RawSpiceBar Review - May 2016 - Meal Preparation Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? RawSpiceBar 
How Much? $6 per month plus $4 shipping to Canada. Save on longer term subscriptions. Prices in US dollars. 
What’s in it? 3 hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends and kitchen-tested, detailed recipes and ideas.

RawSpiceBar is a subscription service offering a monthly box of spices. For only $6 per month plus shipping, RawSpiceBar send 3 freshly ground spices & blends with a new regional theme plus kitchen-tested recipes. The recipes and spices yield enough to create 3 global dishes to serve 4-6 adults. The spice blends are perfectly portioned, freshly ground and expertly blended by top chefs for maximum authentic flavor. It's all done just days before shipping to guarantee freshness. 
RawSpiceBar partners with award winning chefs, bloggers & sources old family recipes to bring you unique spice blends from the highest quality spices around the world, with an unprecedented focus on quality and flavor.

RawSpiceBar charges $4 per month for shipping. The packages ship between the 6th and 10th of the month. It's a slim letter-mail size package that will fit in a condo-sized mailbox. The package comes to Canada via USPS International Priority Airmail, but for some reason, I always receive my package the first or second week of the following month. Shipping has always been my main complaint with this service. 

On a personal note, I recently learned that my mother subscribed to RawSpiceBar, unbeknownst to me, after I gave her a couple months of my mailings to try. The feedback from her is not great. She was billed for March, but never received the package. She was billed for April, and again never received a package. She finally contacted RawSpiceBar to cancel and was issued a full refund, but no other explanation. Some commenters on MSA also relayed that they missed out on the March and April packs (click here and here to read comments). When I looked back at my posts, I realized I too missed out on the March package. I'm not sure if this is a Canadian shipping issue, or an issue with the company. Either way, subscribe with caution. On the plus side, my mom did praise RawSpiceBar's responsive and helpful customer service. 

May brings us the Cambodian Spice Box. 
In Cambodia, fish and rice, artfully cooked in balanced flavors of salty, sweet, spicy and sour, are the heart of Cambodian cuisine. The culinary influence of Southeast Asia, along with those of China, India and France, can be seen and tasted in Cambodia’s diverse array of foods: tangy mango and pomelo salads, coconut curries, stir fries and barbecues. 

This month we’re making fish amok, firm cubes of white fish gently cooked in a bright yellow, mild coconut curry made from a complex spice blend, kroeung. Often made with fish, chicken, tofu and even snails, this dish is versatile for diets of all types.
Kroeung, in Khmer, refers to a family of Cambodian aromatic pastes. This particular spice blend is subtly flavored and perfect for creating a paste for a yellow curry. We use this paste to cook fish amok, considered the national dish of Cambodia. Spring vegetables, tofu and chicken also pair perfectly with this flavor packed blend of spices.

I like curry, but I've never tried fish curry. This one is made with white fish, so I will probably use halibut because it's my favourite! This dish is served on a bed of plain steamed rice. An alternate recipe is Vegetable Spring Rolls with Coconut Curry Sauce. This looks tasty too!

Sambal Oelek Recipe and Spices  
We’ve also included sambal oelek, a blend of chilies, which can be dialed up or down in intensity depending on your flavor preferences
This spicy hot blend of ground chiles is used all over Indonesia and Malaysia both as a condiment and to form the base of curry and rice dishes. Freshly ground chiles form the base of this paste, which is created with the addition of vinegar, lime, garlic and salt to taste.

This one looked familiar and for good reason. We received this same spice and recipe in October's Malaysian Spice Box. Kind of strange to repeat a recipe, even if the cuisines are from the same region and enjoy some of the same dishes.I also want to comment that the photo used on the recipe card is definitely not how the homemade version will look. The Sambal Oelek Spices include find ground chilies, not whole dried pieces like in the posted photo.

Mini Kaffir Lime Tarts and Kaffir Lime Blend
We’re also very excited to include the deep green, zesty leaf of the kaffir lime, ground into a fine powder. We love sprinkling this zippy blend on ice cream, roasted nuts or, in this month’s recipe box, in a kaffir lime tart, perfect for a spring treat.
The deep green, zesty leaf of the kaffir lime ground into a fine powder is one of our favorite secret weapons for elevating a dish from good to great. We love sprinkling this kaffir lime blend on ice cream, roasted nuts, as a salad dressing base or on top of a bowl of noodles or curry for a final citrusy burst. 

Kaffir lime leaves are such an overlooked ingredient! I love the idea to sprinkle this blend on ice cream and use in salad dressing. The tart recipe looks fairly simple so I will probably give that a go. For those that don't like sweets, try the alternate recipe, Kaffir Lime Scallops with Brown Butter.

The May Cambodian Spice Box from RawSpiceBar included 1.3 ounces of spices and three recipes, plus two alternate recipes online. I look forward to trying the fish curry, and the lime tarts will be great for a summer BBQ. 

Interested in trying RawSpiceBar? You can save 50% off your first month using promo code SPICEFLAVOR. Code is valid for new subscribers only. 

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Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.
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