APRIL 2018 COUNTRIES BOX

Welcome to the April Box! We’ve gathered and curated some of the best goodies from all four corners of the globe into this months box. Enjoy 7 to 8 of the delicious items listed below in your box plus two brand new recipes!

GORP

It’s an energy bar that is irresistible to taste! Each bar contains protein for power, fiber and Omega-3 for health, and antioxidants for recovery. They’re always made in small batches by hand on a family farm on the Canadian prairie.

USE IT: It’s an awesome quick and healthy snack or pair it with an apple/small salad for a meal replacement.

LILLI’S Q

The classic southern taste of pickled hot peppers is captured in each crunch of these kettle-cooked potato chips. With deep roots in southern cooking, Lillie’s Q churns out flavors that pay homage to traditional tastes from south of the Mason-Dixon line.

USE IT: Sandwiches and potato chips are a match made in heaven— we’d stick these chips in everything from a PB&J to a BLT. Enjoy Hot pepper vinegar kettle chips with almost anything for an amazing textural contrast.

Tarallini

Tarallini are a toroidal Italian snack food, common all over the southern half of the Italian Peninsula. An oven baked cracker that’s similar in texture to a breadstick. They’re tasty, crunchy, versatile and full of flavor.

USE IT: Enjoy as a quick snack with cheese and hummus, as croutons in soup or salad or even as a party finger food with a dips selection.

Walkers

Walkers’ classic Scottish shortbread is baked in the beautiful, pristine countryside of the Scottish Highlands in the village of Aberlour-on-Spey.

USE IT: Enjoy them as a snack with coffee, tea or milk and for extra fun, serve an assortment of shortbread Scotties as a garnish with a scoop of ice cream!

Gorfrais

This silky smooth German cake is a delicacy in the shape of a gugelhupf in excellent quality. Not only in the taste is our cocoa sweetener unique and very popular, the shape also conveys a sense of the “good old times”. “GOUFRAIS” is covered with 100% cocoa powder and contains no alcohol. The high-quality ingredients slowly unfold after initial firmness in tender melt, providing an unforgettable and long-lasting taste experience.

USE IT: Goufrais makes the perfect gift for all occasions: Corporate meetings, holidays, office parties, birthdays or just to enjoy yourself with a glass of red wine or a cup of coffee.

Sapsucker

Sapsucker Maple Tree Water was founded on the Chapman’s family farm located in the Beaver Valley, Ontario in 2014.

Sapsucker is naturally hydrating, nothing added, locally harvested water from Ontario maple trees. Packed with 46 naturally occurring minerals, antioxidants and vitamins, Sapsucker offers a clear and refreshing taste with a natural hint of sweetness.

USE IT: It’s perfect before, during or after a workout. Or even try it in your favorite recipe like in smoothies, overnight oats, coffee, tea and more!

Mae Napa

This Mango sticky rice is a traditional Thai dessert made with glutinous rice, fresh mango and coconut milk.

USE IT: A classic Thai dessert that is creamy, refreshing, and the perfect end to a spicy meal.

Maya Kaimal

India is a delicious country, but many people don’t realize the cuisine varies dramatically from region to region. The food served in most North American Indian restaurants is actually North Indian food–rich in dairy, toasted spices, and wheat breads. Tender, freshly baked naan bread was the inspiration for these flame-baked Naan Chips. Our unique baking process captures the blissfulness of this authentic flatbread

USE IT: Dip them in hummus or guacamole, enjoy with cheese, or crunch them on their own.

RawSpice Bar

Moroccan Ras El Hanout
This freshly ground Ras el Hanout spice translates literally to “top of the shop” in Arabic. This is our go to for Morrocan tagines, couscous, grilled lamb or chicken. Ras el Hanout comprises the very best a spice merchant has to offer. Individual spices are freshly ground with toasted cumin & coriander, rose buds, chiles & turmeric and is expertly blended and incorporated into traditional Morrocan tagines, couscous or grilled lamb or chicken dishes.

USE IT: Use this blend to marinate lamb or chicken wings with olive oil and a ping of lemon juice.

Vancouver Island

Please enjoy this small batch of handcrafted sea salt. It is all-natural and unrefined, retaining trace minerals that are naturally occurring in the cold Canadian Pacific where it was harvested it from. SALT unites the diverse tastes in a dish, marries the sauce with the meat, and turns the pallid sweetness of vegetables into something complex and savory.

USE IT: This is a great all-around gourmet finishing salt and perfect on both savory and sweet dishes.

SUMAC SESAME ZA’ATAR

This Israeli zaatar spice is freshly ground in house from sumac, toasted sesame seeds, thyme and flaky sea salt for a nutty, floral flavor for dips, pizza & rubs.

USE IT: Stir into olive oil and pile onto crusty bread or sprinkle on eggs, tuck into a Lebanese style pizza or use as dry rub on chicken or vegetables.

Patience Fruit & CO

Enjoy a little bit of Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Quebec. Their lives 700 inhabitants and millions of grown cranberries. Cranberries love sand and acid soil, as are common in the Center-du-Québec region and around the village. Traditionally, cranberries are sliced in half before being dried. This exclusive blend of Cranberries, blueberries and cherries is the marriage of bitter sweet-bitter fruit offers a perfect balance and a real happiness in the mouth.

