In Gauteng and short of time, but love great home-style food? Here’s the service you need to know about

November 10, 2015

I don’t need to be convinced very hard to try out a food delivery service. In fact, I don’t need to be convinced very hard to try out new food, fullstop. Nor do I easily turn away things that might make my life a little easier and lighter. So when Ginger Apple offered to feed me and my family for a week with their deliveries of fresh and home-style meals, I said a swift yes.

Ginger Apple is a culinary company that delivers healthy homecooked meals to your home or office, and the “hardest” part of the process is deciding what to order from the dozens of meals – choose from the Banting, low fat, daily and order-to-freeze menus. Once your dishes are delivered, you can simply heat up (in microwave or oven) and eat.

Getting meals delivered to my work was a treat, and for one week I didn’t have to think or worry about what to eat for dinner, and gone were conversations such as “What should we eat for supper?” “I don’t know what I feel like. What do you feel like?” “I’m exhausted. Please can you sort out supper”. Dinnertime felt easy and wholesome, and not once did I feel I was short on flavour, veggies, freshness and portion size.

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How it works

  • Ginger Apple has a menu that changes monthly and provides you a choice of four home cooked meals daily.
  • You can place your order the day before and your meal will be delivered to your home or office. You can also place a weekly order in advance.
  • There’s delivery in Pretoria, Centurion and Midrand daily, plus certain areas of Joburg. The delivery fee depends on the area.
  • Ginger Apple also offers a cost-effective ‘order to freeze’ option.
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The food

I was a bit sceptical that the food would be “fresh” since it’s such an easy and attractive thing to promise. However, I got daily sides that included salads, broccoli and grilled veg, which looked – and tasted – like they had just been prepped in my kitchen.

I tried a bit from all menus – daily, low carb high fat, low fat, normal daily, and made to freeze (this is a brilliant option for new parents, or for “emergency” dinners when you’re working late, having people over, or too tired to cook).

My favourites were the fish and vegetarian options – the salmon and zucchini lasagne, tuna and corn pasta bake, pumpkin and lentil pie, grilled hake topped with a creamy mushroom and sweet pepper sauce, spinach bake, and zucchini fritters were my best.

With each delivery, my son Max also got his own package, which was an awesome touch.

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Good to know

Ginger Apple also offers catering for private events (eg special dinners) and corporate catering.

Ginger Apple will soon be offering an order online functionality – woohoo!

 

For more information, contact Nicole Parfitt (owner and head chef) on 082 377 7903 / 0824624731, or email her here.

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