Barilla Family Favourites Red Wine & Garlic Sauce

 

This was a surprisingly excellent hit with the mister. We’re very particular with our after work weeknight dinners, because I’d like to think we work extra hard during the day at the office and at the gym, and therefore deserve a rewarding meal at night. This dish was also a complete pantry raid: bacon, parmesan cheese (eventhough it was the pre-grated packaged kind, it still did ithe job), sun dried tomatoes. Mixed with my most favourite pasta in the whole wide world Barilla (seriously, their pasta is outrageously delicious!) and this jar of Barilla’s Red Wine & Garlic pasta sauce in their new family favourites size.

I’m almost tempted to not call this a recipe. Bacon, garlic, onion, sun dried tomatoes, the pasta sauce, poured over a bowl of freshly cooked pasta. Easy peasy.

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Your Fork: Testing My Personal Grocery Shopper & A Promo Code!

I work long hours. Long hours involving intense mental and emotional work out, that when I walk out the building doors I’m usually drained out of juice. My stress release is exercise: I jog, do Body Attack, RPM or core work. 1 hour of pumping endorphins through my blood stream really does wonders to my physical and mental health. And then I go home.

Usually close to 8pm. Sometimes 9pm.

And I’ll be exhausted and hungry, and tired, and hungry. Did I mention hungry?

Thank goodness for the husband. He’s usually at home early, and when he knows I’m running late for dinner, he usually prepares a warm meal so all I have to do as soon as I crawl through our front door is to get changed and literally stuff my face with food, glorious food.

So when the awesome guys at Your Fork contacted me and invited me to try out the Your Fork service, I couldn’t say no. I think of it as the executive’s personal grocery shopper, plus some pretty tasty recipes all designed for novice cooks. Sometimes, simple really is better.

Similarly to ordering take away, Your Fork’s point of difference is you actually pick the meal of your choice, but they do the shopping for you and you cook it at home. This service is perfect for those who still prefer cooking their own meals as opposed to ordering already cooked food, so you know exactly what you’re putting in your food. One of the best things about my Your Fork experience is, they literally remove the thinking and guessing of the individual ingredients of your favourite dish. You just pick and choose the dish that you want, they shop and deliver it to your door; you cook, and voila!

Sugarlace had the Your Fork experience courtesy of Shanu and Roshan of Your Fork. Thank you for the generous invitation & and the awesome service!

So on this particular evening, I timed it.

4.30pm. Left the office quite early. Because I can.

4.45pm. Got home. Got changed to my exercise gear, started my jog around the bay.

5.10pm. Stopped at a park bench to watch the sun set. Played with a few random friendly dogs who were catching sticks for their humans.

5.18pm. Placed my order. Smokey BBQ grilled of course. I chose the “deliver within 1 hour” option which is only an extra $10. Oh did I mention I did this all from my mobile phone?

5.45pm. Went home to shower and got changed.

6pm. Doorbell rang. My order is here – hand delivered by the lovely Shanu! *waves*

6.15pm. Marinaded the meat, sliced my veggies for my salad, and chilled the drink in the freezer. A tray of chips in the oven PRONTO!

The “meal kit” ($19.95) – porterhouse meat, Masterfoods Smokey BBQ marinade, salad greens, Birds Eye chips, and for an extra $3.07 I ordered a 1.5L Coke Zero.
Porterhouse Steak included in the $19.95 meal kit
Marinading the meat
Added shredded carrots & onions to my green salad. The greens are included in the $19.95 meal kit.

6.30pm. Popped the meat in the grill.

7pm. Meat’s done, salad is chopped, chips are cooked, drink is chilled, dinner served. Stress free.

Smokey BBQ grilled meat
Dinner served.

Your Fork*

http://www.yourfork.com.au/

PROMO CODE:

For my dear readers, Your Fork has a special “SUGARLACE” Promo Code! Just simply enter “SUGARLACE” in the COUPON CODE space before you check out, and you will get $10 off your order.

CREATE YOUR OWN:

Oh, and if you’re interested in creating your own meal kits, you can actually submit your recipes and your meal kit ingredients – and they’ll deliver it for you and even give you $15 of store credit.

So that’s effectively $25 off for my dear Sugarlace readers. How super cool is that? Try it out, it’s kinda fun and a different way of ordering “take away” but still cooking your own meals!

*Make sure you check out their locations for deliveries – http://locations.yourfork.com.au/

Thank you again Shanu and Roshan!

 

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Bionade Organic Softdrink & an Afternoon Tea Baby Shower

We’re blessed with beautiful friends who are expecting some equally beautiful babies. I’m surrounded by amazing mothers and mums-to-be, while already being an “Auntie” to a few little kiddies. So this particular afternoon tea baby shower, I pulled out the cupcakes and the flowers and the organic softdrinks to cater for a few of our girlfriends and their little ones.

I was also ecstatic to have been given some Bionade bottled drinks, which went down really well for the ladies who are pregnant and breastfeeding. Since the drinks are non-alcoholic, organic, and really, really delicious, they were the perfect drinks to serve for our chosen “audience”.

Plus, I was running the Nike She Runs 10 km run that night, so alcohol was a definite no-no for me.

My favourite hands down are the Ginger Orange and the Lychee (ok, I’m a fan of lychee martinis, so this was a great alternative).

BIONADE is:

• 100% certified organic in both raw materials and production
• On average 60% lower in calories and sugar than other soft drinks
• Gluten free, vegan & vegetarian friendly
• Non-alcoholic – the perfect drink for kids and family
• Free from colourants, preservatives, artificial flavours or other nasties typically found in other brands on the market
• Delicious, refreshing and thirst quenching
• Available in 5 delicious flavours: Lychee, Elderberry, Herbs, Orange & Ginger AND the brand new Cola flavour being launched end of March.

 

Now that I’ve finished my run, I’m now thinking of maybe mixing the Lychee drink with some vodka and vermouth and make my own cocktail. Yes? Watch this space!

Thanks to Digivizer and Bionade for the amazing samples that I got to share with a bunch of pretty awesome girlfriends.

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