Tuesday, 5 December 2017

November Degustabox

We are always looking forward to our Degustabox delivery, which arrives every month and is full of foodie surprises. This monthly food and drink subscription box is an excellent way to discover products which have only just appeared in the shops or those which might have been around for while, but you haven't had a chance to try them yet.
Thanks to Degustabox, I have found new favourites to add to our shopping list, including some products which I probably wouldn't have tried otherwise.

Each time the box arrives, it's a total surprise. You get a good selection of foods and drinks.
If you haven't tried Degustabox subscription box yet and would like to have a go, I have a whopping £7 off discount from your first box (and you can unsubscribe any time) - just use a code 8EVI8 when you place an order.
What did we receive in November Degustabox? Let's have a look.

The current food box has a good selection of sweet and savoury products.

Kallo Organic Stock Pots are a handy product to have in the pantry. Made with organic, natural and high quality ingredients, the stock pots add flavour to a variety of dishes.

Available in three flavours - chicken, beef and vegetable - these stock pots will enhance many of your family favourites, from soups to stews, from pasta dishes to risotto.
I use it in soups (for example, chicken soup with lentils and vegetables)

as well as in a mushroom risotto.

midweek meals

Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil is another product to add to the kitchen pantry. Made with best tuna and selected olive oil. Use it in a variety of salads, add to a baked potato, or cook soup.

I used this tin of tuna to cook Pearl barley tuna soup.

The English Provender Co Caramelised Red Onion Chutney has been around for quite a few years. It is a great addition to any cheese board, or cheese sandwiches.

Sweet onions also work well with pastry. I have written about this chutney over 4 years ago, have a look at savoury croissants with caramelised red onion chutney and goat's cheese.

Filippo Berio Classic Pesto is a versatile sauce for a big variety of pasta dishes, and beyond.
Cook turkey steaks with parmesan and pesto crust or pesto pancakes, add to bread and make baked pesto bread as an accompaniment to pizza instead of garlic bread, mix into dressings for salad, or add a tablespoon of pesto to plain boring hummus to jazz it up. The possibilities are endless.

As a reviewer, I've received three products from Filippo Berio, but subscribers will get only one: Filippo Berio Classic Pesto, Filippo Berio crostini or Rio Mare Italian Tuna.

Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes are made with popped wholegrain rye. They are naturally high in fibre and low in fat, making them a healthy snack. Add your favourite toppings and enjoy!

Weetabix Additions Apple & Raisin is a new product in Weetabix range. It is made with 100% whole grain, apple and raisins, and a hint of cinnamon. The apple flavour is not very prominent.

Taylors of Harrogate is an independent family tea and coffee company from Harrogate. Their single origin coffee explores extraordinary flavour from the world's great growing regions.
We have tried Cacao Superior Colombia flavour in Nespresso capsules, and it was tasty. Haven't opened the big bag of ground coffee yet, but when we have a big company on new year's eve, it will keep us going into the early hours.

Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch have introduced two indulgent nut mixes this season. Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch is made with crunch peanuts, juicy cranberries and creamy milk chocolate buttons. A lovely festive snack.

Propercorn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn is hand-popped corn, sprinkled with unrefined Fairtrade sugar for a sweet, caramelised flavour. Tonight is our home-movie night. I bought the latest DVD of Spiderman: Homecoming, and all the snacks are ready for the evening fun.

Cadbury Picnic Bites are moreish nobbly nibbles of crispy wafer, chewy caramel, crunchy peanut and juicy raisins, covered in Cadbury milk chocolate. I opened the bag to sample, and might have eaten most of it. I think the Instagram hashtag #Iwillnevergoonadiet is invented for me.

The Jelly Bean Factory Super Sours come in 9 delicious flavours to tingle your tastebuds. These gourmet jelly beans are made using natural flavours and colours. They are also gelatine free, gluten and nut free, thus suitable for coeliacs and vegetarians.
If you find them too sour, use them as decorations for festive cookies and cupcakes.

Vanilla cupcakes with jelly beans

Festive cookies

There were two drinks in the box:
Dalston's Fizzy Apple - a fizzy soda, packed with Jonagold, Idared and Bramley apples from farms in Kent. I haven't had a chance to even try it, but my husband enjoyed it.

ALO claims to be the only quality proven brand of Aloe vera drinks in the UK market today (though I suspect Holland & Barrett and other health food shops might dispute the case, as they sell a variety of aloe vera drinks).

Overall, it has been another great selection of foods and drinks, a mix of established and new brands.

Disclosure: We receive a monthly food box for the purposes of reviewing. All opinions are our own.

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