Have you heard of Bonjour French Food? If so, you probably love the concept as much as I do. If not, head over to their website and check them out; they have just turned one year old!
Bonjour French Food deliver boxes of French food straight to your door, and that would be enough to win me over to be honest, but they do more than that.
The boxes are quite unique in my view as what you receive cannot be found in your local supermarket around here. Everything included in the boxes is made in France, with no additives and generally comes from small producers.
I have to say I have a soft spot for companies that make a difference. At Bonjour French Food, they employ over 80 disabled workers on a full-time basis to put the parcels together.
The range of products they send is great. They have several packages: a surprise box you in which you get five to seven French goodies delivered to your door once a month. There are no strings attached and can cancel whenever you want. You can also go for one-off food hampers: charcuterie, cooking or vegetarian. Each hamper comes with either six or twelve products with long shelf life, and delivery is included in the price for France, the UK and any other European Union country they deliver to
In our family size cooking hamper, we received Cassoulet, Provencal pasta, Espelette chilli powder, tapenade, venison terrine, artichoke cream with black truffle, Provencal Pestouro, quince chutney, pepper cream, mint syrup, Roquefort terrine and caramel shortbread biscuits.
I love food and I enjoyed receiving a guide telling me exactly where each product came from, how it had been made or how to enjoy it. I also loved the magazine that came in the box. It is all in French and English and includes foodie guides, travel tips and ideas as well as a recipe.
The day after we got the box, I got a bit peckish after the school run, and opened the Sablés avec éclats de Caramel au beurre salé. The addition of caramel in the traditional French biscuits was really nice and I found these really nice dunked in my cup of tea.
A few days later, for no reason other than celebrating the start of the week-end, the children and I put together a small platter of finger food and canapés. We used the Crème de Poivron and Crème d’Artichaut à la Truffe Noire, Tapenade d’Olives Vertes as dips, with homemade bread. I loved the tapenade and found the cream of pepper very similar to salsa. I really did not enjoy the artichoke and black truffle dip. I always find truffle too overpowering so this was not a surprise. We also had chorizo, Parma ham, cornichons (small gherkins) and Terrine au Roquefort canapés. I was not looking forward to tasting the latter. I love paté, I also love Roquefort, but somehow, the two together seemed to me like a disastrous combination. How wrong was I? I had about ten canapés (just to make sure I liked it) as we were laying the food on the platter.
Last week, as I was making tomato sauce, I remembered the pasta from our Bonjour French Food box. It was perfect to go with my chorizo sauce as the pasta itself contained tomato, paprika, garlic and olive oil, which are all ingredients included in the sauce. The pasta was really nice and enhanced the flavours of the dish. We sprinkled some Espelette chilli powder we had been sent as well and it was a perfect, subtle addition.
Out of all the products we received, the duck Cassoulet was our favourite. Cassoulet is the ultimate comfort food for me and I am glad Hubby loves it, too! To make sure we could feed the whole family with the jar we were sent, we simply added sausages. The children really loved the duck.
In my view, Bonjour French Food provides the ideal present for any foodie, and the hampers would make ideal Christmas gifts! I just wish the French goodies came in a pretty hamper rather than just in a cardboard box.
Win a Surprise Box from Bonjour French Food
I have a Surprise Box to give away, in time for Christmas, and the giveaway is open to the following countries: France, the UK, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
How To Enter
Just use the entry box below. It is easy to use and you can get more than one entry! If you are not sure how to use Raffleopter, I have included detailed instructions below the box.
Entries are open until midnight GMT time on 15 December 2014. Good luck!
How to use Rafflecopter?
The first thing you have to do is to log in with Facebook or your email address.
Once you are logged in, the first and mandatory entry option is to leave a comment on this post telling me what your favourite French treat is. It could be champagne, crêpes, cheese, anything, really! For extra chances of winning, check the instructions in the form. You can pick and choose a range of ways in which to enter. The only one you must click on to get into the draw is the one asking you to leave a blog post comment. You must also leave a comment for your entry to be valid.
– The prize will be supplied directly by Bonjour French Food.
– The giveaway is open to residents of France, the UK, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. You must be aged 18 and over to enter.
– I was sent a family cooking box for the purpose of this review and no payment was received. All opinions and photographs are my own.
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