Gousto? Give it a go!

Up until recently I’ve avoided “ingredients delivered to your door” kind of companies where you have to subscribe for a certain price per month/delivery, to have ingredients sent for you to cook, because I thought; why would I when I can just get the ingredients myself cheaper in Asda??

BUT

In May I visited the Great British Food Festival at Harewood House in Harrogate, where I was scouting for some yummy treats (and freebies of course) in one of the tents. A guy commented on something and got chatting to me, and it turned out he was from one of these food delivery companies, called Gousto. I thought I would humour him for a moment before saying no thank you and walking away. But then he explained that they had an offer on for 3 boxes/deliveries at half price, and you can skip deliveries, or cancel at any time.

So I decided to sign up and see what all the fuss was about, with the initial intention of just cancelling my account as soon as the offer ended. Our first box arrived (first box was full price at approx £32 for 3 meals for 2 people), and it was quite exciting! I looked inside the box and thought, these portions are tiny! However when I then made our first meal, following the really easy and visual recipe card, I realised that it was because Gousto provide pre-measured ingredients, which are just enough for each recipe, leaving you with no waste! How many times do we cook something and end up throwing bits of food away that we didn’t use, or making too much and binning the leftovers?? And the portions were actually extremely filling!

I carried on with the 3 box offer over the next few months – 2nd box half price, 3rd box free. And each time, trying something new. I actually realised on my free box that I could opt for 4 meals for 2 people! Bargain!

Each week Gousto adds new and varied recipes to try out; from amazing Asian inspired dishes like “Crispy Pork Belly & Noodle Ramen”, to tasty vegetarian dishes such as “Grilled Paneer, Spiced Veg & Tomato Wraps”

Here’s some dishes I made earlier 🙂

I am really impressed with how tasty the meals that I have made through Gousto are, and how easy the recipes are to follow. I now have my recipe cards saved in my Gousto folder (free gift in my 3rd box), and I have made one or two again, using my own ingredients bought in with my weekly shop. I have kept my account open with the intention of ordering a monthly Gousto Box treat 🙂

If you are interested in trying mouthwatering recipes that are delivered fresh to your door form £1.49 per meal, then sign up here and enjoy your first 2 boxes at half price!

Let me know what you think if you decide to give it a go 🙂

Jen (Yorkshire Foodie)

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You definitely won’t be Chilli with this recipe!

Call me mad but I could eat chilli con carne any day of the year! I absolutely love it and it’s one of my favourite things to cook from scratch. 

Everyone has their own version of a Chilli and I’ve tried a few and taken inspiration from various recipes, to come up with my own. 

The prep is probably the hardest bit, but once that’s done, you can almost just sit back and enjoy the aroma!

Here’s my recipe:

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finally chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finally chopped
  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 red chillies (if you like a bit of a kick), finely diced, with a few slices for later
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 heaped tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g chopped tomato
  • 200g chickpeas (and/ or kidney beans)
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

Prep

  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan over a medium to high heat. Add the onions, garlic, carrot and celery. Fry until the vegetables are soft but not browned (6-8 mins)
  2. Increase the heat and add the minced beef and chopped red chilli. Stir regularly, breaking up the mince as you go to brown all of the meat.
  3. Add the paprika and tomato purée. Cook for a few minutes stirring continuously.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and chickpeas and simmer for 45 minutes, adding water if the Chilli begins to dry out.
  5. 5 minutes before the timer goes off, stir in half of the coriander.
  6. Serve generous portion of Chilli topped with the leftover coriander and chilli pepper, with a side of your choice – I like to get an easy microwave pack of savoury rice & quinoa and a slice of garlic bread. Slurp!!


And voilà !

So tasty! My Chilli has a bit of a kick to it and is full of flavour. I tend to make a bit extra to freeze or keep in the fridge for the next day.. and it is actually even tastier and spicier warmed up another day! 


Please give my recipe ago and let me know what you think! Hope you enjoy it 😊

Jen (Yorkshire Foodie)

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Happy National Burger Day!!

Well national burger day is here and I’m unsure if I never want to see another burger again, or if that’s all I wanna eat!! Haha! 

But seriously, I have found some proper tasty burgers and amazing restaurants in Yorkshire during my search for the “Top 5 Places to get a Burger in Yorkshire” for the Northern Life magazine. 

Check out my article here.
Happy munching 🙂

 

Burgers and more…

I have tried out a good few burgers in my time, and recently I’ve been on the lookout to visit more independent restaurants around Yorkshire to find the “Top 5 burgers in Yorkshire” for my Northern Magazine feature this month.

Today I found my favourite burger restaurant so far. Based in Harrogate just a short walk from the town centre, an independent burger restaurant – Burgers and More.

For a long time nothing came close to Byron  (fantastic for a restaurant chain), but this Northern gem just topped it for me!

I could not pick a fault in the service or the food at all! There was so much choice of different beef, chicken, pork and veggie burgers, I’m gonna have to visit again, and again! 

I went for the “cheeseboard burger” – beef burger stuffed with apple and Stilton, topped with mozzarella and fig chutney, in a brioche bun (restaurant usually serves all burgers in ciabatta bread but give the choice of brioche) with a lovely fresh salad and sweet potato chips on the side. Portion was just right and it was nice to see my meal turn up on a normal plate, no pretentious messing around!! The burger was a joy to eat, not sloppy or awkward in any way. Tasty, tasty, TASTY!!! Jamie chose the “bucking broncho” burger (3 chillies) – served with a homemade “silly sauce”. I had a taste and really enjoyed (and so did he by his matching empty plate).

Thank you to the owner, Ian, who stopped for a chat with us and explained the menu and how they support other local restaurants. 

It’s gonna take a real amazing contender to make me think twice about putting this place top of my list! 

Rating – 5/5 OBVIOUSLY!!!!

Price range – £45ish for two starters, two mains that come with sides and 3 fizzy drinks. 

Next stop – Pax Burger – Huddersfield

Intro & a bit about Jen :)

Hi there!

I’m Jen, I’m 29 and I live in Leeds.

I LOVE food – cooking it and of course eating it, and I LOVE the joy it brings people. So here I am sharing my homemade recipes, or eating out experiences mainly within West & North Yorkshire, but occasionally venturing further afield!

I have so far had features on the Asda Good Living website and soon to feature on the Northern Life Magazine website.

If you would like to contact me regarding my blog / ideas on where to eat/what to cook, or would like to work with me (advertising/reviews/publishing recipes/other), then please feel free to email me on jenpop1202@gmail.com

Please check out my Instagram and Twitter pages for my story so far including some of my recipes and reviews and of course, lots of pictures 🙂