Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Hands up who has a foodie friend to buy a Christmas gift for? And keep those hands in the air if you haven't got a clue what to get them, having bought all the obscure / interesting / fancy ingredients and hampers and Lakeland accessories already?
Well, put your hands down and apply them to your keyboard, because Kitchen Nomad may be just what you're after. Every month, they'll send you a box of ingredients and recipes from a different country. Last month saw Masterchef winner and Wahaca founder Thomasina Miers curate a Mexican box, with treasures like chilli honey and Mexican oregano that you're unlikely to find in your local supermarket. One of her recipes was chilli honey crumble, which frankly sounds worth the subscription price on its own.
I love the inclusion of the recipes - all from specialty chefs who know what they're talking about. It means that instead of exiling the cassia bark from June's Greek box to the back of the cupboard, you'll use it to flavour fig and walnut bake. Very clever.
And who knew you could put tahini in truffles? No longer will it languish in my fridge til I decide to make hummous.
You can either subscribe to Kitchen Nomad or order a one-off box. Prices start at £20 a box if you sign up for 12 months. It's good value for what you get, and they promise the cost of the box will always be similar to the price you pay for it. Go and explore - it's an excellent way to discover new tastes and flavours, whether you're a kitchen novice or just need a little guidance to start cooking a whole new cuisine.