Dearest Reader, I’m sure you know me well enough by now to know how lazy I am. A quick glimpse through my listed recipes should be enough to demonstrate to anyone that, while I adore good food and appreciate great flavours, I’m reluctant to put myself to too much trouble in preparing it. The tedium of trying to decide what to prepare for a family meal every night of the week, plus the horrors of negotiating the supermarkets once the decisions have been made, lost their charms for me some years ago. Combine that with the amount of time I spend reading, writing and investigating food and it seems that I can regularly
fail to actually deliver on the dinner front – a situation that does not go unnoticed around here – but a situation that must be common in many time-poor households.
Enter one of the most fantastic ideas I’ve heard of in a long while – Provi To Your Dore. This clever little South Australian food business initiative is the product of two Adelaide Hills women, mother and daughter team Vicki and Vanessa. It grew from a service that Vicki found was available in the UK, where boxes containing all the ingredients for a set meal were home-delivered on a subscription basis – meaning the subscriber got whatever was being provided on any given day. Vicki, who already had a background in food production, tweaked that model in order to offer the consumer more flexibility and went about sourcing some of the freshest and best local produce SA has to offer.
In their very reasonably priced delivery box, Provi To Your Dore provides everything I need to get a fresh, nutritionally balanced, home-cooked meal onto the table. Saving me the agony of meal-time decisions, they have created the menu so all I have to do is go on to their website and select the meals and number of servings I need. They supply the recipes and all of the ingredients, which are local and fresh – and I mean really fresh – and come in precisely the amounts you need for each dish. If I need one stick of celery or half a bunch of parsley, that’s all I get – so no more throwing out unused produce or finding it a week later in a nasty heap in the bottom of the crisper.
The menus are devised with the consultation of a chef and a nutritionist and the recipes are tasty, but simple enough for even a basic cook to follow (I will note here that the resident teens resisted the urge to put that claim to the test). All of the meat comes vacuum packed so if plans change at short notice – the only kind of notice anyone who wrangles teenagers ever really gets – there is much less danger of losing it to spoilage and the servings are very generous. I chose meals for four but, with with the exception of the the drumsticks, I could have easily fed at least one more person with the other two meals.
At the risk of sounding too effusive I have to say that I love this service. I love not having to think about what to make for dinner each day, I love not having to make sure I have everything on hand to cook it, I love not having to throw aging, unused food out and I love the meals we’ve tried – and so does the rest of the family. I love that it frees up my brain-space for food that I truly want to cook, when I want to cook it. It seems to me that this service is the perfect answer to professional couples who are short on time, but keen to eat well, too. Vicki tells me that she has plans to introduce gift vouchers for the service – it really would be the best thing to give anyone who has been in hospital, has just had a baby or is just generally snowed-under. And she has plans for dinner party boxes in the coming months – how brilliant is that?!
Lambs’ Ears and Honey was provided with a complimentary introduction to Provi To Your Dore but is now a full paying customer!
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