TRAVEL HERE: THE YORKSHIRE PUDDING MIRACLE
I lost my mom four years ago, but she is so much a part of my life, every day, that you might think she actually lives in my house. She was my friend, my confidante and the biggest challenge of my life. In her later years, when preparing holiday feasts had become too difficult for her, one of her favorite things to do in the whole world, was to gather the family for a holiday meal at Lawry’s. This tradition was not a favorite with my husband, for several reasons. This is just one of the many situations where I was caught between the two most important people in my life. Sometimes I sided with Bill, but when it came to Lawry’s, Mom had an edge – Yorkshire Pudding!
Home Chef Has Yorkshire Pudding?
So, here I am on my tour of meal kit companies and it’s Home Chef’s turn. One of their choices was Sunday Supper English Roast Steak with Yorkshire Pudding. I was amazed it was even an option and I doubted it would meet my expectations, but I couldn’t resist it. Lawry’s isn’t the only place I’ve eaten Yorkshire Pudding, but they certainly did a good job with it. I confess that as much as I love the dish, I never tried to make it. I’d looked at recipes and I couldn’t imagine how those instructions could end up being the dish I loved so much. So here was an excuse to give it a whirl.
Cook Within X
A little bonus on the Home Chef Recipe Cards is a note to cook a dish within X days of delivery. I’m food savvy enough to know it’s fish first, then chicken or pork and finally beef, but the little notes on the card remind me – otherwise I would have probably cut right to the Yorkshire Pudding, in spite of what I knew.
Within three days, we were supposed to consume the Parmesan Crusted Salmon, so I made it the first day and was not wowed. The meal was fine and Bill was content with it, but not me. I would have enjoyed a little less salad and a little more protein. Edible, but marginal in my book. Next up was Seared Chicken with Tzatziki Sauce and Harissa-Roasted Cauliflower and I loved it. I can’t say it made it to the top of the list, but it was a lot more delicious, in my book, than the salmon.
Time for Yorkshire Pudding
It was a Saturday night and I recruited Bill to help me with the meal. He just does steak better than I do, on the stove or on the grill. Besides, I had my hands full with the Yorkshire Pudding. I was a little intimidated to see that Home Chef rated this as an “Expert” meal (another little addition to their cards I had not seen elsewhere), but I was determined to conquer it.
Making the Yorkshire Pudding was not as difficult as I thought it might be. The card warned me of all the possible pitfalls, like not having the pan hot enough or opening the oven door. I just did what they told me to and voila! The meal looked so good I pulled out the good china!!
The meal tasted as delicious as it looked. The beef was sirloin, not Lawry’s prime rib, but otherwise I could have fooled myself into thinking I was back at Thanksgiving dinner with my family.
So, cooking with Home Chef was a lot of fun. Of the three meals, one was below par in my opinion, one was fine and the third – REMARKABLE! Next on the list Freshly. They actually prepare the meal to be micro-waved, so I doubt they will be my final choice, but Bill wanted to give them a try. Come back next week and see how it went.