RawSpiceBar Review February 2016

I must admit, I hate how long it takes to get my RawSpiceBar packages every month. I was a little confused with this one because I felt like it should have been the March box, but it is actually the february box. I mean come on…..I LOVE getting my spice fix in the mail, but HATE waiting so long to get it. I’m actually kind of joking, it doesn’t bother me that much, I just love my RawSpiceBar packages so much that I want them yesterday, not tomorrow.

If you aren’t familiar with RawSpiceBar it is a subscription box that sends you global, authentic spice blends created by top chefs to your door every month. This box was provided complimentary for review and may include affiliate links.

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The Box: RawSpiceBar

Cost: $6 per month

What You get: A spice subscription that delivers 3-4 premium spice blends from around the world direct to your door. Each spice box averages 2 oz of spice blends and yields a complete 3 dish meal for 8-12 people.

Ships to: US & Canada

Shipping Cost: FREE to US & $4 to Canada

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February’s RawSpiceBar features spices from China. I feel like this is the first set of spices that I am actually kind of familiar with. I use to use a Chinese Stir fry spice all the time, until I ran out, and really loved the way it flavoured my vegetables.  I MUST find time to try a few recipes this month…..I must!

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Shitake Powder – I’m a huge mushroom fan, I actually just made an awesome mushroom sage sauce last night, and let me tell you, it was good. Anyways, mushrooms are a Vegan’s best friend. We use Portobellos as burger replacements (among other things) so this spice definitely piques my interest. The recipe to go with this one is Garlic Shitake & Broccoli Noodles, which is vegan friendly and sounds amazing. I also found a recipe for vegan carbonara with mushroom bacon.

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Chinese Five Spice – I’ve used this spice many times, and love it. The recipe to go along with this one is Barbecued Pork, which I’m obviously not going to try. Instead I found recipes for roasted butternut squash, 5-spice popcorn, and spiced apple muffins…..they all sound amazing. You can find them on my RawSpiceBar Pinterest Board – CLICK HERE

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Sichuan Peppercorns – This spice is described as having a tingly heat and citrus flavour – both characteristics sound perfect for my taste buds. The recipe to go along with this one is Sichuan Style Green Beans, which are definitely vegan appropriate. I also found recipes for spicy eggplant, and glass noodle stir-fry.

Thoughts: Well………I’m happy and overwhelmed at the same time. I love the spices we received this month, they are all very “usable” for the vegan. But, I have been so swamped with box reviews as of late that I don’t know when I am going to find the time to get my butt in the kitchen. I want to so badly that I will definitely make it happen, but it will require some late night blogging and early morning cooking. I kind of wish we had received some sort of sweet spice this month so I would have an excuse to bake (baking is much more acceptable at 5am in the morning than cooking is) but I did end up finding a pretty amazing muffin recipe for the five-spice powder…..that will probably be the first recipe I try.

XOXO

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