Monday, November 19, 2012
Foodie Penpal - November 2012
I have been looking for some inspiration for my blog and when I saw a post on one of my book forums (readitswapit.co.uk) about the Foodie Penpal scheme I thought it was a great idea. It started in America on the Lean Green Bean blog (Foodie penpal) and is a great idea where you are paired up with 2 separate people - one to send a parcel to and one to send a parcel to you. It is a fun way to get in touch with other bloggers (and some non bloggers as well) and receive some fun parcels.
This first month I was paired with Adrienne (http://CrackthePlates.com) to send something to me, a vegan Blogger who is very passionate about ingredients. I got quite a cornucopia of herbs and spices and pastes along with a lovely note describing each one.
Masaman and Green curry paste.
Basil Seeds and Dried Galangal.
Various St. Dalfour Organic teas.
Ok so now the fun really begins when I decide what to make with each one. I was so excited I had four recipes already looked out within an hour of opening the package and that was while I was trying to cook the evening meal!
So here are the recipes I am going to start with. I will post the full recipes on separate blogs for anyone who would like to try them.
Chicken and shrimp Thai green curry - this uses the Green curry paste and the coconut milk and luckily I had all the other ingredients in my store cupboard - great way to use up those kaffir lime leaves and nam pla.
Cajun Chicken with Chili Cream Sauce - to use the cajun spice.
Beef Casserole with sage cobbler - this uses the oregano and the sage (recipe says fresh sage but I will just substitute the dried).
Roasted chicken - to use the sage as well.
Thai Fish Cakes - uses the dried galangal. I must admit I had never heard of this ingredient before I received my package so who knew I actually had a recipe that required it. This is what I am going to love about the Foodie Penpal scheme, bringing a myriad of new and exciting ingredients to my kitchen.
Chicken and Roast Aubergine Biryani - to use the cardamom seeds from the pods.
Beef Kofta Curry - to use the Fennel and whole cardamom pods. One of my favourite Indian inspired recipes - you can tell as my little recipe card is all stained and puckered.
Please give me some of your ideas and inspiration to use the rest of the spices.
I do apologise to Adrienne for not going vegan with her ingredients (what can I say I am a carnivore) but I will keep on reading her blog to get some ideas for a least one meat-free day each week.
I was paired up to send a package to Jennifer (http://blog.jenn-mann.com/). Watch this space to see what I sent and what she thought about it!!!