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Food miles and Foodie Penpals.

1 Jun

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It’s Foodie Penpal time again.  On this occasion my parcel came from Allison Jackson who lives in Surrey.  It’s always nice to get something thats not a bill in the post but a parcel is something special. It was all wrapped up very nicely and protected with bubble wrap.

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Inside were some little chocolate bars,  a tube of Swiss chocolate mints, a bag of liquorice, dried porcini mushrooms, tempura batter mix, Ras el Hanout a spicy herb mix, a packet of fruit rolls and some cup cases.  What a lovely mixture of items.

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The liquorice was first to go…I just love liquorice. I did share it with Andy though. The fruit rolls disappeared pretty quickly too!

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I also love chocolate…most women do…actually Andy doesn’t  shy away from it either. I especially love a little sweet treat after dinner in the evening. These chocolate mints and bars fitted the bill very nicely. The dried porcini mushrooms I hadn’t tried before but during the week I added them to a risotto. Really delicious! Risottos are one of my fave meals.

Allison included a very nice letter with the parcel telling me a bit about each item and also a recipe for oat crackers. She also brought up the topic of food miles. As most of the things one can send through the post are prepackaged it really is hard to buy locally produced items to send. Chocolate, even though it may be made in England, contains cocoa beans from South America. The dried mushrooms were from China as were the baking cases. Now China is a big problem for me. Its very hard not to buy stuff from there as they produce everything in that country it seems. The big problem for me is the Chinese treatment of animals and of their people too. Not to speak of the environmental issues. I do deliberately try… not always succeeding… not to buy from China.

The liquorice was from Australia. Think of the air miles getting that to England. I hope you don’t think I’m being over critical of Alisson’s parcel but Allison herself raised this issue so I know she doesn’t mind. She also recommended “How bad are Bananas, the Carbon Footprint of everything.” for some light reading! Haven’t read it yet but I will do. It’s been a very sunny week in Ireland so reading etc has been minimal. It’s been outdoors working in the garden from morning till evening.  So what with the sun, the garden and food parcels arriving at my door it’s been a great week allround.

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