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Monday, 12 November 2012

Gousto - Win Dinner in a box!

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. 

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89 Comments:

At 12 November 2012 at 19:16 , Blogger Julia said...

I would choose the pork noodles in plum sauce with vegetables

 
At 12 November 2012 at 20:12 , Blogger Kim said...

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

 
At 12 November 2012 at 21:43 , Blogger Traceyr said...

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

:)

 
At 12 November 2012 at 22:40 , Blogger Hotrod mum said...

pork noodles in plum sauce with vegetables

 
At 12 November 2012 at 23:22 , Blogger katrinao said...

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

 
At 12 November 2012 at 23:36 , Blogger Garden Tea Cakes and Me said...

Mascarpone Farfelle with chicken, Sundried toms and spinich for me

 
At 13 November 2012 at 09:03 , Blogger Nic said...

I would have the miso mirin noodles eith aubergine

 
At 13 November 2012 at 09:29 , Blogger Galina Varese said...

Tahini crusted cod sounds lovely.

 
At 13 November 2012 at 15:45 , Anonymous Corina said...

I think the shakshouka would be good.

 
At 13 November 2012 at 17:22 , Blogger Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Miso mirin noodles with aubergine, although I like the look of your pork chops or your halloumi one.

 
At 13 November 2012 at 17:51 , Blogger sarahlouisa said...

Roasted Vegetable Penne with mozarella! yum!

 
At 13 November 2012 at 17:56 , Blogger Lyn B said...

Roasted Vegetable Penne with Mozarella sounds absolutley delicious!!

 
At 13 November 2012 at 19:44 , Blogger Homebird said...

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

 
At 13 November 2012 at 22:06 , Blogger Choclette said...

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.

 
At 13 November 2012 at 22:11 , Blogger Janice said...

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

 
At 13 November 2012 at 22:13 , Anonymous Camilla @Fabfood4all.co.uk said...

Creamy Beetroot and Leek Risotto would be lovely!

 
At 14 November 2012 at 07:34 , Blogger happyfox said...

Pork noodles in plum sauce with vegetables sounds very tasty

 
At 14 November 2012 at 09:19 , Blogger Buttaz said...

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?

 
At 14 November 2012 at 13:31 , OpenID talesofpiglingbland said...

I'd go for the Miso Mirin Noodles and Aubergine, though Mr B might have other ideas!

 
At 15 November 2012 at 15:44 , Blogger anna brown said...

Mascarpone Cauliflower with Rice

 
At 15 November 2012 at 19:51 , Blogger Louise Bowman said...

Sweet chilli and lime beef on noodle salad looks delicious!

 
At 16 November 2012 at 01:06 , Blogger Jan Atkinson said...

South Indian Prawn Masala mmm!

 
At 17 November 2012 at 23:21 , Anonymous Carolin said...

The prok fillet sounds lovely :)

 
At 18 November 2012 at 20:36 , Blogger Sarah Edwards said...

South Indian Prawn Masala :) looks lovely

 
At 18 November 2012 at 20:36 , Blogger Sarah Edwards said...

South Indian Prawn Masala :) looks lovely

 
At 19 November 2012 at 13:46 , Blogger olivia280177 said...

the beetroot with leek risotto would be fab.

 
At 19 November 2012 at 15:08 , Blogger Gill said...

Pork with butter beans!

 
At 20 November 2012 at 11:25 , Blogger handmadetsunami said...

Pork Fillet with Italian Style Butterbeans and Potatoes

 
At 25 November 2012 at 08:42 , Blogger Alison Joyce said...

Wild Boar Ragu with Linguine

 
At 25 November 2012 at 08:50 , Blogger wayne smith said...

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

 
At 25 November 2012 at 08:51 , Blogger philiboy said...

pork noodles in plum sauce with vegetables for me

 
At 25 November 2012 at 09:07 , Blogger mpad6869 said...

Roasted Vegetable Penne with Mozarella

 
At 25 November 2012 at 09:40 , Blogger Lisa Williams said...

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

 
At 25 November 2012 at 09:50 , Blogger Rob Stirk said...

Looks like a nice hamper.

 
At 25 November 2012 at 09:51 , Anonymous Gary Topley said...

I would try the Wild Boar Ragu with Linguine.

 
At 25 November 2012 at 10:36 , Anonymous Jayne Wilson said...

Pork Fillet with Italian style butter beans

 
At 25 November 2012 at 11:13 , Blogger ITYIYBMAB said...

The Prawn Masala

 
At 25 November 2012 at 11:16 , Blogger mister_steven said...

Pork noodles in plum sauce with veg - mmmmm

 
At 25 November 2012 at 11:20 , Blogger emmav6 said...

chicken with parsnip & raspberry basil

 
At 25 November 2012 at 12:04 , Blogger webrunna said...

South Indian Prawn Masala

 
At 25 November 2012 at 12:55 , Blogger matphil said...

Pork Fillet with Italian Style Butterbeans and Potatoes.

 
At 25 November 2012 at 13:37 , Blogger ATP said...

Sweet chilli and lime beef on noodle salad

 
At 25 November 2012 at 13:44 , Blogger Tiddles12 said...

Pork Fillet with Italian Style Butterbeans and Potatoes

 
At 25 November 2012 at 14:25 , Blogger emma said...

