How 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. We 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!! The 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. The 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.These 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 ;).My 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!Above 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).My 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! Definitely 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!