Foodie PenPals #1

So, slightly belated, as I was supposed to write about this two days ago (I’ve been celebrating the fact that I just found out I got a 2:1 for my degree!). I signed up for Foodie PenPals at the beginning of July, and so received my first parcel a few days ago! It came from the lovely Sophie, who lives in Wales, and so all my food items were Welsh themed. She also very kindly put a few extra bits in my parcel as she was late sending it, so thank you Sophie!!

I wasn’t very helpful when Sophie asked me if there was anything I liked – I think all I said was that I preferred baking, so I was excited to see what she had chosen for me. Here is everything together:

The first thing I noticed was the fudge. I am a lifetime lover of fudge – the crumblier the better in my opinion. This fudge is absolutely delicious, and even better because each piece is a different flavour (I’ve managed to stop myself eating all of it so far…)

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Then there’s local Pembrokeshire honey, and Welsh raspberry conserve. I love honey, not least because it tends to keep my hayfever at bay. It’s great to have locally made honey as well, because most honey that is sold in the UK is imported from elsewhere in the world – so supporting local honey producers is really important for helping the declining bee population. And raspberry is my favourite jam.

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And still more things! Oatcakes with Caerphilly cheese, incidentally (or perhaps not) recommended to be eaten with Laverbread! (Which if you didn’t know is a Welsh delicacy made from seaweed).

Lastly, but far from least, Sophie made me Welsh cakes! I’ve never had them before, but they were delicious! They’re kind of like flat scones, apart from with currants and spices in them, and they’re so soft and tasty and mmmmmm. So good. Gone way before the fudge. 

So there you have it, my first Foodie PenPals package. I’m excited to continue now, this has been so good!

On a more general note, baking has been non-existent of late, as I have been doing things such as travelling to Somerset to go to the best wedding ever, drinking a lot of wine, and mourning the ever-nearing day when my dear friend Laura moves to Paris. But I have leaving cakes and birthday cakes to make, so hopefully baking will be back on my poorly managed schedule by the end of the week.

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