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Foodie Penpals March 2014

Incase you haven’t read my previous posts, Foodie Penpals is a great scheme set up for food lovers and bloggers all over Europe to exchange food parcels. You are paired with two people (one to send to and one to receive from) and you each have £10 to spend. It’s a great way of trying new things and learning about other food blogs.

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This month I was paired with two ladies based in Glasgow. I sent my parcel to Cat and was sent a giant box of goodies from Michelle. It must have cost her a fortune to post!

Aside from being ginormous, it was a very thoughtful box. Michelle asked me lots of questions about what I like and sent me a range of products based on my preferences and local products from Glasgow and Scotland.

There was an Asian theme running through the box with rice paper rolls, spring roll sauce and vermicelli noodles. The basis for making Vietnamese spring rolls which I love! Michelle also included some of her own dipping sauces recipes. This was because I said I liked Asian flavours.

I also mentioned that I liked floral flavours so Michelle sent me some lovely rose sugar. I will definitely make use of it, especially as she sent me a short bread recipe too.

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In terms of local products, I had haggis crisps, some fudge, Iron Bru and some caramel wafers that are made just down the road from my foodie penpal’s house.

To wash it all down with I was sent some Hibiscus tea (because I said I liked tea) and an intriguing drink called Fruitboo. I haven’t tried it yet but you basically just add water. Looks interesting.

Thanks to Michelle for my fantastic box.

 

If you would like to know more about Foodie Penpals in the UK and Europe, have a look here.

If you would like to know more about Foodie Penpals in the US and Canada, have a look at The Lean Green Bean

Foodie Penpals- February 2014

For my second ever foodie penpal pairing I was sent a very interesting box from Rachel Carr, the lady behind the blog Lime Time. Rachel sent me a comprehensive list of questions to find out what I liked and as a result I received these little gems!

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1. Dried limes- I said I liked Middle Eastern food and these are an essential ingredient for many dishes. Rachel used to live there so she should know!

2. Lavendar drops- Picked because I like floral flavours. These were delicious. I say were because I ate them in one sitting while I was waiting for dinner to cook- ops!

3. Lancashire sauce crisps- This brand is fairly local to Rachel.

4. Chocolate sardines- because every box needs a little chocolate!

5. A ginger beer plant- I told Rachel I like things that are a bit different. I haven’t tried this yet but I’m intrigued. It is basically a pack of yeast and sugar which you need to feed with ground ginger for a week then you add lemon and water. I definitely haven’t seen one before.

6. Taste 5 Umani paste- Chosen because I like Asian flavours. I’ve read a lot about this so I have high hopes.

7. Moroccan crackers- This was because I said I liked Moroccan food. Great with a glass of red wine!

All in all a really lovely thoughtful box. I have to say I’m loving foodie penpals. This month I sent my box to Sofie in Sweden.

If you would like to know more about Foodie Penpals in the UK and Europe, have a look here.

If you would like to know more about Foodie Penpals in the US and Canada, have a look at The Lean Green Bean.

Foodie Penpals- January 2014

I heard about Foodie Penpals from fellow Cardiff food blogger Babettes Ffest. Originally started in the US and brought to the UK by blogger This Is Rock Salt, Foodie Penpals is a way to connect with food lovers and bloggers through monthly parcels of food.

Every month participants are paired with two different people. They must send a food parcel to one and will receive one from the other. Those that take it seriously will find out about their penpals likes and dislikes and put together a thoughtful parcel of goodies. Everyone then blogs about it at the end of the month.

This was my first experience and being a bit of a geek and a food lover, this was so much fun! I really enjoyed putting my parcel together and loved receiving mine from Kelly Parish in Manchester. Unfortunately Kelly doesn’t have a blog for me to link to.

Kelly was very thorough in finding out what I like and put together a really thoughtful parcel. I told her that I like Moroccan food so she included some Ras El Hanout spice and included a recipe for her own Chilli and Lime Halloumi which uses the spice and because I also listed Halloumi as one of my favourite foods. I also got a North African herb grinder.

I told Kelly I like children’s sweets so she included some Mexican sweets. I like to collect unusual sweets (yes, I realise how sad that sounds) so I was particularly pleased with these.

Sticking with the Mexican theme I got some Salsa Verde along with some basil oil and some African chutney. Best of all, Kelly included some elderflower rice pudding which looks amazing. This was because I said I liked floral flavours. I’m really looking forward to trying it.

My first Foodie Penpals was great fun. I was like an excited child waiting for the postman to arrive and I’m already looking forward to the next one.

If you would like to know more about Foodie Penpals in the UK and Europe, have a look here.

If you would like to know more about Foodie Penpals in the US and Canada, have a look at The Lean Green Bean.

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