Friday, 23 November 2012

Gousto Review and Giveaway

I was very excited to be sent 2 x two person meals from Gousto.  I had not heard of them before they contacted me, but I thought the idea sounded quite novel and was pleased to have the opportunity to give them a try.  Basically you have a selection of ingredients arrive by courier alongside detailed instructions as to how to make the meal.

One Meal:



Another Meal:


I am not very talented in the kitchen, so I did not have high hopes even with following the detailed recipe I would achieve a gourmet dinner, but I was amazed, it was truly delicious.  Certainly as nice as anything I have ever eaten in a restaurant but made with my own fair hands!  I think hubbie was surprised when he tucked in; he cleared his plate in record speed.  The only thing about the meal was I tipped in all the cayenne pepper as suggested, but it was quite hot!  So if you like your food mild, adjust the recipe accordingly.  I just followed it like a robot; I should have used an element of my own judgement too!

The meals we were cooking were Filipino Pork Stir-Fry with Black Beans and Sweet Potato and Ras El Hanout Chicken with Barberry Bulgur.  What I like about Gousto is the challenge to try new ingredients you might not have before.  It can really improve your culinary ability and confidence in the kitchen.  Having created something so mouth-watering, I feel quite proud of myself.  It is a long way from my pasta in sauce (from a jar) formula!

Filipino Pork Stir-Fry with Black Beans and Sweet Potato



Ras El Hanout Chicken with Barberry Bulgur


The plus points about using a service like Gousto were the ingredients arrived still chilled and in excellent condition after their journey to our house.  I just put them straight in the fridge as suggested.  It was quite novel not having to go out shopping for extra food and just arrive home and have it ready for us.  They do not seem to skimp on ingredients either, they look decent quality, the meat especially, was a good cut from an established butcher.  I like that there is less waste, it breaks my heart when at the end of the week we throw stuff away.  But with everything measured out and portioned up, it is not a problem with Gousto.

With the Chicken recipe there had been a mix up with their meat suppliers and the chicken portions were slightly smaller, I probably would not have noticed anyway, but hands up to them for adding a note of apology and a chocolate bar anyway.  I think that shows how seriously they value their customers; most companies would hope they got away with it.  Gousto went that little bit further to make amends.

I think I would have been most likely to buy this when it was just hubbie and I but with our two often-fussy boys I am not so sure.  But they do need to learn to embrace new foods, so it would probably be a good idea for families too!  A couple bag is £42 a week, which hubbie and I think is okay.  It saves you having to think about your main meals, you can come home and prepare them quite quickly and start enjoying romantic dinners again… (Then stock up on fish fingers and baked beans for the fussy eaters!).

You can find out more information from their website.

Gousto are giving you a chance to win a Gousto gourmet box to enter just fill out the rafflecopter below by the 4th of December.
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162 comments:

  1. I like that Gusto gives you the motivation to try something new and does all the hard work for you :-)

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  2. I would love to win this - sounds delicious!

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  3. Katie Kingsbury23 November 2012 13:04

    Gourmet cooking without the stress. What's not to love?!

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  4. Ooh! It's like ready steady cook by mail! But you know that you're deffinitely on to a winning recipe ;)

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  5. makes life so much easier

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  6. Takes the stress out of impressive meals

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  7. convenience and they look very tasty too x

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  8. This looks quite an interesting idea, saves the effort of having to think what to make and go buy all the ingredients and prepare, so will save time so would come in handy for those days that u just want to take the easy route and still feel that you have made something rather than go for a frozen pizza or something junkish

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  9. I'm not talented in the kitchen either so this might be ideal.

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  10. I love the meal ideas and the simplicity of having everything delivered.

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  11. I love the idea of not having to think 'oh, what am I going to make tonight?'

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  12. I love the sound of the Couple bag for 2. Although we're a family it would be great to try new foods and have a couple of romantic meals with my hubby.

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  13. I love the look of the ingredients - they look so fresh :)

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  14. I really like this idea. Sometimes you see a recipe but are put off by the ingredients you don't have in the cupboard - this eliminates all that. Sounds like you have a hit on your hands with hubby clearing plate - a big thumbs up.

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  15. Andrew Halliwell24 November 2012 13:48

    I love to experiment but as others have said, not having the ingredients is always a put off... having to slog down to the supermarket, search for some obscure thing, not find it... always puts you off.

