We did it again.
We had packages going round the globe and, despite the vigorous winter experienced by many postal systems, most of them seem to have safely arrived.
Here's what everyone did:
Chris, of Mele Cotte and a fellow wimp when it comes to hot food, received a baggie of Chipotles from Kirsten, of From Kirsten’s Kitchen to Yours. She also got a recipe…. For Chipotles in Adobo. Hot was the opinion… but with a little ingenuity she mad a dip that was packed with flavor – and cool enough to eat.
Chris sent a gift to Kate, of manningroad. We don't know what that is yet, as Kate had the audacity to leave sunny Australia and travel to snowy Europe for the holidays. She's on her way home, so check this space in a day or two for the info.
Update: Not only did Kate receive a lovely gift of smoked sea salt, BBQ sauce and more, Chris dropped her keys into the box as well. Very generous, Chris!
Kate sent a gift to Palma, of Palmabella's Passions…. Palma tells me she received her gift on the 24th and will post soon…. so check this space, too.
Update: Palma got some lovely Macademia nuts and… Devil Dust from Tasmania! How fun is that? She sprinkled some Devil Dust on her chicken – delicious!
Palma sent a gift to TikiPundit: her very own Hot Strawberry Balsamic Jam plus a recipe for Cheddar Parmigiano Biscuits, which he promptly made and enjoyed. He also got some Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly – perfect sweet / savory treat.
TikiPundit sent a gift to Penny, at Lake Lure Cottage: a Ristra! (What's with the heat this season?!?) For those who are not familiar, a Ristra is an arrangement of drying red chile pods. He sent a recipe for this gorgeous New Mexico Red Chile which she said was just perfect! (referring to the heat)
Christine sent a gift to Astrid, of Paulchen's FoodBlog?!. We fear it may be with the 10,000 lost bits of luggage in an airport somewhere. We continue to hope and have faith. Lots will get sorted once the holidays are over. Did I say 'Check this space'?
Jaz sent a gift to Lauren, of Jammin' in the Kitchen: Simple Summer Strawvberry Syrup, along with a recipe for French Toast (of which she is inordinately fond). It just sounds like spring, doesn't it?
Lauren sent a gift to Judith: a lovely package with Indian spice goodies that she looks forward to using…. but no photos, yet. Dare I say it?
Judith sent a gift to Ulrike, of Küchenlatein: a box of four delicious relishes from Harry & David. She plans on enjoying them with the Traditional Holiday Raclette…. Oh yeah….
Ulrike sent a gift to Nancy, of A Wine Lover's Wanderings: a package with ingredients and the recipe for German 'Brown Cakes'. What a fun gift at Christmas. I'm a little worried that she ate the cookies before getting a photo of the finished product…
Nancy sent a gift to Kate, of Kate in the Kitchen: Oh… I know she received it but she didn't tell me what it was. So – be sure to check this space!
Update: Okay, so she was a little nuts…. 2 gorgeous bottles, one of Pecan Vinegar and on of Walnut Oil…. How perfect for winter salads (and summer)
Kate sent a gift to Stacy, of Stacy and Brian's Adventures in Life, a bit of Minnesota: Wild Rice Pancake Mix and Wild Rice and Blueberry Muffin Mix. I see some wonderful breakfasts in the future – and lunch, dinner, tea snacks…..
Stacy sent a gift to Kirsten, of From Kirsten's Kitchen to Yours: smoked salmon. J'adore smoked salmon…. Kirsten made this fantastic Smoked and Poached Salmon Spread. Just spread it on my spoon, please….
And be sure to check back for more…..
This all seemed rather a lot like herding cats this year…..