Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Foodie Exchange

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Before I get into this post, let me thank everyone who wrote in and commented congratulating me my 100th post! It truly feels like a HUGE milestone considering how much has happened this past year. I appreciate each and every one of you!

If you didn't visit the post, I hope you do. One of the most interesting things about that celebration cake was the filling. Without that awesome filling, it would have been a plain ol' butter cake - not that there's anything wrong with that. But the filling gave it a wonderful new twist. It was a sunflower seed butter filling and it was nutty, salty-sweet and delicious!

I mentioned in the post that I received the sunflower seed butter in a package from Ruchira of The Great Cookaroo, and today I want to share more about what we were a part of.

In April, I had a wonderful time participating in a Foodie Exchange where food bloggers from around the country got the chance to exchange packages filled with things that a foodie would love. And let me tell you - I was totally in LOVE with the stuff I got. Ruchira really knows how to put together a wonderful package and there's so much for me to show and tell!

The packaging itself was classy and simple - just the way I like it. I love that she addressed it to 'The Harried Cook'. I swear most people (including myself) are forgetting my real name. I am fast becoming 'first name Harried, last name Cook'! :) And I absolutely LOVED the hand-written note! I wrote her one too, and it made me realize how long it has been since I actually wrote a letter with pen and paper!

So here's my stash.
Awesome, right?

What I loved most about this package, is that Ruchira took so much trouble and effort tying each little jar and packet with a ribbon and a handmade tag on which she wrote out her ideas on what I could make with it.
In comparison, I just chucked everything in a box and sent it off to her! Tsk tsk... You can see what I sent her by going here.

I really admire the effort she put into the package! Here's the awesome stuff I got -
Sunflower seed butter (you know what I did with that!), Harissa paste (yum on some chicken I made!), Mini Marshmallows (for me to make more Rocky Road Ice cream!), Organic Multi-grain flour (so cool! I'm going to make some bread!) and adorable heart shaped foil chocolate cups (so adorable!)... 

I feel so blessed to have been paired with Ruchira. She is an awesome baker and cook (as you will see on her blog when you visit it - yes I said 'when' and not 'if' - go visit), and she really knows her food. I loved chatting with her and getting to know her and we have a few things in common - including a crazy love for cheese. Thank you, Ruchira for this wonderful package!! Here is one of the things that I made with it - you know it already!

This post is SO late. I feel terrible about being one of the last people to post about my package. First there was the hectic-ness of my life, then camera trouble and so on. But let me tell you - I am sure I was one of the most excited. Here is a list of the other people who took part in the Foodie Exchange.

Charis of Culinary Storm  (who came up with the Foodie Exchange - *applause*)
Deeps of Naughty Curry
Madhuri of Cook Curry Nook
Sarita of The Clean Toothpick
Pratiksha of Honeyed Pandemonium
Jeetendra of Moody Foodie
Apeksha of Veggie Wiz
Poorna of Presented by P
Ameya of Kitty in the Kitchen
Sid of Chef at Large
Siri of Cooking with Siri
Geetha of Fragrant Kitchen
Renuka of Pinch of Salt
Sangeeta of Health Food Desi Videshi
Rekha of My Tasty Curry
Nikhil of Nonchalant Gourmand

P.S. - I am SO behind on posts. So, I will be back in less than 24 hours with a Restaurant Review! See ya'll soon!
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Gerry @ Foodness Gracious said...

Congrats on 100 posts! Truly  a memorable time and heres to 100 more :)

Ruchira Hoon said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwweeesome! thank you so much marsha, you're really kind. Sometimes I sleep with my tin :)

Charis B said...

That's a beautiful package! The sunflower seed butter sounds delish!

Panushwari said...

ooh nice package. :D

Renuka 10 said...

Sunflower seed butter! sounds yumm :)

Gina said...

What a sweet package and I love the handwritten notes.  It was a beautiful cake you made.

Mary Callan said...

WHat a fantastic package of goodies!! LOVE that harrisa paste!!
Mary x

Lizzy Do said...

Behind on commenting???  You're not alone!!! I love all the wonderful treats you received from your exchange...what a fun package!!! Have a lovely week~

Deeps NaughtyCurry said...

lovely package, chocolate cups sound awesome!

Baker Street said...

You surely got lucky! Those chocolate cups sound amazing! :) 

Catherine said...

Congratulations on your 100th post~ that is exciting.  The food exchange gift is wonderful.  Blogging really is a gift. The nice people make this a fun and priceless experience. It is so much more than I ever imagined. I am happy for you and the excitement that you have experienced.
Thank you for visiting.  I am very behind in my visits too. It is unavoidable sometimes. I think we all understand. Blessings dearest. Catherine xoxo

Kimby said...

Your foodie exchange sounded like so much fun!  I also loved that you acknowledged your package with a hand-written note... the best way to communicate, in my opinion!  Have fun with the rest of the items -- you're right, it was definitely packaged with you in mind!  Very thoughtful.

Amanda said...

oh la la! love the cute packaging!

Magic of Spice said...

What a fun thing to do :)

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