Two days ago I received Try the World box devoted to Marrakesh. Yey!!!
I thought that the packaging was very attractive. The box was turquoise, very durable. My baby has played with it and the box is still like new. It is great for project or even reuse or regifting purposes!
The box included attractive packaging, a culture guide about Marrakesh, Morocco to create the atmosphere and the mood. It was very interesting to read some facts about Morocco. Most of it I already knew, but it was great to read to my kids.
It was interesting to see Argan oil that we have just recently tried for hair, to now be able to try for food preparations. The booklet offered a recipe of a Marrakesh stew that I intend to try out next week. I will post about it when I have it ready. It also gave a recipe of Ghoriba or almond macaroons and pastilla. I am not sure about Pastilla, as its ingredient list includes chicken and powdered sugar – oi! I can see myself eating and liking it, but I don’t know about my husband… I guess my kids will like it. They’ll eat anything with sugar on top.
Then the booklet included a description of Moroccan tea ceremony. Tea is something I know a bit about – I did work in a tea salon for a little while, and I drink tea a lot! Then the booklet also includes some playlists and a list of poems and movies. I wish I had more time to watch any of those movies! I love international movies, especially when you are given a list of all the best movies – who wouldn’t like that! Actually, only one movie Casablanca is what everyone knows, but the list here goes on, and I wish I could find and watch those movies – must be fun, as they are very recent, and will surely show us Morocco of today.
Then, there is also a leaflet that came with the box that includes a description of each item in the box. Here is what I got –
Dari – organic whole wheat couscous. This particular product retails on Amazon for about $3.24 right now.
Then there was a small bottle of culinary argan oil. This oil is imported from Morocco, and looks very interesting to try out. It is good for fish, grilled vegetables and salad dishes, so I will have to make some fish dish probably next week to try it out. This oil retail on Amazon for about $12.50 as our bottle we got is very small – half of the one sold on Amazon.
We also got couscous sauce. I have never cooked couscous with sauce before, but it is basically a pre-made sauce, where you just add your protein and your veggies, and you are all set. I think this will be easy enough to try. I am not a huge fan of pre-made canned sauces, as I don’t know what they have put in the can, but at least it saves a lot of time, dishes, and effort. Sometimes after a long day you just want to throw your 3 dinner things together and forget about it. So, this sauce is not available on Amazon, but Try the World itself is selling the sauce for $5.95 online. This maybe either a good sign, or a bad sign that Amazon doesn’t carry this product. Remains to be seen – I will report once I try it.
Next, there were biscuits in the box called Orientines. Very interesting product, the package stated that there were only natural ingredients, no preservatives of any kind. I tried the biscuits. Very fun, taste like tiny bites of orange. They also taste like shortcake cookie and French palmier at the same time. The texture is a bit hard for me, maybe, but the flavor is great! This is my new favorite cookie (until I open a new box)! These cookies are also not available on Amazon, but Try the World carries them for $6.50 for the package (this now may be overpriced a bit, but they are imported!)
Then there was kefta rub by Villa Jerada. Now this company is by Moroccan owners, but the rub is actually produced in Seattle, where we are at. Try the World sells the rub for $14.95. I would say you could probably find a substitute for this rub for about $9.00 on Amazon here, and in a larger pack too! This company has a website that is under construction, but they also make harissa and saffron spices. I wish I got harissa in my box! I have always wanted to try to cook with it!
The last item in my box, however, was a can of sardines by Titus. My daughter told me that she has always wanted to try sardines. We haven’t opened this can yet, so this will be an experiment that is most likely going to fail! It is doomed, I tell you! This can retails for $2.48 about on Amazon
Total retail price for the box substitute – $39.67! I have only paid $39 for two boxes, so I am essentially getting the second box for free! I think that I got a good deal on these! Were I to buy these for retail (which I probably would too because it is such a fun idea!), I would have to pay more than double!
I haven’t tried any of the box contents yet except for the biscuits, which I love! I highly recommend ordering the box, especially now for a Mother’s Day gift to yourself, or for some summer cooking/baking activities with kids! I think this is an awesome way to eat – have a theme party! I know I will – next week, or maybe on this weekend! Stay tuned!
If you would like to order this box, you will get $15 off right away towards your first box, here is where to go – Try The World!