|Pork Belly, chorizo and haricot beans.|
Next time you're putting money in to buy for a new baby, ask yourself if you would prefer a freezer full of home cooked meals or yet more plastic to fill the house for the baby.
If (may god strike me down) I was ever to have another baby I can tell you now what I would want.
As Sarah from Vivenda noticed in my about me page, I hate cooking, and she has the answer for kitchen failures like me.
A service that does the grocery shopping (phew) then arrives at your house and cooks up a very neat and tidy little storm, fills the freezer with the food you picked from the menu, then cleans up and takes off. And I mean really cleans, she cleans so well it was like we paid a professional to do that too.
What is not to like here? Umm well, it was all good for me.
Any spare groceries are left behind for you too, so choose your meals wisely and you could even sneak this into a glass, sit down, relax knowing you don't have to cook and pretend you are living the life of someone with a full time chef. Hey, I am all for pretend play.
Sarah suggests the meal packs serve 2 adults, but we certainly had enough for a family of four, (see image above) and we followed the suggestions written on the top to add some crusty bread too. This was quite essential as it prevented Mr H from licking the plate.
The deal for this is $175 plus the food costs. This actually works out that we have nine nights worth of dinners, which could be considered pricey, but consider that every Friday we have takeaway after I have been working, often it is unhealthy fish and chips or pizza and it usually costs close to $50 once drinks are included. We now have Fridays covered for the next two months.
But this is not just all about me.
This is where you can also experience the fun.
Sarah is also offering one of my readers the chance to win this service for themselves.
You will need to be Melbourne based for this giveaway.
This is her spiel:
Vivenda offers a personalised pre-prepared meal service. They prepare the meals for you and your family in your kitchen so the food truly is homemade. The meals are tailor-made to your requirements; whether you have a preference for free range or organic or have specific intolerances; at a price that is not dissimilar to buying takeaway, but is a whole lot more wholesome.
We are giving a lucky reader the opportunity to dip their toes into the Vivenda experience by partaking in a sample session valued at $175. The winner will be invited to choose 3 dishes from Vivenda's extensive selection and Sarah from Vivenda will prepare 6 serves of each in the lucky person's own kitchen. The session includes packaging, pantry items and grocery collection.
Now please note that part of this deal means you pay for the actual groceries yourself. I was more than happy to do this, as it is a cost that I would be needing to make anyway. The meals I chose meant the food costs came to $98. This would be less if you didn't have three meat dishes or choose cheaper meal options.
To enter just leave a comment telling me your favourite homemade dish that you would like to have cooked for you.
This will be open for the week.
Last comments 9pm Thursday 23 Feb.
Winner will be picked by Sarah, with the meal that fascinates her the most and announced a few days later (like when I get around to it). Judges decision is final.
For more about Vivenda, check out the Facebook page or website.
The winner of this competition, decided by Sarah from Vivenda is Melinda - who wins for being the most persistent and entertaining (and slightly stalkerish!)
Melinda, Sarah will be contacting you asap, much faster than I was at getting this added up.
Happy eating, my fav is certainly the Pork Belly. (and I may have my porky belly still!)