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Try the World

They send you a super cool beautifully packaged box every 2 months filled with food, recipes, and info about a country. The recipes are easy and the weird ingredients are supplied, you just need to pick up standard pantry and fresh items from the grocery store. The website also has lots of cool info and additional recipes for each country and you can buy more of the same items from your box or other items from that country.



France

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This was a bonus box because I signed up during a promotion they were having. The box comes with little jars and packages and a beautiful card with info about he country and recipes. I didn’t follow the recipe precisely, because well I just don’t do that. But also because it was steak tartar and I’m not a fan of raw red meat. Yes, I understand the point of this is to try stuff you’ve never tried but I’m making another point to not be afraid. If the recipe they include is just not going to happen for you, it’s not that hard to switch things up.

So I stuck with the tea set up. They provided the tea, delicious butter cookies and dark caramels. I added honey to sweeten the tea.

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For the entrée though instead of steak tartar is made a French tartine, or open faced sandwich on a baguette.

Toasted the baguette
Mixed the supplied Dijon mustard and clementine jam
to make a spread for the baguette
Spread the Dijon on skinless boneless chicken breasts that I cut in half, then I sprinkled each breast with the mixed herbs
included in the box and the fleur de sel
Pan seared the breasts
Topped one side of the baguette with 2 breasts halves, topped with slices of gruyere cheese and broiled it a few minutes to melt the cheese
Topped that with a fresh thyme sprig, thinly sliced radishes
and sliced green onion
Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper
I served it with pan seared asparagus that I drizzled with the same Dijon clementine spread and fleur de sel

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Thailand

Thailand

The soup was a bust – you get 4 little packets of dried vegetables that you drop into boiling water (I used broth instead) then add meat and fresh mushrooms and onions. The vegetables never softened up. I mean we didn’t even taste it because the vegetables all felt like bark.

The rice crackers and dried coconut was awesome. Haven’t tried the tea sweetened with coconut syrup yet.

The coconut milk red curry beef with vegies was delicious.

Combine the provided red curry paste with a couple of spoonful’s of the solid coconut in the can of coconut milk
Then stir the rest into the water in the can
Warm the paste and the milk solid then add the rest of the can of milk along with lime zest and a tablespoon of fish sauce
Add shredded carrots and thinly sliced beef skirt – cook for about 20 minutes or until tender
Add sliced red peppers and green onions
Cook the purple jasmine rice according to the package (I used coconut milk and broth instead of water)
Serve the beef over the rice – Really really good.

I added a mango cucumber and red bell pepper salad as well.

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Portugal

Not a fan of this box. Lots of dried fish stuff. The crunchy apple rings were definitely not crunchy. They were tough like leather. The cookies, honey, and jam were good nothing unusual though. The lemon cookies tasted like vanilla wafers and the jam and honey like, well, jam and honey. Had them with tea.

I used the sacana and fish seasoning to make cod. With the suggested chorizo, kale, peppers and tomatoes. Lots of flavor with a little kick. Definitely liked this part.


Sweden


Swedish meatballs with lingonberries over mashed potatoes and a shaved apple, radish and onion sprout salad. This was really tasty and they have almost the same thing without the apple salad at Epcot in Norway at the little bakery. Its actually really good.


Crispy chocolate cookies, licorice and nordic fudge with rosehip. Don’t like licorice or fudge and this wasn’t any different. The cookies tasted like Pepperidge Farms. So far the savory stuff is pretty good but the sweet stuff is boxed just like our stuff.

Quick Bread

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Got the main recipe from Food Network Magazine’s 50 Quick Bread article.
But as usual I had to mess with it.

Most of the recipes are for a sweeter bread like
banana-chocolate, lemon raspberry, or pina colada.
I’m partial to more savory bread so here’s what I tried:

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Sun-dried Tomato and Pesto

 3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/3 cup pesto
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
1 cup chopped oil packed sun-dried tomatoes

Whisk the sour cream, vegetable oil, eggs, and pesto and set aside

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, lemon zest, salt and pepper

Toss in the Italian cheese blend and sun-dried tomatoes

Combine the flour mixture and sour cream mixture just until mixed

Line a bread pan with parchment paper so the sides hang over and spray with non-stick baking spray

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Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly,
bake at 350 for 40-50 min or until a knife inserted in the middle comes our clean

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Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack and let cool to room temperature before slicing

This tasted like really good pizza or scachatta form Alessi’s deli in Tampa
(when I was a kid my dad would bring it back from trips – love that stuff)
it would taste great to add some sautéed diced pancetta or diced pepperoni

Pimento Cheese and Bacon
(I made this one up – loved it)

1/2 white, yellow, or Vidalia onion – small diced
Olive oil
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
3/4 cup pimento cheese
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons each chopped rosemary and thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter – cut into small cubes

Sauté the onions in the olive oil until translucent

Whisk the sour cream, vegetable oil, eggs, and pimento cheese and set aside

Whisk the flour, sugar, rosemary, thyme, baking powder, baking soda, lemon zest, salt and pepper

Toss in the bacon

Combine the flour mixture and the sour cream mixture just until mixed

Line a bread pan with parchment paper so the sides hang over and spray with non-stick baking spray

Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly

Sprinkle a little shredded cheddar cheese on top and little cubes of butter

 Bake at 350 for 40-50 min or until a knife inserted in the middle comes our clean

Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack and let cool to room temperature before slicing

The Food Network main recipe is really delicious
the bread has a crispy crust and is light and moist inside.
I froze some of the loaves and then sliced and toasted them later
and they tasted like I just baked them.

Another combo might be cheeseburger – replace the pimento cheese with shredded cheddar, the bacon with cooked hamburger meat, and add the sun-dried tomatoes.

There are lots of ways you can mess with this recipe. Just think about a combo you like – like chicken pot pie then figure out what the main ingredients are and incorporate them into the recipe.

Be careful not to throw off the wet to dry ingredients ratio. So for chicken pot pie I’d replace the cheese and bacon with chicken, carrots, and celery. Always cook the meat and sauté and vegetables before tossing them in.

You get the idea.
You can cater your bread to match the theme of your meal or the basket you’re giving someone.

Apples, pecans, and sausage for Thanksgiving
Honey, lemon zest, and pistachio for a Moroccan theme
BBQ, cheddar, and candied jalapeno for a Cowboy theme

I never make the same thing twice so I love recipes like this that I can change a million different ways!