Just Cook It!
At 7.20pm on Friday night the phone rang. “You have an order for 8pm, would you mind if I deliver it early?” This was a good start.
At 7.30pm the owner delivered the dinner himself in a branded “Just Cook It” bag. Nicely packaged, it contained individually wrapped ingredients for that evening’s dinner.
I love food. I cook most nights so I was interested to try the new concept that promised to deliver fresh food and recipes to your door.
Geneva has a paucity of good takeaways so if they can make this work, they should do well…
“Just Cook It” launched 5 months ago. Their concept is;
“We select the best and freshest products, you cook them!”
The website is attractively laid out and easy to use. You simply choose your menu from the Meat, Fish, Vegetarian or Gourmet Menu and add to Basket. You can choose starters, main courses and desserts and even accompanying wines, beers, drinks and condiments. I would like to see more choice of menus but hopefully this will come later. The menus change weekly.
What it doesn’t say on the website is that you can order during the week and get this delivered on a Sunday, when as we know, most of the supermarkets and shops are closed. At the moment they can deliver to central Geneva between certain hours without charge.
The choices on the website were;
Meat; Crispy Pork Filet Mignon with a bulgur salad
Fish; Salmon baked in a foil parcel, braised fennel with cherry tomatoes and basmati rice
Vegetarian; Stuffed Aubergine with Feta and pine nuts
I ordered the Salmon. For dessert, the Mango and Passion fruit salad. Other dessert options included; classic Tiramisu, Apple Crumble and low fat yoghurt. There is a good choice of beer and wine to accompany the dishes including a Pouilly-Fume and a Pinot Noir which are well priced. I like the way they also include half bottles.
The instructions were well laid out and easy to follow and are in English and French. Preparation time was around 30 minutes, mostly involving chopping, seasoning, frying and baking.
I was impressed with the quality of the ingredients – the salmon was very fresh and the fennel and tomatoes nicely ripened. The recipes were simple but well thought out.
The recipe advised me to prepare the dessert first so that the basil could infuse in maple syrup.
So here was the outcome; Nothing burn’t, everything cooked well and very tasty!
The portions were generous and the food came out as on the website photos. I liked the combination of flavours and the use of fennel with Salmon (which I wouldn’t usually cook) and the basil with mango.
For 48 CHF for 2 for two courses (we drank our own wine), I thought this was good value.
If you’re not a great cook, this is an ideal way to impress a date. Have a stress free romantic dinner at home. With the recent very wet Spring weather, staying in is the new going out. Give it a try;
Our verdict; 5/5