Hitting quite a few birds with this one blog post stone.
The best thing we had at the Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic was the Sri Lankan curry by Samantha of Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites, during one of the Saturday demonstrations. It was literally the tastiest, most aromatic, flavorful things I’ve ever savored. Kenny and I actually caught Samantha in the VIP tent, where after we fangirled her for a good fifteen minutes, we ultimately swapped emails so that we could get our (read Kenny’s) hands on the recipe. Samantha generously followed up with the play-by-play of this family staple of hers and it was not long before we field tripped to Jungle Jim’s to make it as a Sunday feast one weekend not too long ago.
The other impetus of this dish was an opportunity to try the services of Zaycon Fresh. Zaycon Fresh markets itself as a “farm to kitchen table” service, as a farm direct distributor. Via Zaycon Fresh, you can buy meat, poultry, and seafood in bulk, essentially cutting out the “middle man” that is the grocery store. I had an opportunity to receive 30 pounds of frozen chicken tenderloins, which cost about $95. When considering what you might pay per pound at any local or big box grocery, the monetary savings are clear, coming in at under $4 a pound. If that kind of savings is attractive to you, then this is definitely a route to consider.
Before getting into the specifics of this dinner, I do feel compelled to share a couple of notes about the Zaycon Fresh experience. First, I actually assumed that the chicken we’d be receiving would be all organic and uber natural and ethical and cage free yadda yadda, given the “farm to table” marketing. That did not appear to be the case. The chicken was a brand name that I did not recognize, which could be part of the Zaycon deal, but there were no FDA certifications or anything. That was personally a bummer for us.
Secondly, if you are to consider these services, know that you’ve got to be flexible. This opportunity actually surfaced back in August, where I originally signed up to receive turkey on a date in September. Oh! That’s the other thing I should share – this is something where there is a set date and a set time window to pick up your order, and you can only order what is being delivered on set dates during set times. Make sense? This is not something where you can go in knowing you want chicken whenever you want it, you’d have to either look at the delivery date and decide what you want, or look at the thing that you want, and decide if you want to get it when it comes. Hopefully that’s more clear…
Anyway, I initially signed up to get turkey in September. However, I did receive a text alert that the date was being moved back. It was actually moved to a Saturday where we were out of town, so I was unable to get it. I was able to cancel that order and order another, but know that there is a cancelation fee if you don’t make it, even if they change the date on you. The same thing happened with the chicken order, where the pick up date was moved back two weeks from the initial date, and while I was able to make that one, again, it was something I had to be flexible with.
Given all of that, know that I think Zaycon Fresh is a service for anyone looking to get the lowest priced deal on meat that they know they will eat eat eat. And since we found ourselves with 30 pounds of chicken in a deep freezer in our basement, we decided to turn it into some good Sri Lankan curry…
Here’s the thing, Kenny is the chef in our family. He not only is really really into cooking, he’s really really good at it. It is a stress reliever and love language of his, and I am happy to be on the receiving end of that. But because of that, I am not here to give you the recipe step-by-step. If I were to give it to you from my vantage point, it would go like this:
- follow a knowledgeable adult / chef around an enormously awesome grocery store
- sneak cinnamon sugar almonds into the grocery cart
- entertain two small children while said adult / chef gathers spices
- entertain two small children while said adult / chef carts in the groceries and starts assembling dinner
- pour you each a glass of wine
- sit on Instagram for awhile
- compliment the chef of the smells emanating from the kitchen
- wait for dinner to be served
But seriously, Kenny’s first crack at this dish was solid. Granted, it was not as good as Samantha’s, but it still was super savory and satisfying. We had it on one of the first cool nights of the fall, and that alone made it all the more yummy.
…so many spices
In the end, this was a big dish inspired by a big haul. I am happy to have had the opportunity to try Zaycon Fresh and share it here on the blog, and know that it very well could be up many people’s alleys. Furthermore, I am excited to share that we took something from the CFWC and brought it to our kitchen table, which shows that we are truly into what we like to go out and experience!