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Foodie Penpals January 2015: Confiture and Cereal from Cologne

February 20, 2015

This month my foodie penpal was Julia from Cologne. She was away in Rome when the list came out and sent me a very chatty email on her return. I do love Foodie Penpals, everyone is so interesting and friendly.

Treats in the post

Lemongrass & Ginger Pukka tea – one of the better herbal teas I’ve tried. It tastes of something. With a bit of orange squash added it’s great.
Yoghurt and Strawberry chocolate bar  Mmmm
Soya mince Great for my marathon training. Full of protein.
Organic bolognese mix Mr B’s fave!
Semolina pudding mix I used to dislike semolina but my tastes have changed so much I’m really looking forward to trying it.
Breakfast cereal mix I told Julia that I love trying cereals from other countries so she sent me a bag of her own personal breakfast mix which includes quinoa, puffed rice, flakes of some kind and some bits that are like honeycomb. Good stuff
Leone sweets from Rome Pastiglie Digestive Dissetaniti – these taste really weird. I’m not sure what flavour they are. The design of the box is cool though!
Kinder Bueno Bar Mmm
Spelt Pasta Again, great running fuel. Looking forward to eating it.
Crackers Good for lunches.
Soap and moisturising cream  A really sweet thought to put some non-food treats in.

Cologne-breakfast special

I’ll post a link here to everyone else’s posts once it’s up and available.

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. February 21, 2015 9:38 am

    The Foodie penpals always sounds so interesting – do you find it difficult to put together a new box every month?

    • February 21, 2015 9:59 am

      To be honest, getting to the post office is the biggest challenge. You’d have to see if my receivers like their parcels but in general I have a few recurring items which are my faves and then just collect bits through the month.

      • February 21, 2015 12:14 pm

        Thanks, have been looking at the site wondering if I should give it a go!

    • February 21, 2015 10:00 am

      Some months I’m happier with what I send than others. But that applies to the parcels received too.

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