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Spice Breeze is a monthly international spice subscription box. Choose from their Cosmopolitan package that includes four spice kits (a recipe with all necessary spices) two of which you will choose for $13.99, the Wanderlust which includes two pre-chosen spice kits for $6.80and the Globetrotter that includes everything in the Wanderlust with double the spices for $12.99. Use code BUZZFEED20 to receive 20% off your order. NAT received this package at no cost for review purposes.
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My first glimpse inside the Spice Breeze package for December.
When you first open up the Spice Breeze package it always smells and looks wonderful.
Everything that came in my package from Spice Breeze for the month, very pretty!
So what is all this stuff?
Our box insert tells us the featured location for this month’s package.
This month it’s Dragon Tiger Pagodas, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Recently Spice Breeze has been including spice packets that don’t include a recipe in packages. These are more a nice treat in addition to your package for the month. This month we received Golden Milk which is to be added to milk or cream and then added to coffee or tea. I will definitely be trying this out with a little almond milk!
The first dish in our package for the month is Lo Bah Png a Taiwanese dish that literally translates to braised pork on rice. This is a signature comfort food is made with pork belly and more often than not, ground.
Our spice packet for this recipe includes fennel, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper and sichuan pepper.
Next up in our package is a Persian dish – Khoresh Gheimeh. This stew combines french fries and lentils and our spice packet includes ground Omani Limes which lend this dish it’s distinct flavor.
My packet for this dish included Omani Limes, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, white pepper and nutmeg.
Second to last in my package is this Polish dish- which is the first course in a traditional Polish supper. This is a borscht soup and includes both beetroots and mushrooms. While this looked delicious I didn’t have the ingredients needed to complete this but maybe next time!
Our spice packet for this dish includes allspice, garlic, black pepper, marjoram, cinnamon, star anise and cloves.
Finally in my box for the month and the dish that I decided to create is Vindaloo a Goan dish. This is popular throughout the world and actually originated in Portugal. The dish was adapted when Portugese explorers brought it to India and used local ingredients.
Our spice packet for this dish includes cumin, coriander, turmeric, white poppy seeds, cinnamon, cloves and kashmiri chili.
Okay so now what?
Now we get to cooking!
First up we start marinating our chicken early in the day by chopping it up and mixing it with the Vindaloo spices as well as garlic and ginger (we also salt and pepper the chicken).
It doesn’t look like a lot of spices but once you add the chicken.
Bam! There was more than enough to coat our entire chicken.
Also we added some of our own chilis as this blend is rather mild in the heat department and we put some chicken on the side for the kiddos to eat! We’ll refrigerate the chicken now and let it marinate anywhere from three to twenty four hours.
Once our chicken has marinated it’s time to make this curry! We start by slicing up a red onion.
And while the recipe didn’t call for it my husband decided we needed potatoes, so he boiled some until they were about half done just so they would keep their form once we added them to the curry.
Then we add our onions to a hot pan and fry.
We do this until they turn brown.
Then we add our meat and fry for five minutes over high heat.
Then we’ll cover and cook this dish 10 minutes on medium heat. At this point we’ll add vinegar and sugar and continue to cook for about 30 minutes on medium low heat. We’ll do this until the meat is falling apart while stirring occasionally.
I know it doesn’t look that great but danggit this was delicious! The flavors came together perfectly. This is probably one of the best dishes that I’ve ever made from Spice Breeze.
So in summary
Presentation: Everything always looks beautiful and arrives to me perfectly in my package from Spice Breeze
Quality: I love that the spices that Spice Breeze sends are all natural and organic and that we can add salt to our liking (great for low sodium diets).
Curation: While the dishes were varied which I loved, I also loved that the recipes vary in difficulty in this subscription. We get dishes that are great for weekends but also for busy weekday nights!
Spice Breeze $6.80+
Another Great Month
This month’s recipes from Spice Breeze were great. I made a recipe this month that was probably my favorite that I’ve ever made with this subscription!