July's Urban Locovore Box with complimentary Pink Delight
Recently I discovered Urban Locavore
. Put simply, they're a local company endeavouring to promote and support other Western Australia food producers.
The July Box
is my first one, but will certainly not be my last. I was so excited to be getting it this morning that every single time a car drove past I would check the driveway. I need not have worried because twenty minutes before it's arrival I received a notification via twitter that it was on its way.
I let my girlfriend take the box, because if I had taken it then I quite possibly would have run back into the house screaming “It's mine, MINE!” maniacally. Thankfully I managed to keep myself composed for long enough to take some photos.
Biodegradable packaging and Duck Jumplings (bottom left)
The first thing out of the box — and straight into the freezer — were the Duck Jumplings from Jackies Cooking. They will probably become part of dinner later this week.
Chocolate Ganache Tartlet from Hugo's Patisserie. The only reason that this escaped being eaten straight away was that it was forgotten in the excitement to see what else was in the box.
As much as we're both big fans of camembert, the Starry Night Camembert from Over The Moon Organics will have to wait about a month. Included in the box — and also on Urban Locavore's website — was an information sheet about the fact that this artisan cheese has to undergo a ripening process before it can be eaten. We were (un?)lucky enough to receive our box a few days after our scheduled delivery date*, so I'm guessing our cheese is from the a new later-dated batch and those that received their boxes earlier may have had cheese ready to be eaten now.
I must say that I wasn't enthused about the Truffle Butter from Oak Valley Truffles. Mostly because I just don't 'get' truffles. I may be leaning toward being swayed thanks to the lunch we prepared after unpacking the box.
The Truffle Ponzu Dressing from Gala was probably the item I was most excited about. Every so often I like to step out of my food comfort zone and try something new. This idea of a citrus-based dressing that also included truffles was something I thought I might like but did not think I would ever choose to buy myself.
Another item I was really looking forward to was the Hot Chocolate from Rochelle Adonis. I am not a huge fan of coffee, so I normally order hot chocolate in the social situations that involve imbibing hot beverages. I haven't found one I like when I've prepared it at home.
I have to admit that I was unenthused by the Navel Oranges from WA Citrus. I grew up with family friends that owned an orchard so I was spoiled by oranges fresh from the tree. We're also suffering from a glut of oranges at the moment, but as these are the ripest I'm sure we'll use them first.
Last, but certainly not least, there was the Country Fresh Rolled Oats from Mason's. We worried what we would do with a kilo of oats, but once we've made a batch of ANZAC biscuits and a few serves of muesli, we probably won't have much left.
* The popularity of the box meant that there had been a shortage of the cheese. I was happy to wait until the new shipment, though the offer was also there if I had needed the box on my original delivery date — ie if I had planned a event around it. The Pink Delights from Angelina's Biscotti we received as a Thank-you-for-being-understanding gift were delicious, and normally I'm not to fond of meringue. I especially like the inclusion of what I believe is roasted almonds in them, no wonder they were Pick of the Box in January.