Pork Fillet with Italian Style Butterbeans and Potatoes

 
At 25 November 2012 at 14:26 , Blogger emma said...

Pork Fillet with Italian Style Butterbeans and Potatoes

 
At 25 November 2012 at 14:41 , Blogger vision123 said...

I'd go for the Miso Mirin Noodles and Aubergine

 
At 25 November 2012 at 14:41 , Anonymous Georgia Mcallister said...

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

 
At 25 November 2012 at 15:40 , Anonymous Rebecca Smith said...

Sweet chilli and lime beef on noodle salad

 
At 25 November 2012 at 16:20 , Blogger Pooky said...

South Indian Prawn Masala

 
At 25 November 2012 at 17:14 , Blogger Wendy Lam said...

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.

 
At 25 November 2012 at 17:53 , Blogger Val Swift said...

Pork noodles on plus sauce with veg

 
At 25 November 2012 at 18:32 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pork Fillet with Italian Style Butterbeans and Potatoes

Looks fab

jillwebb@blueyonder.co.uk

 
At 25 November 2012 at 20:08 , Blogger diavolina1610 said...

I'd choose the wild boar ragu and linguine

 
At 25 November 2012 at 20:20 , Blogger mummy24 said...

Roasted Vegetable Penne with Mozarella

 
At 25 November 2012 at 20:20 , Blogger mummy24 said...

Roasted Vegetable Penne with Mozarella

 
At 25 November 2012 at 22:59 , Blogger caroles said...

Roasted vegetable penne with mozarella

 
At 26 November 2012 at 02:17 , Blogger Lynsey Buchanan said...

Pork Fillet

 
At 26 November 2012 at 19:55 , Blogger mishel02 said...

Creamy Beetroot and Leek Risotto

 
At 26 November 2012 at 22:23 , Blogger jenniwren12 said...

The pork noodles and plum sauce

 
At 27 November 2012 at 14:16 , Blogger slinkycat said...

Tahini crusted cod with tomato salad

 
At 27 November 2012 at 17:37 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

South Indian Prawn Masala

 
At 27 November 2012 at 19:39 , Anonymous @nikkicuk said...

Pork noodles in plum sauce :)

 
At 27 November 2012 at 20:27 , Blogger Fashion Mayhem said...

Sweet Chilli and lime beef on noddle salad.

 
At 28 November 2012 at 08:35 , Blogger debwh142 said...

I think the South India prawn masala sounds lovely

 
At 28 November 2012 at 15:33 , Anonymous shell said...

Sweet chilli and lime beef on noodle salad

 
At 28 November 2012 at 16:48 , Anonymous rupert summerton said...

Pork with butter beans

 
At 29 November 2012 at 00:08 , Anonymous Teresa Lee said...

South Indian Prawn Masala

 
At 29 November 2012 at 12:23 , Blogger legs21 said...

I would choose the pork noodles in plum sauce with vegetables

 
At 29 November 2012 at 12:58 , Blogger Rhoda said...

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

 
At 29 November 2012 at 13:29 , Blogger pfcpompeysarah said...

The Pork Fillet with Italian style Butter Beans sounds so yummy.

 
At 29 November 2012 at 17:49 , Blogger alices-wonderland said...

I'd pick the pork fillet with italian style butterbeans sounds very yummy

 
At 29 November 2012 at 20:58 , Blogger Cheryll said...

Prawn Masala - YUM!

 
At 30 November 2012 at 13:36 , Blogger Claire Tromans said...

Pork noodles with plum sauce sounds just up my street

 
At 30 November 2012 at 22:52 , Blogger xSJo said...

Tahini crusted cod with tomato salad

 
At 30 November 2012 at 23:11 , Blogger Mandy Wan said...

I would like to try Wild Boar ragu with linguine

 
At 1 December 2012 at 09:22 , Blogger lottiegirl said...

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

 
At 1 December 2012 at 13:54 , Blogger gemma clark said...

Mascarpone Farfelle with chicken, Sundried toms and spinich sounds delicious :)

 
At 1 December 2012 at 16:06 , Anonymous Jamie said...

Sweet Chilli and Lime Beef on Noodle Salad :)

 
At 1 December 2012 at 19:23 , Blogger brideoflichtenstein said...

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

 
At 1 December 2012 at 20:03 , Blogger Caroline said...

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

 
At 1 December 2012 at 21:26 , Anonymous sairz eastham said...

The pork noodles & plum sauce sounds gorgeous!!

 
At 1 December 2012 at 21:57 , Blogger Lo-Lo said...

wild boar ragu

 
At 1 December 2012 at 22:16 , Anonymous Gemma said...

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

 
At 1 December 2012 at 22:17 , Blogger Dan Caldon said...

Tahini crusted cod sounds gorgeous

 
At 1 December 2012 at 22:45 , Blogger pepicola said...

Roasted Vegetable Penne with Mozarella

 
At 2 December 2012 at 00:05 , Anonymous Holly Boyd said...

pork noodles in plum sauce with vegetables

 
At 2 December 2012 at 00:05 , Anonymous Holly Boyd said...

pork noodles in plum sauce with vegetables

 
At 2 December 2012 at 00:42 , Blogger tubbyj said...

wild boar ragu and linguine

 
At 2 December 2012 at 01:44 , Blogger mumjd said...

Prawn masala

 

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