Although, that was an understatement, because there was enough for a week of dinners and beyond - a chicken, sausages, mince, lamb steaks, pork loin - I was drooling as I unpacked it from it's insulated nest. Sorry vegetarians, we are an unashamedly carnivorous lot. In fact, I have a fascination with meat - there's nothing I like better than to watch a butcher plying his trade. Perhaps it's the stripy twine they use? But real butchers are becoming a little thin on the ground - three in our area have closed down since we have lived here. Which means I have to keep auditioning new ones further afield.
And to me, one of the best ways to check on the quality of a butcher is to eat his sausages. So that's what we sampled first.
They looked good - and as a bonus, they came wrapped up in Butchers' paper, which for some reason made me extraordinarily happy. Sausages in clingfilm just always seem a little bit sad and sweaty.
We've also roasted an extremely athletic chicken. Seriously, the bone density of this beast would have an orthopedic specialist jumping for joy. That bird led a healthy life, for sure. And was yummy.
So, if you are short of a good local butcher, or the time to visit yours, perhaps the thought of a box of organic meat delivered to your door appeals. The kind folks at Laverstoke Park have given me an offer to pass on to you. Now comes the technical bit...
If you order a family feast box before May 31st and enter the discount code LPFFB2 in the Discount Code box on the shopping cart page, you can get one for £39.99 (excluding delivery) rather than the usual price of £48.59. You can use this code as many times as you like, and feel free to pass it on to friends and family too.
And now I am hitting the cookbooks to decide what to do with the pork and lamb. The minced beef is destined for some puff pastry parcels. Possibly to be eaten in samosa style with this.
Yup, guess who's home - hooray!