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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Piquant Post Subscription Box Review + Unboxing | October 2017

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Piquant Post is a monthly spice subscription that sends you 4 small batch, handmade spice blends from a different region of the world. Along with these spices you'll also receive 4 corresponding recipes selected by the Piquant Post chefs! Subscriptions are $11.99 month to month but are even more reasonable if you pre-pay! 

*product was received free for review / contains affiliate links


Check out the unboxy box video




Here's the Box Breakdown
first look in the piquant post package
Our first glimpse inside the Piquant Post package

what's in the piquant post subscripiton
Everything that we received in the Piquant Post Package  for October. The region they cover in this packet is Jamaica and includes 4 fun spice blends along with 4 recipes!


So what is all this stuff?


Gingerbread Spice
gingerbread spice blend
This blend contains ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves to create a warm and sweet flavor that gives you those nostalgic Christmas morning feels!

The corresponding recipe is for gingerbread pancakes and commemorates Jamaica's love for both gingerbread and 'Bulla Calla'. These sound like they'll be super tasty for a cool fall day breakfast! A great bit of comfort food!


Island Spice 
island spice
The island spice packet contains a blend of; paprika, thyme, allspice, ginger, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, white peppercorn and rosemary. The mixture lends anything you add it to a smoky heat and warmth that is simply scrumptious!

The corresponding recipe is a Jamaican Run Down or Fish Stew. The name comes from cooking the fish so long it falls apart in the stew. Use Cod, Halibut, Swordfish, Rockfish or even Salmon to complete your fish stew. 


Scotch Bonnet Pepper Flakes
scotch bonnet pepper flakes
This isn't a blend so much as it is Scotch Bonnet Pepper Flakes.. that's it! And folks, they're super spicy!

This recipe is Lemon Pepper Shrimp and is a quick and easy dish to make. Minimal ingredients for a fast and tasty light lunch!


Jamaican Jerk Premium Spice Blend
jamaican jerk spice blend
This Jamaican Jerk spice blend contains; allspice, sweet paprika, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper and cayenne. A Jamaican staple this complex flavor is a medley of warmth and smoke and has definitely earned all the recognition it garners

The recipe was not that complicated and because it involved chicken thighs (our personal fave) it was our chosen meal for this months package!


Okay so now what?


Now we make our Jamaican Jerk marinade. 
We start by putting all the ingredients except the meat in a food processor. This includes; a shallot, scallions, fresh ginger, garlic, Jerk Spice blend, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, a lime juiced, brown sugar and scotch bonnet flakes (to taste)

We subbed a few of the ingredients out - for instance we didn't have scallions so we used regular onion and we only had ginger powder (which is less good but still acceptable). It's cooking - always remember you can give and take and still get something great!

Once we've added all the ingredients we pulse this until we get a thick paste and then we add our chicken to the marinade and refrigerate (preferably overnight)

And because this went into the next day ... we sort of totally forgot to take pictures of the finished product which was DELICIOUS!

You can choose to grill or broil your Jerk Chicken (we broiled - we live in Pennsylvania and it's been like 20 degrees at night) but either way you're definitely getting a heck of a delicious meal. Serve with red beans and rice and VOILA!


So in summary


We look for three things in a subscription box; quality, curation, and presentation. The Piquant Post is our favorite spice subscription because it always gives us new flavors to try and enjoy. The recipes run the gamut from beginner to advanced so we can try our hand at some dishes outside of our comfort zone or comfortably stay within our comfort zone! The presentation is great, everything arrives perfectly. The quality is awesome. Because these are hand crafted in small batches there is an attention to detail you won't get with a store bought spice! And curation - how cool is it to try new flavors from a different place each month? We love that each blend comes with its own recipe as well. 


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