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Gousto – The subscription service for busy foodies!

Well Hello! It’s been a while… Life got busy again! There never seems to enough hours in the day to do everything I’ve planned. Let’s be real here…I’m not the sort of girl to give up her sleep in favour of ticking something else off that never ending ‘to-do-list’. I am interested in anything that is going to save me time though. That’s why I decided to try out some recipe box services. The first Box I tried is Gousto box, and…… I am ridiculously impressed. Where has this been all my life? 


If you haven’t heard of Gousto box this is how it works. First up you sign up to a subscription service deciding whether you want a box for two or four people. Then you choose how many meals you want (up to four) when, and how often you want your meals delivered. Lastly you pick from a great selection of recipes and they send you everything you need straight to your front door. Simple!


My biggest concern about using this type of service was freshness. What happens if I’m not home? How does the raw meet keep from going bad throughout the delivery process? 

I was pleased to see that anything that needs to keep cool was packed into a wool cool biodegradable cool bag complete with Ice blocks. Everything was still cold so my concerns about the food spoiling was unnecessary.


The Ingredients themselves are all very fresh and of high quality. Where possible the items are delivered naked so packaging is kept to a minimum. How good does all that fresh food look? 

So far everything we have tried has been very tasty. Even my fussy youngest liked everything. The recipe cards are easy to follow and I love that everything is pre measured out for you. 

We are a family of five so ordered the four person box. The portion sizes are generous though so we have been able to stretch the meals to feed us all. Gousto do say on their website that they are adult portions and that a child wouldn’t necessarily require a full portion. 

Gousto box hasn’t removed the ‘having to cook’ element from my day, but it has completely simplified the process. No longer to I have to spend ages searching for interesting meals, making shopping lists and trying to source different ingredients. 

I have a diabetic son who has to carb count. This can often be tricky when cooking from scratch. All the nutritional information is listed on the recipe cards so this was actually really easy to work out. Another big time saver! 

The price of a Gousto box is structured depending on how many people you are ordering for And how many meals you choose. For us it works out as £47.75 which breaks down to £2.98 a portion. 

When you factor in the price of quality meat, 1 off ingredients, fuel costs, time saved and the removal of the ‘I can’t be bothered’ impulse take-away I feel that’s not a bad deal. 

If you wanted to try out Gousto for yourself this Link will get you your first two boxes half price. In the. Interest of disclosure I would also receive £15 credit to use on the website. 

For now I’ll leave you with some pictures of some of the tasty meals we have been enjoying. 




Diabetic Friendly Strawberry Milkshake | Recipe

Who doesn’t love a strawberry milkshake? My kids love them, however store bought milkshakes tend to be full of sugar. Not great then if like my Son you have diabetes.

This simple recipe for fresh strawberry milkshake is just as good, if not better than any store bought milkshake. Oh and best of all its diabetic friendly. 


All that is required is 3 ingredients and a good blender. 

Ingredients 

300g Franks Diabetic Vanilla Icecream

250g strawberries 

400ml milk

Makes 4 small milkshakes 



Method 

Add all the ingredients to your blender, remembering to hull the strawberries. 

Blend until smooth.

Divide between 4 small milkshake glasses and enjoy. 

I told you that it was simple didn’t I. 

I’m off to experiment with different flavours. Peanut butter and banana anyone? 

Indulgent Cherry ‘n Chocolate Brownie Recipe

A couple of weeks ago I attended the #bloggerslvehub food and drink festival. If you want to read more about that you can do so in the post here. One of the brands I met there were Opies Foods. I had a lovely chat with the rep about their products and was particularly intrigued by the Cherries in Kirsch and the Pickled Walnuts. After leaving my details with her I was contacted by email with the kind offer of a selection of Opies ingredients to try out at home and some recipes to help me. 

 After conferring with the husband we opted to make these cherry and chocolate brownies. This is such an easy brownie recipe and tasted incredible, both warm and gooey, and set firmer a day later. If you are a fan of the classic black forest gateaux then you are going to love these. Let me warn you though these are positively sinful and definitely fall into the occasional treat category, certainly not for everyday.

  Ingredients

  • 180g/6oz plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 240/8oz plain chocolate
  • *1 jar Opies cherries in Kirsch, drained (keep the Kirsch to use at a later date, it is far too good to waste)
  • 120g/4oz unsalted butter
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 450g/16oz sugar

Makes 16 Squares

Method

  1. Break the chocolate into squares, then melt along with the butter in a glass bowl over simmering water. Set aside.
  2. In a seperate bowl beat together eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, but not stiff.
  3. Add the chocolate mixture to the bowl of eggs and sugar and mix till it is evenly combined.
  4. Fold the flour, salt and baking powder into the mixture until fully mixed.
  5. Take a greased and lined deep square baking tin and spread half of the cherries evenly across the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add half the brownie mixture spreading it evenly over the cherries.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6.
  8. Bake in a 160c/Gas mark 3 oven for approximately 40 minutes. I like a crunchy top with a gooey centre.
  9. Allow to cool in the tin before removing and cutting into squares.

*PR samples have been sent to me for use within this post.