Blue Apron Journey, Week 7

Week 7, Meal 1 (6/3/15)

Pan-Seared Cod with Curried Basmati Rice, Snow Peas & Mint


  • If the fish is still frozen when it shows up and that’s the meal you choose on the first night, throw it in the microwave to defrost for a few minutes or the cooking time will be off. It’ll sear too much and cook too little. This ended up right on the edge.
  • Loved the Curried Basmati Rice. At first I was taken aback by the amount I spooned onto the plate, but we both ate every bite.
  • Damn, those Snow Peas. Surely there’s a trick to stripping the spine fiber more efficiently… Thanks to WikiHow, I’ve now concluded that
    • I only need to worry about the extra-tough string on the straight edge, and
    • If it breaks while I’m stripping it, it wasn’t tough enough to bother with.
Week7Meal1 Pan-Seared Cod1
Week7Meal1 Pan-Seared Cod2

Ratings: Rich, 4.5; me, 4.0
Degree of Difficulty: 3.5 (0.5 addition for the Snow Peas)

Week 7, Meal 2 (6/5/15)

Fresh Fettuccine Pasta with Sugar Snap peas & Arugula Pesto

I don’t have much to say about this except this: Who knew you could make a pesto sauce from arugula? I didn’t, that’s for sure. But then, I didn’t know anything when I started this journey so that’s no surprise. The chopped pistachios on top added a wonderful flavor, texture and character.

Week7Meal2 Fettuccine Pasta1
Week7Meal2 Fettuccine Pasta2

Ratings: Rich, 4.85; me, 4.9
Degree of Difficulty: 3.5 (including a 0.5 bump for the Snap Peas)

Week 7, Meal 3 (6/6/15)

Turkey Steam Buns with Quick Cucumber-Radish Kimchi

I didn’t have high hopes for this one. And as it turned out, I didn’t have time to prepare all three meals this week. Luckily, several of my colleagues at work have become Blue Aproners. One of them had prepared this meal earlier in the week, loved it, and was happy to take it off my hands. He now owes me lunch and nothing went to waste. I think I’ll start a BA swap group amongst my colleagues and local FB friends!

More Accessorizing

More shopping, this time at Big Lots, thanks to a suggestion from a friend.:

  1. Grease spatter shield
  2. Silicon whisks
  3. Spring chopper
  4. Small baking sheet
  5. Palm peeler
  6. Two small stainless steel bowls

Week 7 Wrap-up

  • I’ve reached detente with the Snap/Snow Peas:
    • I’m only dealing with the really thick string on the flat edge
    • If it’s so weak that it can’t survive my best effort to strip it, it’s tender enough to eat.
  • Rich and I have become nose-blind to the dog smell in our house. It sure is a pleasant change to smell curry or something equally fragrant for a day or two after we cook.
  • Sonoma County Blue Apron swap group – who’s in?

Next up, Weeks 8 and 9!

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