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Gousto – Win Dinner in a box!

Uncategorized | November 12, 2012 | By

Ingredients for Spiced Pumpkin and Halloumi on Bulgar Wheat with Pomegranate Seeds

Although I love to plan ahead and decide what I’m going to cook, sometimes it’s difficult to find the time to get organised and  because I love my food so much, I’d prefer not to have a freezer meal very often   That’s why I was so pleased when Gousto Simply Cook contacted me to try out a couple of their Gourmet recipe boxes.

What is a Gousto Gourmet Box?
Gousto provides you with all the ingredients in the right proportions to
cook delicious meals at home. The produce is organic, fresh and
seasonal. Gousto’s recipes are developed by a team of passionate chefs
and tested by their friends and families first (very picky people).
You get to choose the recipes online and every week the selection is
updated to make sure there’re plenty of new recipes for you. The recipes
are delivered right to your doorstep once a week so you decide when to
cook. Whenever you’re on holiday or just don’t have time, simply place
the subscription on hold – it’s easy.

In practice it is very simple, in a trial subscription you can decide whether to try 3 meals a week or 4 meals a week.  Three meals a week  for two people for the Gourmet box costs £42 (around £5 per person per meal) and for the Veggie Box it costs £39.  Once you  have your trial subscription you can  log in to the Gousto Simply Cook website look at the list of recipes and choose what you would like to make,  and there is a wide range to choose from and they are added to each week.  You then add the recipes to you basket and sit back and wait!

Excellent Delivery Service
What I really liked about the website was the delivery address checker, I live in rural south west Scotland and have had problems with deliveries e.g. Ocado don’t deliver to our area.  So I was delighted to be able to put in my postcode and find that my parcel would be delivered on a Wednesday.  Gousto are currently delivering to all postcodes in the UK apart from a few very remote areas, they deliver in London on a Tuesday between 1pm and 6pm and to other UK areas on a Wednesday, 9am – 5pm.  The ingredients duly arrived on the appointed day packed expertly in a box with a fleecy lining and icepacks, there were no issues about signing for it and Gousto are happy to take instructions as to where to leave the parcel if you are out.

I have the opportunity to try two of the recipes, so I chose:

Spiced Pumpkin and Halloumi on Bulgar Wheat with Pomegranate Seeds

 I have always wanted to try halloumi cheese, but for some reason I never got round to buying it. What a fantastic recipe,  the pumpkin chunks are roasted in the oven with the onions, the halloumi cheese is fryed and served on top of a bulgar wheat salad which includes the roasted vegetables, pomegranate and mint.  It was really delicious and probably not something I would have made otherwise.

Oven Baked Pork Chops with Pears, Stilton and Pecan Nuts

 The oven baked pork chops with pears, stilton and pecan nuts use a similar technique to the pumpkin recipe as the pears and onions are oven roasted with the spices.  I love blue cheese and the combination of the sweet fruit, slightly earthy taste of the pecan nuts and the sharp, saltiness of the cheese was a treat to eat.

Conclusion
The recipes are excellent and are definitely something that I would want to make and eat.  There are interesting and exciting vegetarian options.  The delivery service is one of the best I have experienced. There is also very little waste as you only get enough of the ingredients to make the meal.  I would consider using the service if I was going on a self catering holiday and wanted to make nice food without the hassle of shopping, but I don’t think it is something I would use on a weekly basis.

If, on the other hand, you find it difficult to decide what to make but love good food and are happy to cook, this is a great way to try out some new recipes and ingredients.

GIVEAWAY
You can win a Gousto Gourmet Box that feeds two people by following the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget. This Giveaway is only available for entrants with a UK delivery address.

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I was supplied with a Gousto Gourmet Box with two meals for two people.  I was not obliged to write a positive review and all opinions are my own. 

Comments

  1. Leave a Reply

    Julia
    November 12, 2012

    I would choose the pork noodles in plum sauce with vegetables

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    Kim
    November 12, 2012

    Mascarpone Farfelle with Chicken, Sundried Tomatoes & Spinich…Sounds lovely!

  3. Leave a Reply

    Traceyr
    November 12, 2012

    Never had halloumi cheese Janice? I am surprised, it never lasts very long in this house. Those recipes should delicious.

    🙂

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    katrinao
    November 12, 2012

    Mascarpone Farfelle with Chicken, Sundried Tomatoes & Spinich – its on the first page but my mouth is watering already x

  5. Leave a Reply

    Nic
    November 13, 2012

    I would have the miso mirin noodles eith aubergine

  6. Leave a Reply

    Lyn B
    November 13, 2012

    Roasted Vegetable Penne with Mozarella sounds absolutley delicious!!

