Foodie Pen Pals: June

Hi all!  Sorry for the late post today.  It was a late night last night for me which meant I actually slept in this morning – like big time.  And I didn’t have this post pre-written like I should have; hence, why itz going up late today.  I’m a slacker in the summertime, what can I say?  Anyway, today is Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day over at The Lean Green Bean!

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Click the link above for all the details and to sign up.  Basically, Foodie Pen Pals is a program that matches up people (bloggers, readers, anyone!) throughout the country.  Emails are exchanged, preferences/likes/dislikes are explained, and then your foodie pen pal sends you a box of goodies in the mail.  This month I put together a box for Sierra.  Here is what my foodie pen pal, Yinzerella, sent me:

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  • Matar Paneer: Itz an Indian dish made with green peas and lightly fried paneer cheese in a rich and spicy sauce.  I had this for lunch yesterday and it was good.  I don’t usually buy boxed foods, so it was fun to try something new.
  • Knorr’s Leek recipe mix: I’ll probably use this for some type of dip.  Any suggestions?
  • Nature Valley Granola Thins: These are covered with peanut butter – my kind of snack!
  • Ground Cumin: I need more recipe suggestions for what to use cumin in!

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  • Tobasco: You can’t tell from the picture, but itz the tiniest and cutest bottle I’ve ever seen!
  • Chrysanthemum Tea: This is loose tea and when you add hot water, the chrysanthemum is supposed to bloom.  The tea was pretty strong.
  • Cookbook Bookmarks: Hilarious quotes on these!

She also sent me a couple pieces of candy.  Thanks!  As always, foodie pen pals is a fun way to connect with other people and try new food.  I highly encourage you to check it out!

What should I make with the leek recipe mix and/or cumin?

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20 thoughts on “Foodie Pen Pals: June

  1. I’m glad you got to sleep in this morning!! Hopefully I get to this weekend, because my sleep is seriously lacking!
    Looks like a fun package.
    I definitely need to sign up still…hopefully this month!

  2. What a great box! I live in Texas, and use cumin in a ton of things (we love our spice!) The easiest dish I make though is a can of black beans, juice from one small lime, a chopped garlic clove and a dash (or three) of cumin. Mix all together on the stove and serve with whatever you like! Also makes a great filling for tacos if you want an easy meatless dinner.

  3. ahh we use cumin all the time! some of my faves that I think are right up your alley: grilled fattoush salad (http://www.thesweetslife.com/2013/06/grilled-fattoush.html#more), chickpea & arugula sandwiches with lime tzatziki (http://www.thesweetslife.com/2013/05/fried-chickpea-and-arugula-pita.html), and southwestern lentil & rice stuffed peppers (http://www.thesweetslife.com/2013/04/southwestern-lentil-and-rice-stuffed.html)! Cumin’s great in any Mexican recipe too!

  4. Could you use the Knorr mix in homemade potato leek soup? Ground Cumin is a nice spice for couscous salads (With a yogurt base, toasted almonds, red peppers, red onion) or in a dip for say sweet potato fries! Looks good, one day I want to participate in this Foodie Pen Pal exchange!

  5. I love to use cumin with mince meat when making a chilli or more of a spicy mine meat dish.

    I found one of those tiny bottle of tabasco when we went to Hawaii in january and gave it to a friend who loves his food spicy. I am such a wuss when it comes to spice myself!

  6. So glad that you liked the box!
    Cumin is a staple in Mexican cooking–but it is also essential in Indian and Middle Eastern food.
    I used it a a lot this weekend in some baked falafel and yogurt sauce. Let me know if you want the recipe!

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