This operation is a one-woman present, run by Eliza Purvis-Lemasters, an out-of-work chef who was on the lookout for a approach to usher in earnings and assist busy households through the winter. The result’s a once-a-week meal service operated out of Little Dipper, a neighborhood restaurant that’s hibernating for the winter and supporting a number of native pop-ups within the meantime.
Household Meal is run virtually fully by way of Instagram, so comply with @familymealjp to see what Purvis-Lemasters has in retailer every week. She proclaims menus on Tuesday and also you order on-line then choose up your meals on Sunday between 2 and 4 p.m. at Little Dipper on Centre Road.
I lucked out ordering the week she cooked an Italian feast of pasta fagioli, antipasto salad, eggplant and hen Parmesan, rigatoni marinara, and broccoli rabe.
The meals comes neatly filled with directions on learn how to warmth it. Most issues took about 20 minutes within the oven.
The antipasto salad regarded so good that I couldn’t wait till dinnertime. I ate it as a day snack, then saved the remainder of the tangy dressing for my very own salads later within the week as a result of it was so scrumptious.
The hen Parmesan was wealthy, with large slabs of mozzarella cheese and many recent basil. The pasta wasn’t soggy in any respect, and the marinara sauce was vibrant purple with a deep taste. The broccoli rabe got here vibrant inexperienced and garlicky.
The actual take a look at of the meal got here not from me however from my associate, a New Jersey native with excessive requirements for Italian meals. “That is so good!” he proclaimed, then went again for seconds.
Household Meal JP, run out of Little Dipper at 669A Centre St., Jamaica Plain, @familymealjp, www.littledipperjp.com. Appetizers and sides $10-$12; entrees $13-$30. Dinners serve 2-3 individuals.
— LAURA KRANTZ, Reporter
GHOST KING THAI
It launched cheekily, mysteriously. I first noticed it earlier this month on the Instagram account of Jamie Bissonnette, chef and co-owner with Ken Oringer of Toro and different spots round city. A brown cardboard field with a sticker affixed: two fire-breathing tigers, tails linked, surrounding groovy vibrant pink letters that mentioned “ghost king.” Beside it was some extraordinarily interesting fried hen with sticky rice, inexperienced papaya salad, shrimp chips, and a bit tub of dipping sauce. I didn’t must style it to inform that the craggy hen, glistening with chile jam and smattered with fried garlic, was spicy as heck.
After all, I needed to style it. I needed to style it as quickly as potential. What was this Ghost King Thai that Bissonnette and — hmm — Oringer too had been posting about? The website I was directed to was overstimulatingly vibrant and flashy. The meals was obtainable for supply or pickup at a suspiciously acquainted South Finish deal with. And I may get an order that very evening: One $17 boxed meal coming proper up.
The additional-crispy hen was nearly as good because it regarded. It was not delicate. I texted a good friend: “Can eyeballs sweat? I feel my eyeballs are sweating.” I crunched shrimp chips. I drank an ice chilly Singha beer I’d added to my order. I used to be full, however I ate a number of extra chile-slathered bites simply to really feel one thing. A bit of thriller, a bit endorphin rush, and leftover fried hen for breakfast: What’s to not like?
Ghost King Thai, 1704 Washington St., South Finish, Boston, 617-536-4300, www.ghostkingthai.com. Boxed meal $17; buckets of hen $15-$60; sides $3.95-$4.75.
— DEVRA FIRST, Meals Author and Restaurant Critic
MASALA BAY INDIAN KITCHEN
For Indian meals lovers looking for one thing past the standard hen tikka masala and palak paneer, Masala Bay in Littleton is definitely worth the journey. They serve a few of the greatest Indian meals I’ve had exterior of the restaurant my mother owned after I was a child in New Jersey (and I’m fairly choosy about Indian meals).
The mainstays are on the menu, however chef-owner Parvin Gill presents dishes you don’t see day-after-day, like pineapple curry ($15), naan full of figs and dates ($6), and bhindi kurkori ($15), a tough dish of okra dredged in chickpea-flour batter. A particular goat curry ($18) options tender items of pleasantly gamey meat, nonetheless on the bone, in a wealthy tomato-based sauce redolent with ginger and garlic. Malai kofta ($16), hefty minced-vegetable dumplings, come bathed in cumin-and-coriander-scented cream.
Hen korma ($16) has a twist: pistachios as a substitute of more-traditional cashews to thicken the sauce. Lamb balti ($18) mixes morsels of lamb with slabs of bell peppers in a curry spiked with cinnamon, garam masala, and ginger. Overstuffed samosas, triangular pastry bundles stuffed with potatoes ($6) or minced lamb ($7), are savory and flaky. Tandoori hen ($22) is a bit on the dry facet, however the hen items are deeply spiced and scrumptious. There are vegan and gluten-free choices obtainable, and the meals might be made delicate, medium, or sizzling — the vindaloo dishes begin out sizzling and appear to get hotter, as they need to. These with delicate palates could need to select delicate, then use the chile-onion chutney so as to add warmth.
Masala Bay Indian Kitchen, 501 Structure Ave., Littleton, 978-800-0059, https://masalabayik.com. Appetizers and soups $5-$12; entrees $15-$22; desserts $5-$6.
— LYLAH M. ALPHONSE, Editor, Rhode Island
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