30th: Food Gifts – Do you like to give food as a gift? Or receive? Show/tell us!
Why yes, I love giving and receiving food as a gift! Sometimes it can just be something little, or something from somewhere exciting. Other times it can be a big box of goodies! I love participating in package swaps, where you get to experience the joy of both giving and receiving a fun food box! Back in July (so long ago, I have been remiss in taking so long to post it, but it works well with the prompt), I did a package swap with the wonderful Cadry from Cadry's Kitchen.
I was so excited to actually meet Cadry at VidaVeganCon last year. Here we are!
But you all want to know what was in the box, right? Well, so many good things! For starters, when I opened the box everything was actually tucked snug inside this fantastic Fruity Oaty Bars lunchbox. My old lunch box is falling apart, so this was timely!
Within the box, there was a letter, a package, and a cute Iowa postcard. Iowa is were Riley Finn comes from in Buffy, but most importantly it is where Cadry lives!
Behold the insides of the box! Photo credit here goes to Cadry. And yes, that is an adorable pack of vegetable-shaped erasers in a little grocery bag up in the top right corner.
Lots of chocolate, which I approve of. Including my most favourite and beloved Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I am obsessed with these, they are the only peanut butter cups worth eating in my opinion. There was also some delicious Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Almond and Cranberries, which passed my very specific dark chocolate requirements (nice and rich, not too sweet). Some Peanut Butter Nonos, which were great (I had some earlier in the year that I brought in Australia and they were weirdly bitter, but these ones had none of that). And some Dark Chocolate Little Secrets. If you haven't heard, Little Secrets are blowing minds as the best vegan M&Ms around. They also have some fun flavoured ones (though not all of them are vegan, so check before you much). These lived up to the hype, they were great!
Sitting just under the erasers in the photo is a little bubble-wrapped jar of locally made strawberry and rhubarb jam. I love that Cadry sent such a local product, though I am sad that I can't get it here because it was great. The perfect blend of sweet and tart. Strawberry jam is my favourite jam, but the added rhubarb component made it even better. I enjoyed it over crumpets.
Also included was some locally made pasta. I was really excited to try this, because it was definitely a cut above the normal dried pasta I got from the supermarket. For maximum deliciousness, I had to make Cadry's own Garlic Butter Noodles with Red Wine Mushrooms, which she also enjoys with this pasta. Mine does not look as pretty as the photo on her blog, but I bet it was just as delicious! This was so simple and so tasty, a perfect way to enjoy this pasta.
This was a wonderful package, full of sweet treats and local goodies that I enjoyed very much. Plus those erasers, almost too cute to use! And my nifty new lunch box. Thank you so much Cadry for such a fun box! You can see what I sent Cadry on her blog, here.
For more package swap fun, check out the one I did earlier in the year with Kimmy from Rock My Vegan Socks, which you can read all about here. Due to exorbitant prices charged by Australia Post for shipping, package swaps are something to be done sparingly. However, if you are an overseas buddy and would like to package swap, I am definitely open to it. :D
What's the best food package you've received?
And that is a wrap on VeganMoFo 2016! I hope you have enjoyed my posts, I have certainly enjoyed reading all of yours! Can we nap now?
Cute Kitty Photo of the Post
This photo is from several years ago, of me giving Possum a hug. You can tell he is totally into it. Possum was almost 20 years old when he passed away. We had a very close relationship when he was growing up, though when I went away to uni for 9 years, he switched his allegiance to my parents. He lived with my three girls for his final years after I moved home, and dealt with going from an only cat to having three cousins with exceptional grace. He was the most handsome boy that was ever handsome.