You may have seen my last review of November’s Degusta Box, and as I said before, I love the idea of a monthly food subscription service. It’s basically a discovery in your post box, that takes away the wandering aimlessly around supermarkets for something yummy which we all do (don’t deny it). It seems to me that in each box there is a huge variety of things, but generally split into drinks, snacks, and ingredients. There’s the ability to nibble away at something between meals but also try cooking something new, so I’m totally in my element when the next one arrives at my door.
Bahlsen Choco Leibniz: When I pulled these out of the box, both my boyfriend and friend said, “I like them!” The packaging says ‘more chocolate than biscuit’ and that is indeed true. If you’re looking for the satisfying crunch of a biccy to then dip in your tea, this isn’t really it. If you’re looking for a delicious chocolate fix with a bit of a bite, then this is the answer. A box of these would go down a treat during the 3pm slump in the office.
Bonne Maman Coarse Orange Marmalade: I’m no stranger to Bonne Maman produce. Their classically designed jars give a homemade feel, which is really representative of the quality inside. Although not usually a marmalade fan, I was surprised that I quite liked this. It was sharp without being too sweet, and actually tasted of oranges rather than processed citrus. I don’t think I’ll be having it on toast, but I am thinking about some baking recipes I could include it in, so watch this space!
Popchips Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips: I’ve been a fan of Popchips for a while so I was very excited to get a big pack of these in this month’s box. I like the airy texture to them and prefer them to the dry taste of baked crisps. These salt and vinegar ones were great with some cheese and crackers!
Gloworm Mixers: These nifty little cans come in four flavours: raspberry and orris, cucumber and apple, pear, spice and lime, and ginger and lemongrass. All are meant to be mixed with various spirits in replacement of your standard coke and lemonade offerings, and I much prefer these new alternatives. The cucumber and apple one was particularly good with gin, and my boyfriend was happy to drink them by themselves too!
Eisberg Alcohol-Free Riesling Wine: I am not a white wine drinker anymore. It gives me a banging headache and red wine is much more forgiving, therefore an alcohol-free version is pretty much the only way you’ll get it into my glass these days. This stuff does actually smell like wine (which made me wary), in fact it tastes very fruity. I think this would be a lovely Summer drunk with soda or lemonade, but drinking it on a 4C day in London wasn’t quite the same! If you’re looking for a new ‘adult soft drink’ that won’t make the tee-totallers feel like they’re missing out, then this is a great choice.
Pukka Herbs Clean Green Tea: Can you believe that up until about three years ago I didn’t drink tea? I went on a health kick one January and decided to try green tea for detoxing purposes and became hooked. I hadn’t heard of Pukka befre, but their ethical credentials alone make me an instant fan. I have to say, I don’t like lemon flavoured things, so I didn’t enjoy this tea to much. However, I can see how this would appeal to somebody looking for a refreshing pick-me-up in the winter months, so do give it a go.
Kent’s Kitchen Madras Meal Kit: I am very much a cook-from-scratch girl, but for those lazy days where I refuse to buy a ready meal but don’t want to put too much effort into dinner, these meal kits are perfect. They supply a curry paste, a blend of curry spices, and an infused garlic oil, plus a list of fresh ingredients and step-by-step instructions on the back. A genius kitchen helper, and a bargain at only £2.50.
Fry Light Infused Garlic Oil Spray: I absolutely love Fry Light. The 1 calorie spray is a perfect healthy alternative to cooking with oil and butter and I always have some in the cupboard. This infused oil is a great idea, and I’ve been covering roast vegetables and fish with it for quick flavour. I wouldn’t necessarily replace oil with it as I would with the regular Fry Light, but this is fantastic for adding taste to a dish that may stick when cooking.
The Chia Co Oats+Chia: I can’t say I’m one for ‘superfood’ trends. Kale has passed me right by, although I am partial to some quinoa. I’ve read about the wonders of chia seeds including their high protein make-up and that they keep you feeling fuller for loner. The Mixed Berry Oats+Chia was a good introduction to how easy it is to get chia seeds into your diet, and the flavour was light, unlike the stodgy texture of porridge I’m used to. I particularly like the ‘chia shots’ included in the box; I added them to my morning smoothie and did feel fuller for longer. I may be converted!
(I was sent the December Degusta Box for complimentary review and all opinions are honest and unbiased)