31 July 2013

Foodie Penpals - A taste of Norway

I was so excited to open this month's Foodie Penpal parcel, I didn't even wait to get home. I opened it in a quiet corner of the train station. Geek and proud baby! This months' parcel came all the way from beautiful (and so far unexplored-by-me) Norway from my lovely match for the month, Elise-Renee at Food by Elise.


There is a special thrill when I get a European package, it seems like a mini-holiday on my doorstep. So far in addition to some fabulous British packages, I've received parcels from The Czech Republic (via London), Greece and a very special package from Philadelphia.

Enough navel gazing, and on with the reveal. I actually don't know how she managed to fit so very many goodies into one box. Are crazy good packing skills a Norwegian archetype? They did seem to invent the matpakke which may explain it somewhat...

There is something fascinating about not being able to understand the name of what you're eating without the enclosed lovely guide note.

Elise-Renee's Foodie Parcel did present me with a quandary though - deciding my favourite item. Was it the Goldfish crackers that made surprisingly awesome Pate scoops? Was it the Stranda Skinke (ham?) that melted in your mouth?

 Our Norwegian summer picnic plate.

Was it the Lesfe Godt, Elise-Renee's soft cake from childhood that has such a delicious filling that it almost didn't make it home on the train? The 3 varieties of Porridge (so far my favourite it's the 'Great.' porridge with it's gingery notes - perfect for winter, and how can you not smile at the name?)


Was it the Kvikk Lunst (much like our Kitkats) that is mandatory on ski trips, or the scrummy Lime muesli bars that I wish we could get here?



I simply can't pick - that and I've still got tasty tidbits to try. Thank you so much Elise-Renee, what a fabulous taste of Norway!

This month I sent a package to Helen. I hope she enjoys it!

15 comments :

  1. wow I guess she is a super packer! What a fab representation of foods from Norway.

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    1. Doesn't it just make you want to hop on a plane?

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  2. I simply love seeing what foodie pen pals from across "The pond" received! The different products really fascinate me!
    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

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    1. That's what inspired my transatlantic swap to be honest, aren't the differences in items just fab?

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  3. Yep. This post just inspired me to sign up. I love receiving packages and I love food. What could be better?!!!

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    1. Another convert - awesome!!! It's such great fun & it puts you in touch with other bloggers too which is great fun.

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  4. I'm always a little jealous of the international group of foodie pen pals. It would be so cool to receive things from another country that you definitely cannot buy yourself. Your box contents look delicious!

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    1. I'm jealous of yours - you lot 'across the pond' also seem to have a much better variety of healthy savoury stuff than us.

      Send a Tweet out to the UK Foodie Penpals, you might be able to organise something a little off the normal with someone like I did with Julie?

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  5. I'm so happy you liked what I sent :) Have a nice day!

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    1. I adored it, thank you! I meant to also email you properly but works has just been utterly mad of love. I loved every item, except the mackerel which I haven't been able to try yet, just admire from afar!

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  6. Looks amazing! There is a crazy amount of stuff in there!

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    1. Didn't she pack everything in so well!?

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  7. What a great parcel. Nice work Elise.

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  8. Looking at this makes me even more excited as I signed up last month so will shortly be receiving my first matches and foodie box. Have to admit I'm kind of nervous as I have no idea what I'm sending. I'm sure I will think of some nice things tho

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  9. Signed up last month can't wait to see what I get

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