I am queen of our kitchen – that’s the way my mum ran hers and that’s the way I like it.
That’s until I found myself bedridden from my hospital trips and without an appetite. Suddenly the SO was thrust into the deep end of ensuring we both got something to eat that was:
- Healthy and balanced
- And wouldn’t make me throw up a waterfall (ala the Exorcist)
It was near impossible. His best dish is whole baked fish, or a steak on the barbeque – and the steak is debatable. Salads and dressing? Stirfry? Chinese tonic soups? Congee? If it takes more than 1 step to prepare, it would be out of his league. The man is wonderful, caring and the love of my life, but cooking is just not part of his skillset.
Takeaways and home delivery weren’t much better. If it wasn’t greasy take-away, it’s a diet program – hardly the wholesome food one should be having during recovery. My mother with all her Chinese old-wives’ wisdom would cluck her tongue at me and gnaw my ear off for such culinary blasphemy.
And that’s where Wholesomeness comes in. Husband and wife team, Ben and Georgia Limmer started their own personal catering service, Wholesomeness, a home (or office) delivery service that offers great meals at a great price. Their food is what they feed their own young family and it shows – this is the kind of stuff you’d be happy to put in front of family and friends.
Here’s how it works:
- Go to their website and check out the week’s menu. They change weekly depending what’s in season, so you and your family won’t be bored.
- Make your selection for your box of goodness, including number of portions
- Get your order in by Thursday, because everything gets cooked and vacuum packed over the weekend.
- Delivery is Tuesday and everything (including the fresh ingredients, eg. Parsley and coriander) comes in a box with heating instructions.
- The food keeps in the fridge up to 6 days and freezes well.
When you’re ready to eat, just follow the instructions on the info sheet or on the labels to reheat. Many dishes come in 2 parts and may have fresh components, such as coriander or parsley. These might need cutting or chopping. While it is more convenient to use a microwave (make a small cut in the bag and put it down on a plate with a paper towel, in case the bag explodes from the steam), you can use a pot of boiling water instead.
How easy is it? I got the SO to put together a Wholesomeness meal.
Tadah! Not bad for a culinary noob. So proud of my guy. (^_^)
At AUD$9 a portion and a flat AUD$7 delivery fee, a Box of Goodness is very affordable for a busy family. The Wholesomeness menu is not only gluten and dairy free, but really tasty.
What have I tried?
- Pistachio and Pomegranate lamb with chickpeas and sweet potato
- Pork goulash with soft polenta
- Beef bourguignon with steamed chat potatoes
- Lamb rogan josh with low GI rice (not spicy, but plenty of flavour)
- Braised chicken and wild mushrooms with spinach rice
My favourite thus far has been the Pistachio and Pomegranate lamb with chickpeas and sweet potato (pictured above).
Oh, and their black bean chocolate walnut brownie! I never would’ve guessed there were black beans in it, had Georgia not mentioned it. They are delicious without being too sweet or dry. Now I have to hunt down some black/turtle beans for my own kitchen.
Disclaimer: I was provided a Box of Goodness by Wholesomeness, loved the food and since ordered and paid for some meals.