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Foodie PenPals – September Reveal ((and other things..))

Hi πŸ™‚

In my last post I wrote about Foodie PenPals and my first experience of taking part. Well I took part again, for September, and got matched up with Jessica. She sent me the following:

A Vegan book πŸ™‚ as soon as I saw the title of this it made me giggle a little, but then when I saw that bit at the bottom: “Foreword by Isa Chandra Moskowitz”, I got excited!! I used to visit Isa’s blog a lot, here, ((which I plan to do again around Christmas time to make these….))

She also sent me a box of lemon-ginger tea ((which I will be enjoying in the evenings when I read and sew πŸ™‚ – I love the taste of lemon and ginger together)), a pack of Miso soup sachets, which I love and haven’t had for quite a while, as well as a bag of lentils, which she even included a quick, cosy-sounding recipe for, in the cute card that she included..

Here is the recipe:

Sausage, Rosemary & Lentil Stew

Slice some veggie sausages into thick rounds and brown in a frying pan with some olive oil. Put sausages to one side.

Saute some onion, garlic, finely diced carrots and celery until softened. Add a couple of chopped, fresh rosemary stalks to the pan, then stir in 200ml of stock and a tin of chopped tomatoes.

Add a couple of tablespoons of lentils, then return the sausages to the pan. Stir to combine, then simmer gently for 30 minutes.

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Thank you Jessica – I really like and will use everything you have sent me, which I may post some recipes for in the future πŸ™‚

I sent out my Foodie PenPals package to Sally, but she has not posted about it, for some reason :(. Anyways, as far as I can remember, I sent her a jar of PB & Co. Smooth Peanut Butter, some Vanilla Redbush Teabags, a small sachet of my Nori Sprinkle, a bar of Divine 70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries, some Nairns Oatcakes and some other things..

Anyways, other happenings of the last few weeks have included:

Doll making, including these..

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..which are now all for sale on my Etsy page πŸ˜€ please check it out HERE!!

Dad, Pat and I went to Tonbridge Market on Saturday, then toΒ a Farmer’s Market on the way home ((where I met and caught up with an old friend, who works there πŸ™‚ ))!! We ended up getting quite a load, for an amazing price!! I got:

  • 2 bunches of green Bananas
  • Some very big, fresh Vine Tomatoes
  • 5 fresh, ripe Figs
  • 3 huge Bell Peppers
  • A bag of Pistachios
  • A bag of mixed Nuts and Raisins
  • A bag of Potatoes ((well, these were Dad’s))
  • A bag of Chocolate Brazil Nuts ((Pat’s))

and more that I can’t remember.. but it was a heck of a lot for the price that we paid πŸ˜€ I am definitely going back there soon!! As well as the haul of fruit and veg, when at Tonbridge Market, I went over to a craft stall, where some buttons ((of course πŸ˜‰ )) caught my eye. So, naturally, I got some for my StitchUps ((of course I already had about 400 at home but I can’t seem to pass them without looking ^_^))..

Check out that leopard-print one πŸ˜€ I hadn’t seen one like this before!! Yup, I collect buttons πŸ˜› ..and socks.. but that’s another story πŸ˜‰

..I finally got around to painting this canvas of Otis, for my Mum..
To be honest, I’m not 100% happy with this painting.. I really hope to get better!!

….Aaaand September brought lots of fruitiness ….

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Want the recipes?? Look out for my next post πŸ˜› …….. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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Posted by on October 8, 2012 in Crafts, Foodie PenPals

 

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Foodie PenPals!!

Hi there!! Long time no see πŸ˜› Sorry about that!!

Soooo, a couple of months ago I came across Alek’s awesome blog, Run Serve Cook and read his post about Foodie PenPals. This interested me, as I had been hoping to interact with more bloggers, and this seemed a great way πŸ™‚ .

Basically, you join in by signing up at Carol-Anne’s blog,Β This Is Rock Salt, who got the idea from The Lean Green Bean, here.

Two people are “linked-up” by Carol AnneΒ and email each other, a sender and a recipient. The sender must ask the their PenPal questions about their dietary needs, allergies if they have any, preferences and so on.. gaining knowledge of what to buy for them. The spending limit for the UK and Europe, is Β£10 and you must include something written. If you’re interested, just click on the above button πŸ™‚ .

So, last month I took part and was paired with Anna, who sent me a great box of items:

See those two tubs?? Well the one at the back was filled with some gorgeous Cashew Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – Anna took my veganism into much consideration and made me vegan cookies πŸ™‚ thank you Anna!! They were lovely and soft with a slight crunch – a great balance!! Here’s a close-up:

Yes.. I did open the tub before even taking it out of the box :O hehe..

Now, the other tub contained something quite interesting, as you can probably see in the first photo.. Salt & Vinegar Chickpeas?? Yes!! Now I must say I never EVER liked Salt & Vinegar flavoured crisps – in fact the smell would make my eyes water!! But these – wow!! They are crispy, very vinegar-y ((yup, that is a word πŸ˜‰ )) and not to salty at-all!! Check these out..

Anna was so good, she even wrote down recipes for both the cookies and the chickpeas πŸ™‚ Thanks, Anna!! She also included a letter explaining why she chose the items she sent me. Anna loves to make and bake “comfort food” at home, and she found a way to make things healthier and vegan, as I requested in my email πŸ™‚ .

Also in my box was a huge 70% bar of Green & Blacks, which I had never tried before ((and did not realise was vegan until then!! It lasted me about 2 weeks πŸ™‚ . Those cookies – not so long πŸ˜‰ )), a bag of Free-From Chocolate Discs, which I found a bit overly-sweet, not being a fan of “milk” chocolates, but anyways my bro liked them and was none-the-wiser to their vegan-ness πŸ˜› . I also got 3 – yes, 3!! Nakd bars, including my FAVOURITE – Cashew Cookie!!

I found the experience really fun and really enjoyed going out to the shops to find things for my PenPal.

I sent out my box to Keeley at Phat CupcakeΒ who informed me that she had a sweet-tooth but looked for healthy treats, and also wanted something “bizarre” ….fancy seeing what I sent her and if you think it was bizarre enough?? Keeley wrote an amazing post about what I sent her πŸ™‚ . Check it out HERE

So, whyΒ did I not post this last month?? As explained in an earlier post, unfortunately my laptop is not working as it should 😦 . I took it to a man who fixes computers but he saw no faults and informed me that it does not have a virus – which is a positive of course.. But it is still messing up a lot…. SO I am posting as often as I can, inbetween the times where I get so frustrated that I’ve had to write up the same post 4 or 5 times, I want to throw it out of a window…. Don’t worry, I won’t!! πŸ˜‰

Stay tuned for my next post – probably this month’s Foodie PenPal swapΒ  – which, I am hoping, will be soon, if this laptop allows it!!

I am sending out my parcel today, to Sally, who has 2 blogs. One HERE which is all about food, dishes and recipes, and THIS ONE which is more about things that Sally likes and finds interesting. Be sure to check them out soon!!

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Crafts, Foodie PenPals

 

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