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Spice Breeze is a monthly international spice subscription box. Choose between the Cosmopolitan, Wanderlust or Globetrotter options. Each package includes either two or four spice kits ( recipe and all necessary spices) depending on what subscription option you select. The Cosmopolitan (what I’m reviewing) includes four spice kits, two of which you’ll select for $13.99/ The Wanderlust includes two pre-chosen spice kits for $6.80 and the Globetrotter includes two spice kits with double the spice for $12.99. Use code BUZZFEED20 to receive 20% off your subscription. NAT received this package at no cost for review purposes.
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My first glimpse inside the Spice Breeze package for March
Everything that came in my package from Spice Breeze for March!
So what is all this stuff?
Each package features a location – this month it’s Koutammakou, Togo.
The reverse of the insert tells us a little bit more about this location!
The packages from Spice Breeze recently have included a packet of seasoning that doesn’t include a recipe… it’s more a way to add a bit of flavor to your everyday meals. This month Spice Breeze included Moringa Leaf Powder and it’s hard to believe but in this little packet alone there is a half a serving of vegetables! Use this to add color and nutrients to a bevy of dishes including; smoothies, salads, pasta sauces, soups and yogurts!
The first recipe in my kit for the month is Pollo con Pesto al Forno an Italian dish which is a simple dish that includes baked chicken. Something that I like about this subscription box is the different levels of difficulty… so you have something even for those busy weeknights! Even though this is meant to be used on baked chicken you can also sprinkle the blend on margherita pizza and even different tomato and cheese sauces.
The blend for this recipe includes basil, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts (if you have a nut allergy Spice Breeze will send you one without) salt and black pepper.
Next in my package from Spice Breeze is Paella Valencia. This Spanish spice kit features a traditional paella recipe (which is very important in upholding the tradition). The kit includes two different spice packets, one of which is saffron the most expensive spice in the world!
The packets for this contain paprika, rosemary, onions, turmeric, roasted chili, smoked paprika, bay leaves and like I said above, saffron.
Then there is this interesting looking Kuku Sabzi a Persian spice kit. This dish is served during the Persian New Year and was served at the White House during Michelle Obama’s Nowruz Celebration!
This seems like it would be an excellent dish for brunch or lunch. The spice packet included for this recipe includes; turmeric, rosebud, black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, mace and cardamom.
The final dish and the one I decided to make for the month is Gbomo Dessi a Togolese dish that is a stew with a very distinct flavor. This was the recipe I had the most ingredients on hand for (which is gold these days.. you feel me?) so I decided to create it for the month.
The seasoning packet included ajowan, anise, cardamom, ginger and nutmeg.
Okay so now what?
Now I get to cooking!
First i cut my chicken into pieces and rub it with both salt and my spice packet.
Once you’ve cut it up you add it to a pan with oil and fry. You can also use white meat chicken or sirloin beef.. I selected thighs because they have so much flavor.
In the meantime you start chopping your vegetables. This recipe called for spinach and I didn’t have that so I subbed it out for some bell peppers (I know they aren’t even close but it’s Covid times and I’m trying to work with what I have).
I also chop up my tomatoes and not pictured but also chopped is my garlic and onion.
I also chop up some fresh ginger which is an optional addition to the dish.
Once the chicken is cooked through we pull it and put a large pan on the warm burner and simultaneously heat up some oil. Once it’s hot we add both our chopped onions and our garlic.
Once they begin to soften we add the tomato past and ginger.
Along with the chicken broth
Along with what should be pumpkin seeds (I only had sesame seeds so I worked with what I had).
Once we’ve add all the necessary ingredients we allow the stew to cook for twenty minutes and reduce a bit. I have to say that this smells absolutely amazing. Once we’ve cooked it we’ll add the chicken to the pot along with the optional smoked protein the recipe suggest and serve with a side of our choosing (we decided to make white rice).
I have to say that everyone in my brood enjoyed this meal. It was aromatic and made the whole house smell wonderful and while I wasn’t able to follow the recipe to the letter I still found it to be really tasty. It was colorful and healthy and there was enough that the entire family could enjoy!
So in summary
Presentation: Everything is always packaged well and arrives to me perfectly. I just love the way the spices look when I open up this subscription box.
Quality: Spice Breeze uses organic as well as non gmo spices in their spice kits. The blends are always mixed to ensure maximum deliciousness and super high quality!
Curation: I love that with the quad packet you can select two of the kits that you’ll receive but even beyond that these recipes vary in difficulty which I like. Not only are you learning new techniques and tricks as well as international flavors but you have a great variety that you can use for any night of the week – even those busy weeknights!
Spice Breeze $6.80+
Another yummy international dish
Not only do you get to learn about different flavors of the world with Spice Breeze but you also learn new cooking techniques which makes it so much fun!