Raw Spice Bar - January Results + PROMO CODE

  
What is it? Raw Spice Bar 
How Much? $6 per month (plus tax) with free shipping (US$) 
What’s in it? 3-4 hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends and kitchen-tested, detailed recipes and ideas.

Raw Spice Bar is new subscription service offering a monthly box of spices. I introduced Raw Spice Bar in November 2014, and then posted a review of the January box here. For only $6 per month, Raw Spice Bar 3-4 premium spice blends from around the world direct to your door. Each spice box averages 2-3 ounces of spice blends and yields a complete 3 dish meal for 8-10 people. 

The January box was themed around Native American spices, originating from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The kit included spice blends and recipes to make New Mexican Posole, Navajo Flatbreads, and Poached Apples With Juniper Berries. I had the opportunity to cook two of the three dishes last weekend, and here are my results!
This is Posole, "a lightly brothed, deeply flavorful & moderately spicy stew". The spices used were ground chilies and a "Posole Spice" blend, consisting of cumin, coriander, and Mexican oregano. Traditionally it's made with hominy and pork, but I used the alternative suggestion of chickpeas, corn kernels. Hominy is impossible to find in Canada! Instead of pork, I opted for a  beef roast instead. This one was pretty easy. Sautee onions with garlic, add tomatoes and beef. Braise on low heat for two hours, then shred or chop up roast, add in corn and chickpeas, and simmer for another hour. The end result is very delicious. It was refreshing yet flavourful like Tortilla soup, but also rich and comforting like chili. The left overs were even more flavourful and it was delicious eaten with tortilla chips. My only complaint is that the recipe didn't say how much spice to use in the dish. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to toss the entire packet in, or just a bit. In one packet, there was 0.8oz of ground chilies, which is just under 5 teaspoons. That's A LOT of chili powder and I was worried about spice level, so I erred on the side of caution and only added two teaspoons.

This was the meal the night we ate it. I don't have a good picture of the flat bread because they didn't turn out well and ended up being tossed. The flat bread was simply flour, baking powder, salt, olive oil, water, and a Sumac & Herb spice blend. We found that the 1/3 cup water in the recipe wasn't enough and had to add over 1 cup to make a useable dough. The breads tasted very bland, like raw flour, even with the spices. I add a generous sprinkle of course salt on top of each piece to make it more palatable, but still we ended up forgoing the bread in favour of tortilla chips.

I haven't made the Poached Apples yet, but I plan to soon. As for cost of this meal, I had a lot of the pantry ingredients on hand (flour, salt, baking soda, wine for the apples), so I only purchased fresh ingredients and some canned goods. Here is what I spent on groceries:
  • Top Round Beef Roast $14.59
  • 1 Can Chickpeas             2.19
  • 1 Can Corn Kernels         1.49
  • 1 Carton Chicken Broth   2.69
  • 1 Bulb Garlic                  0.49
  • 2 White Onions               1.52
  • Radishes for garnish        0.79
  • Lime for garnish             0.59
  • Cilantro for garnish         1.49
  • 4 Apples for dessert        3.16
      • Total         $29.00
Add in the $6 (say $7 CDN) for the spices and recipes, and you have a grand total of $36 CDN. My boyfriend and I each had generous portions for dinner the first night, then each had smaller portions for lunch the next day. I ate it again for lunch and dinner on the third day. I added rice to the lunches to make the left overs stretch further. For $36, I had six meals covered, and it easily would have yielded dinner for 4-6 people.

I'm pretty pleased with my first Raw Spice Bar cooking experience. The recipes were straight forward and easy to follow. The flat bread didn't turn out well, but the posole was delicious and it's something I would make again.
If this subscription interests you, RawSpiceBar created an exclusive promo code for Canadian Box Addict readers. Just enter promo code cdnspiceaddict at checkout and earn an extra month for free on a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. The promo won't show on your e-mail confirmation, but it does log on RawSpiceBar's end, so they will be sure to include the extra month at the end of your subscription term.
 

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  1. I just signed up for a subscription for this yesterday, really looking forward to trying out some new foods and getting out of my cooking comfort zone!

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  2. My sister in law and my brother also made breads and pork. They loved both recipes!

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  3. The dishes you cooked look delicious!

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  4. Ahh - I love the food post!! Looks so good! Nice when you can see what comes in the subscription and how it turns out - i'm pretty tempted to break my new box diet and try this out (the coupon code helps too)!
    Renee C.
    seetheworldinpink.blogspot.ca

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