Foodie Penpals January reveal!

30 Jan

As mentioned earlier this month, the boyfriend and I ventured into the world of Foodie Penpals this month.

It’s something I’ve been looking at for a while and, after mentioning the idea to the boyfriend, he was keen to give it a try.

At the beginning of the month, we got an email with a spreadsheet containing our penpals – one match to send the parcel to and one match telling us who we would be receiving the parcel from.

I got straight in touch with our penpal, Erica. She said she liked a mixture of healthy and sweet items, loves peanut butter, lavender and mint, but dislikes coconut shavings. Off we strutted into Newcastle to find some goodies…

It was surprisingly difficult to find goodies! I really wanted to find local produce but it wasn’t as easy as I hoped (being new to the area doesn’t help as I still don’t fully know where to find stuff!) on top of this, we were posting to Ireland and were therefore concerned about how much we sent and what we were allowed to send!

In the end we settled on a naughty and nice box: some lavender tea, yoghurt coated fruit, chocolate mints, a few other bits and pieces and treats from my favourite place in Newcastle – the Brownie Bar! We packed a peanut butter brownie and a jar of salted caramel. Yum!

Our box was heavy and therefore postage cost a fair bit, meaning we went slightly over budget. It was well worth it though, we really enjoyed ourselves and Erica sent us a lovely thank you email 😊

A week later it was our turn.

Our penpal, Teresa, packed us a lovely box of treats with something for both of us. There was some spicy stuff for the boyfriend, some chocolate, fruit tea, dried fruit mix, some baking bits, including jaggery – something I had never heard of but have been intrigued by ever since – dried lemongrass (didn’t know this existed either!) and even a recipe for flatbreads after she’d seen we’d tried making naan breads.

I haven’t had chance to try out my jaggery, lemongrass or the recipe yet but can’t wait to have a go. If you happen to have a recipe using jaggery, id love to hear from you!!

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2 Responses to “Foodie Penpals January reveal!”

  1. teresa February 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    I’m pleased you like your parcel and had fun with your first swap. Let me know when you find a way to use the jaggery as I am just as intrigued as you by it.

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