USE IT: Ideal for lunch, these cranberries add texture and flavor to morning classics such as your favorite cereal, comforting oatmeal or a greener yogurt bowl.

Old World Quality Foods

Old World Quality Foods, LLC is an importer, wholesaler and distributor of fine, traditional and novel Polish and European foods providing you with a true experience of homemade foods.

USE IT: It’s the perfect pickle for snacking while watching TV, for serving at parties, or offering a low-calorie snack to your family before preparing supper.

Mutti

Mutti tomatoes have been growing in Parma, Italy since 1899. Each stage of growth was designed to retain all of the tomato’s natural goodness. Their outstanding taste is a testament to the bond that units man to soil.

USE IT: For any dish that needs smaller pieces of tomatoes, such as quesadillas, pizza, bruschetta, green or pasta salads, wraps, and burritos, Mutti Finely chopped tomatoes are perfect. Or try them for salsa made in a snap!

Miracle Noodle Kitchen

Pad Thai is easily the most famous dish amongst visitors of Thailand. Vegan Pad Thai takes this classic Thai street food and makes it extra healthy by using our konjac shirataki Miracle Noodles adding the traditional spices of Thailand.

USE IT: Enjoy this healthy, on-the-go meal while you’re at work, home or anytime you’re too hungry to cook from scratch.

Matiz

Our 100% natural raw fruit bars come to us from the hilly terrain of La Vera in the Spanish region of Extremadura. Matiz Raw Fig Demi-luna uses only the finest plump figs combined with walnuts, honey and natural spices. Matiz Raw Apricot Demi-luna combines delicious Spanish apricots with rich Marcona Almonds.

USE IT: Matiz Raw Apricots are Healthy sweet-tooth satisfiers that pair well with cheese or hold their own on the desert table.

Loacker

Loacker specializes in crafting fine European baked goods. The fruity, fresh lemon cream is made from the juice and essential oils of Sicilian lemons. These fruits, pampered by the sun, give this wafer creation its distinctive sweet and sour flavor.

USE IT: Add an extra pop of flavor and use it as a garnish on your favorite deserts!

Jose Andres

The incredible Arequina has been grown in a region of Priorat Catalonia, for over a thousand years. There are picked by hand and from the moment they turn green they are soaked in a blend of water, salt and aromatic herbs. To ensure perfect flavor, the olives marinate for months until they are ready to eat.

USE IT: Try the on a tapas plate of cheese and jamon alongside grilled fish and chicken, or in a hearty salad. Don’t let their size fool you- good things really do come in small packages.

RawSpice Bar

The natural healing science of Ayurveda is rooted in ancient India with its origins dating 5000 years ago. Ayurveda, an intricate natural health system, focuses on creating balance in all aspects of life. Ayurveda provides guidelines for healthy living as well as therapeutic measures that aim to restore physical, mental, social, spiritual and environmental harmony. Party Detox uses the power of herbs soothe your stomach and detox your whole system.

USE IT: Take it anytime you feel like your system is bogged down and need a little stomach soothing and detox!

Grenade

Grenade was founded in 2009 and has been one of the UK’s most effective and fastest growing companies.

Carb Killa® Bars are the ultimate indulgent, guilt-free treat. An ideal chocolate bar alternative, Carb Killa bars are packed with up to 23 grams of protein. Made with European Chocolate, containing less than 2g sugar per bar.

USE IT: Can be eaten any time of the day – from a tasty snack between meals, to a high protein post workout treat. Its chocolate coating and thick caramel layer mean its perfect to keep those chocolate cravings under control.

Full Green

Every pouch of Fullgreen’s riced sweet potato is filled with perfect little grains of non-GMO goodness and nothing else. The skin is left on because it’s tasty and packed with fiber and potassium.

USE IT: It’s great with just about anything. Use it as a side, instead of rice; mash it; make it into gluten-free waffles or brownies; even top it with yogurt and fruit!

Dress It Up Dressing

This scrumptious Blackberry dressing is sometimes sweet, sometimes rich and savory. With a depth that is hard to identify, the Blackberry belies its four simple ingredients. This is one of the first dressings to feature Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In fact, California can take all the credit for this brew because the oil, vinegar and garlic are all sourced in California.

USE IT: You’ll love this classic recipe on virtually any green salad or vegetable salad. What’s more, its versatility shines through when you try it as a delicious marinade for grilled meats, poultry and seafood.

Cafe Britt

This single-origin blend comes from southern Costa Rica’s Brunca growing region, known for the many biological reserves that dot its landscape. It is a medium roast, with flavor hints of apple and laurel and an aroma of freshly tilled soil. It is a very dense, full-bodied coffee that is heavier on the palate and has a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

USE IT: Brew it up and start your morning with a delicious taste, comforting feel, rich aroma, and of course, the energy it gives you to tackle the day!

