I’m back! Apologies for the break in your service. Christmas plus some weird thing wrong with my WordPress, which is the ubermensch that controls this blog I MEAN WEBSITE. I am the FOUNDER of a WEBSITE. I am not a blogger.
Anyway I have fixed the bugs in my WordPress and I am fully functional… I mean… up to a point.
Oh GOD where to start? This is like when you haven’t seen your therapist for a month and you’re going “omg there was this and then that and the other thing and this person was so annoying but I’m kind of over it now…”
I might as well start, though, with how this lockdown is different from the others. The two major differences are that my children are agreeing to do their remote learning this time, (it was a hard “no” in lockdown 1), and my cleaner can come.
That doesn’t mean I’m off the hook, though. I have become a sort of floating IT wraith, busy doing nothing, ready at a moments’ notice to reconnect to Zoom, Forget This Device or present a fully-charged up powerbank, braced for not a single word of thanks. Okay sometimes Sam says “Thanks MOM” because YouTube has turned him American. Which on reflection is actually fine by me, I sort of love little American kids with their backwards baseball caps and “Little League”.
I’m getting off topic, I’m manic, I’ve got too much to say.
I am on food, of course. Although after a margarita-fulled, bitchy spat on Saturday night, Giles has taken on responsibility for dinner on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Which leads me to Mindful Chef, which is my current bid at “winning” lockdown and a sort of get out of jail free card for my dinner nights.
I have in the past been hugely sniffy about these dinners-in-a-box because I can never imagine that they’re as good as what I will cook, (sorry but it’s just true), and then there’s the embuggerance of dealing with the packaging and what if you just don’t feel like turkey meatballs and courgetti when it comes to it?
But these days I don’t really have the luxury of being such a snob about it all. I don’t want to eat a lot of takeaway because I don’t have the strength of mind to do any exercise and the two or three nights a week we used to eat out at restaurants are, obviously, now out. And if I’m cooking from scratch every night my patience will wear thin extremely quickly and no-one wants that.
So I signed up to Mindful Chef and received my first two meals: “Thai” cod with quinoa and “Tikka Masala” tofu with red cabbage slaw. The cod was basically a semi-fragrant slop and my heart sank. Because Mindful Chef is focused on health (fair enough) everything is low fat, which means there are not many base notes to the dishes. The upside of this is that a massive dinner, which leaves you completely full, is only around 500 calories.
But then the second dinner, the tofu and slaw was actually really good. I would eat it again now, happily. There is still the buggery packaging to deal with and there’s a decent amount of chopping and messing about, but these are desperate times. I have got two more waiting in their box outside the back door where it is -1C. The low fat content of the recipes means that the local foxes will not be interested.
This is not a sponsored post and I don’t know anyone at MindfulChef, hence the declaration that the cod was “slop”.
How about you? Is there a dinner-in-a-box you particularly like? Please leave a comment in the handy box below. I have missed your wisdom and fun jokes!