Kitchen Nomad – it’s all Greek to Me:
Would I like to review the Kitchen Nomad food box and perhaps run a giveaway for London-Unattached readers? Well, of course! I love trying new food concepts and this one, to deliver a food box every month to subscribers full of tasty goodies that relate to the food of just one Country seems really smart. Perhaps like me, you go on holiday and mean to bring ingredients back, but fail because there’s just not space in your luggage. Or perhaps you simply want to explore the food of another country. Kitchen Nomad will help you do all of that.
When I opened my box, I instantly recognised many of the items. The olives were the same brand that my Greek boyfriend’s great aunt used to insist we bought, the olive oil the same. And the pickled capers, vine leaves and figs all looked familiar too, though I’ve never tried cooking with them. Then there were a few new things – cassia bark, dukkah spice mix and orzo pasta. I was particularly impressed that some of the brands were ones I recognised, though a little sad that my dukkah had got squashed in the post. The box did smell VERY good though! And there was a discount voucher for lunch or dinner at the Real Greek.
There were recipe cards too. Now, you may remember I’ve been to the Real Greek for lunch a couple of times and to a cookery demonstration by Tonia Buxton. I’ve even seen her make the dolmades that are on one of the recipe cards and I’ve tasted almost all the recipes too. so, I thought it would be fun to have a go at making one of the dishes I’ve sampled.
Prawns and Feta was one of my favourite dishes on the Real Greek’s new menu and looked quite straightforward. I actually have Tonia Buxton’s latest recipe book, Tonia’s Greek Kitchen, and there’s a slightly more elaborate version in there. I think using the tomato sauce from the box rather than the fresh tomatoes in the recipe book is actually quite a good solution to get an authentic taste (for me at least, fresh tomatoes are one of the ingredients that never taste the same, though as you can see I added in a few small vine tomatoes that needed using up). I have to say, my version looked very little like the recipe card photo – probably partly down to my cooking and partly to the fact the recipe asks for peeled prawns while the photo is of prawns in their shell. It did however taste delicious. I’d definitely look for jumbo king prawns with their tails on next time and I think I’d reduce the tomato sauce down quite a lot further before adding the prawns, perhaps for 10-15 minutes rather than the 4-5 minutes suggested on the card.
The boxes are £22 per month plus £3 delivery with a small discount for six month or yearly subscriptions. And, the content of the Greek box was substantial and good value. Particularly if you wanted to try the recipes.
If you’d like to try one of the boxes do have a go at my giveaway.
Or just pop over to the Kitchen Nomad site now and order yourself a trial box