Foodie Penpal November Reveal!

Well it’s been quite a busy month! I’ve been on the trot the past three weekends and finally got to rest the weekend gone past. Catching up on with friends, indulging the child in me watching the Late Late Toy Show 😉 doing some baking, etc etc. Fun 🙂

So I was delighted this morning when my Foodie Penpal package arrived from the lovely Sarah at This Is No Yolk. Thank you so much for the package Sarah once again, really thoughtful and I loved everything!

Foodie Penpal package

Foodie Penpal package

As you can see, it was quite a generous package and had a really nice theme going on! The theme was Caribbean – so Sarah provided me with a recipe and all the ingredients for Jerk Chicken. I’ve often seen Jerk Chicken done on cookery shows but have never tasted it. I’ve been meaning to try it for quite a while now and I’m definitely going to try this one out at the weekend when I’ve more time.

So the package included:

Plantain chips – again, something I’ve wanted to try for a while, but we haven’t got a sizeable Caribbean population in Limerick, so it’s difficult, if not impossible to find. But these chips were chilli and lime flavour – delicious. Munching on them as I type! 🙂

Ginger paste – always handy to have on hand for recipes

Jerk seasoning

Chillis

Garlic

Lime

Cock flavour soup mix – this sounds interesting and I think I’ll do this for my lunch tomorrow!

Creamed coconut

Herbal tea bags

Thanks so much again Sarah for the package! 🙂 I’ll do a post on the jerk chicken this weekend!

If you’ve read this and you’d like to learn more about Foodie Penpals, rock on over to ThisIsRockSalt for more information! 🙂

Foodie Penpals

Foodie Penpals

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October Foodie Penpal Reveal Day

I hadn’t realised it had been so long since I last posted on here. October was a hell of a month. I was very happy to see the end of it. About three and half weeks ago, our house was burgled. Some opportunists struck lucky and made off with a brand new Trek bike, a laptop, hard drives, jewellery and quite an amount of vouchers. It could have been a lot worse, as we were asleep in the house. Thankfully, nobody was hurt and they didn’t come near our bedrooms. I suppose unfortunately these things happen and there’s nothing you can do about it. And the worst thing is, these guys will probably never be caught and they’ll get away with it time and time again. But as I said, it could have been a lot worse! It’s just quite unnerving to realise that someone was in your house while you were there unbeknownst to us. It felt like quite a violation.

Then couple days later, I was struck down with a severe case of tonsillitis and spent the guts of the two weeks in bed trying to recover. October has not been a good month.

Foodie Penpal

So as a result of these little mishaps, I was a little late sending my Foodie Penpal package to Rachel at FoodNerd4Life – apologies once again Rachel. And apologies I’m late with my Foodie Penpal reveal day, but I haven’t had a chance to update the blog to date. I received my package from Rachel at Silver and Green.

My foodie penpal package from Rachel

Wow. What a little box of tricks 🙂 Thank you so much Rachel for the package, it was so generous and thoughtful. I really loved everything in it!

A little box of goodies 🙂

I really wasn’t expecting so many lovely things. I was like a child on Christmas day unwrapping the box! Rachel, and her partner, run a food business producing and importing Mediterranean delicacies such as olives, olive oil, antipasti and tapas. If their website is anything to go by, they are passionate about food and are definitely worth checking out here: Silver and Green.

So my package included a lovely jar of orzo. I’ve never really used orzo before, but Rachel has included a yummy recipe, which I hope to try over the weekend!

Jar of Orzo

She also included some garlic. Rachel must have psychic powers, because I love garlic!

Garlic

Rachel also included some yummy local delicacies such as Cumberland sauce (which I love!), flavoured salt (will be perfect for a roast chicken) and honey mustard!

Yumminess!

A little treat also in some salted almonds. Which I’ve been advised are a perfect accompaniment for a couple of drinks, so I think I’ll try those this evening seeing as it’s Friday and all! 😉

Salted Almonds

Thanks so much again Rachel, once again a very generous package! 🙂 If you’d like to sign up to Foodie Penpals and are in the UK or Europe check out this blog thisisrocksalt.com or if you’re in the US check out theleangreenbean.com.

Looking forward to this month’s Foodie Penpal shop already! 🙂

Edit: I have just learned that The Lean Green Bean and This Is Rock Salt are both organising a Foodie Penpals for charity in December. Regular Foodie Penpals will resume in January, but for December penpals are being asked to donate to charities helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. A very worthwhile cause in the run up to the festive season. To signup or learn more details see here: Foodie Penpals for Charity

Foodie Penpals

This morning I came across a very interesting post by This is Rock Salt‘s blog about Foodie Penpals. It’s an exciting concept. Basically, the idea originated with theleangreenbean.com in the US and Canada. Lindsay at theeanbeangreen.com thought up the concept as a way to connect bloggers with fellow bloggers and readers! The concept  but has recently spread to the UK & Europe, with This is Rock Salt co-ordinating UK & European pairings.

I’m actually quite excited about this already and am thinking about fun and quirky items to include in my foodie package. I’m thinking if the person I’m matched with is overseas, I’ll include some typically Irish food produce….if they’re within Ireland, maybe some local delicacies or organic artisan foods. Hmm…this is exciting! I already can’t wait to get to my local artisan store to pick up some goodies! This is going to be a fantastic way to meet fellow bloggers and hopefully get lots of inspiration for future recipes.

I’ve received a confirmation email back from Carol at This is Rock Salt pretty speedily and will hear who I’m paired with on Friday. I’l keep you updated! 🙂

Basically an explanation of the progam below:

Foodie Penpal

-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
***If you’re in the US or Canada, contact Lindsay at theleangreenbean.com 

***If you’re in the UK or Ireland, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

Obviously there are a couple terms and conditions to the program, which are detailed below:

“By signing up to participate in Foodie Penpals, you are hereby agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

Condition 1: You will contact the person you are matched with withing 72 hours of receiving your match to discuss dietary needs, allergies and food preferences.

Condition 2: You will make an effort to meet the dietary needs of your penpal- ie not sending animal products to vegans, dairy products if your match tries to avoid dairy or junk food if they ask for healthy snacks.

Condition 3: You will mail your box by the 15th of the month. It is HIGHLY recommended that you purchase delivery confirmation/get a tracking number for your package. It is very inexpensive and can be used to prove that you sent your package in the event that it gets lost.
If your match does not receive a package for the month, you will receive a warning. If it happens two months in a row, you will no longer be able to participate in the program

Condition 4: In the event that you do not receive a package, Lindsay and The Lean Green Bean blog cannot be held accountable. By agreeing to participate in FPP, we cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive a package. The mail gets lost occasionally and your partner may fail to deliver.

-Condition 5: Using the foodie penpals email list to send out personal or spam emails promoting your blog, giveaways, etc is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Doing so is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program as it is a violation of the other participants’ privacy.

Failure to comply with these terms and conditions is grounds fordismissal from the Foodie Penpals Program.”