Foodie penpals – November 2015

Following on from my recent post about my pregnancy, you now know the reason why I have been totally slack about keeping up to date with the blog. It’s hard to work up much of an interest in food when:

  1. You feel sick
  2. You have no kitchen
  3. You have no energy

However, I don’t feel sick any more; I do have a kitchen; and although I haven’t discovered the energy which apparently strikes pregnant women in their second trimester, I don’t have the awful draining tiredness that affected me at first (although going to bed later than 9.30pm is still a challenge).

So now is the time to recap on missed posts, and I’ll start with my Foodie Penpals November post, which was the last one of 2015 as everyone takes a break over Christmas (in previous years I have participated in a cookie exchange but I knew that would be too much of a challenge without an oven so didn’t bother).

In November I was paired with Michelle, a chef in London, and Melike in Turkey. As this was the last post before Christmas I put together a parcel of all my favourite seasonal treats for Michelle, which I delivered to her restaurant as she was just down the road from me. That’s not seasonal as in mince pies, but seasonal as in what I love for Christmas, including:

  • An advent calendar
  • Cadburys fingers
  • Dry roasted peanuts
  • Chocolate orange
  • G&T
  • Ferrero rocher
  • Chestnut preserve (this isn’t a regular in my house but looked nice!)


Due to various problems, I didn’t get my parcel from Melike until early January, and unfortunately she didn’t include details of any of her inclusions so it was a bit hard for me to work out what was what as I don’t speak Turkish! However, Andrew’s favourite beans in tomato sauce were included, and several snacks which I kept in my work drawer for when pregnancy cravings hit.


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