I am a huge fan of the show Chopped, a cooking show featuring a mystery basket of ingredients. I wanted to try my hand at creating recipes with mystery ingredients. I got my chance with Mary’s Secret Ingredients, a subscription box focusing on finding fun new foods and ingredients for the kitchen. This box is great for beginner cooks like me because it had a combination of five ingredients and tools to help me expand my palate and cooking skills. This box contained some very flavorful items: tangerine marmalade; pho broth; specialty tea; a Dijinnaise (mustard and mayo) sauce and a nifty garlic mincer. But what to make? We love Vietnamese food and decided to make a Vietnamese Noodle Soup and Vietnamese Spring Rolls. As a bonus, they’re both naturally gluten free.
Here’s our simple Pho recipe:
1 package rice noodles
4 carrots, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
1 (6 ounce) package frozen shrimp, thawed, peeled and deveined
1/2 teaspoon EACH: salt and pepper
2 pouches Savory Choice Pho Liquid Broth Concentrate
5 green onions, chopped
4 cups water
Prepare Pho broth as directed on package. Meanwhile, prepare rice noodles as directed on package. Saute shrimp, carrots, onions and mint in 2 tablespoons oil until lightly browned. Add to Pho broth, along with salt, pepper and mint.
To compliment out meal, we prepared spring rolls. I made a tasty dipping sauce using the Tangerine marmalade we received in our box. It was so simple! We mixed 1/4 cup soy sauce with 1/8 cup marmalade. It was slightly sweet and the tangerine flavor really came through.
We kept it nice and simple with the tea. Instead of using it in a recipe, I brewed a relaxing cup to help me wind down after work. The flavors were complex and satisfying. We used the djinnaise with hotdogs. The flavor of the dijinnaise was excellent, with a nice balance between the two sauces. All in all, I am very pleased with our box. Most of the ingredients are already half gone.
Mary’s Secret Ingredientsboxes are available in limited quantities four times a year, winter, spring, summer and fall. Each box includes special recipes custom designed for the ingredients in the box. They partner with Feed the Children to end global hunger and sometimes have surprise special member’s only “golden ticket” giveaways. Earlier this year 10 winners received a Joseph Joseph Elevate Knife.
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