Saturday, January 24, 2009

Let's talk about food

I think I've mentioned before that I don't particularly enjoy cooking. (This is another one of those things were I'm too lazy to search my own archives, so let's just assume I have.)

As a result, I'm always in favour of new ways to makBulleted Liste cooking ... less necessary.

A year or so ago, I went to Bulleted ListDinner By Design in Kanata. This is a place where you do all of the assembly of a selection of meals, which then go in your freezer to be pulled out when necessary.

Because you do the assembly yourself, you can make small adjustments. For example, I can't eat peppers, so I can not put them in.

I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with a serious food allergy, but generally it's nice.

You choose either 6 or 12 meals to assemble, do the work there, and then pay and take them home.

Today I went to the Merivale location of Dinner By Design.

I went with a friend and my sister. The three of us assembled 18 meals in about an hour and a half. The total cost was around $450 - which works out to about $25 a meal, or $4 a serving.

I also changed one of my selections after I got there. The web site said that I could only make one Dijon Chicken Alfredo, and I wanted two. When I got there, I noticed that other people were making more than one, so I asked if I could change.


  1. I've never done this; I enjoy cooking, and since I don't have a full-time job, there's plenty of time to put a dinner together each night.

  2. I feel the need to mention that the employees there do all the prep work and cutting, and they supply all the tools needed, so that all you have to do when you go there is throw everything together according to their recipes (and with your adjustments, if you so desire).

    And to combine two comments into one.... I'm glad you found your phone. I wonder for how long you will keep thinking of your sister as "awesome". But now it's in print! Note to self: Do not buy a white cellphone.

  3. Connie, buying a white cell phone is not the problem. Dropping a white cell phone in the snow is the problem. Especially if you drive over it.