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Foodie Penpals June

June 29, 2013

This month my parcel came from Emily Sait at The Food Affairs. Firstly, huge congratulations to Emily who recently graduated with a 2:1 in Journalism from Northumbria University.

As you can see below, it was a brilliant box. Sorry everyone, but this tops the penpal boxes so far. There was also a sweet owl card which had an explanation of where each item came from – including the Kendal Mint Cake picked up from a farm shop whilst waiting for the RAc to rescue Emily and her other half.

Foodie penpals

Foodie Penpals June

Inside: Kendal mint cake, Centre Parcs lolly  (oh the memories!), a fig and almond cake (more on that in a bit) and oaty snacking bar- both from Emily’s favourite farm shop back home, heart shaped cupcake sprinkles, some mini crispellos for handbag-snacking and 2 x cereal.

I’d mentioned that I’m something of a cereal monster, so Emily included some Polish cereals from shop in her town centre. Strawberry bran and a chocolate and banana chip muesli (I’m also a bit hooked on banana chips Emily). I’m going to be looking out for both of these as we have plenty of Polish shops near us.


Polish cereal

I have plans for the Kendal mint cake to become part of a “Andy Murray-Mint Choc cupcake” and I’ve already used some of the fig cake to make this fig and almond brioche loaf, which I’ll write more about soon.

Fig and Almond Brioche

I sent my parcel to Beki at Miss Wheezy. She is a fellow runner – exciting! You’ll have to check her site and the Foodie Penpals roundup to see what I sent.

If you would like to take part in foodie penpals, you can find out how here. You don’t have to be a blogger.

The Lean Green Bean

Here’s the rough outline of how it work, as taken from This is Rock Salt:

  • All interested parties in the UK and Europe – bloggers and blog readers alike – sign up by the form available at the bottom of the Terms and Conditions post
  • Participants are matched on the 5th of the month
  • Penpals send thoughtful, food related parcels, on or before the 20th of the month. The parcels can include home baked treats, shop bought treats (especially local or unusual things), cake cases or decorations – use your imagination. The parcel must include something hand written – a note explaining the box’s contents, a recipe card, whatever you like. The price limit for the boxes is £10 – this is a limit, the point is not the cost, but the thought (no, really!)
  • Penpals open their boxes and rejoice!
  • At the end of the month, everyone blogs about their box, or writes a guest blog post if they are usually a blog reader and not writer. Everyone reads one another’s posts and rejoices some more. Posts are made available on The Lean Green Bean  so we can all find each other easily

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One Comment leave one →
  1. June 29, 2013 7:24 am

    It looks like a great parcel. A nice change from junk mail and bills.

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