Postmark Chef Review – A Vegetarian Lunch For Two!

This weekend was a gorgeous time to get out and enjoy the sunshine!  My favorite part of spring is watching the bees gather pollen.  They are such beautiful creatures!  Last year for the Queen City Exclusive first edition of the magazine, we visited Cloister Honey.  We were able to learn everything about bees, even things you would never think to ask!  You can read the wonderful article here.  Enjoy!

Okay on to food now…

In 2005 I did my dietetic internship in Boise Idaho.  Now you may be wondering why Boise?  We lived in Tucson, Arizona at the time, so it really isn’t that far away.  If you have never visited Idaho, I highly recommend you visit the beautiful state.  It is one of my most favorite states in the U.S.  AND I have been to almost all of the states, my parents loved to travel when I was growing up.

Boise is a small town to me, but for those that live in Idaho, it is the largest city there.  I lived in the cutest house, it was over hundred years old.  Now my hubby would feel differently about this cute place, but there are stories to share for sure….but that is for another day.

I lived in town, and would walk to get my groceries, and the meal of choice for the day.  There was a pizza and pasta place there, they had the BEST Caesar salad you will ever have.  I still think about that Caesar salad, and really want to go back just for one last bite.  There was a TCBY, and this wonderful little Greek restaurant I loved.  I would go to the Greek restaurant for one thing, the Fattoush salad.  Have you had a Fattoush salad before?

I have been trying to find a Fattoush salad similar to the one in Boise…..after 7 years of searching, I found one that comes close!  Postmark Chef brought back so many wonderful memories, and so much more!

Here is a little about Postmark Chef, provided from their website:

“A simple desire to make fresh, high-quality pesto, inspired Joe Martinez and Nalini Sekhri Martinez to start Postmark Chef in 2010. Multiple trips across town to collect basil, pine nuts, parmeggiano reggiano cheese, and Tuscan olive oil, and ultimately wasted excess ingredients made them wonder how convenient it would be, if instead of criss-crossing a city to buy gourmet ingredients in portions that far exceeded what recipes required, the amateur gourmet had an opportunity to order most ingredients from one source, pre-measured and delivered right to their door? Postmark Chef makes this wish a delicious reality.”

Postmark Chef is definitely convenient for people with a busy lifestyle, or who really not experienced at cooking.  The recipes provided are very detailed, with pictures to describe how to cut up or prepare an item.

There is a grocery list of the perishable items you would purchase once you receive the kit.  For each ingredient you would purchase, there is an alternative,  just in case you can’t find a specific item.

Each recipe is created by renowned chef and cookbook authors.  You have your choice of cuisines from French American, Italian, Bombay Fusion cocktail party, and so much more.

I decided to try the Modern Fattoush Salad & Poached Pear Mascarpone Dessert, from Chef David Hagedorn.  This was the perfect lunch for two, filling, and full of gorgeous flavors.  I even had my first experience with rose water.  Have you baked/cooked with rose water?

The Fattoush salad is a perfect way to enjoy a romantic lunch for two on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon!  This recipe will get you ready for Summer with all the refreshing vegetables.  There are unique ingredients in every bite,  from the sweet flavors of pomegranate molasses, to  Zaatar a Middle Eastern spice blend.

Since dessert is the best meal of the day, I mean heck we should be able to have dessert first, before the main course….just a thought!  I loved this dessert choice, and it sounds so elegant!  Poached Pears in Mascarpone.

This dessert included rose water when cooking the pears. This was my first time working with rose water, my house smelled amazing.  I want to make some more treats with rose water VERY soon now!

This dessert is really easy to make, and really very versatile.  If you cannot find pears, or the pears are too hard, you could use apples.  Since I am a Greek yogurt junkie, instead of mascarpone, you could use Greek yogurt.

I really loved all the flavors in this dessert, especially the flavors of cardamom!!

Are you hungry now?  Well perfect!  Please head over to Postmark Chef and check out all the recipe kits they have to offer!

If you are interested in ordering a recipe kit, be sure to use the coupon code – CafeTerraBlog, and you can receive a 15% discount on a recipe kit.

Be sure to follow Postmark Chef on Facebook, and Twitter for updates on their wonderful products.

So tell me, have you tried rose water in your cooking or baking?  What have you made with rose water?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

Disclaimer – I was given this recipe kit to review, all the opinions are my own.  

