This month saw me paired with Louise at the Lone Gourmet and Michelle. Michelle doesn’t blog, but she does do a mean Foodie Penpals parcel!
I was a little late in sending my parcel to Louise – I hadn’t realised quite how busy a month April had turned in to. Thankfully, I don’t think I was the only one having spoken to both Louise and Michelle! Here’s hoping for a calmer May!
As always, I spend days asking Matt (who always gets up the stairs before me) if there is any post. Honestly, it’s like waiting for Christmas! I always look forward to breaking in to the box and discovering what I’ve been sent. I said to Michelle that I would prefer a “leaning towards healthy” parcel, and I was sent a parcel that delivers exactly that!
From left to right, Michelle sent me a Taste #5 Unami paste, The Food Doctor’s roasted bean mix, a smoked garlic, M&S oak smoked sea salt, a very exotic sounding Moon Valley Za’atar and some amazing home baked Easter biscuits which Michelle’s children helped to make.
The biscuits were perfect with a cup of tea while I searched for recipes for the other things. The Unami paste looks like it makes a good addition to anything Italian or Spanish, or with burgers – perfect as we head in to BBQ season. The za’atar is a Palestinian herb blend which, by the looks of things, you can add to pretty much anything. I plan to try both of these out of the next few weeks – wish me luck! The smoky salt and garlic smell amazing. I’ve found a couple of recipes that I like the sound of – smoked garlic mash and butternut squash and roast garlic risotto.
So, thank you Michelle for the parcel. It’s definitely making me think about doing different things rather than relying on the same old recipes.