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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A Tasty Chorizo Skillet Supper and February's Degustabox

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I wanted to tell you this morning about what came in my Degustabox this month.    Once a month, each month Degustabox will deliver to your home 17 new, special or innovative food products for you to try in the comfort of your own home via a subscription service.  A monthly subscription costs £9.99 and there is a delivery fee of £3, for a total of £12.99, and what you receive can be tailored to the types of things that you like and would use.

Here is what I got in this month's box:

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MAGGI -  Maggi' range of recipe mixes are a great solution for midweek meals.  Simply follow the 3 step instructions on the pack to create a delicious meal the whole family will love. The So Juicy range comes with a cooking bag which locks in all the meat's juices, keeping it delicious and juicy.  The So Tender range of cooking papers are infused with delicious flavour which infuses chicken breasts with flavour during cooking.  So looking forward to trying these out.  We eat a lot of chicken breasts in this house, and these look good.  I'll keep you posted as to the outcome!

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Dorset Cereals Berry Granola is a beautiful mix of oats, zingy raspberries and blackberries, gently baked in the traditional way to make it loose and tumbly.  Simple, but then the best things in life usually are.  I am a big fan of Dorset Cereals.  Always have been and this is fabulous.  

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Amy's Kitchen Chunky Tomato Soup  Amy's Kitchen was started to produce delicious, nourishing meals for health conscious yet busy people.  With organic ingredients and treasured recipes, they cook with the same careful attention and love that you use at home.  Amy's kitchen is available in the free from section of all major supermarkets and independent health food shops nation wide.  Gluten Free, organic and containing 3 of your five a day, this soup was pretty good!

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Jules Destrooper  In the 19th century, every Belgian family had their recipe for butter biscuits, baked as a good luck gift.  124 years on, the Jules Destrooper Butter Crisps are still baked to an original recipe with rich summer butter and a secret spice blend.  Find them at Tesco, Waitrose or Sainsbury's.   Tasty tasty.  Big fan of their biscuits in this house.   Their Almond Thins are a regular favourite and these Butter Crisps did not disappoint.  Buttery and crisp and quite moreish indeed.

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Quinola Mothergrain Express are ready to eat Quinoa mixes.  Delicious cold as part of a salad, they can also be reheated for a hot side.  Their products are organic and fair-trade and have won 4 Great Taste awards.  Quinoa is a super-food and easy to prepare.  Delicious and easy to use!

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Goody Good Stuff is an all-natural, meat free alternative to traditional gummy based gelatin sweets.  The range is free from gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, high fructose corn syrup and is suitable for those following Vegetarian, Halal or Kosher diets.  The Sour Mix and Match flavour adds a tangy twist to their traditional fruit flavours.  Nice to have a delicious and somewhat healthy alternative for the kids to snack on!

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Zico Chocolate combines all of the great benefits of Zico Coconut Water, but with a delicious natural chocolate flavour.  Each bottle is low calorie, at only 20 kcal per 100ml, gluten free and provides a source of electrolytes including magnesium and potassium.  It is the ideal drink to replenish and refresh.

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Kombucha Tea is a delicious live tea abundant in live probiotic acids, enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that cleanse, invirogate and revitalize the body.  With it's distinctive body and kick, GO! Kombucha faithfully adheres to the original Ancient Chinese Recipe and is the UK's leading authentic raw kombucha tea brand.

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Garofalo Capellini   This is a new version of the old kitchen recipe “little spaghettini with pork fat, pepper and pecorino cheese”; for a long time butter has been a food for rich people and used by the people living in Naples only on special occasions. Version: If you want a more tasty dish, instead of cooking capellini in salted water, cook them in a good meat broth or vegetable broth.

The recipe I chose to show you this month included this tasty pasta.  As you know I recently reviewed some of their Gluten Free range and I was very happy with that and so I wanted to now showcase their regular range.  Capellini is not something which I have had a very easy time finding here in the UK actually.

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Capellini, or angel hair pasta traditionally cooks in a fraction of the time as regular pastas.  I decided to do an all in one pan dish, with the pasta actually cooking in the sauce.  I thought Capellini would be perfect for this because of it's shorter cooking time.

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I used fresh chorizo sausage, which was easily crumbled and gave the sauce a bit of a kick.  Feel free to use the dried version as well.  Both are good.

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Some tinned chopped tomatoes, a tin of drained borlotti beans, some frozen peas along with onion, garlic and stock and I had a very delicious entree indeed, and all in one pan.

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I like it when I can cut back on the washing up don't you???   All in all it made for a lovely and fairly quick supper.  A scattering of grated cheddar on top and we were good to go.  The pasta worked very well and the whole dish was very tasty and colourful.  A pleaser all round!

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*Chorizo Skillet Supper*
Serves 6 to 8

A quick and simple supper that is not only easy to make but quite, quite delicious! 

1/2 pound chorizo sausage, cut into 1/2 inch pieces if it is the dried chorizo, skins removed and crumbled if it is the raw sausage like chorizo
1 TBS olive oil
340g of capellini pasta (12 ounces angel hair) or thin spaghetti, broken in half
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
4 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled and finely chopped (or to taste)
1 (400g) tin of beans (black bean preferred, or your favourite will do) drained and rinsed.  (15 1/2ounces)
1 (400g) tin of chopped tomatoes in juice, undrained (14.5 ounces)
675ml of chicken stock (3 cups)
1 TBS dried oregano
a coffee mug of frozen petit pois
120g of grated strong cheddar cheese (1 cup)
fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the oil.  Heat and then crumble in the chorizo.  Cook for 3 to five minutes, until golden Scoop out and set aside.  Reduce the heat to medium.   Add the pasta and cook in the drippings for 2 to 3 minutes or until the pasta begins to toast.   Remove and set aside with the sausage.  Add the onions and garlic to the drippings.  Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until beginning to soften and very fragrant.  Add the tomatoes, chicken stock and oregano.  Return the  pasta and sausage to the pan.   Stir to combine.  Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 8 to ten minutes, until the pasta is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed.  Stir in the frozen peas and heat through.   Season to taste.  Sprinkle with the cheese and serve immediately.

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The Degustabox came in a sturdy well packed cardboard box.  Everything was in perfect condition.  Included as well was a card, which told me all about the products included in the box on one side and had an assortment of recipes which I could use some of them in on the other side.  Win/win!  I reckon it was pretty good value for the price!

Do be sure to check out Degustabox for yourself.

Check them out on Facebook and Twitter too.  Many thanks to Tsering and Degustabox for sending this box to me. Any and all opinions are my own.


  1. Your dish sounds good..and I am glad you ae enjoying your boxes:)

  2. Oooo, thanks for the heads up on this honey, I've ordered a box :)


  3. I hope you are happy with it Vikki!!


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