So in September one of the included goodies in the Pop Sugar Must Have Box was a code for a free meal from Pop Up Pantry. It intrigued me because sometimes I just don’t want to cook, I think pretty much anyone can relate to that. There are days that you just can’t be bothered but still want something decent without coming from a box or going out of the house. Ta-da, this would be fantastic! I’m willing to pay for it and while the free deal got me into it, I was hoping it’d be a hit so I could look forward to having at least one night off a month, maybe more?
Seriously. Not kidding. It was bad.
Due to the overwhelming response, there wasn’t much of a selection and some of it just wasn’t up my alley. I’m not the most adventurous eater so lots of these weren’t my idea of a good meal but the Heirloom Vegetable Pot Pie looked pretty interesting. Confession: I mostly chose it because it had a pumpkin roll as the desert (or “roulade” as they called it). I selected a date for delivery about a week or so off and promptly forgot about it until this box showed up at my house with lots of warnings about dry ice. I opened the box and was mystified with how the dry ice bag got a HUGE hole ripped in the bag and the dry ice floating around freely in the box. Greaaaat. I then froze everything except the pumpkin roll because I wanted that shit. Now.
The rest of it would wait a few weeks until I was home to make it because I went to Canada for a week.
What I started the dinner with.
I got out all of the stuff and started the dinner per the instructions they emailed to me because they forgot to put them in the box. Which is probably good since the dry ice was floating around in the box and I kept having “I’m melting!” visions in my head as I was grabbing things out anyways.
I start out preheating the oven and find that the puffed pastry shells are mostly broken. Grrr-eat. I figure they’ll still taste the same but it made me really sad to see how beat up they were.
Then I get out the pot pie filling and start to wonder if things are not going to end up so great for me. The pictured pot pie had a dark base to it, almost beef looking. This looked pretty yellow/white and I was worried this meant there was going to be an onion fest waiting for me… and I’m allergic to onions. You boil the bag of frozen filling for about 30 minutes which SOUNDS fairly easy but really is kind of a pain. I can’t tell you how many times I got burned by water popping from the boil as I used the tongs to turn and mush the stuff around. Gah.
While the filling is boiling the cold bean salad is defrosting in a bowl of water NOT boiling. This was much easier to handle. And while the instructions didn’t mention it, I felt it was probably a good idea to take the paper labels off in case they created a mess.
After about a half hour my meal was about to be ready and I was still holding out hope to be wowed. Then I saw this and it made me sad. The small broken bits didn’t cook like the bigger bits. I think had the pastry been whole it would have been awesome but not whole = not as awesome. Then I pulled out the filling, burning myself again in the process (cutting a boiling hot bag isn’t as easy as it sounds) and also dumped the bean salad… onto hubs plate because that shit looked nasty. I was sad to see how much onions were in the pot pie filling so hubs got the majority of that as well and I kept a small bit for myself and topped it all off with the chunk o puffs.
This is what my finished pot pie looked like, minus that bean salad scary stuff. The pastry was good, the rest was… meh. VERY oniony and I believe the base was some onion type gravy stuff. Which meant I couldn’t eat much of it so I guess I’m glad it wasn’t that good. To me, it was kind of bland and just didn’t have a lot of flavor. The veggies were OK but… I was NOT wowed. I was expecting the hubs to be wowed, especially since our palates are totally different, but he didn’t like it either. At the end of the meal he said, “not again. Ever.” He also said the bean salad was awful. He wouldn’t eat it and he’ll pretty much eat anything. He ate the pot pie but definitely was not a fan.
So here’s the final thoughts:
Pop Up Pantry: Not worth the money you would spend per month for meals like the one I got. Has potential but I’m not enough of a foodie to enjoy.
Heirloom Pot Pie: Bland, broken and blah.
Bean Salad: Ick.
Pumpkin Cranberry Roulade: YUM. This I would order again on its own. THAT was good.