Barker Box is a gourmet food hamper company that loves showcasing Australian produce. Every month, Barker Box aims to provide gourmet, hard to find, local foods that you won’t find in big chain supermarkets. Barker Boxes may include a range of products, including gourmet sauces, handmade chocolates and local teas.
For the month I received a complimentary Barker Box, it was called ‘The Sunshine State’ box and this box showcased products from Queensland. I received Pasta Riviera’s squid ink linguini, Parmesan lavoche by The Simple Fine Food Company, garlic and parsley dukkah from Gourmet Spice Blends, Massaman Thai Style Curry paste by Garnisha, breakfast mix by Good Mix Superfoods and Mood teas by West End Tea Co.
I’ve tried this pasta before A and I both love it. I usually use it to make a simple pasta dish, in order to maximise the squid ink flavour, and will pair it with a simple chilli, garlic and pine nut pairing. This pasta is a great mid-week meal as it was really quick to make and substantial. Even though it was a dry pasta, once heated it still have a subtle squid ink flavour to it and an excellent texture. I’d definitely buy this product again. (On a side note: Pasta Riviera currently produce over 16 different flavours of long and short dry pasta, fresh pasta and frozen filled raviolis and tortellinis. You might find one of their products in independent supermarkets, deli’s, butchers and fruit shops throughout Australia).
The Simple Fine Food Company is headed up by Paula and Damon Kloots, who started selling condiments and crisp bread at a local market in Queensland. After 14 years, they now sell their products to gourmet delis and specialty food shops around Australia. Their range of lavouche crisp breads are made from 100% natural ingredients. I paired the parmesan lavoche with an olive labneh dip but soft or sharp cheeses would be an excellent pairing as well.
Garlic and Parsley Dukkah from Gourmet Spice Blends
Dukkah, an Egyptian spice blend, is a perfect appetizer for those who enjoy trying something other than chips and dip. This mix of dukkah comes from the Gold Coast hinterland and is made with a mix of dry roasted nuts, sesame seeds and fragrant spices. Serve with Turkish bread and olive oil for dipping. Yum!
When I initially unloaded the box, this was the product that drew my eye immediately. I love massaman curry and couldn’t wait to try this paste at home. The Garnisha range of spice belneds started in early 1980s by the Warran family. They moved to Noosa and started growing herbs and spirces. In 1991, they started a stall at Eumundi markets and now have a range of products???. Garnisha do not add salt, oil thickeners, emulsifiers, artificial colours or flavours to their curry pastes. The end result was a lovely, rich curry that had a lot of flavour. I’d definitely use this product again.
I’m not the biggest fan or museli, let alone birsher museli however A was quite excited to try this product. This breakfast mix features Chia, Almonds, Pepitas, Coconut, Buckwheat, Flaxseeds, Sesame seeds, Goji Berries, Raw Cacao Nibs, Puffed Amaranth, Puffed Millet. A enjoyed it with yoghurt and fresh fruit.
The tiny canisters of tea by West End Tea Co were definitely the winners of cutest packaging within the box. All the ingredients within the teas are ethically sourced from organically certified suppliers and their products are hand mixed and packaged within recyclable materials. Within the Barker Box, there were type types of tea: ‘Calm Down Phoebe’ – a delicate mix of peppermint, lavender and chamomile as well as ‘Beam Me Up Scotty’, an instant energy boost with ingredients such as Hibiscus, Jasmine and Blackcurrant. Both teas were fantastic (but my favourite was Beam Me Up Scotty) and I’d definitely buy more in the future (West End Tea Co. offer free express post australia wide!)
I am so impressed with the products included within my Barker Box and each month I look to see which products are featured. This month features products made in Australia but italian inspired ‘La Dolce Vita’ – and the box features some fantastic items. Another excellent aspect is that you can try these products even if location is against you! You can also buy single items from their online store.
Barker Box offer a choice between a single box at $59 or a subscription for a box each month at $59 per month. Their website also makes it very easy to order online.
Many thanks to Kate from Barker Box for supplying CFJ with a sample box.