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Foodie Penpals March 2014

April 1, 2014

This month my parcel came from Helen of HelenMakes. She makes these lovely knitted “monsters” (I think they look rather friendly):

One of Helen’s Monsters

A large percentage of my goodies came from Helen’s local co-operative grocery store in south Manchester. It’s called Unicorn Grocery and I wish it would move to North London. It looks like a treasure trove of healthy interesting foods and it’s also owned and run by the employees.

Now, onto the important bit. Food. Helen has my respect for getting Mr B to eat something vegan. He wolfed down the Vanoffee raw chocolate bar and declared it as good as a normal chocolate bar, even after I’d explained what it was. Nice one Helen. I’m not going to comment on everything, but I enjoyed every single item.

Foodie Penpals March 2014

  • Wasabi Peas (not photographed)
  • Apricot, Date and Cashew Granola:  couldn’t have been more spot on. I love dried dates and cashews are one of my favourite nuts and it’s cereal. If you don’t know my feeling about cereal my now then you’ve not been paying attention.
  • Papadi Gathiya: A crisp like snack made from fried gram flour and seasoned with indian spices. They are a Gujurati speciality. Funnily enough I experienced these at work a few years back and never knew what they were. Now I do and they are really really good.
  • Cherry Raisins from Nakd
  • Dried apple rings: dried fruit. Yes please.
  • Vanoffee dark chocolate from the raw chocolate company: see above (I wish I’d got a look in)
  • Rocket seeds for planting: what a lovely thought – the foodie penpal gift that keeps giving!
  • Munchy Seeds: Mmm

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.

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