This month I was paired with Giles (sending to me) and Kelly (I sent to her).
Kelly blogs over at Interesting Thymes, and has some amazing looking recipes that I have pinned on my Pinterest board to try at a point where I can reek havoc in the kitchen! Kelly has also been a Foodie Penpal for some time, and I really enjoyed having a scout through some of her previous posts (I am far too nosey sometimes). After last month’s fiasco of not sending my parcel off early enough, I made sure I got my bum in gear this time. I enjoyed shopping, and with a bit more of a spring in my Foodie Penpal step, I asked some different questions which provided me with a bit more of a challenge (and a challenge one of the things was!).
Giles is part of Our Honest Foods, and I was sent one of their products through the Foodie Penpals scheme. I feel that I should add that I am deliberately not reviewing the concept or product of Our Honest Foods, or linking to their website as this is not a product review, just my usual Foodie Penpals write up and not an endorsement. Anyway… I was pleased with the contents – plenty of delicious things to try.
I actually received the parcel mid-month, so all bar the Melting Pot Fudge have survived. Annoyingly my milk intolerance is still going strong, so I can’t have the fudge yet. The rest of it was fair game though!
I am a total convert to O Bars. I was expecting it to be like a Nakd bar, but it was quite moist (though not soggy), and it felt a bit like a naughty treat. Of course, everything in moderation, so it was probably a good thing that I was only sent one! I am trying to find a local stockist of them though, but so far, I can only see them online.
I have seen Captain Tiptoes at Darts Farm, but I hadn’t tried any of their products. I will be honest, I was never sure if I liked harissa. To be fair, I’d never tried harissa, and always assumed that it was super spicy. I do like chilli peanuts though. I like chilli things generally speaking, and these almonds and peanuts did not let the side down. Tasty and a great snack! I don’t think I could eat more than a bag of this size at the time though, as the chilli does sneak up on you, but I now know that harissa is not super-mind-blowing spice.
Gingerbread Man! These things always make me smile – they remind me of Shrek. I am a big gingerbread fan, though I actually thought this guy could have been more gingery. Tasty all the same! I did not put him through the tea dunking test, but he would have stood up to it (if I hadn’t eaten a leg first).
The Perry Court Farm apple crisps I am sure I have had before. If I haven’t had these, then I have had a Devonian variety at the County Show a couple of years back. I love these. I had the bramley apple variety which is perfect for me. I like apples to be really tart. Matt prefers his to be a bit more subtle, but I am all about the ones that make your face screw up a bit! Unlike the nuts, I could eat these by the kilo.
Lastly was Willie’s Cacao Ginger Lime chocolate. A good, solid dark chocolate with 70% cocoa. It promised a spicy ginger with a punch of lime. I found it to be more of a hint, but it was very pleasant nonetheless. It’s not knocked my favourite chocolates off their top spot, but I could definitely justify eating it in the run up to giving blood!
So, another month gone, I wonder who I will be paired with next month! Only a few more days until I find out.
Interested in taking part in the Foodie Penpals scheme? Check out This is Rock Salt (UK and Europe) or the Lean Green Bean (USA & Canada). Thanks to Carol Anne at Rock Salt for organising the UK arm of this great scheme!