I love cooking and creating new dishes, I have my own food blog and everything, but I do sometimes get a bit stuck about what to make.
There are so many brilliant cuisines from around the world that I would love to try and recreate but I don’t really know how. How do you source the ingredients? Find the best recipes? Know that you are making something authentic?
It’s so hard unless you know someone with some authority on the country and their food.
Which is why I jumped at the chance to try out a Kitchen Nomad box. Kitchen Nomad send out monthly boxes of ingredients and recipes cards and each month the food is from a different country.
They sent us their June box which was Greece. The recipes were put together by the fabulous Tonia Buxton, the presenter of the award winning ‘My Greek Kitchen’ series and the face of Greek food in Britain.
The box was really heavy and filled with loads of authentic Greek ingredients.
The box contained Dukkah spice, kalamata extra virgin olive oil, vine leaves in brine, kalamata black olives, pickled capers, orzo pasta, organic pressed tomato sauce, dried figs and cassia bark.
There were 5 recipes in the box: dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), tart with olives and capers, Prawns and feta, Youvetsi (slow cooked lamb with orzo pasta and desert of fig and walnut bake.
Rather than cooking a dish at a time I decided to throw a Greek night party at my house and invite a couple of friends around.
Cooking the food was pretty easy really and the recipes were comprehensive and easy to follow.
Each recipe card had a front and back. The front had a picture of the dish, which ingredients you need from the box and what you have to buy as well as difficulty rating, cook and prep times and servings.
And on the back was the easy to follow recipe. We made the Youvetsi which was so tender and lovely; the dolmades which I think must be an acquired tatse – the stuffing was delicious but I wasn’t very keen on the vine leaves; the tart with olives and capers which was another delicious dish; and the prawns and feta which was rather yummy too.
The food was delicious, even if I do say so myself, and I love these boxes. I love that someone will send you recipes to try to stretch your comfort zone in the kitchen and introduce you to new foods. I love that they have all the little hard to find ingredients that are authentic and really make the recipes work.
Kitchen Nomad boxes cost £22 per month + £3 delivery to buy on a month by month basis or £20 a month if you sign up for a year. you can also buy a box for a gift and back order previous months boxes if one of them really catches your eye. The next box is July and the country is Vietnam. My goodness how much do I want to try this one?