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Foodie Penpals August: Home and Away

August 31, 2014

My penpal (Ruth) came from London again this month – so close to home infact that the parcel was hand delivered – though sadly I was out. The sender was local, but the contents had a very global feel.

Yet again, I got a fantastic package of goodies which had been carefully put together after chatting over emails. It included even a recipe, which I think is a great idea when you’re receiving spices that you might not have used before.

Vanilla tea  I have drunk several cups of this and liked the subtle vanilla undertone. When I googled it, it looks like it’s a premium tea from Mauritius though there’s not that much info about the tea itsself – only the plantation and restaurant.

Clearspring Miso soup paste I loved the Clearspring snacks in my parcel last month so I was glad to see more. i really like udon noodles in soup so I’ll save one pack for that and take the rest to work I think. Yum!

Thai Hot Chili Pretzel sticks a savoury version of Pocky sticks. Yes! These are definitely going to be work snacks.

Anchovies Ruth caveated these by saying that she knows they are a strong taste, but they add depth to the flavour of so many dishes. I’ve heard this said loads of times but have never got around to buying any achovies due to people having such strong opinions. I imagine that I will like them, being a big fish fan, but this is an example of Foodie Penpals giving me the chance to try something that I probably would never get around to otherwise.

Sumac Thoughtfully accompanied by a recipe, Sumac is a middle eastern fruit which is ground into a spice that seems to crop up increasingly often these days in recipes and restaurants. Apparently it has a lemony flavour and in North America the fruits of certain ypes of the fruit are soaked to make a type of lemonade. 

Peanut butter granola Ruth is also a runner, so put in this granola as a good post run re-fuel. I’m officially in pre-marathon training now (Running at the start of October) so this couldn’t have come at a better time.

Smoked paprika Ruth mentioned having put in cinnamon stick so I think she might be missing a certain spice from her cupboard, but I was no less pleased to receive this as it’s a great flavour for lots of stews, soups, roasting veg etc and is often used in this kitchen (though not too much so I don’t blow Mr B’s tastebuds!)

Thanks Ruth for a brilliant parcel


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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  1. LondonKiwiEmma permalink
    August 31, 2014 8:14 pm


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