Gousto Recipe Box.

Ah, food food food, get in my tummy tummy tummy. I love food I do, and I love trying new foods. That’s why I think these new fangled home delivery recipe box things are pretty darn interesting. I was sent a box containing two meals for a sneaky review from Gousto, the latest recipe box service to hit the world wide web. I love the concept of these things and now I’m settled in my new place and I have really embraced actually turning up the hob and getting my cook on!
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I did have a TONNE of beautiful vibrant snaps of my ingredients and the finished recipes, but for some reason my memory card decided it did not want to store them for me and decided to delete them. I have managed to get a few pictures back though so at least you have some visuals for my recipe box adventures! The concept is so simple; choose your size of box, meat or vegetarian option, delivery address and pay… Gousto deliver your box to your door weekly and my box came on a Wednesday. The box has everything you need in it to cook the meals, well, when I say everything unfortunately Gousto let me down with some of the ‘store cupboard’ things that I suppose regular people do have in stock. Things like butter, olive oil and seasoning are things I haven’t actually got around to buying since moving so had to go and buy them, but I guess they’re culinary investment pieces one should own anyway. The recipe breakdown is super easy and even a novice like myself (who has only just perfected something as simple as an omelette) can whip up the meals from scratch, huzzah!
As I said, I really like the idea of trying new things and my favourite out of the two in the box that I made was the ‘Duck Egg Carbonara’ which was made with courgettes which I usually despise, and feta which I love. It all came together very quickly and there was enough feta left over for a tasty salad the next day, so sometimes you do get a little surplus. One thing I did alter about this recipe though was the egg in the centre. The instructions said to separate the yolk and not use the whites, just drop the yolk into the centre of the cooked pasta in the dish and the heat from the pasta would cook it! This sounded interesting but a little too adventurous for someone who doesn’t cook very much and has been known to tweet asking whether chicken is cooked or not. I did poach the egg though and it still tasted really nice in the meal. I would never have thought of adding an egg in carbonara, but it was a yolky good surprise I’d definitely do in future.

I do wish my memory card hadn’t messed up and I had the other pictures as the tofu, pepper and grape red curry looked like a colourful treat for the eyes as well as the belly. It was interesting to have grapes in a curry, which is something I’d not thought of before, but the crunchy burst of fruityness went really well with the spice and coconut flavours. The boxes can boarder slightly on the expensive side for some I suppose, but when you consider the factors, like its a mini cooking course at home and once you’ve done the recipe once you can do it again, it works out alrayt! Some of the recipes all make way too much food to serve just two people so I guess if you do the maths it does work out reasonable.


    • March 20, 2013 / 9:39 pm

      They're so simple and easy to follow and I'm always impressed when I've whipped something up from scratch!

  1. March 20, 2013 / 10:28 am

    I really wish someone come up with a free from version of these boxes 🙂

    • March 20, 2013 / 9:38 pm

      A niche in the market right there!! Maybe you should talk to Alan Sugar 😉

  2. March 19, 2013 / 11:22 pm

    If I were middle class I would have these things ALL the time. Sadly I'm not. But these meals do sound great though, and I'm also glad of a foodie post that doesn't have pictures of dripping meat.. I actually have to close a blog if it has pictures of sloppy burgers on.

    • March 20, 2013 / 9:38 pm

      Hahaha you are middle class dahhhh-ling. I tried to make it look FRESH! Like it was.

  3. March 19, 2013 / 11:07 pm

    Wow those recipes look/sound good! Both veggie too 🙂 xx

    • March 20, 2013 / 9:37 pm

      They were very tasty! Sometimes the veggie option is better because you have to over compensate for lack of meat!!

  4. March 19, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    This sounds like such a good idea! I'll definitely look into something like this once I have the money to each month!

    • March 20, 2013 / 9:36 pm

      It's ideal if you have someone to share with for a monthly treat!