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Foodie Penpals November

November 29, 2013

This month I received a York themed parcel. Little did Cat know that I went to University in York and have a Yorkshireman for a husband. I always wax lyrical about the foodie penpals parcels, but this one was a winner from a heart point-of-view as well as from my stomach. Lots of really local treats from York and the area around a letter which started by apologising for the amount of glitter (you can never have too much glitter) and one particular item that made Mr B very happy…

Yorkshire parkin

Stop taking photos and let me eat it!

A bonafide Yorkshire Parkin, with a comfortingly short list of ingredients. Made by Lottie Shaw. Sadly I wasn’t fast enough off the mark to check what it tasted like compared to my own recipe, and before I could say “hold that parkin”….. it was gone.

Lottie Shaw's Parkin

…and about 30seconds later..

In addition to the Parkin there was:
Jalfreizi curry mix – earmarked for my treat when Mr B is away. It has all lots of spices and bits mixed in like a flavoured risotto mix and you jus add the meat. yum.
Sugar mice – I’ve never actually had these. I’m quite excited… I may bounce off the walls with the sugar rush.
Peanut brittle – all for me. I love nuts
A mini panettone just ready for Christmas (Cat apologised for the festive nature of the parcel but I was secretly hoping I might get Christmassy things!)
A mini chocolate, fruit and nut wreath made by White Rose Bakes who are an artisan confectioner based in York. It was good chocolate and the mixture of pistachios, cranberries and white chocolate drizzle worked really well. I’ll be telling my York-based friends.

Thanks Cat for a really wonderful parcel and for a trip down memory lane.


White Rose Bakes chocolate wreath


You can see what everyone else got here

The Lean Green Bean

More about Foodie Penpals

Started by The Lean Green Bean, Foodie penpals is a way for food bloggers and blog readers to get to know each other, via a lovely parcel in the mail every month. This is Rock Salt has brought it to the UK and Europe. Here’s the rough outline of how it works:

  • 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 Lindsay’s blog so we can all find each other easily

Find out more here: How it Works // Terms and Conditions.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2013 7:35 pm

    I’m ridiculously excited about the foodie pen pal boxes, they are all amazing! I’m really fancying those sugar mice!

  2. November 30, 2013 2:49 am

    Sounds like a terrific box, I totally understand about something magically disapearing before you get a chance to check it out – happens at my house a lot!

  3. December 1, 2013 1:32 pm

    Ahhhhhhhh…. York (excuse me while I take a LONG trip down memory lane!). I still refuse to buy any tea bags that aren’t Yorkshire Tea. And stick up on Fat Rascals every time I’m back…. What a crackin’ gift box to receive!

  4. December 1, 2013 11:21 pm

    That’s exactly the same face that my husband makes!! Ah, the downsides to living with a blogger!
    I love the UK boxes for the sheer variety that you can get sometimes.

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