In an increasingly saturated market place for monthly gourmet food boxes it is ever more difficult to stand out from the crowd, with a sufficiently different product which will tempt people to buy.
Kitchen Nomad is a new box by post scheme whose difference is that every month they choose a different country, select some great (and not always that easy to source on the high street – I forget how lucky I am to be in Central London where you can buy most things) ingredients, pack it all up in a box with some recipe cards and send it out.
I received their inaugural box which was Greek; which arrived beautifully presented containing 9 generously sized products, and 6 recipe cards by Greek chef and cookery writer Tonia Buxton.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Kalamata Black Olives
- Orzo Pasta
- Tomato Sauce
- Dried Figs
- Vine Leaves
- Dukkah Spice Mix
- Pickled Capers
- Cassia Bark
I made a tart with olives and capers, an Orzo pasta dish and some baked figs – all were very good indeed; very easy to make, and I still have plenty of ingredients for further meals.
I liked the extra information and serving suggestions on the recipe cards – for instance about cassia bark, which I had not used before but am not converted to – it is similar to cinnamon and adds a distinctly Mediterranean, but also undefinable flavour, and it is something that I’ll be using again and again.
Kitchen Nomad Pros
- Great selection of products
- Generous sizes
- Fantastic if you do not have access to speciality food shops
- Good for getting out of a rut and expanding your horizons
- Easy, accessible recipes
- Great for a when you have friends round and want to do something different
- All products in the box were vegan
- Ingredients for each dish are clearly split into from the box and those you need to buy
Kitchen Nomad Cons
- Some might find recipes too basic
- Vegetarian options given – but very basic for example leaving prawns out of a prawn and feta dish where prawns are the main ingredient leaves very little actual dish left.
- Ingredient quantities are printed on the reverse side of the recipe card to the instructions – which meant I was constantly flipping the card over and back.
At £22 per month plus £3 delivery (there are price reductions if you subscribe) I feel that my box was good value and something I would consider as a present, to get me out of a cooking rut or to rekindle holiday memories in the depths of winter; although I would want to see a few more boxes before subscribing. At the rate of one per month there are over 16 years worth of countries so it will be interesting to see how Kitchen Nomad develop and what they come up with next.
Fuss Free Flavours received a box to review from Kitchen Nomad, we were not required to write a positive review and all opinions are our own.