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  16. I love how fresh the ingredients would be! Plus the excitement at waiting for your box to be delivered to see what you are going to get. I would love to learn different recipes and this would be a brilliant way to do that!

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  17. peggy rrossiter24 November 2012 16:11

    All the ingredients together and pre-weighed, with no running around the shops trying to find special "one-off" items. And no storing of items you might only use once or twice. Clever idea

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  18. Fresh Ingredients, convenience, and the selection of products.

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  19. The freshness and choice and having everyhing at hand to coo u a storm.

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  20. Barrie Phillips24 November 2012 20:07

    Fresh Ingredients, convenience,

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  21. Fresh Ingredients

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  22. I love the idea of having a meals ingredients delivered, convenience but still home cooked!

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  23. i love the idea of the thinking and shopping being done for me.

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  24. Convenience

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  25. Sounds easy and tasty!

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  26. Sounds so easy

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  27. I can burn water and this sounds like something I could do.

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  28. It looks really quick and easy but healthy

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  29. ideal for a small family wanting to have healthy ingrediens

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  30. I like gousto because it takes the hassle out of cooking but is healthy

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  31. Convenience and health-concious sounds just the ticket x

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  32. stephanie tsang24 November 2012 21:52

    Being able to get fresh ingredients delivered

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  33. It takes out the prep which for me is the worst part. Plus no more umming & ahhing over what to make!

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  34. Being able to get fresh ingredients delivered

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  35. no waste & the ability to try new foods :)

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  36. The best thing is that it forces you to cook from scratch, which is great as too often I cook from packets!

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  37. lynsey buchanan24 November 2012 23:14

    Trying new exciting meals

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  38. Lovely meals ! Making me feel hungry !

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  39. food delivered and full instructionsd on cooking whats not too love !

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  40. Georgia McAllister25 November 2012 00:58

    I find it difficult to come up with new ideas for meals so for me this takes the hard work away.

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  41. AromanticPriestess25 November 2012 08:11

    I like the interesting recipes.

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  42. They have some really nice recipes, quite a lot of things I've never tried or don't have time to do at home.

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  43. Great to have all the weighing and measuring done for me!

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  44. Such a fab selection

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  45. Fresh Ingredients and the selection of products.

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  46. Takes the planning and shopping for ingredients away, all you have to do is cook.

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  47. looks amazing would love to try this

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  48. Like the hassle of deciding what to cook and shopping being removed.

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  49. caroline Johnson25 November 2012 21:10

    The quality of the produce, the whole deal of receiving both ingredients AND recipes all ready so all i have to do is follow the instructions. Makes me feel like Nigella!!

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  50. I like that you don't have to think about what to cook for tea, or do the shopping for it either!

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  51. It makes cooking a good meal easy!

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  52. That everything I need is there, I hate forgetting things or not being able to get the things I need whilst shopping.

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  53. My husband and I both love to cook, but on busy nights something like this is perfect just to be able to throw it together!

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  54. That it's cooking made simple, because i'm rubbish!

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  55. This is ideal, no more missing ingredients and having to improvise, plus the range of recipes means you can try something different.

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  56. How easy it all looks and of course how friendly they seem

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  57. It would really speed up cooking and ensure all the ingredients were at hand.

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  58. the fact that you can cook together without having to waste loads of ingredients that you only use a little bit of

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  59. welshmumof3boys26 November 2012 22:04

    the fact that all the ingredients are provided so you dont have to worry about forgetting anything

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  60. jennifer thorpe26 November 2012 22:36

    that you have all the makings of a delicious meal

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  61. The convenience of not having to shop for all the separate ingredients, plus you get to learn a new recipe.

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  62. It would really speed up cooking

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  63. How convenient and quick it is. This is a wonderful idea xx

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  64. a lot of preparation has been done in measuring up etc. before hand

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  65. The opportunity to try a new recipe without having to scout for all the ingredients.

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  66. It all looks so fresh and yummy

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  67. maureen douglas27 November 2012 22:19

    quick and easy especially at this time of year

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  68. melanie stirling28 November 2012 00:03

    step by step instructions

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  69. It looks very easy to do and there is no waste

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  70. Barbara Bunning28 November 2012 15:33

    That everything is already measured out and complete - no raking in the back of cupboards for a spice that you bought ages ago and used once and now can't find!

