This is my first month participating in Foodie Penpals – and we’re off to a great start! My parcel this month came from the lovely Nova McGinty from the North East of England, who supplied all sorts of lovely goodies, local, interesting and unusual. My parcel went to Diary of a Dashing Fashonista, who has written a very kind post re my items 🙂
A Stottie Cake – A Geordie specialty; this is a lovely, doughy, springy bread which is slightly reminiscent in texture of a really good doughy Nan bread, but much thicker and less oily. It is gorgeous! The OH and I had this warmed slightly, and served it with a Daal soup. And Nova very kindly supplied a recipe for making Stottie cakes, so the OH (bread-master) will be making these very soon. And this time we may wait long enough to make a batch of Peas Pudding to put in them 🙂
Saspirilla Tablets: To my knowledge I have never had anything saspirilla-like in my life, so I was delighted to have a chance to try these, and they were quite morish. They tasted a bit like really juicy summer fruits mixed with aniseed. I shall have to have a look and see if I can find any around here!
Chocolate, Cherry and Chilli dessert sauce: Nova mentioned that Scrummee Cherry, Chocolate and Chilli Dessert Sauce is made not far from her – and my goodness it looks great! This should go very nicely with some rich vanilla ice-cream, perhaps with a side of cherries soaked in a little whiskey? Suggestions very welcome!
Stockley’s cinder toffee: This is something I’ve always meant to make, but never got around to. But now that I have it I’d better make some plans – otherwise I’ve just going to eat the whole lot out of the bag. Bad idea for my teeth and my waist-line, methinks! This could be mixed into home made ice-cream, or coated with tempered chocolate to make some cool sweets.
Giant chocolate stars: For the pretties! I’m looking forward to using these on some cupcakes soon 🙂
Dried lavender flowers: At last! I have them! Having tried everywhere in Edinburgh to find them with no luck, by sheer chance Nova sent some 😀 I’m thinking Chocolate and Lavender cupcakes or Brownies. Also I can finally make some long-awaited Lavender crème Brulee (as made at La Geriggue, Jeffery st, Edinburgh). (See post on Lavender Skolleboller post!)
Poppy seeds: Yup, lemon and poppy seed cake – om nom nom nom 🙂 But there are a lot of them, so I’ll have to see what else I can use them in. A topping to a nice loaf of bread, perhaps.
Schwartz Piri Piri spice mix: These are a great idea – rather than just chucking all the spices into one pot this gives you an idea of contents and quantity, which is really useful. I’m looking forward to piri-piri-ing some chicken some time soon.
Cosmopolitan drink mix: As Nova said “after all the baking”, and quite right too! I look forward to relaxing on the sofa with this later on 🙂
And, of course, a lovely selection of recipes from the North East: Toad in the Hole, Singing Hinnies, Peas Pudding, and Stottie Cake. I’ve always lovely Toad in the Hole, and am thoroughly looking forward to having a go at the other recipes 🙂
So, all in all, I’d say I’ve been very lucky with my first Foodie Penpal 🙂 An interesting selection of snacks, ingredients and ideas!
THANK YOU NOVA – YOU ARE A STAR!
Right, I’m off on holiday for a week – now the important thing of the day is done, I had better go and pack…