  7. Leave a Reply

    Homebird
    November 13, 2012

    Creamy beetroot & leek risotto. Perfect for a vegetarian that gets bored easily of the usual fare.

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    Choclette
    November 13, 2012

    Well I'd really like the halloumi meal you made Janice, but that doesn't seem to be on the site now. So I'd pump for the ras el hanout halloumi instead.

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    Janice
    November 13, 2012

    Ras el Hanout Halloumi with barberry bulgar sounds gorgeous and is my choice

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    Buttaz
    November 14, 2012

    Easy choice, no need to read nay further than the first one: Creamy beetroot and leek risotto.

    I love beetroot and I love risotto!

    Come to think of it, why have I never thought of combining the two?

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    wayne smith
    November 25, 2012

    Mascarpone with farfelle, chicken, sun dried tomatoes and spinach sounds divine.

  12. Leave a Reply

    Lisa Williams
    November 25, 2012

    Spiced Pumpkin and Halloumi on Bulgar Wheat with Pomegranate Seeds for me it looks and sounds delicious

  13. Leave a Reply

    Gary Topley
    November 25, 2012

    I would try the Wild Boar Ragu with Linguine.

  14. Leave a Reply

    Jayne Wilson
    November 25, 2012

    Pork Fillet with Italian style butter beans

  15. Leave a Reply

    ATP
    November 25, 2012

    Sweet chilli and lime beef on noodle salad

  16. Leave a Reply

    emma
    November 25, 2012

    Pork Fillet with Italian Style Butterbeans and Potatoes

  17. Leave a Reply

    emma
    November 25, 2012

    Pork Fillet with Italian Style Butterbeans and Potatoes

  18. Leave a Reply

    Georgia Mcallister
    November 25, 2012

    I like the look of the Lamb and Rosemary Linguine with Artichoke.

  19. Leave a Reply

    Rebecca Smith
    November 25, 2012

    Sweet chilli and lime beef on noodle salad

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    Wendy Lam
    November 25, 2012

    I'll choose the Pork Chop with pears, Stilton and Pecan as I always struggle with how to flavour my meat and I love the sound of the different textures and flavours here. The creaminess of the cheese contrasted with the crunch from the pecan and the sweetness of the pear to balance out the meatiness of the pork. Sounds delicious.

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    Anonymous
    November 27, 2012

    South Indian Prawn Masala

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    @nikkicuk
    November 27, 2012

    Pork noodles in plum sauce 🙂

  23. Leave a Reply

    shell
    November 28, 2012

    Sweet chilli and lime beef on noodle salad

  24. Leave a Reply

    rupert summerton
    November 28, 2012

    Pork with butter beans

  25. Leave a Reply

    Teresa Lee
    November 29, 2012

    South Indian Prawn Masala

  26. Leave a Reply

    legs21
    November 29, 2012

    I would choose the pork noodles in plum sauce with vegetables

  27. Leave a Reply

    Rhoda
    November 29, 2012

    The Oven Baked Pork Chops with Pears, Stilton and Pecan Nuts. mmm

  28. Leave a Reply

    lottiegirl
    December 1, 2012

    wild boar with liguinie had boar when in italy last year and everyone loved it even my picky teenager, a first!

  29. Leave a Reply

    gemma clark
    December 1, 2012

    Mascarpone Farfelle with chicken, Sundried toms and spinich sounds delicious 🙂

  30. Leave a Reply

    Jamie
    December 1, 2012

    Sweet Chilli and Lime Beef on Noodle Salad 🙂

  31. Leave a Reply

    brideoflichtenstein
    December 1, 2012

    Marscarpone Farfelle with Chicken, Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach sounds delicious. But the two meals you reviewed would gladly be eaten too. 🙂

  32. Leave a Reply

    Caroline
    December 1, 2012

    The quinoa burgers and fresh salad sounds lovely (and I've been looking for some quinoa ideas!).

  33. Leave a Reply

    sairz eastham
    December 1, 2012

    The pork noodles & plum sauce sounds gorgeous!!

  34. Leave a Reply

    Gemma
    December 1, 2012

    I would choose Sweet Chilli and Lime Beef on noodle salad, sounds lovely!

  35. Leave a Reply

    Holly Boyd
    December 2, 2012

    pork noodles in plum sauce with vegetables

  36. Leave a Reply

    Holly Boyd
    December 2, 2012

    pork noodles in plum sauce with vegetables

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