 

 

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  • Love the outcome of this kit, looks fabulous and I most definitely need to try to make this salad!!! 
    • You would love the Fattoush salad, so delicious! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Oh yes, your description made me very hungry!  I learned about rose water last year after blogging and it's my top list of things I need to buy and try.  I just had a guest post from a blogger who made a rose cake.  Cardamom is also my favorite and I can't live without having one, in homemade chai.  There is one company like this in SF where they provide recipes and ingredients for busy people to pick up (preordered items).  I'm curious if this business will be successful as the price tends to be a little steep and busy career people calculate if it's worth it.  Anyway, it is very nice to meet you! 
    • Thank you so much!!! I am so glad we met, your blog is fantastic! Hugs, Terra
    • Thank you so much!!! I am so glad we met, your blog is fantastic! Hugs, Terra
  • Choc Chip Uru
    Fantastic review and such fabulous dishes :D Love your vegetarianism! Cheers Choc Chip Uru Latest: Lemon Polenta Raisin Cookies + Tropical Mini Yoghurt Berry Bundts http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
    • Thank you so much!!! Hugs, Terra
    • Thank you so much!!! Hugs, Terra
  • Woah! What a fabulous outcome of the kit! Everything looks so inviting Terra! :) 
    • Thank you for your sweet words:-) Hugs, Terra
    • Thank you for your sweet words:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Both dishes look tasty, but I bet they were even tastier when eating them outside in great weather like you did!
    • I love this time of year, having an indoor patio rocks:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
    • I love this time of year, having an indoor patio rocks:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • These pictures are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! And of course you know being a veggie I loved this post. :)
    • Thank you so much!! Hugs, Terra
  • Hi Terra! Hope u had a nice weekend! to your question, I have cooked with rosewater before. Love to bake with this ingredient or to make sweets with pistachio together. omg I wish I could have some fattoush now too, its so tasty!!
    • Oh rosewater with pistachios sounds delicious, I will have to try that soon! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • I love this salad, I always get it at a Syrian (I think!) restaurant in Charlotte. We should meet up and have it at Kabab Grill sometime. Yes, Turkish desserts use rose water. It gives a nice aroma, but it can get "too much" very quickly for me, so I try to use it in small amounts if I have to use in a recipe.
    • I would love to meet up with you here in Charlotte, and explore a new restaurant too!!!  Let's chat soon:-) I agree on the rosewater, my hubby felt the house was too smelly, LOL!  So I need to tone it down, but try baking with it soon:-) Hugs, Terra
  • I've heard of Postmark Chef but it's a long way for me to order.  nice site though.  I'm glad to know someone who's tried it.  Might be fun for a gift for the kids one day.  "Here's dinner from Mom."  
    • I think Postmark Chef would be a fun gift for anyone really, there are a variety of dishes to choose from for sure:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Terra, thank you for sharing about this! I like Fattoush Salad, a simple, but very delicious salad.
    • Your welcome! Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • This sounds like such a great idea! I only recently heard about Postmark Chef and keep seeing these wonderful different meals popping up. Seems like a lot to choose from. Your meal looks great...now I want to try rose water!
  • The salad and the dessert look fabulous! And isn't Postmark Chef the one's now creating dishes with Domenica of Domenica Cooks? The concept is so great - a wonderful way to get people cooking with good, fresh ingredients while giving them not only the recipe but the often hard to find ingredients. Great review, Terra! And yummy lunch! And I have a bottle of rose water in my cupboard. I guess I should use it.
    • It is the same Jamie; I'm going to be doing one on my blog too and might find myself powerless to not pick Domenica's recipe! I think it's a brilliant idea for busy families to have home cooked meals with the convenience of easily having those unique ingredients available easily. I remember too well the time recently when I spent the better part of a day and trips to half a dozen stores to find ONE thing I needed!
      • I hope you enjoy the Postmark Chef recipe kits as much as I did! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
    • Definitely pull that rose water out, it is so fun to bake/cook with!  I am chatting with my friend Ally about more fun desserts with rose water:-)  Postmark Chef is a fun idea, and so convenient!  Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra 
  • FiSh SzeHui
    i love the healthy bowl of salad with my fave cheese :) so filling! Latest: Of LocaL Spiciness 
    • Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Not heard about Postmark chef..thanks for bringing them here. Rose water in dessert is so flavorful, I often use it to flavor my Kheer and rice pudding.
    • I will have to look up your Kheer and rice pudding, I am looking at making treats with rose water a lot now:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Karriann Graf
    I haven't tried rose water yet. But I definitely will soon. Love your dessert by the way :) "Spice it Up"
    • I have read so many gorgeous treats you can make with rose water, it is amazing! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • What a lovely lunch, Terra...now you have me anxious to try a fattoush salad...it looks wonderful! Thanks for the review of these recipe kits :)
    • Thank you so much! You will love the Fattoush salad:-) Hugs, Terra
  • OH Yeah... what a lovely lunch!!! I love the salad and Rose water I love it.... Beautiful!!!!!
    • Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • That salad look amazing! And anything with poached pears is for me...I am so with you on the yogurt as well, not that I do not adore mascarpone :) Love the concept of "Postmark Chef", thanks for the introduction :)