Samboussek with Cauliflower rice and stirred fried veggies

Nicole Keating and Presiana Ilieva were crowned the winners in the second edition of the Mystery Box challenge! Their innovative use of the zero waste ingredients created a delicious dish that led them to victory.


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  • 2 bell peppers

  • 50


    Brussels sprouts

  • 300



  • 1 orange

  • 50


    sugar snaps

  • 50


    bok choy

  • 220



  • 30


    olive oil

  • 3


    soy sauce

  • 1


    rice syrup

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 2


    peanut butter


To make the Cauliflower Rice:
– Cut the cauliflower into smaller pieces
– Put those pieces in a hand blender or grate it to make it into a rice
– Put olive oil in a pan, add the cauliflower rice, pepper, salt, cajun spice
– Fry and mix it

Sauce for stir fry veggies:
– Put soy sauce in a bowl
– Add 2 cloves of garlic crushed or cut into small pieces
– Add rice syrup
– Add 2 teaspoon of peanut butter
– Mix it all

The Stir fry veggies:
– Cut the sugar snaps in half
– Cut the boy chop into smaller pieces
– Add olive oil in a wok
– Add the sugar snaps in a wok, let them cook for few minutes then add the bok choy
– When you feel like the veggies are getting softer, add the sauce to the wok and mix it all together
– Tip: to present it on a plate later, cut some orange zest and set aside for decoration on top of the veggies ( get the orange zest before you squeeze them)

The Brussels sprouts:
– Clean and cut them if necessary
– Add them to an oven tray
– In a small bowl squeeze the orange juice with honey
– Add this sauce to the Brussels sprouts
– Cook them in the oven for about 20-30min until cooked

Samboussek (sort of dumplings):

– Put 220gr of flour in a bowl and add30ml of olive oil
– Add some water until the texture of the dough is smooth. The texture shouldn’t feel too sticky to the fingers. If it is, add some more flour
– Let the dough rest for 30min in the fridge
– While the dough rest, cut the bell peppers int0 small pieces
– Add olive oil to the pan, fry the bell peppers in the pan until cooked
-Add pepper and salt to it
– Once the bell pepper is cooked and soft, blend it until it becomes a paste/sauce
-Take the dough and roll it out until it’s thin (add flour on the table so that it doesn’t stick) – if you don’t have a rolling pin, a bottle of wine with some flour will do the trick
– Cut the dough in small circles, you can use a glass to define the size of the circle – make multiple ones until there is no dough left
-In the middle of the circle of dough, add a spoon of the bell pepper sauce
-Fold the circle in two like a calzone and press on the side to close it

Tip: you can use a fork to press the side and make a nice pattern
– Add a bit of olive oil to a pan
– Add some of the samboussek in there and cook/fry them
– Don’t forget to turn them to make sure both sides are well fried

Alternative: you can also decide to cook them in the oven at 220 degrees for 10-15min

Mystery Box Winners: Nicole Keating and Presiana Ilieva