RawSpiceBar Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2016
RawSpiceBar is a monthly subscription that sends freshly ground, small batch spice blends and recipes that utilize them.
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The Subscription Box: RawSpiceBar
The Cost: $6 per month
COUPON: Use coupon code SPICEFLAVOR to save 50% off your first box!
The Products: 3-4 freshly ground spice blends from one country or region, enough to create 3 dishes serving 6-10 people.
Ships to: US (with free shipping) and Canada (for an additional fee).
Each month, RawSpiceBar sends spices from one region or geographical area. This shipment features spice blends from Egypt!
This month’s featured spices are: Egyptian Spices, Sumac Berries, and Hazelnut Dukkah.
Egyptian Spices- .4 oz.
This spice blend is a mix of coriander, cumin, cinnamon, and paprika.
Sumac Berries- .3 oz
Sumac has a bright, lemony flavor that’s used in Egyptian (and Middle Eastern) cooking to bring a citrusy, tart dimension to dishes.
Hazelnut Dukkah- .4 oz.
RawSpiceBar’s Hazelnut Dukkah is a mix of ground hazelnuts, sesame seeds, coriander, cumin, fennel, thyme, sea salt, and black peppercorns.
An Egyptian Dinner
This month, RawSpiceBar included the following recipes: Roasted Egyptian Spiced Bronzini, Sumac, Carrot & Almond Salad, and Toasted Flatbread & Hazelnut Dukkah.
I planned to make all three of the recipes, but I had some issues sourcing bronzino to use for the main dish. I checked several of my local supermarkets, but none of them had bronzino in stock. Finally, on the fourth try, I found bronzino at a nearby Whole Foods, but, when I got it home and unpacked, I was disappointed to find that it wasn’t very fresh. (Such a bummer!) Accepting that the bronzino dish wasn’t meant to be, I decided to look for a replacement recipe for the Egyptian Spices. On the RawSpiceBar website, I found one for Lentil Soup with Egyptian Spices, so I decided to make that instead. I planned to start my meal with the Sumac, Carrot & Almond Salad, and then serve the soup with the Toasted Flatbread & Hazelnut Dukkah.
Sumac, Carrot & Almond Salad
I began prepping for my Egyptian meal by readying the components for the salad. First, I peeled, cut, and roasted some carrots. (I used rainbow carrots for a nice pop of color!)
While the carrots roasted in the oven, I assembled the remaining ingredients. I mixed together toasted almonds, kalamata olives, olive oil, honey, RawSpiceBar’s sumac, minced garlic, lemon juice and salt and pepper.
When the carrots were roasted and cooled, I transferred them to a plate, topped them with arugula, and poured over the dressing.
This dish was so pretty! I wasn’t sure how all of the components for this dish would come together (honey plus garlic plus olives?), but the flavor was great!
Toasted Flatbread & Hazelnut Dukkah
I grew up with a Lebanese stepfather who always made sure we had a supply of Za’atar Bread in the kitchen. This recipe looked very similar, and I couldn’t wait to try it! According to the recipe, you simply toast the flatbread and then top it with olive oil and the Hazelnut Dukkah spices. I made a slight change and topped the bread with the oil and spices before toasting, as I thought a little heat would help bring out the fragrance of the spice blend.
The bread smelled great in the oven, and it turned out to be really delicious. The mix of hazelnut dukkah spices was really incredible- nutty, mild, and a little sweet.
Lentil Soup with Egyptian Spices
To make the soup, I began by sautéing garlic, onion, celery, and carrots in a Dutch oven.
When the veggies softened, I added lentils and the Egyptian Spices, followed by two quarts of chicken stock.
I let the soup simmer until the lentils were soft, and then seasoned the soup to taste.
I plated it in bowls and topped it with some parsley, homemade flatbread croutons, and a side of Hazelnut Dukkah Flatbread.
This soup was pretty good. I enjoyed the addition of Egyptian Spices, and it made for a nice, hearty winter meal.
Verdict: Overall, I enjoyed this month’s shipment from RawSpiceBar. As always, the spices were great. I liked the dishes, too, but the soup didn’t really blow me away. (It was good, but I don’t think I’d make it again even if I had more Egyptian spices.) Happily, I didn’t notice any glaring problems with the recipes this month, which is definitely an improvement!
What do you think about RawSpiceBar’s Egyptian Box? Did you make the fish dish this month? If so, I’d love to hear how it turned out!