Monday, July 30, 2012

From foreign!

Ms Tagalong was in an even greater state of agitation than normal as she waited for this month's FoodiePenpals parcel. The lovely Nicole had promised a selection of goodies from far and wide as she had been travelling for work.

Ms Travelong's travels to see all things sustainable within her grasp had sent her to the far reaches of North Wales.

No, that's simply not true. The little princess and Ms Pollo Piccolo from Market Day in Calitri fame had decided to get married and celebrate the little princess's birthday all in the same weekend. So the full box of surprises was waiting for me in Glan Conwy.

In between the wonderful wedding celebration weekend at Caer Rhun Hall Ms Tagalong managed to sneak a peek and just loved how personalised Nicole had made her parcel!

Everything was neatly numbered and elucidated in a long letter. There was a recipe card from Nice and a postcard from Poland showing Oscypek, a smoked mountain cheese which Nicole was lucky enough to sample...and that's before Ms Tagalong got to the 'good stuff.'

A pot of cherry compote which although Ms Tagalong and Mr Ideasman sampled on some caramel tasting pain d'epices is just begging Ms T to make some more of those tasty quark pancakes for which it was designed. A mildly sweet concoction to contrast with the cheese.

The delicious lozenge-shaped marzipan cookies were a great accompaniment to fresh coffee brewed at the back of the Bongo as we stopped after a scramble up a hill on the edge of Snowdonia. Mr Ideasman was panting. It was hot and sunny, 'Just like home,' he said. Maybe Summer had come.

p.s. Ms Tagalong had said she liked anything with almonds, she thinks she will amend that to say anything with marzipan or just marzipan!

A pot of tapenade came in very useful to add that distinctive olive taste to some pedestrian cheese sandwiches and the sweeter concoction of olives and nuts, a speciality of the region, could be consumed by Ms Tagalong until the cows come home! Better move out of a rural region!

A mini bottle of apple aperitif is cooling in the fridge ready to be poured on ice for a special occasion and a pack of French herbs for fish is also awaiting the next fish meal.

Ms Tagalong would love to thank Nicole for her lovely box and as she does not have a blog she may later write something to put on this one.

If you wish to see the items Ms Tagalong sent to her penpal. Click here.

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  1. I love the fact that you call my Dad the Little Princess - oh my, what a great name :)

  2. Eeeep what a brilliant, full to bursting parcel! Sounds fab, especially the cherry compote. Anything with cherries gets my vote, every time.

  3. Hello! So glad that you loved the parcel and I LOVE your blog about it :). Let me know if you ever trying making the socca on the recipe postcard. Happy Munching! Nicole

  4. Nicole you will be pleased to know I tried the socca. They tasted great even without proper measurements of ingredients (living with a bare kitchen) and even being stuck on the baking pan!! Will try in a different pan next time but the visitors for lunch liked them too...


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