omelette/pancake with vegetables, pork and seafood. Intriguing! I had to do things I'd never done before like blanching peas, deveining shrimp and squeezing lemon. (I told you that I'm no cook!) I used ingredients I'd never used before. I made a big mess of the kitchen. Huge mess. Okay, I used almost all the dishes we own and there was food everywhere.
This is where I would share some pictures of me preparing the meal, but I can't. I didn't take any because of the complete chaos that was me trying to do all of this while J was outside with the kids. If your skills in the kitchen are are like mine (not much more than opening cans and boiling water for pasta), I would recommend making these meals with your partner or a friend and not in a time crunch because your ravenous kids are coming inside demanding dinner right now!
|The final product.|
But I pulled it off and it tasted great! The list of ingredients, how to prep everything, detailed instructions and pictures made it doable. I would say easy, but I'd be lying. But I'm telling the absolute truth when I say that I truly believe anyone can do this. If I can do it, you can do it!
Chefx is a great alternative to eating out and I'm glad it's in Ottawa. I learned more than a couple things and got to try a dish I likely would have never tried. I'm just glad they sent me an "easy-medium" recipe. Chefx supports the Ottawa Food Bank by donating any unused ingredients.
Thank you to Chefx for the delicious meal. Ottawa, you have to try this and come back to let me know what your meal was. I'm nosy like that.
Are you a great cook? If yes... want to come over sometime?
Disclaimer: I was provided the meal described above to facilitate this review. The opinions and lack of culinary skills are my own.