There’s no doubt that I was well and truly spoiled by my foodie penpal, Anna, this month. She doesn’t have a blog but is thinking of starting one and totally should – if it is filled with the kind of gorgeous things she sent to me I for one would be completely hooked.
You know how people get sent amazing hampers at Christmas time or for birthdays? Well I’ve never been sent one and always watched in awe as colleagues and family members have ripped back packaging to reveal luxury goodies. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve always been a little envious.
So when this turned up at my office during a particularly stressful day you can imagine my excitement.
That’s right – a food hamper of my own. Heaps of goodies held in a bread basket (amazingly useful as we don’t have one!).
Want to take a closer peek?
Anna totally listened when I admitted my sweet tooth and crammed the basket full of goodies to satisfy it fully.
First up, some homemade bread. This was sundried tomato and herb and James was very taken with it paired with fried eggs in the morning for a little pre-work decadence.
Next up, some English Breakfast Tea made by the Bristol Tea Company. I love finding companies in Bristol and this one was new to me. Drinking organic tea will feel ever so posh!
Then some Prestat white chocolate. I’ve been enjoying super dark choc at the moment so this made a great change and I’ve even managed to save some for baking with – love drizzling white chocolate over freshly baked cookies.
Continuing along the chocolate route, some raspberry and chocolate biscuits by Elegant English, which will be perfect to enjoy with the posh tea.
Ok, I totally saved the best for last because Anna packed something I could not keep my hands off. Especially when they were packaged so prettily.Homemade rocky road bars. She wrote ‘perfect for elevenses’ but I received the parcel in the afternoon and I wasn’t going to wait for the next morning so they were more like ‘after eights’.
Would you be able to wait? They were ah-mazing. Rich, gooey, crunchy and so moreish. Yum!
Anna also gave me a shopping recommendation in Bristol, a Bristol deli and butchers called Ruby & White, which I’ve walked past dozens of times but never entered. Can’t wait to give it a go (though my wallet is a little more reluctant!).
I sent a package to the lovely Julijana, who also doesn’t have a blog, in Lithuania. I loved sending a package to someone in a different country and wanted to include lots of things she wouldn’t have tried before.
I can’t recommend foodie penpals enough, if you’re in the UK or Europe and want to get involved then please visit Carol Anne’s blog. Massive thanks need to go to her, she does such a brilliant job at organising the party this side of the pond. If you’re in the US, then The Lean Green Bean is the place to go