Wednesday, 19 December 2012

thai beef lettuce wraps - a gousto giveaway



... as you can imagine, being the international food blogger extrordinaire that I am, I receive a lot of requests from brands to review stuff and if i'm brutally honest... which I probably shouldn't be... most of the stuff is utter crap... which is why it's nice to have received an honest email from the good people at Gousto asking me to review their Gourmet Bag delivery... I was a little reserved at first as this is such a busy month for all of us and I really didn't know if i'd find the time to review anything but when they explained the concept behind their company I was intrigued...

... and Gousto is a simple concept... it's essentially a weekly organic food delivery service with added recipes...every week they create recipes on their website... you choose which recipes you like and they send you the ingredients for that exact recipe... most of the stuff is already portioned, all you have to do is prepare and cook it... it's like opening your favourite cookbook and the ingredients magically appearing... or if you still don't quite get the concept yet, imagine that annoying bit in Jamie's 30 Minute Meals, where Mr Oliver advises you to 'have everything prepared in advance'... well this is that bit... genius...

... the gousto gourmet bag includes 2 meals for 2 people... I had about 8 recipes to choose from and I went for thai beef lettuce wraps, which I made for lunch on Monday... and tagliatelle with artichoke hearts, courgette puree and capers, which The viking and I will had for dinner last night... the box of goodies was delivered to my door and was beautifully wrapped in eco-friendly swaddling to keep it nice a fresh... each recipe comes with it's own recipe card and very, very clear and user-friendly instructions, with pictures... it honestly couldn't be simpler and is ideal for us folk with slightly manic lifestyles... the food is all very fresh, the menu's are all healthy and delicious... the boxes are not cheap but at £42 for a couples pack, which equates to 3 meals for 2 people it works out at £7 per meal, which last time I looked is cheaper, healthier and probably tastier than a take-away so it actually isn't too bad...


thai beef lettuce wraps
i've never really made anything like this before and they were indeed delicious... I actually felt quite virtuous eating them... they were packed with flavour and I devoured them with glee... and it was also quite a relief to be eating something succinctly not christmassy... here's the recipe if you fancy making them yourself...

250g minced beef
15g cilantro
1 medium red onion - finely sliced and quartered
1 red chilli - finely chopped
1 lime
1 iceberg lettuce
160g rice noodles
2 cloves garlic - finely crushed
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
30g peanuts - crushed
1 carrot - sliced thinly with a vegetable peeler

- place the beef in a bowl, squeeze the lime over it and let it marinade whilst you make the rest of the meal

- place the noodles into a pot of boiling hot water, off the heat, and let them sit for 15mins or until al dente

- put a pan on a medium heat and saute the beef in some olive oil until cooked, reduce the heat and add the chilli, onion and garlic... add the fish sauce and the soy sauce and simmer for a minute or two until the ingredients and hot

- peel off a few large iceberg leaves and place a handful of noodles in each one, add some of the meat mixture and then top with the carrots and cilantro... sprinkle with the crushed peanuts to serve

tagliatelle with artichoke hearts, courgette puree and capers

the giveaway
... the good people at Gousto have very kindly given me one of their Gourmet Bags as a giveaway prize... this consists of two, 2-person meals and the winner will, as I did, get the opportunity to choose from a selection of menu's.... Gousto delivers nationwide except for a few very remote places, this means that sadly the giveaway is only open to residents of the UK... or friends of people who live here... so please check here to see if they will deliver to you (or someone you know) before you enter the competition...

... all you have to do is fill in the rafflecopter thingamy below and we'll pick a winner before the end of the month...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

eat and of course, enjoy!

99 comments:

  1. Something really fresh and unchristmassy sounds like a good idea at the moment. I might give these a go, although I know Mark will read this later on today so I'll have to promise to leave out the coriander and fish sauce.

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  2. Sounds yummy !. What a great idea :)

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  3. I thought Gousto were excellent when I reviewed them, so much so that I bought another week's bag a while after. I'd buy again if I had more cash, as I liked that the recipes got me to try things I wouldn't normally.

    Am entering because, so good, want to eat more!

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  4. they EVEN deliver to Trelawnyd!!!!!!!!!!
    can you believe it!

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  5. Ha ha, virtuous at Christmas - we should have t-shirts made!

    Sounds like a very good idea for those with busy lifestyles and your cooked dishes look gorgeous. I'm impressed. Gousto's recipes actually look like the kind of food we would cook and eat!

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  6. Love thai flavours and so good at this time of year to kill off all those horrible bugs going around. More chilli the better!

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  7. Sounds like a clever business plan. Hope it works for them. Lucky for the UK.

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  8. The Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps sound delicious :)

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  9. I adore Thai beef lettuce wraps... actually, I like any type of lettuce wraps.. they are so much fun to eat and usually pretty healthy! These look amazing.. nicely done for your first time :)
    I love this delivery meal service too... just right for the person who still wants to cook but doesn't have all the time for prep work.

