August Foodie Penpal (what I received)

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After taking July off from the Foodie penpal due to vacation (no complaints!), I was raring to go for August. I could hardly wait for the start of the month to receive ‘the assignments’ spreadsheet from Carol Anne.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I do two things when I get that sheet. The first thing is I check to see who I get to shop for. I love it when there is a web address, as that sometimes gives me a bit more insight into who I’ll be buying for.  Then, of course, I check to see who will be sending me stuff this month. And it’s the same ritual of checking their website to find out their M.O.

I always try to send a quick note off to my recipient right away so I can get their likes, dislikes, hopes, dreams, etc quickly, which gives me more time to ponder and shop. Then I just sit back and wait for my benefactor to contact me.

This month, I didn’t have to wait too long. Shanna sent me an email right away, and I was delighted to find out my package would be coming from Germany. I’ve had two other out-of-country penpal senders, and you can get some really cool stuff.

This package was not to disappoint! My first response was a squeal of delight as it came in a Nikon D3100 box. This really did exceed all my hopes, and I knew I had fallen into a bit of luck here. Food and a camera! But alas, no . . . it was not to be.

It's a NIKON D3100 camera!

It’s a NIKON D3100 camera!

When I opened the box, I found my pink-inked letter from Shanna, in which she apologised for it not being a nice camera. Well, since she went to all that trouble to apologise, I could hardly hold it against her, right?

What I did find out was that Shanna is also American, and is studying in Germany, so I knew this would be interesting. And she had a brainstorm. She sent me a German breakfast! How cool is that?

What I got was some wonderful German bread rolls that I bake when I’m ready to have them. So they’ll always be fresh and warm. This, I think, is such a great idea. And they’re seedy, which is just my favourite thing in bread.

Home-baked bread rolls

Home-baked bread rolls

I then found some chicken cabanossi, which is a smoky chicken sausage, and just delicious. This is managed to escape from my breakfast fare and has made it to mid-morning snack, lunch, and late afternoon snack. I’ve tried it with all kinds of dips and sauces. And all seem to work with it.

Chicken Cabanossi

Chicken Cabanossi

Then came a jar of love . . . er . . . I mean . . . raspberry jam. But hand-picked-raspberries raspberry jam! I love getting someone’s efforts. There is so much of them in that gift (hopefully not literally). And it’s delicious jam. So nice on just-out-of-the-oven bread rolls!

Homemade Raspberry Jam

Homemade Raspberry Jam

And then I got two pots of difference pork “pate” with different seasonings in each one. Clearly I had to have several tastes of each to make sure I could tell them apart. Sadly, just as I think I figured that out, the pots were empty!

Leberwurst and Mettwurst

Leberwurst and Mettwurst

And the final offerings were so welcome to satisfy the sweet-tooth, although I have to admit that I had to save these for later in the day. But definitely worth the wait. I loved the little marzipan bar that is made very near to where Shanna lives. And who doesn’t love Kinder Riegel?

Kinder Riegel and Marzipan

Kinder Riegel and Marzipan

So you can see that I collected a great haul again and have been truly spoiled. Shanna did a wonderful job of selecting and representing her (current) home country.

Danke schön, Shanna.

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