Gousto box review 

Ive seen the adverts for these type of boxes before and alway thought they looked like a great idea so when I was offered a free Gousto box I was very excited d to give it a go. Because I dread choosing what to cook for tea, and making sure I have everything, we just seem to have the same thing every week.

So when I was faced with a website of mouth watering recipes the task seemed a lot easier!

The website was really easy to use and I had the choice of a great variety of meals. I liked the fact that the website showed the length of time each recipe took to cook, because sometimes we just want a quick tea! I loved the packaging and the fact that it was recyable. I thought the way they used sheeps wool to keep the food cool was genious!


As I sorted through the ingredients I was really pleased to see that the meat was British and all the other ingredients looked really fresh.

I choose two meals ‘posh burger and chips’ and ‘lamb biryiani’ both these meals were for two people.

All the ingredients were measured out exactly so there is no waste which is great!


Posh burger and chips ingredients 


Lamb biryiani ingredients and a free wooden spoon!! 

When I first saw the ingredients I thought that the portions would be really small, but actually it was quite enough!

The recipes were really simple and easy to follow, and i liked that the recipe cards have holes in them to be able to put them in a ring binder and use them another day.


This was absolutely scrummy! I particularly liked the homemade tomato ketchup and the basil dressing. I would have liked a little bit of salad to go with this but other than that it was lovely.


This was the lamb biryiani and it was really nice, it’s not something I’ve ever cooked at home but I will definitely do it again, it was simple and quick to make so great for mid week ‘quick’ tea!

I’d definitely order this again, I ordered the meals for 2 this time because I thought it would be nice for me and my husband to have a nice meal once the boys were asleep.   It was lovely because we both got in the kitchen with a glass of wine and cooked together, we haven’t done that in a long time because one of us is usually entertaining at least one of the boys!

Have you tried the Gousto box? If you’d like to try Gousto they are offering a £20 discount on your first and second box if you use the code ‘TORNADO’. This means your first and second box could cost just £7.49!
What’s your favourite recipe?

JakiJellz
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Our first Christmas at home 

We were adamant we wanted Christmas at home this year and invited my family over for lunch. This was met with some resistance, because who really likes change?, but I got my way in the end and ordered the turkey!
I don’t know why we didn’t do it before, I mean I get to do everything I love the most: plan, make lists, and stay in my lovely cosy home!! 
I was quite nervous about cooking my first Christmas dinner but lucky our friend is a chef so he gave me loads of tips. The best tip of all was ‘cook the turkey Christmas eve’ this was the best thing we could have done, it meant we didn’t have to get up really early to put the turkey in, and we didn’t have to keep nipping out to check the turkey. My husband decided that he had a sudden interest in cooking and like a real man took control of the turkey! Lifting it out of the oven for his weak and feeble wife and basting every hour! We prepared and par-boiled all the veg too. 
Christmas morning was lovely Samuel’s face when he came down and saw all the presents under the tree was one of confusion and excitement. It took ages to open his presents because he was playing with each and everyone of them after opening which made me shed a little tear. He was so pleased with all his toys.  

(Samuel playing with his tea set)

My mum and sister arrived for dinner and after a few pressie’s Samuel went in his cot for a 2 hour nap which was amazing this meant we could get dinner cooked for when he woke up. 


(Our family Christmas dinner)

It was such a chilled out day, all the preparing the day before was worth it! I would definitely do it the same next year.

(Samuel and daddy playing)

We even got out for a walk in the evening to see the Christmas lights around town and to have some tea with my mother and father-in-law.

All in all a pretty perfect day 🙂