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Saturday, October 15, 2011

MoFo Interlude: CVL's Care Package Swap

This morning I went to the post office to pick up my package from Jen at The RA Vegan. We were paired up through Lindsay's post. I had a lot of fun shopping for Jen, as she and her kids eat primarily gluten-free. Here is her post on the swap! I found a lot of neat products while browsing the aisles for her, and she sent me a lot of new vegan products as well!
These dried fruit packs, and a bag of Danielle's coconut chips (!) We know how much I love dried fruit. And the cat apparently likes snuffing at them too.

Some vegan dessert-y type things:

I am stoked about the Panda's licorice. Some people don't like the taste, but I love it.
On the more savory end of the spectrum:

Polenta means I don't have to put much effort into dinner! The fancy salt is also something I've been eying. I look forward to seeing what it adds to a dish.
And this sweet little picture frame:

When I was young, I had a bunch of the Guatemalan worry dolls that line the edge. You are supposed to whisper a worry to the doll and put it under your pillow, and while you sleep it takes away your worries. This frame is a really nice reminder of that and, I hope, a good talisman.

Thank you so much, Jen! It's a nicely put together box full of new foodstuffs and old memories.

Anyway, I wanted to get this post up so I can dig into the goodies but I will be back later with another recipe.


  1. What a great package! I'm curious to know how you feel about the salt. Is it saltier than regular salt or just pink? Hmm, you let us know. Also, I have one of those worry dolls in a necklace. I used to wear it all the time as a kid, but I never knew it was a worry doll! Now, it's so ragged, I wonder if it will still take my worries away...

  2. Looks like a great swap! I love the frame & worry dolls. So cute!

  3. Fantastic! A lot of really great products - I haven't tried coconut chips, will have to put it on the list. Polenta does make dinner fast and easy! I like it with a mushroom ragout recipe from Terry Walter's _Clean Food_. Can't wait to hear what you prepare for your non-vegan guests this weekend! :)

  4. What a great package! That frame is beautiful!! And coconut chips?! Let us know how they are! Ah these care packages are so fun!

  5. I'm so glad you like it! I had so much fun shopping for you. Those coconut chips are phenomenal! My favorite!


  6. Fun stuff! Care packages are the best, whether you're giving them or getting them. Although it is quite a bit nicer when you get to be the one devouring the contents later on. ;)

  7. Interesting swap. Lots of products I've never seen before.

    Didn't know Panda made that Good & Plenty type licorice, I'll have to get some for Mr. SV.

    What was the Vegan Caramel bar that you mailed her? I've never seen Vegan Caramel.

  8. BM, I used the salt today on kale salad and it was WAY saltier than normal salt!! Weird! That necklace sounds great.

    Molly, I agree!

    Ingrid, thanks for the tip on the ragout. I love Terry Walters.

    VAVA, the coconut chips are AMAZING.

    Jen, you are so right. They're addictive. I had to hide the bag. Thanks again!

    Hannah, so true...

    Shen, the licorice is marketed as G&P style but the flavors are peppermint and lemon. I don't know if that changes anything. Lemon sounds weird, but it wasn't bad.
    The chocolate was Sjaak's brand. I randomly found it in a specialty store about here.

  9. Bummer, Mr SV hates lemon. I'll look for the Sjaaks.


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