So for foodie penpals this month I started a bit on a downer with a penpal who didn’t reply, perhaps they don’t understand what penpal means?! Or maybe they didn’t want a box from me
Luckily the lovely organiser Carol Anne set me up with a new one, called Andrea and it was her first foodie penpals experience so I wanted to make sure her faith was restored in the system. (who also had a penpal who didn’t reply).
She seemed lovely but had a daughter with a severe food intolerence to wheat, but so far hadn’t found anything fun for her. So I decided to create a box of yummy sweetie things, sometimes although it’s great to have things to make and do in your foodie penpals box it’s also great to have a box that you can try straight away with no effort.
I took a trip to Whole Foods Market and after looking around I asked someone where I could find something “wheat free but yummy and fun” he kindly introduced me to Nakd bars, which are simple and SO delicious. I’m definitely a fan of these now. I also picked up from there some wheat free cookies and a 9Bar which is another healthy but wheat free treat. I love Tiptree which is a jam factory in Essex, its not too near but I always like to pick up some jam if I’m near, so I passed some along in the parcel.
I also added some yummy chocolate from Czech Republic which I know is impossible to get here. Always good to be given those kind of things.
Lastly, I put in some homemade green tomato chutney (always a winner) and some
Now for the parcel I received. I got a lovely thoughtful parcel from Zoe and she said in her lovely note that as me and my OH (which means other half for those of you that aren’t sure, ps I love the use of that) anyway we seem like we’re really busy so she’d sent over a HUGE box of breakfast stuff for us to enjoy. When I say huge I mean it, I really couldn’t believe how much was in it. The size of it!
I liked that within the box there were things I could use as snacks and keep in my bag but then also things for me to try and make.
So snack wise I had these lovely packets of dried fruit called Fruit Flakes which were really tasty and great I think if you are on the move and maybe haven’t been able to get your lunch/dinner but need something to tide you over, they were very tasty and didn’t have any ugly or bad ingredients. There was also these sesame packs which my OH (see what I did there) and I ate on our way back from salsa, yum.
There was also some lovely preserves, one a Lime marmalade and the other a homemade jam.
On the making side she’d provided us with this lovely 6 seed flour for some yummy bread, so far I’ve nearly used up the whole thing, by already making two loaves, I shared with my parents as well (they have a bread maker so was easier to borrow that) they are now investigating where they can buy it.
We also had some lovely teas in the pack, which is great as I always love trying different teas and the brand Clipper is great.
So all in all a great foodie penpal!
(will add pictures tomorrow)