This month I was pretty excited about my #foodiepenpals box as I knew it was winging its way from Danielle in The Netherlands! I was rely looking forward to some different and unusual foodie treats. I had to wait a couple of days to pick up my box from the local post office as I wasn’t in when it was delivered – the suspense mounted!
So let’s have a look at just what I received! I loved the letter that Danielle sent with the box – it explained what everything was and the reason behind it, much needed for me as I’m not very familiar with Dutch food.
The box included loads of great treats, from sweet to savoury, traditional and slightly more unusual. As it’s coming up to Easter, Danielle included some things that are always on their table at this time. Firstly Paasstol, a fruit loaf filled with almond paste ( I think this is destined for brekkie tomorrow!) as well as some Matze crackers and some chocolate eggs from a produced called Tony’s Chocolonely who work with ‘slave-free’ chocolate – the same as fair-trade from what I can gather.
There was also a bag of ‘stroopwafels’ which are mini waffles filled with syrup, some gouda cheese biscuits and some sugar coated liquorice. Im looking forward to some of the stroopwafels with a cup of tea later on!
There was also 2 boxes from a brand called Conimex, who do lots of spice blends and pastes for Indonesian cooking. She also included two recipes to use the ones she included – loosely translated they look like a paste for making beef rendang and some spicy haricot beans. I’m going to try these out this week for dinner I think.
Lastly there was a little tub of mixed spice called ‘Koek-en Speculaaskruiden’ which she suggested you could used to flavour cakes and cookies, similar to the US pumpkin pie spice. It smells great – and reminds me of Christmas. I think it probably has some cinnamon, allspice, ginger and that kind of thing in it. Yum!
So thank you again Danielle for a brilliant box, I look forward to next month!