This month’s Foodie Penpals went much better than last month (well, certainly from my perspective). I felt much more confident buying produce this time round, having spoken more to my Foodie Penpal. I was paired with Stephanie and Luke at Foodylicious (I sent to them), and Alena was the person sending me a parcel (Alena doesn’t have a blog for me to link to).
As I said, I found the sending experience much easier, having gained more information in the first place and I was able to time my shopping for this with the County Show. The County Show provided the perfect setting to shop for local, independent produce. You can see Stephanie and Luke’s post for this month here.
Alena asked me what I wanted, and I said a mix of good and naughty, and, what can I say? She done good!
M was under strict instruction not to let me eat all of the bad stuff in one sitting. There were a couple of things that I felt I had to try straight away. The lime chilli chocolate was amazing. I was a little bit apprehensive, as I am not 100% sold on chilli chocolate, and I can’t recall the last time I saw lime and chocolate together. What have I been missing! The chocolate was deliciously smooth, with a hint of lime. It made me think of grown up chocolate limes. I couldn’t taste the chilli at first, but after swallowing the chocolate, I felt a really lovely warmth. It wasn’t a bitter chilli taste, but just a nice heat. M tried a bit and wasn’t as convinced, but I will definitely be keeping my eye out for this in the future.
Alena had obviously done her research and kindly sent me two Nakd bars (that Kit at What a Peach had introduced me to last month). Yeah, these didn’t last too long either, though they did make it to the car for our camping trip. The Reese’s Nutrageous bar was interesting. I am a huge fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (these lasted a remarkably long time for me!) and the whole peanuts in the bar gave it another texture. It was nice, but I definitely couldn’t eat too many, as they’re very sweet. However, I’m not complaining – my sweet tooth has been demanding indulgence.
I didn’t realise I like dried dates either. I like dried fruit, but have tended to stay away from dates and figs. It might be because of their size, I don’t know. I have snacked on these since we came back from our camping trip (trying not to leave the stones lurking around, as the cats find them fun to play with). I’ve yet to try to goji berries or nuts, but I’m sure they’ll be tasty.
Huge thanks to Alena for kindly putting together such a superb package – I have thoroughly enjoyed munching my way through the contents! Also, thank you to Carol Anne at This is Rock Salt for organising the UK arm of this fab idea.
Roll on next month’s matches!