When I discovered the Foodie Penpals program on The Lean Green Bean, I was super excited – food! new food! someone picking food for me! me sending food! – yes, very excited! I received my package wrapped up in cute pink princess wrapping paper, which my son absolutely adored and insisted on carrying home for me.
My penpal was Deborah from Gourmet Mom, a fellow Canadian blogger who lives in a city in Ontario – not far from where I grew up!
Since this was my first foodie penpal exchange, I wasn’t sure what to expect – and I didn’t realise how hard it would be to shop for someone across the country either… Should I add tea or coffee, should it be sweet inspired or savoury goodies? It wasn’t easy and I sent it late (oops!) but it was a ton of fun trying to figure out what she might like!
I felt so spoiled! Deborah sent me a wonderful note card letting me know why she sent what she did, and here’s the rundown:
- Snowballs for my daughter
- Buttons for my son
- Granola & goulash sauce mix from a Polish store 🙂
- Spanish Paprika
- Dutch wafers
- Bavarian-style mustard
- Windy City mix Cheddar & Caramel popcorn
Thank you, thank you, thank you Deborah!! My daughter adored the snowballs, as did my husband, and my son received a chocolate button after dinner one day and his eyes went bigger than the chocolate! I love anything from Polish stores, especially since we have NOTHING in the town that I live! I love spices and the Spanish paprika was a treat, as were the Dutch wafers. We used the Bavarian-style mustard on our Oktoberfest-inspired dinner of sausages and potato salad last weekend. But the real winner in this package?
I mentioned to Deborah that I love sweet & salty flavours, together. When I opened up this popcorn, I wasn’t sure what to expect – how would they mix the cheddar and the caramel flavours? It was literally a half and half bag – half the popcorn covered in cheddar powder, the other have was caramel corn. It seemed weird. And was absolutely delicious!
My husband and I finished the bag while watching New Girl, and were fighting over the last few pieces… which I won!
But what did Holland love?