Foodie Pages Tasting Box - May 2013 - Gourmet Food Subscription Box
What is it? Foodie Pages Tasting BoxThis is my absolute favourite box ever. Hands down. No contest. Food, Canadian and cheap! Win, Win, Win! Unfortunately subscriptions are very limited and only open up periodically. Make sure you sign up for a Foodie Pages account here so you get notification when Tasting Box subscriptions open again.
How much? $10.95 per month, shipping included
What's in it? 5 scrumptious tastes from some of Canada's top food makers
My only complaint with the Tasting Box is that they bill for it on the 1st of the month but don't ship until the very end of the month. This is the May box, but it shipped on May 26th. The June box is currently scheduled to ship July 2nd but they charged me for it on June 1st, before I had even received the May box. That's a bit of an annoyance. It feels like they are a month behind. I also don't receive shipping confirmation e-mails. I'm not sure if this is an issue with everyone or just me, but the same thing happened with my Foodie Pages Chef's Box in April. I only knew the boxes shipped by logging into my account and checking my order history.
Here is what I received in my very first Foodie Pages Tasting Box!
Major Craig's North India Chutney (Ottawa, Ontario - 250ml, $8.50 - FULL SIZE!)
This is our oldest recipe dating back to 1884 when the Major was in India. It is a beautiful Victorian Chutney, sweet and savoury with cloves, nutmeg, fresh ginger, just a hint of curry and lots of sweet fruits. We enjoy this on EVERYTHING… on the side of roast beef, on a sandwich or burger, stuffed into tenderloin or as a glaze on chicken. The uses for this great chutney are limitless.
I'm excited for this because I have been wanting to make Oprah's favourite turkey burger and the recipe calls for the classic Major Grey's chutney. I love that this product alone is almost the cost of the entire box. Good start already!
Alphonsa's Mango Papaya Dressing (Ajax, Ontario - 125ml sample, $2.80)
This Mango Papaya Dressing can bring the sweet kick to any salad. It has a refreshing quality with a kiss (or two) of sweetness. Great for summer greens or to bring the tropics to the table any time of the year. This dressing is versatile can be used to glaze chicken.
I love fruit based dressings. One of my go-to summer time recipes is a salad with mangoes, prawns, seared scallops and a mango dressing. I think this mango papaya dressing will be perfect for the salad. As for this dressing itself, it's a bit too tart for my liking and I find the rice vinegar really masks the fruit flavours. I might add a bit of honey to sweeten it up when it comes time to make my salad.
Full of Beans offers a wide variety of bean mixes from entirely locally grown beans, mostly grown on our farm in Bornholm, Ontario. This mix will fill a large crock pot.
I've never cooked with dry beans before but I'm up for the challenge. I was planning to make chili soon anyway. I will likely doctor it up with my own additions and flare though. The recipe is rather basic.
Stone Milled Specialty Grains Buckshots in Smokey BBQ (Oak Bluff, Manitoba - 39g snack pack, $1.60)
Buckshots are a nutritious gluten free snack, made from buckwheat. Enjoy them as snacks right out of the pack or toss them on salads for extra protein. Award winning Buckshots are made from buckwheat, the naturally gluten free ancient grain. Buckwheat is a member of the rhubarb family and its high protein has one of the highest amino acid scores among plant sources.
Who would have thought little buckwheat grains would make such a tasty snack? I tossed some into a southwest style salad for an added crunch. The snack pouch is small, but it's still large enough to last for several servings, so that makes me wish the pouch was re-sealable.
Kimberley's Own All Natural Granola (Toronto, Ontario - 30g sample, $1)
Kimberley's Own Original granola contains over 40% nuts, seeds and fruit including organic Tibetan Goji Berries and Organic Chia Seeds. For those who like a variety in every bite this one is for you.
I love that is granola is 40% seeds and nuts and not just oats. This sample is just enough to top my yogourt tomorrow morning!
I paid $10.95 for this box and received $16.40 worth of product. The value is so great and I love being able to sample great gourmet food items from indie suppliers around the country. I hope to see more regional variety next time. Four out of five items are from Ontario. There is great food makers here in BC too! I'm really happy with my first Tasting Box and I'm looking forward to continuing with this subscription for some time.
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