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  10. What a super idea - I'm always in need of inspiration for meal ideas and Gousto take out the exasperation of finding all the ingredients.

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  11. I love this idea! I wonder if there is the equivalent in America. I'm assuming the service is pretty pricey, but what fun--- I think I have to get working on the American version of this!

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  12. I've been seeing Gousto featured all over the place and it looks good. Tried the link to see if I was in to remote a place, but couldn't find anything on the site to tell me, so have to assume fine BECAUSE surely I will win this time?????

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  13. This sounds like an excellent idea, I'd love to try it!

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  14. Those look delicious and very healthy. I love all things Thai so these are a no brainer! It's very convenient and takes the hassle out of thinking what to cook everyday. It's kind of like the supper places we have here in the US but here, we have to go to the place and cook it and bring it home.
    I like this way much more.
    I am glad to have found your site, I look forward to perusing it.

    Nazneen

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  15. I always wonder about these sorts of things - I got a 'meal in a box' from another company in the summer which was great and delish but I had to joint the chicken - not tha I minded but I could really have done with out it. Love the sound of those wraps. I might well try them myself. Also love the sound of the pasta.

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  16. Becs at Lay The Table reviewed a similar sounding service from Hello Fresh - http://laythetable.com/reviews/hellofresh-food-delivery-service/

    I'd be interested to know how they compare....

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  17. We have some of these great suppliers here in Sydney too . A great giveaway

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  18. My man makes this every Monday night (its his favourite! you know he is addicted to asian food) It is called San Choi Bau here - mostly the same ingredients wrapped in a lettuce cup. Absolutely delicious I love these flavours and so refreshing down here at this time of the year.

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  19. for me, one of the favourite part abotu cooking is shoppign for the ingredients, so this will be taking part of the joy out fo cooking for me. but, i still think this is one brilliant idea for the time-starved people who still want to cook a great healthy meal at home for themselves! the san choi bau looks great(: familiar flavours and a prettty virtuous change to the treats we;ve been seeing around the blogs lately(: merry xmas dom!

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  20. Wow what an amazing give away! the food looks delicious!

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  21. I love this idea, its like eating out in.

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  22. Delicious, I could treat the wife

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  23. would love to try thesetr

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  24. Great giveaway would love this, the food looks really yummy :)

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  25. You can never go wrong by trying new things!

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  26. Lynsey Buchanan21 December 2012 03:42

    great giveaway

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  27. What a great idea - Hope it goes well. Happy Christmas

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  28. I am no good at weighing ingredients. I always put 'a bit more' or 'a bit less' than the recipe states. This can quite often be disastrous. The concept of having the ingredients weighed out in advance and delivered is really appealing. No more kitchen disasters for me!

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  29. Fabulous. Happy Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.

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  30. Thanks for the giveaway and the wonderful blog

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  31. Thai beef lettuce wraps sounds fantastic, a tasty way to get my family to enjoy lettuce.

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  32. Please put me into the draw - thank you xx

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  33. Never heard of it but would like to try it!

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  34. I really must try some of the ideas on here!

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  35. Really exciting prospect

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  36. Really like the idea of this, would love to try them.

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  37. 2013... must remind myself to eat more Thai food :)

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  38. Would love to try this

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  39. The menus are fantastic; so fresh and original. A tempting feast of deliciousness after the excesses of Christmas.

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  40. Their pork with butterbeans looks delicious x

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  41. These look great!

    @ashlallan

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  42. These meals look fab, just right for serving something tasty when in a hurry

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  43. Would be great to give this a try

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  44. I've had chicken wraps at a Chinese restaurant and love them so I'm sure these are delicious!

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  45. Looks delicious I will have to try it.

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  46. Something different to try, looks good and healthy.

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  47. Oh, would be lovely to try something different :)

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  48. Lots of crispy salad is very appealing after Tinsel and Turkey for what seems like weeks

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  49. great idea i may try, like the idea of something different

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  50. These look great Would be handy for quick dinners on work days.

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  51. FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD

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  52. Definitely going to try the "Thai beef lettuce wraps"
    thanks,
    @Jamiecomps
    :)

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  53. Great idea. Please enter me.

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  54. Oh my tummy is growling at me now, all this sounds lush, thanks! x

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  55. Love cooking a great meal for a night in but often can't face the supermarket (or even faffing about online) so this sounds like a great idea for a treat.

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  56. avoiding the supermarket with the kids sounds bliss & looks so yummy!

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  57. I love the choice of recipes on the site, the ingredients all look fresh,this weeks recipes all appeal. Fillipino Stir Fry Pork, Pad Thai and Cumberland Sausages,kidney beans leeks and mash.Yum, even at 9am in the morning. What a great idea.

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  58. Charlotte Jones30 December 2012 09:27

    They look fab! Great food and a great idea :)

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  59. Must admit I'm ready for something fresh and light!

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  60. Please count me in

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  61. Looks and sounds delicious

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  62. My mouth is watering! Great giveaway!! :)

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  63. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  64. Making my mouth water just looking at all the food!

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