31 January 2013

A Taste of Greece - Foodie Penpals January 2012

I asked my Penpal, Ioanna to send me the items that meant Home/Greece to her, and was blown away by what I recieved.

I love Foodie Penpals. 


And boy, oh boy have I got plans for these...


The mastic Ioanna says can be used in baking (puddings, deserts etc) which I'm really looking forward to, but I really can't wait to properly try the Saffron out - I have a few savoury and sweet (!) recipes bookmarked, including Saffron Fruit Loaf. I'm very lucky that Ioanna included this in my Foodie Parcel, and I can't wait to explore it with the true attention it deserves... I feel a blog post in my near future...


Freshly picked Mountain Tea - apparently is enormously popular in Greece, and used most often in winter when levels of physical activity decrease and colds, aches, and pains increase. It is said to have a positive effect on almost anything that ails but, most notably, it is used for colds, respiratory problems, digestion, the immune system, mild anxiety, and as an anti-oxidant. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory and to reduce fever. We have been enjoying it in the morning and it's a very very nice herbal tea.



These Pasteli are so very good, a beguiling mix of Honey, Sesame and Crunch. They didn't last very long, about 5 minutes!


The photo of these lovely Olives I took before we opened them - I had to as hubby and I are huge Olive fans, so I knew they wouldn't last very long, and I was right! We had them with friends, serving them with Feta and Pita Bread. Heavenly. It almost felt like a Grecian summer, even though there was still snow on the outside pavements.


These have a really interesting texture, kind of like a cross between a Mintie Sweet and and an antacid tablet, but are really good for you - see the pic below;




Thank you Ioanna, such a lovely pacakge, it was just so lovely! I sent my parcel to Milou a lovely blogger from The Netherlands.

14 comments :

  1. This looks like a lovely package- those olives look amazing!

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    1. Such a great package, I couldn't believe my eyes are more and more stuff came out!

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  2. I have never seen any of these items here in the states so it was fun to see what you got. I would have been thrilled to get saffron in my FPP box! I've been subbing tumeric in recipes because it is so expensive over here. I'm really curious about these mastic drops, I've never even heard of such a thing!

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    1. Bar the olives, I haven't had any of the items in my package either, and they were all delicious! I can't wait to get a proper chance to play with the Saffron, I'm very excited.
      The Mastic drops were a revelation - much nicer than Antacid tablets.

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  3. That looks great! My wife somehow makes a fun meal Chopped-style out of all of her random FPP items each month. I bet she'd have fun with that if she can't read the labels!

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    1. That would be epic - a meal without labels. Maybe her next challenge!?

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  4. So fun! I've never seen them in the US either, it makes me want to run away to someplace other than here.

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    1. We've had terrible weather lately and it felt like Greek sunshine in a parcel.

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  5. Hi Emma! Thanks for stopping by with a comment on my first ever Foodie Pen Pal adventure. Your parcel looked amazing - makes my ol' American effort to my first pal seem a bit shabby, really :) Olives are the best, and I'm jealous you have saffron threads. Happy blogging!

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    1. Thanks for return visiting - this is my 2nd favourite bit of Foodie Penpals - new blogs!! I love your Chickpea blondies - they are going on my to cook list!
      There is no such thing as a shabby Penpal box.

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  6. How interesting! I haven't seen any blogs yet for international swaps. But I LOVE trying things from other counties!

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    1. I've had one transatlantic Foodie swap, http://adventuresofalondonkiwi.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/international-foodie-penpals.html it was fantastic! My Package was awesome this month, still enjoying it's bounty!

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  7. You got one from Greece! How lucky! How were the antacids? xx

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    1. So cool hey! They worked very well!!

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