Last month I participated in the Foodie Penpals program for the first time. This food swap was started by Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean, and there’s also a European version organized by Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt.
And this is how it works:
After signing up for the program – either for Europe, USA, or Canada – you are matched with a different penpal every month. You are supposed to send a small parcel to your penpal with delicious homemade or store-bought treats that match your penpal’s dietary needs. At the same time, another person was selected to send a package to you. At the end of the month, everyone blogs about what they received, or writes a guest post if they don’t have a blog. You don’t have to be a blogger to participate.
Doesn’t that sound awesome?
On Wednesday I received my very first Foodie Penpals package, sent by Dana from London. Unfortunately, one of the goodies, a jar of passion fruit jam, didn’t survive the trip. It was totally smashed. Nooooooo!! I’m sure I would have loved it, but I’m afraid of eating glass shards, so I had to toss it. Sniff!
Dana sent some of her favorites from a very cool London-based shop called Ottolenghi (check out their website!). I’m very excited about the Za’atar mix! I had heard about it before, but haven’t found it around here. Nada from One Arab Vegan has a few recipes using Za’atar. I can’t wait to start some crazy experiments with it!
Oh, and I loved the owl card! “Keep calm and tweet on” – oh yes!
My recipient in August was Hannah from Manchester, who doesn’t have a blog. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the box I sent her, and she couldn’t find the time to write a guest post, but she told me that everything arrived safely, and that she loved the things I selected for her. That’s great!
Have you ever received food via mail? Did it survive?