30 April 2013

Foodie Penpals - April Edition

This month I was matched to send to Sue in Bavaria (Southern Germany) who blogs at Sue in Training, charting her progress from her first 5k and beyond. I in turn was sent a lovely box by Louise blogging at Lone Gourmet (check out her delicious recipes!)


There are always lovely treats inside. Manchester based Louise had a bit of a 'duff hand' this month as we're on a fat burning crusade so our diets are pretty limited which gave her a handicap, but she's surprised me with a few delicious treats.

I know a good person eats their dinner first, and then their dessert, but I couldn't wait.

Chorley cakes, where have you been all my life? Their outside is a short pastry which encases a raisin filling. Om nom - well worth breaking the diet, they were calling my name from the cupboard, I'm not really even kidding!


She also included another regional delicacy, creamy Lancashire cheese, and feeling guilty I gave this to a pregnant workmate of mine to enjoy who was having a cheese craving, and she said it's delicious.

The Harissa I have scheduled in the next few days for a version of Katsu Chicken and the Vermicelli is just awaiting my next stir fry, or maybe I might make an asian style soup. The only problem is deciding just which!


I was also sent some very nice Rooibos tea that I've been enjoying as a mid-morning cuppa, and vegetable stock. It's funny, vegetable stock is something that I've always uncertainly eyed up, normally going for a more meaty version, but I tried this the other day in a Mushroom and Asparagus Shepherds Pie, and it was really nice. I almost didn't miss the meat!

Thank you Louise, it was a lovely box!

6 comments :

  1. Such a cute box! The tea looks lovely and I've never heard of chorley cakes before but you make them sound delicious!

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    1. They were delicious - the recommendation was to eat them with butter, wow can you imagine?

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  2. It's so much fun seeing the food boxes put together outside of the US. I'm so jealous of that cheese- looks delicious!

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    1. We love the US ones just as much - so much I did a transatlantic foodie penpal swap a few months ago - so delicious!
      Do you think it's because everything is SO totally different?

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  3. I didn't know chorley cakes either. But they sound nice. I sent the same brand of harissa to my pen pal this month, it's my favourite kind!

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    1. It's delicious! So much depth to it.

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