WEEKEND COOKING WITH GOUSTO

Gousto beet burgers recipeHow was your weekend?! I have a lot more Paris to show you, but first I wanted to share my exciting weekend of food. Friday there was knock at the door, and I opened it up to find a handsome and polite young man standing there on the doorstep with a beautiful food box, (my favourite kind of delivery).

I had been asked by the lovely folk at Gousto to try one of their recipe boxes but I didn’t know when it was going to arrive, so I was pleasantly surprised that my weekend cooking had been arranged for me! Read on to find out what delicious recipes I cooked and get your hands on a discounted box of Gousto food happiness. Gousto vegetarian recipe box reviewWe already use an organic veg box delivery service, so the joy of not having to battle the supermarket too often has already been embraced in our household. I had heard of Gousto but had never tried their boxes, to be honest they picked a perfect time to get in touch. We have been so busy with the shop and all our freelance projects that meals most days have been breakfast based, toast, bread and butter, some days I have just eaten cereal three times a day to save time, and shop bought biscuits have featured heavily in my hand and on my hips!! Gousto beet burgers recipeThe idea of getting someone else to take the time to prepare my ingredients never crossed my mind, but I love it! We like to cook from scratch here, but when you do it three times a day that equates to about 3 hours preparing, cooking and then cleaning up (no dishwasher). We rarely have time to eat out and hardly ever eat takeaway (living out in a village means no-one will deliver). I will admit, after rushing around all morning and then being glued to a laptop screen all afternoon and evening – has made us pushed for time, and trying to muster the will cook very tough. Gousto beet burgers recipeThe box would normally cost of £34.99 (an amount we would easily spend that on one take out curry for two), and inside were all the (mostly organic) ingredients for three vegetarian meals, beet Burgers – (below), teriyaki tofu and root vegetable curry. Easy to follow picture and text recipe cards with photographs of the dish at each stage and the finished meal are also included, and you can have meat recipes or a mix if you prefer.Gousto beet burgers recipeThese beet burgers were absolutely delicious, with a side of hand cut oven baked chips, tangy tarragon mayo and sweet beetroot and onion jam. I also added my own extra salad to this dish, as we had some in the fridge, and do like to have something green for peace of mind when eating burgers and chips, even these healthy ones  ;).Gousto root vegetable curry recipeMy main concern before receiving the box was packaging, I was a little worried about the amount that might be involved, but happily most of it can be re-used and if not it can be recycled, so all good there. Plus, I felt like a TV chef with all my ingredients pre-weighed for me and arranged on the table!Gousto root vegetable curry recipeAbove and below – root vegetable curry with potato, carrot, parsnip and lentils. I loved making this quick spicy dish, my usual curry takes 2 hours to prepare, so is a definite no-no for working days. Personally I would swap out the parsnip for chickpeas next time, but this would be my only change to the whole Gousto experience (I like the flavour of roasted parsnip better and the spice mix seemed to make them taste bitter).Gousto root vegetable curry recipeteriyaki tofu recipeMy favourite recipe was the teriyaki tofu – the quickest and easiest to prepare and cook, and one of the regular, quick comfort dishes we create regularly at home ourselves. I have always used pre-made teriyaki sauce before and broccoli, but now I have learned how to make my own sauce and have a new appreciation for helda beans! teriyaki tofu recipeDefinitely a thumbs up from me, I am so pleased we gave this a go, we will be ordering again when things get hectic! Try it out yourself and receive £20 off your first Gousto box with the code ‘LOBSTERANDSWAN20’. Be sure to let me know how you get on and what you make, happy cooking!teriyaki tofu recipe

11 Comments
  • Juliet Oscar Yankee
    April 28, 2015

    your presentation skills are on point! Food looks delicious!

    • JeskaHearne
      April 30, 2015

      Thank you Juliet, it was great fun! Taking food pictures is hard so did some quick learning! And eating was my reward haha xx

  • Abi | These Four Walls blog
    April 29, 2015

    Beautiful photos as ever! Though I do feel rather hungry now having read this post… I’ll have to take a look at the boxes. As much as I love cooking and eating, food often falls to the bottom of my to-do list with a full-time job, my blog and various other commitments, so they sound like a lovely solution x

    • JeskaHearne
      April 30, 2015

      Thanks! They really are great boxes Abi! I definitely recommend, especially if you know you have a big project or a busy few days coming up. It really takes the pressure off, having pre-decided what to eat and then only having to cook not prepare :)

  • Sarah
    April 29, 2015

    Those photos are good enough to eat!

    • JeskaHearne
      April 30, 2015

      Thanks Sarah! It was tough trying to get the shots without taking a bite! :)

  • Hymala
    May 1, 2015

    Gorgeously styled photographs! And the dishes all look and sound so yummy! X

    • JeskaHearne
      May 1, 2015

      It really was a treat! Although food styling is very tough! :) Eating afterwards made up for the stress haha x

  • Hymala
    May 2, 2015

    I can imagine :) xx

  • Emma Harris
    May 3, 2015

    I just saw their stand at a food festival earlier today, but didn’t realise what it was. They look really good here, and sound delicious, I might have to take a look, thanks for sharing x

    • JeskaHearne
      May 5, 2015

      Ooh you really should Emma! Great for super busy weeks and sometimes you just don’t want to imagine up another dinner! ;)