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Dine at Home: Boxed Events

What’s more enjoyable than travelling around and discovering food from all over the world? During the pandemic, we may have to skip the first part and focus on the food discovery. Boxed Events prepare a different country-themed feast every week for food lovers in and around Cambridge. Being German myself and desperate for some feeling of home, I was intrigued to try their German feast.

Boxed Events German Feast Ingredients

How it works

Boxed Events is a catering company based in Histon, Cambridgeshire. Head Chef James Knight gathered experience not only in England, but also in France and Hong Kong – the man knows what he’s doing! Order via email by Wednesday to receive their weekly changing feast on a Friday. The meals are £25 per person, with a minimum order of 2 and free delivery in a 10-mile radius of Histon. Packed in handy, reusable containers, all you have to do is heating up the different bits in the microwave or oven, following the straightforward instructions provided.

How it tastes: German Feast

I was pleased to see so many familiar flavour combinations! A warming beef broth to start with, horseradish and trout, ham hock and sauerkraut, apple strudel – all these are key menu elements in traditional Southern German restaurants. Let’s dig in!

Beef Spätzle Soup

Beef Spätzle Soup

This dish might seem simple, but there is so much you could potentially do wrong! The first spoon of the broth was a relief and filled me with pure joy: You can tell that this soup was made from fresh ingredients rather than just using a stock cube. Next to judge is the “Suppeneinlage” – yes, the Germans have a word for the stuff you put in a broth, which could be vegetables, meat, dumplings etc. This one came with a generous portion of tender beef, carrot and celeriac cubes, fried onions, fresh parsley and handmade spätzle, the German-style egg noodles – very authentic and incredibly delicious!

German Potato Salad with Smoked Trout and Horseradish Dressing

Potato Salad with Smoked Trout and Horseradish

Next was a potato salad: They asked you to heat it slightly to be just warm, drizzle the dressing and serve with the horseradish cream and smoked trout. While I would say that the potatos are usually sliced and peeled in a traditional recipe, the vinaigrette was spot-on, with lots of onions and high on acidity – just like my grandma would make it! The trout gave a smoky saltiness to it and was complemented perfectly by a mild horseradish cream.

Ham Hock with Sauerkraut, Potato Rösti and Parsley Sauce

Ham Hock with Sauerkraut, Potato Rösti and Green Beans

The meat was the part I was looking forward to the most – and I wasn’t disappointed: The cured ham hock was tender and came with a layer of fat. Heated in the oven, the rind turns into a perfect crackling. This, served with sauerkraut and some bread alone, could cure my cravings for humble German food any time! The Rösti, beans and parsley sauce were great nonetheless and noticing the caraway seed in the kraut made me smile: I was not too fond of these as a child (most breads come with it in Germany), but growing up, I’ve learned to appreciate the intense taste.

Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

Apple strudel is one of my all-time favourite desserts, teleporting me directly into a ski hut in the mountains. This one was just perfect with the crispy strudel dough and the sweet-sour apple and raisins filling. Warm from the oven, I dusted it with some icing sugar and served it with vanilla ice cream – wunderbar!

Conclusion

The Boxed Events German Feast delivered the hearty, warming food that I’ve been craving for during the colder days. If you live around Cambridge and feel like an authentic culinary journey without having to stand in the kitchen for hours, I strongly recommend trying one of their feasts. Great value for money! They also offer Sunday Roast every week, if you fancy a lazy weekend.

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