Wednesday 10 February 2016

Gousto Box

Hey everyone :)

Do you ever see those ads on Facebook for food boxes, or juice cleanses that you sign up to and they deliver to your house? My Facebook feed is full of them. I think the idea behind them is great however I can never bring myself to pay the full price - as most of them are quite expensive. I was on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and noticed that Gousto had a special price on for their food box. Instead of the full price (£35.99) I could pay £9.99 instead as a special deal. I got to choose 3 meals from their menu and then choose the date I wanted it delivered. So I opted for Monday so I could have a good start to the week.

The three meals I chose were:

Asian Beef Noodles
Curried Chicken
Tomato Risotto

The box was delivered by Yodel and if you are not in you can specify them to leave it somewhere and they will do this for you. The box is divided into two - you have a cooled section which is wrapped in thermal wool - which has your meats (chicken, beef - anything that needs to be chilled really) and then the other side has the vegetables, oils, sauces etc. You also get some menu cards and a Gousto bag (not sure if you get this all the time as this was my first order).

In this post - I'm going to show you the 'Asian Beef Noodles' - I had Dave help me with this :)

You get wonderful menu cards and on the back (not shown) are the steps to the recipe. Each ingredients is measured out exactly which means you aren't left with any wastage or extra bits.

So we pulled out all the ingredients (from the box) that we needed for the recipe.

The first step was to make the side dish which was called 'Smacked Cucumber' - so we got the 1/2 cucumber and took a rolling pin and started smacking the cucumber really hard until it split. We then cut it into bite sized chunks and added to a sieve. We then sprinkled 1 crushed garlic and some salt on top and mixed it together. The extra juice then drains from the sieve into a bowl. You leave this to one side.

For step two we need to peel the ginger and chop, de-seed the chilli and chop and add to a bowl with the soya sauce, rice wine vinegar, sugar and vegetable oil and stir until combined.

While you are completing the above you can put a boiling pot of water on with some salt added.

Step three requires us to add the noodles to the boiling water and cook for 4-6 minutes until soft and then drain in a colander and pop back into the pan (off the heat).

For step four we need to remove the steaks from their packaging and pat dry to remove excess blood, then rub with vegetable oil and some salt on both sides. Then cook both steaks in a hot pan for 1 minute each side (if you want them less red then cook for longer) and then remove from the pan and cover with a tea towel and let rest for 5 minutes.

For step five you need to add your sauce to the pan you cooked the steaks in and cook for 1 minute (make sure the pan isn't too hot), then add the noodles and stir so the noodles are covered in the sauce. Remove from the heat.

Step six requires us to chop the steaks into slices and add to the sauce covered noodles along with some chopped spring onion and then toss until everything is mixed together.

All that is left to do is dish up and serve with the 'Smacked Cucumber' so there you have it ... Asian Beef Noodles!

It was a really lovely dish and we kept the recipe card so we can make it again ourselves!!

If you want to check out the fully descriptive recipe on Gousto's website you can click HERE. You can also check out their main webpage HERE. As mentioned I paid £9.99 (instead of the normal price of £35.99) as this was a special offer they were doing that popped up in the ads on Facebook - this isn't a sponsored post - I just enjoyed it that much and love the idea that I wanted to blog about it.

Let me know what you think and if you would try Asian Beef Noodles in the comments below.

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