What is foodie pen pals you may be asking? Well, Foodie Pen Pals is awesome idea thought up by Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean. Every month she matches you up with a fellow foodie. After introducing yourself and getting to know their preferences, you send them a package of goodies.
This month I got my box from Cheryl from Florida. Cheryl's box was incredibly well thought out and personalized. New recipes, fun global ingredients, and local products- Cheryl's box contained all of my favorite things.
Cheryl included a nice long letter that explained everything, which I loved. The theme of the box was a mini tour around the world.
First up was India from which I got a bag of Besan, or chickpea flour. Cheryl included a recipe for Panelle, which is like a homemade pita chip made with the Besan. I love the hearty taste of the flour, and am looking forward to trying it in chocolate chip cookies.
Next was Thailand with rice noodles, coconut milk, and fish sauce. I got 2 recipes that utilize these ingredients- Coconut Lime Chicken Soup and Dragon Noodles. The neatest thing was that Cheryl put little handwritten notes and suggestions on the recipes. It was such a nice personal touch. I made the soup right away and it was amazing! It had such a fresh taste from the lime and ginger. In fact it was so good, that I'll be posting the recipe and pictures soon!
Costa Rica was the next stop on the world tour with a dark chocolate bar. I really appreciated that most of the box was really healthy, since I've been making a conscious effort to clean up my diet lately, but when I do splurge, dark chocolate is my absolute fave.
Finally we stopped right back here in the US, in Cheryl's home state of Florida with some orange blossom honey. I love getting local specialties, and this honey was great! It has been a cold, snowy March here in Maine so I have been drinking lots o' tea. This honey is perfect in a sweet fruity tea.
Thanks for a super awesome box Cheryl!