This month, I have been very naughty, and shirked my posting responsibilities. For that I repent.
But I musta done something right, because the Postperson brought me treats, courtesy of Foodie Penpals:
This month was my first trying out Foodie Penpals. I received goodies from fellow foodie Kathryn, in Vancouver. Thank you, Kathryn!
To participate, you send an email to founder and organizer Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean. You are then matched with a foodie in your country (Canada, the US, and the UK are current options), and you send them $15 worth of treats. A separate foodie sends you a parcel of your own.
Kathryn sent a lovely box of thoughtfully selected goodies that match my tastes perfectly:
A tasty bag of mulled cider–cinnamon, cloves, allspice, organic apricots, apples, and orange peel. I’m looking forward to later in December when my out of town best friend flies in, at which point, I’ll be breaking out the crock pot and the bottle of good Bahamian rum for some strong-simmered winter sweetness.
On an aside, I particularly appreciate the organic apricots included in this cider mix. If you’ve never tried organic apricots, please do. Where standard dried apricots are rubbery and unnaturally bright orange, organic apricots are soft, and have a beautiful caramelized flavour. Mmm! Can I wait until mid December to crack this open? Not sure…
Also included was…
This selection is a winner for many reasons. We’re big Chai drinkers around here. Far from finding a new brew mundane, it’s exciting to try a new version of this favourite. I poked around online and found that Trudy Ann’s Bombay Masala Chai is made in Vancouver, which is very handy for when I want to track down a refill. I’m also delighted by the prancing elephant logo.
Since all Foodie Penpals are to post the reveal of what they received, on the same day–the 30th, this month–I tore open the box as soon as it arrived, but patiently tucked the goodies away. Until today, when the Maple Pecans were, after a hasty photo shoot, opened, and the attack began. I enjoy nuts. A lot. Pecans are probably the best of the bunch. And I really, really enjoy maple syrup. Cocoa Nymph’s Maple Pecans are…
(pardon me while I have another…just to, you know, remind myself of the flavour. So I can describe it. You know)
…mmmrrph…mmmrrph…crunch…sweet caramelized mapley…crunch…
My last post was an emotional one about some memories of my dad, who died a few months ago. Daddy was a huge fan of the pecan, and of nuts in general. If there was a stash of nuts in the house, chances were good that you’d go to it and find Daddy had got there first. Oh, the container would still be there…with two peanuts, and some mixed nut dust left. So I raised a maple pecan in his honour tonight. And it was good.
Thank you again, Kathryn, for such a thoughtful selection of goodies! What I find loveliest about this selection is that, even after living in Vancouver for 10 years, I’d never encountered any of these brands myself. There are always new treasures to be enjoyed.