Bitter Girl Bitters

Bitter Girl Bitters is a family owned and operated business based in Sonoma County, California. It Is fresh, homegrown, and has locally sourced ingredients that creates a natural flavor that is visible in the color and wonderful for the tongue.

USE IT: Bitters are a great addition to cocktails, sparkling water, cookies, cakes, and salad dressings.

Bahlsen

For over 125 years, generations of the Bahlsen family have made European biscuits to be enjoyed by generations of biscuit lovers. Containing a lavish layer of European milk chocolate that tops the original butter Leibniz biscuit.

USE IT: Enjoy this lavish milk chocolate biscuit alongside a cup of coffee or milk and enjoy your day!

Annie Chun’s

Red Curry is a perfect solution for when you need something that’s convenient yet fulfilling or as a simple solution for lunch or dinner!

USE IT: Enjoy this lavish milk chocolate biscuit alongside a cup of coffee or milk and enjoy your day!

MONTHLY RECIPES:

SPICY MEATBALLS

INGREDIENTS :

  • 16 oz of minced pork
  • 14 oz of Mutti Finely Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs seed oil for frying coriander
  • salt
HOW TO PREPARE:

Finely dice the spring onion and mix it with the meat, garlic, half of the chilli powder, cumin seeds, breadcrumbs, egg and salt, in a bowl.

Roll the mixture obtained into balls. In a pan heat the seed oil and fry over high heat for a few minutes.

Meanwhile cook the Mutti Finely Chopped Tomatoes pulp with the remaining chilli powder and a generous sprinkling of salt. Add the meatballs to the sauce and leave them to flavor in the sauce for a few minutes. Serve the meatballs hot with a sprinkling of chopped fresh coriander.

GARAM MASALA CHICKEN TIKKA


A classic Indian garam masala chicken tikka with British roots. Freshly ground Indian spices, garlic, onions and creamy coconut milk in a rich, buttery sauce. Use rice or naan to soak up the juices and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS :

  • 2 cups greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp RawSpiceBar’s Tandoori Masala
  • 1 tbsp RawSpiceBar’s Garam Masala
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken
  • 2 onions
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 24 oz canned whole tomatoes, drained with juice reserved
  • 2 tbsp vegetable of canola oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Cilantro, for garnish
  • Rice or naan, for serving
HOW TO PREPARE:

For chicken tikka marinade

  1. Whisk the yogurt in a large bowl.
    2. Chop or crush 3-4 garlic cloves and 1/2 inch ginger in a mortar pestle, food processor or with the back of your knife. Add half of this ginger garlic paste to the yogurt.
    3. Add tandoori masalaand blend all ingredients.
    4. Cut and cube chicken, about 1 inch thick. Season generously with salt and pepper to taste. Add all cubed chicken to the yogurt mixture and coat well. Refrigerate and allow to marinate for at least one hour and up to 5 hours.
    5. When the chicken is ready to be cooked, fire up the grill, grill pan, or broiler to high heat. Thread the chicken cubes on bamboo or metal skewers and add to very high heat, about 10 minutes until the garam masala chicken starts to brown and char. Leave the chicken slightly undercooked in the center, as the chicken will simmer in the sauce under low heat for another 15 minutes and will cook through.

For masala sauce

  1. Heat oil in a large dutch oven over medium high heat until hot. Add 1 chopped onion and allow to brown until golden, about 10 minutes.
    2. Add in chopped tomatoes (without the juice).
    3. Add the remaining garlic ginger paste until the raw aroma is gone, about 2 minutes.
    4. Add Garam Masala and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    5. Add in remaining tomato juice and reduce heat to medium low. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes until tomatoes cook down.
    6. Add charred chicken to the sauce and bring to medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add a splash of lemon juice and cilantro to finish. Serve alongside rice or naan.
  • Tiffany McCleave

    I do not like this new format for the monthly box info. It shows me what I didn’t get but now I want and there were items in my box not listed here so I have no info about them.

  • Cindy Windau

    Extremely disappointed in the new format. We really appreciated the culture guide and utilized the recipes often. Having to look them up each time online is a pain. Also annoyed with not finding information on certain items in the box and miss the information about the country’s tradions, getting to know the chef who curated the box, and learning about the companies that made them and feeling a part of supporting family run and sustainable companies, etc. If next month is this bad we will cancel our subscription.

  • Linda Wood

    I also do not like the new format or the way the boxes are now a mixature of different cultures. That was fine on occasions like Christmas but not for every month. I also miss the information about the different country and learning about each item in the box. I have been a member for a long time but if it continues like this I may consider canceling my subscription. I don’t think we were even notified that we were no longer getting monthly boxes with a specific country theme.

  • Vicki Highley

    I do not like the new format of the boxes. I liked the idea of being able to visit a different country with all the products. I also do not like that there are no culture guides included. It is a hassle to have look up the items and then write the recipe (since I do not have access to a printer).

  • Little Nat

    I have to chime in. I don’t like the format of the boxes. Isn’t it supposed to be one country per box? I enjoyed that. Could use the ingredients together to make a meal. This feels like you are emptying out your warehouse of extras. Also, I liked the old box itself better! I’ll see how this next shipment is, but I’m planning at this point to cancel.