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Foodie Penpals June: Swiss Spectacular

July 10, 2014

This is a bit late, but with good reason as my parcel this month came from Marina in Switzerland but posted from Germany because it’s cheaper. It’s a brilliant box including savoury, sweet, eating, snacking and drinking  all while showcasing Switzerland. These boxes always outdo the last. It even came with a printoff that said “a balanced diet is a piece of cake in each hand”.

Swiss Superhaul

So what was in there? Käserösti Le Gruyere – a cheesy potato roti in a packet which is a Swiss standard apparently. It looks like you cook it just my putting it all in a frying pan. Great for a speedy dinner one night – hurrah. Stedy HärdöpfelGwürz (aka Potatospice mix) – For fries, wedges, baked potatoes etc. Mr B will love having an excuse for more potato eating and we’ve just had a bag full delivered in our veg box. They also suggest using it on salads, corn on the cob etc. It says use it instead of salt. Gallen Biber cake – No. Not Bieber. This is traditional cake from the Marina’s area of Switzerland. It is a very dense, almost biscuity gingerbread made from a honey dough and filled with a white marzipan-type almond filling. Chocolate, Fruit & Nut mix – Salty nuts, chocolate covered raisins and dried mango. AMAZING! And a really big pot of it too.

Justin Bieber cake…only kidding

David Rio Toucan Mango Chai –  A hot drink mix of mango, black tea and spices. Their whole range looks interesting such as Vanilla Chai and Maple Moose Chai. I’m not sure how I feel about fruity chai but I’m looking forward to trying it. Green Tea Latte mix – I know it’s sacrilege to green tea, but I had a S*Bucks green tea latte in Hong Kong and loved it. I’m just not hardcore enough for the real thing. Turkish apple teabags – they smell really good. Swiss milk chocolate with hazelnuts – a huuuuuge slab of it. Yum. Lindt White chocolate with apricot and hazelnut – I’ve not seen this flavour over here. I like white chocolate , though for entirely different cravings to dark chocolate so I will enjoy this. Ragusa Noir  60%- I made some espresso with my beans from Caravan Kings Cross and had it with a bit of this. Wow. Its a really rich praline truffle bar with bits of hazelnut in it. Mon Cheri  – Kirsh coaked cherrys in chocolate. Hic! .

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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