February Foodie Pen-Pals

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I love post. Sending parcels and cards, writing letters, shopping for presents and wrapping it all in pretty paper and ribbons. I get very excited every time I come home and see things poking out of our little tin Chinese letter box. Foreign stamps are an even great cause for excitement; seeing the Queen’s head means it must be something from home!

I only very recently discovered the world of foodie pen-pals and now I’m wondering where it’s been the rest of my life. I first came across the notion on a UK baking blog. I excitedly clicked the organisers link, all ready to sign up and take part, and was distraught to find that it was open to European residents only. I was about to start on a grumpy ‘nothings as good as home’ sulk, when I came across Jen at oh my omiyage who was setting up foodie pen-pals from Japan. Hurrah!!

If you are new to the concept of foodie pen-pals, the idea is to share food parcels with people around the world. You are given the address and contact details of one person to send a parcel to, and someone else gets to send one to you. Isn’t that just the best idea?! I got to send a parcel to Melissa in Australia. You can find her at melonface.wordpress.com, but her parcel hasn’t arrived with her yet so I won’t tell you what I put inside!  This month I received a beautiful parcel from the lovely Anastasia at Nsenses. Go and check out her blog for wonderful, dreamy pictures; she’ll add brightness to your day. She sent me a wonderful little hamper filled with all sorts of delights from her home town of Samara, Russia.

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Anastasia sent me lots of delicious sweet treats. She sent some sunflower seeds to snack on, a cranberry jelly drink to make up with water, dark chocolate made in her home town, berry syrup, a yummy pot of jam and her favourite sesame seed candy.

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Nestled amongst all the biggest items where lots of these little chocolates and sweets. They were a whole range of different flavours. I haven’t tried them all yet, but so far they’ve all been yummy. Aren’t the wrappers beautiful?

IMG_4270Lastly, some of my favourite things; an adorable spiced cake and a wishing card. I can’t tell you what I wished for, or it might not come true.

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Comments:

  1. oh, Jennie) me so so happy))) now waiting for Melissa’s parcel to reach me)
    but it’s such a wonderful feeling to know you are enjoying))))
    with love
    Anastasia

  2. I hope your parcel from Melissa is as wonderful as mine 🙂 Thank you again! xx

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