My name is Matthew Armistead; I am from Blackburn in the North West of England. I moved to Los Angeles 6 years ago with my family and work as a chef. I have been a chef for 19 years and started cooking mainly because I love eating. Preparing food and sitting around the table spending time with family and friends has always been the most important and constant part of our daily life, and what bring us together as family, friends and community. I believe people who use Out of the Box will hold these same values and that home cooking, supporting local farmers/producers is crucial to addressing the environmental, health, and social issues that we face in our communities today.
The recipes I have put together are all dishes I would cook at home and have also been included on my menus at some time. The recipes aren’t too chefy, but a couple (the lamb and chicken) take a bit of time to cook. I try to have an afternoon when I cook and stock the fridge. There is nothing better than coming home and simply reheating a stew or soup that you have previously made, and that are also great for school lunch. You can feel confident your kids have good food – whether they choose to eat it or not is a different story.
The theme for the menus is autumn, but as with any menu writing, the starting point is always what is available. With the weather getting slightly cooler and the days shorter, it’s comforting to tuck into a stew or a warming soup and the salad leaves go to the hardier winter leaves such as escarole. I hope you enjoy the recipes, and can all spend time with your loved ones around the table.
Roasted Carrots and Beets, Pumpkin or Kabocha Seeds, and Cilantro
Shakshuka with Breakfast Steak
Apple, Escarole, Blue Cheese, Celery Hearts, and Almond Salad
Dahl and Kabocha Soup
Cinnamon Spiced Lamb Shanks with Shelling Beans
Omnivore 5-meal Real Food Boxes include ingredients for all the recipes, plus additional staples and fruit.