I loved penpals when I was a kid. When I was about seven years old there was a girl who rode her horse past my house all the time. She must have been about twelve and had the cutest riding outfits. I was too shy to talk to her but secretly I thought she was the coolest girl in the world.
One day my Mum found a note in our mailbox that the girl had written just to say Hi. She’d included a bag of lollies (that’s how awesome she was) but sadly, ants had destroyed them. Lollies were my sole reason for existence back then but strangely enough, I didn’t care about the ants. The coolest girl in the world had written me a letter! ME!
The magical penpal seed had well and truly been planted.
Whenever my parents started new jobs after that I would pester them to try to find someone with a kid who would be my penpal. For a little while I had a penpal in America and I swear I nearly screamed the house down with excitement whenever I found one of her letters in the mailbox. When times were tough and I didn’t have a real penpal, I convinced my school friends that we should post each other letters even though we saw each other every day. Yup, I was a complete and utter letter-writing geek.
So naturally when I heard about Foodie Penpals, I got pretty excited. Some romances last forever.
Hosted by the amazing Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean, Foodie Penpals had been largely an American party up until the Aussie/Kiwi contingent gate-crashed it this month. Thank you for letting us join in the fun, Lindsay!
My package arrived from Samantha in Canberra last week and I could barely contain my excitement! Samantha is not vegan so I knew it would be a bit of a challenge for her to find vegan options but she absolutely nailed it. Check out that loot!! Soooo spoilt!
I’m crazy about tea these days so I was thrilled with the herbal tea. I also devoured the coconut water and the spicy broad beans. Sesame snaps are one of my all-time favourite treats (how did she know??) and I’m a bit obsessed with quinoa salads, so they will all be put to good use. But my absolute favourite item was the coconut chips!! O.M.G. where have these dudes been hiding all my life?? They are sooooo good and I can just see myself adding them to absolutely everything when I find some in a store near me. Nom. Thank you so much, Samantha!
My package went to Emma in Gisborne, New Zealand, who sent me this photo when it arrived:
Posting food to New Zealand is tough as they have some of the strictest quarantine laws in the world, so all my favourites (nuts, seeds, dried fruit, muesli bars) were out the question. What else do vegans snack on?? Emma is diabetic so the food had to be low-carb as well. Just in time I remembered the sugar-free vegan chocolate that my Mum always buys for me when I stay at her place. Phew! Chocolate for everyone!
Emma emailed to say she loved the biscuits most (yup, vegan and lowish-carb! fist pump!) and that she has decided to go Vegetarian! WHOOHOO!! That news completely made my day. You rock, Emma!
Want to join the party in August? CLICK HERE to sign up.
Happy penpal sparkles, everyone!