My parcel arrived from Dan, delayed slightly by the long weekend.
So what was in it?
Dan believes that “in order to make great food, you need to start with the basics” and sent his favourite Maldon Sea Salt. I love sea salt and use the Cornish Sea Salt Co as a general rule. The Maldon is flakier and tastes lighter than the Cornish, I look forward to seeing the difference it will make to my usual cooking.
In my parcel was tahini, garlic and dried chickpeas for making one of his favourite foods, houmous. I love houmous and it is better if you make it with dried chickpeas, I forgot to get tahini this weekend so bonus all around.
A jar of Ras el Hanout, which I had never heard of, Dan says that he thinks that this with lamb is heaven. It’s got rose petals, cinnamon, lavender and cloves, which are not flavours I’d usually put anywhere near meat so I’m really looking forward to trying this one out.
Two of Dan’s favourite things, Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon in the vegan organic version and a carton of Rubicon watermelon juice. I’m a big fan of the non organic version and of the Rubicon mango juice, the watermelon is full of Vitamin C and lycopene which is a bonus.
Last but not least, Sheffield’s World Famous Henderson’s Relish. I have heard of this and have been reading up on how best to try this, although I’m pretty sure that I won’t be putting it on my fish and chips!!
So thank you Dan for such a thoughtful parcel, it’s given me a mixture of new experiences and renewed my love of some old favourites.
Foodie Penpals is a brilliant idea run in the UK by the lovely Carol Anne at This is Rock Salt and in the US by The Lean Green Bean. If you’re thinking about it, sign up, you don’t have to have a blog to do it!