I’m a couple weeks into my off-season and the flexibility of my diet has increased a tad – additional seasonings, more protein, more carbs and one weekly cheat meal.
For me that means enjoying some things I restricted for much of 2016. It also means experimenting with foods and recipes. So, when I came across Raw Spice Bar spice box subscription I decided to sign up and try it out. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to add something to the 5-6 meals I eat daily.
I wasn’t sure how it would work out, what would come in the mail or how I would use it at first. I’m still not 100 percent sure because I have only received one so far, but I am looking forward to the next six months. It’s really inexpensive at $7 a month since I chose to go with six months. There are other options available.
My first Raw Spice Bar spice box: Oktoberfest Flavor Kit
Here’s a summary of this month’s spice box:
Guten Tag Oktober! Ah look at them, these Bavarians, able to carry 8 to 12 tankards of beer without fail, and with a smile, despite the thunderous “oans, zwoa, drei g’suffa” (one two three drink) of the biergarten drinkers! With liters of beer, they eat halbes Händl (grilled half chickens), shaved radish, and Pretzel, beautiful Brezn, the size of your torso, dunked in mustard. Mustard is as close as Southern Germany has gotten to spicy. It colorfully coats everything from their meats to their breads, brot. Schnitzel is the crispy crown jewel of Southern Germany bursting with not only rich flavor but also contrasts of texture, with a tender filling and crunchy exterior. This month’s flavor kit captures this gustatory festival of flavors.
The recipes included Caraway Fennel and Anise Soft Pretzels, Panko Spiced Chicken Schnitzel and Panko Eggplant Spiced Schnitzel.
What I did with my box
I didn’t make the recipes this month’s box, though I had fun integrating the spices into my everyday dishes. If you take a look at each of the spice blend descriptions, they all offer suggestions on other uses for the spices. I ended up using them as rubs on chicken and enhancing the flavor of my potatoes and Brussel Sprouts. I loved how they enhanced the flavor to my meals.
For me personally, this subscription box fit right into my want to experiment. I go to the spice area of the grocery store always wanting to try something out but never really buying more than my traditional seasonings and every Mrs. Dash seasoning there is because I am afraid of buying something and being stuck with it. This however, will allow you to easily make the recipe provided or spice up about 4 meat/veggie dishes – that’s 12 boring-turned-exotic meals that create a real experience with every bite.
The Schnitzel spices was a little bold but needed on the chicken. The ingredients listed on the back are Juniper berries, cayenne peppers, bay leaves black peppercorns spices. I needed a change to it after months of eating it during prep. I thought I would swear it off for a while, but this gives me hope that all is not lost.
I wasn’t sure what to do about the Caraway, Fennel and Anise Bread since the recipe was for pretzels. The roasted potatoes and Brussel Sprouts were perfect. The ingredients listed on the back of the packet are Caraway seeds, fennel seeds, star anise, coriander, spices.
I’m still unsure what I will do with the Horseradish and Mustard Seeds packet yet. However, I am open for suggestions. The recipe included is for cabbage. I like cabbage but I don’t need an entire pot.
I am only 2-ish weeks into the off-season so I do not have a favorite food so far. I have been able to eat cookies, ice cream and candy. I have also had real french fries and by that I mean fried and not baked. I’ve also had some Kodiak Cakes pancakes and homemade quesadillas. Oh wait, let me not forget a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It seems small but something I had been wanting for many months.
I am looking forward to continue experimenting with flavors, foods and recipes this off-season as well as what I might be able to incorporate into the next competition prep. Here is to trying new restaurants for the next couple of months. The one I have planned next is PDQ and their Honey Butter Sandwich, which is new to their menu.
Do you enjoy experimenting with different spices and spice blends?