August 18, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson
“10 Reasons Why Ordering Groceries Online Is… what?”, I “hear” you say?
Please be patient with me today, as all will be revealed with my fun-filled food adventure courtesy of Pantry Packer … “Buy Online The Groceries That Chefs Use”
Apologies in advance to my readers overseas, but Pantry Packer has an Australian nationwide network of suppliers; free shipping on orders over $100.00.
For people who live outside the Metro Regions, Pantry Packer is backed by a national distributor.
Pantry Packers provides items from a wide variety of categories: Pantry, Fridge, Freezer, Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, Lunchbox Fillers, Cleaning, Packaging, Small Business, Baby Products; Chef Sam provides recipes and Gift Vouchers are also available.
I love supporting local businesses and local produce….YOU?
For today, I will be focusing on Fresh Fruit & Vegetables available in Adelaide Metro.
REASON #1 – Market fresh fruit and vegetables can be delivered to your home, office OR sent “as a gift!”
REASON #2 – There is a wide variety of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Boxes to choose from; Build Your Own Box/Add Ons also available.
REASON #3 – From the moment an order is placed, when the order has been shipped, you receive an email which transportation company has been used along with a tracking number.
“Which box was sent to you as a courtesy?” I “hear” you asked?
At least I have your curiosity!
The Family Choice Box was sent “graciously” from Pantry Packer which included:
1 kilo Royal Gala Apples, 5 Bananas, 500 grams Red Grapes, 3 Kiwi fruit, 4 Mandarins, 4 Oranges, 4 Packham Pears, 1 Punnet Strawberries, 2 Avocado, 1 head Broccoli, 1 Red Capsicum, 1 kilo bag Carrots, 1 Cauliflower, 2 Lebanese Cucumbers, 1 Iceberg lettuce,
200 grams Button Mushrooms, 4 Brown Onions, 1 kilo Large Potatoes, 150 grams Snow peas, 2 Sweet Potatoes, 6 Gourmet Tomatoes, 3 Zucchini!
For those people who are already thinking The Family Choice Box is way too large for them, (as mentioned), there are a wide variety of choices!
Go on, you KNOW you are curious to peek and see! (Click here!)
REASON #4 – The fresh fruit and vegetables were very well packed; the box lined with ice packs.
Opened the box, what did I see?
Some very “crisp and fresh” vegetables waiting to say “G’day!” to me!
I S-L-O-W-L-Y and carefully removed each of the fruit and vegetables, as one by one, they introduced themselves to me! lol
I can “honestly” say I have never seen a sweet potato this big worldwide before, let along two!
REASON #5 – What a wide variety of “healthy” recipes I could create that are not only tasty, but economical!
REASON #6 – Eating healthier makes you and your family “feel” healthier!
From the E-X-C-I-T-E-M-E-N-T of “Fruit and Vegetable Christmas” arriving at my door, I decided the best place to start would simply be….PICK ONE!!!
Seeing I was “intrigued” with the size of the sweet potato and the weather here in Adelaide has been very cold and wintry, I decided to create Joanna’s Sweet Potato, Bacon and Lentil Soup as inspired by “a friend” as no recipe is really an original; adapted the recipe to my food lifestyle and personal preference.
After all, doesn’t bacon make everything taste better?
As I am passionate about food wastage and using what I had on hand, I used homemade chicken stock and canned brown lentils.
I know fresh lentils are best, but using what one has is an economical thing to do!
REASON #8 – Ordering would indirectly make you feel good knowing you have have supported local business and local farmer’s produce!
- 1 large sweet potato (see Notes)
- 1 leek, white part only, sliced
- 2 carrots, peeled, sliced
- 1 onion, peeled, diced
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 2 teaspoons ginger paste
- 2 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped
- 250 grams speck (bacon), cooked, small diced
- 400 gram canned brown lentil, drained
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare carrot, leek, sweet potato and onion as above; set aside.
- On the stove top, heat pan, then add oil; sweat above on low temperature, turning occasionally for about 10 minutes until the onion and leek are soft and translucent. (see Notes)
- Add chicken stock and ginger paste, slowly simmering for about 30 - 35 minutes or until carrot and sweet potato are soft; able to poke with a fork.
- While soup is cooking, in a separate pan cook speck until desired doneness; set aside on a paper towel on a flat plate to drain.
- Open canned lentils, pour into colander and wash lentils until water is clear; set aside.
- When soup is done, puree to desired doneness.
- Reheat lentils in microwave until warm.
- Add bacon and lentils to soup.
- Top with chopped mint; adjust seasoning.
This recipe is "as a guide"; feel free to adjust recipe for personal taste
It was suggested by "a friend" one can also add 2 teaspoons of brandy before serving; my recipe is alcohol free
You do not want to brown the onion or leek or it will taste bitter.
REASON #9 – WHEN you order, refer a friend and they order, Pantry Packer will reward you with $10.00 off.
REASON #10 – Facebook LIKERS of both Pantry Packer and What’s On The List receive a 15% discount on their first order by using the codeword WOTL upon checkout!
Who says you cannot get anything free except aggravation these days?
A discount is always a BONUS for me…YOU?
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Look forward to what next I create!