Green Chef

I want to make it very clear at the outset, this is just my personal experiences with these boxes.  I am not the greatest cook, and I do not have a very adventurous palette.

My first Green Chef box was supposed to arrive on Saturday, it was delayed due to weather and arrived on Monday.  The meat was still good, as were the vegetables.  There was absolutely no spoilage, even the chicken which was my primary concern.  The first meal that I made was the southern chicken and biscuits.  My biscuits burned on the bottom, my Brussel sprouts (cooked on medium high as recommended on the package directions) burned.    I’ll take the blame for one but not both, the sprouts were likely my fault, I should have known that lower and slower would cook them evenly.  That being said, the chicken turned out alright, the sprouts and other veg were edible, and the biscuits were on the dry/flat side.

The next dish was the Vietnamese meatballs, with noodles and veg.  The meatballs turned out alright, there was a seasoning packet to work into the meat along with salt and pepper.  I boiled the water, soaked the noodles and veg as instructed for the maximum time recommended.  Everything was perfectly edible, the noodles were a lot tougher than I would have liked, the meatballs were bland (I did not add a lot of the red pepper flakes because I wanted to taste the spices not heat), and the sauce did little to perk things up.

My last dish was steak, mushrooms, over polenta with a red kale (or something green and leafy) salad with a blue cheese vinaigrette.  I knew that I was going to have some trouble with the salad, Blue cheese and I do not like each other.  I tried it anyway, the advice to massage the leaves worked wonders and the leaves themselves were sweet and supple.  If that were the only issue I would be fine.  I think I can salvage the polenta, there was not a lot of flavor so I am going to find out what cheese the British or Italian use for cheesy polenta and throw some of that in.  The mushroom sauce was pretty good.  The steak, it was chewy, there was some connective tissue that I had to discard, and there was not much flavor even after I made sure I used the entire seasoning, packet.  I could obtain a really nice New York Strip Steak for less than I spent on this box.

This company prides itself on their organic ingredients and commitment to recycling.  I love that idea, not enough to wash out the sauce packets and find out where I am permitted to drop the bags off so that Green Chef can recycle them.  I’ll drop them in with my regular recycling, thanks.

Again, maybe I just made some bad decisions regarding the meals that I chose.  Perhaps I read and followed the directions a little too closely (the area between medium and high is Medium-High right?).  I am willing to accept that my experience is probably the anomaly.  Perhaps in the future I will try this box again, but for now I have a Sun Basket box on the way and a few other subscription services to try before circling back to this one.

Until then, Happy Crafting!

Experimenting

I managed to spin quite a bit of white wool.  The I wound it into a center pull ball, actually I used to strands to wind a ply ball on my ball winder.  This is the first time I have played with a ply ball.  I put a rolled up piece of paper in the center of the ball so that it didn’t collapse into itself, and plied from the outside ends.

I used a bottom whorl drop spindle and just went to town.

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This is my spindle when I was finished, the singles were wheel spun so there was quite a bit to them.  I love how my unwashed skein turned out:

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Over 120 yards of 2 ply yarn.  I really liked how the center pull ball worked for plying.  I might just hand wind a tight ball next time, since it will be a silk merino blend, instead of using the ball winder.  Trying to get a tight ball so that the singles didn’t crimp, yet loose enough so that my ball winder didn’t make that awful grinding noise.

The main advantage that I can see from winding a center pull ball is immediate feedback on what the yarns will look like together.  My ply ball would be from the Gemvember box by Paradise fibers and seeing how the separate colors would work together would be a big advantage.

Keep experimenting, there is always something new to learn.

Happy Crafting!