Yep, it’s Foodie Pen Pals reveal day again! This month, my pal was the supremely thoughtful Shri. Shri is Indian and has a blog with some fantastic recipes and gorgeous photos–seriously, gorgeous. Shri sent me a box of the most amazing assortment of Indian goodies. Being a Midwestern, German, meat and potatoes kinda gal, Indian food has never been something in my foodie wheel house. But I am always up for something new, and I’ve loved Indian food when I’ve tried it.
Not only did Shri send me so many fun and new foods, she also sent me a beautiful silver steel bowl called a kadai , a wooden bracelet, and a cute little card–can you tell I’m running out of adjectives for awesome and amazing? The whole package was wrapped in pretty pink bags and tissue–how did she know I’m pink obsessed?
The cardamom pods are so fragrant, and I loved the Parle-G glucose biscuits! They’re like a less-sweet (and healthier!) shortbread. Shri mentioned they were her favorites as a child–they would have been mine too! Beyond that, I haven’t had much time this month to play around with all of these wonderful ingredients and devote the kind of attention to them that they deserve. But Shri mentioned a few great ideas, including a sweet dish made with the vermicelli. Vermicelli in a sweet dish? I never would have thought of it! The dish is called Semiya Payasam, meaning fudge-like sweet vermicelli–love it! I’ll definitely be trying it and posting about it here! And I’m going to be emailing Shri a lot to get some more good recipes out of her!
That’s what I love about Foodie Pen Pals. Each month you get to put together a little box of goodies that essentially says, “this is me.” You choose what parts of you, your background, your passions, to share with someone else who could very well live across the country. And then someone else does the exact same thing for you. You are both exposed to new cultures, new ways of life, and, of course, new foodie goodies.
Get in on this, guys! Here’s what to do: go to Lindsay’s blog (she’s the creative genius behind this and the Lean Green Bean Blog) and fill out this form by July 5. Then, Lindsay will email you with all the deets and you’ll be well on your way to connecting with other bloggers and readers, experiencing one of the few things we all have in common–food!