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  71. I love cooking, but I can't follow a recipe. However much of an ingredient I'm instructed to use, I always have to add a bit more 'for luck'. This has lead to some kitchen disasters! It would be great to have everything weighed out in advance.

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  72. I really like the idea of being introduced to new recipes with everything there, ready to use -so simple!

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  73. Love this idea! cooking a nice meal but without the stress of the shopping!

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  74. Ease of getting ingredients delivered to you and serving instructions.

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  75. I love the idea of not having just that one ingredient you forgot to buy...

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  76. I love the fact that they provide everything for you - I've lost count of the times I've begun cooking and then realised I'm out of a vital ingredient! This is perfect for people like me who forget to refill!

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  77. Looks like a good way to try cooking new things

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  78. how easy it all is...

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  79. It's such a brilliant idea and saves so much time

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  80. I hate food shopping & am a rubbish cook so the convenience & the step by step recipe is such a great idea!

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  81. I love that they do the thinking for me!

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  82. No need to spend ages looking for an easy recipe, they do it all for me!

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  83. stephen holman2 December 2012 17:23

    im a terrible cook so Gousto makes my life much easier and my food creations much tastier!!

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  84. That it looks simple to cook, being in different packages. I can't cook very well at all, so looks perfect for me! :) x

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  85. The idea of not having to go out to get quality produce deleivered straight to your door with instructions as well.

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  86. Quality food at an affordable price

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  87. I wouldn't have to decide what to cook & find the ingredients

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  88. I think the price is really good for the convenience!

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  89. New to me, but it would stop me coming home with all the ingredients for a meal except one that I forgot until I start to cook

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  90. fresh products and everything is set out so easy

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  91. Good quality ingredients & the option to cook a new meal. It's a whole new experience x

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  92. I love cooking but hate going to the supermarket so i couldnt think of anything better!

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  93. Everything in one place so you don;t forget that essential ingredient

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  94. Everything you need with no waste

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  95. Good quality ingredients and easy to follow guides

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  96. Ease... I'm all for making life easier!

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  97. Nice, good fresh ingredients, the correct amount to cook the meal with. Makes it easy for people with not a lot of time to cook to have a good well prepared meal.

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  98. inspiration and less trips to the horrible supermarket!

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  99. Sarah Ballantyne3 December 2012 12:43

    Trying new recipes - I get stuck in a rut so it's good to have something different once in a while.

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  100. It just looks so easy- I'm loathe to try new things that don't use my 'usual' ingredients but this would broaden our horizons I guess :)

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  101. I always hate having to buy ingredients that only ever get used for one meal!

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  102. the high quality and freshness of ingredients

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  103. saves a bunch of time and thinking

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  104. Trying something new

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  105. The brilliant recipe ideas!

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  106. I love the idea of getting the instructions with the ingredients.

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  107. I like the fact that dinner would be a suprise!

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  108. It'd get me cooking things I hadn't considered before. Exciting!

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  109. The excellent recipe ideas and short cuts that will make life a lot easier

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  110. these sound like a fantastic idea and would save hours in the kitchen an provide an alternative to the usual day to day dinners

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  111. Kirsty Caffrey3 December 2012 23:00

    Never tried it but it sounds great - love to try new foods and new recipes x

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  112. An interesting way to try new things.

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  113. The ease of use!

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  114. I love how all the ingredients arrive with the recipe

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  115. The chance to cook something a little bit different

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  116. The chance to try different meals that I wouldn't normally think of :)

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  117. trying something new, some inspiration for those trying weeks

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  118. so much easier than weighing out and you're less likely to forget something.

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  119. having a really detailed recipe for you to follow

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  120. I like to experiment with recipes and Gousto inspires me.

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  121. It's a novel idea - very convenient for those who can't get to the shops for whatever reason.

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  122. I'm definately in.

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  123. Nicole Constable4 December 2012 21:30

    it makes meals quicker

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  124. It looks luxurious and yummy @clairelouise82

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  125. The fact that you get all the ingredients and recipe without having to go to the shop!

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  126. Has everything you need not to forget the finishing touches that make the meal!

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