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Foodie Penpals July: Hometown and Healthy

July 31, 2014

After Swiss and Danish parcels, this one came from closer to home….the Barbican in London to be precise. Funnily enough I had been there to see Ben Folds’ Piano Concerto just days before Sally, my provider of all things delicious for this month, contacted me.

Well, we may not have won the World Cup, we may flop at Wimbledon and crumple in the cricket (most of the time), but I can proudly say that when it comes to the foodie penpal prize, we’re up there with the best of them (Brits / English, UK-ers, Londoners, whichever you will).

After the delicious chocolatey excesses of Switzerland I was excited to see a predominantly healthy parcel with a few treats.

Colour coordinated

Not only was the contents great tasting but when I laid it out, it was all colour coordinated – even the notecard. Sally, I have no idea whether this was  on purpose but respect either way!

Hiver Beer: Beer made with “Urban London, English Blossom and Heather honeys during fermentation and conditioning to produce a beer of medium body and low bitterness”

Furikake: Sesame seed and seaweed seasoning. Great on salads and for sprinkling over vegetables before roasting.

Giant Amaretti type biscuits: but not the hard rubbish ones from coffee shops. These are GOOD. Carluccios?

Proppercorn: I’m a huge fan of their coconut and vanilla and have thought about trying the worcester sauce but was always worried I’d be hankering after my staple so it was nice to get to try this. It’s got a great kick to it. I’ll definitely have it again

Clearspring snacks – Soybean, Goji Berry and Pumkin seed mix & Tamari Roasted Almonds. These are exactly the kind of things I crave. The clearpsring range is one I have seen a lot about on blogs so I was glad to get to try it. Again, really impressed with these.

Amisa Spelt Crispbread My first foodie penpal repeat and I’m very happy for it to be so. I got this in my first ever parcel and loved it so I was delighted to have it again. Great for dunking in boiled eggs or having with a salad or for snacking.

Pukka Herbal teas – healthy hot drinks.

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.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2014 7:21 pm

    This looks a great swap. I got a really disappointing one the month. So much so I’ve pulled out next month x

    • August 1, 2014 9:08 am

      Oh no! That’s such a shame. You should tell Sally(?) the organiser. She;s very good at chasing these things up. Why was it so bad?


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