When it comes to shopping for groceries, I have to admit while I would love to wholly support local produce growers and stores, sometimes time gets the better of me and I have to rely on supermarkets. But nothing beats the freshness (and the satisfaction of buying local) of market goods.
So hearing about local business This Little Pig Went to Market – the brainchild of two lovely Perth sisters passionate about all things food (girls after my own heart) I had to admit I was definitely intrigued by a company that could find the time we often lack in our own schedules.
The concept of This Little Pig is quite simple but unique. They deliver to your door gourmet recipe meal kits that they design the menu for and pick up the ingredients from suppliers that include Frank Torres Butcher, Golden Choice Fruit & Vegetables and Kailis Brothers.
Having fresh food purchased and delivered on the same day is pretty fantastic and the pricing is actually quite reasonable! $65 for two people for two meals.
I was already planning at some point to try it out when to my surprise I received a delightful email from Jessica, one of the owners, inviting me to sample what they do. Naturally I accepted! All I had to do was let them know the weekend that suited me, and also give them my address. Pretty easy if you ask me.
Browsing their menu online I was pleased to see that the weekend I chose was one that had some great sounding dishes – chicken char sui with fresh mint and udon broth for one meal, and caramelised chorizo, onion and basil beef ravioli for the other. Mmmmm!
It was the perfect weekend to stay in and cook food for ourselves using This Little Pig’s menu and ingredients. Cold, snuggly weather and my boy was at home after spending the day at St John’s training instead of working his normal night shift. Yay!
Going through the process of following the menu provided for us on the Saturday night was easy. The format is concise and leaves no room for error. The ingredients for the first night’s udon noodles are all labelled with a red dot to allow you to distinguish which ones you need to use for each dish.
The preparation time is fifteen minutes, mainly consisting of chopping the ingredients to go into the hearty broth. The cooking time is fifteen minutes too, which my boy Jeremy quickly takes over – he likes to be head chef when he’s home in time to cook! I don’t mind though since I usually am the one cooking and I know he loves food as much as I do.