Kitchen Trotter – February 2016

Kitchen Trotter – February 2016

Cooking isn’t one of my strong points I’ve got to be honest with you. There are a few tried and tested dishes which I can whip up no problems but anything beyond that and it goes one of two ways: bad and worse.

I was intrigued by the idea behind Kitchen Trotter – sending you ingredients and recipes from around the world – and anything that can take me by the hand and guide me out of the kitchen wilderness is fine by me. But it was a bit daunting at first…

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Why daunting? Well, I didn’t know what any of the ingredients were that were included in the box. I need not have worried though, as also included was a magazine detailing the recipes and a bit about the food and country too.

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The box itself is beautiful. Some subscription boxes are just plain brown thin boxes which fit through your letterbox. This is fine by me (as it avoids a trip to pick it up from the sorting office) but every now and then you find a subscription service with a box so nice you want to keep it. Kitchen Trotter is like that, which makes it brilliant if you’re buying it as a gift for the food lover in you life.

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So what was in the box?

  • A packet of Gado Gado mix, which is a base to create peanut sauces
  • Kecap Manis, an Indonesian sweet soy sauce
  • A jar of Terasi, a strong prawn paste to flavour dishes
  • Combava leaves, to add a citrus lift to food
  • Lemongrass powder, for a fresh dash of taste
  • Pandan flavouring, apparently this is a tropical plant and it smells so good
  • Kemiri nuts, which are ground up and added to sauces.

In other words, you get quite a lot and as you can see from the pictures it was really well packed. The things you get in the box obviously isn’t enough to make a whole meal from, but the folks at Kitchen Trotter have thought about this and give you a handy shopping list to make that trip to the supermarket ahead of your culinary bonanza as painless as possible.

What are the recipes like?

Good! And clear to follow too. I enjoyed making the chicken Ayam Areh dish, which was a tasty Indonesian curry which had a both savoury and fresh taste thanks to Terasi paste and lemongrass.

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I’m looking forward to giving some of the other dishes a try when I get chance (I just need my baby to work on extending his nap times first!).

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For someone like me who is a bit scared of trying to make new dishes, this subscription box is great. I also love how it has filled my pantry with food and spices that you wouldn’t usually find on the high street. That’s where I think boxes like this really come into their own, giving you something unexpected and different and broadening your horizons. Equally, if you (or the person you’re buying it for) is a Gordon Ramsay in the making, this box has something for them too as the ingredients provided aren’t run of the mill by any means and the recipes are interesting too.

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I was really impressed by this Kitchen Trotter box and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to broaden their repertoire in the kitchen. whether you’re a masterchef or a reluctant cook like me.

Our score: 9.7/ 10

A great food subscription box which can help to take your culinary skills to the next level.

  • Quality of products10
  • Originality10
  • Packaging and delivery10
  • Value for money9
  • Selection of products9.5

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