Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Vegan Swap Box - What I received

I was so excited to see that my vegan swap box had arrived, and I couldn't wait to open it to see all the goodies. But first I put the kettle on, you never know there might be something I can dunk!
I wasn't let down! Caroline from Tea and Sympatico had sent me a fabulous box full of goodies and I shouldn't have put the kettle on as the parcel even contained tea bags! It brightened up my day no end, thank you Caroline!

The picture doesn't give the goodies justice so as I write about each of the items I have more photos, so you can see how much time and effort went into this swap box.

The first thing to go was the chocolate mints, similar to after eight mints but vegan, although under the ingredient list it did state that there may be a contamination risk as they were made in a factory that uses milk. They lasted about 10 minutes! Hubby and I gorged our way through them whilst watching a film!

The next thing to go was the choco wafers and I am just eating the last one whilst I am writing up this blog. They are very much like Kitkats without the chocolate round the outside. They are extremely tasty, you just have to keep going back for more! And yep hubby helped me eat these too!

In fact its given me an idea I might try cooking with fake meats for his tea, he probably won't know the difference. I'm not one however to indulge in the fake meats as I don't want to be reminded of what I gave up by choice. But everyone is different and cooking with fake meat will be better than what I do at the moment for him!

Next to be demolished was the Fry's Orange Cream and I enjoyed every mouthfull! It was pure heaven, I can't believe it's vegan. This is going to be dangerous as soon as I find somewhere that sells these I'm buying boxes of them!

The mini rice cakes were also nice, not something I would have considered before but this is the good thing about the swap box system you get to try things that you wouldn't normally. I got into quite a bit of mess eating these and lots of rice crumbs were hoovered up by Marco! I think he enjoyed them more than me and he didn't have the chocolate bits! 

I've yet to try the jalapeno pepper crisps, but reading the ingredients, they're going to be hot! No doubt I'll tuck into the soya beans & gourmet nuts sometime soon.

I've never heard of some of these makes and never seen anything like it in our small home town. Next time I'm in one of the 3 supermarkets in our town I'll start reading the ingredient labels on a heap load of more foods!

I'm guessing the "Mr Tom" Peanut bars taste a bit like a snickers without the chocolate!

The Original Caramelised Biscuit by Lotus looks like a good dunker!

One Morning soon I'll try out the porridge and I'm not quite sure what to do with the fruit hearts yet. The packet says they are ideal for baking, I'll have to get my thinking cap on with this item. Or I could just eat straight from the packet when I need something a little sweet!

Caroline had written a lovely message on 'Cake Liberation' postcard, which she is a member. They meet every couple of months in Manchester, go check out their website. The group is for anyone baking or cooking without animal ingredients and when they get together they swap recipes and sample each others food. Sounds like a great get together if you ask me! I wish I lived nearer!

The last two items (not including the lovely tea bags Caroline had included) were Easy Thai Green Curry Paste and Mexican Chilli Bean Deli Filling. Two things which I can use to make super quick tasty meals, as I get in from the hospital and/or work.

Last but no means least, Caroline included 4 different flavoured tea bags. How did she know I was a tea enthusiast! I've got Twinings Rose Garden, Good Earth Organic White Tea, Dragonfly Organic Cape Malay Rooibos Chai and Ahmad Tea Rooibos and Cinnamon.

Overall it was a fantastic swap box and I look forward to trying and eating and drinking everything in it! Thank you Caroline!

Tomorrow I'll post what I sent to my swap box buddy. Have a good day!

1 comment:

  1. Really pleased you liked the swap box and also to hear that your sister is getting better. I don't know if you have either of these shops where you live but I find B and M Bargains and Quality Save great for finding accidently vegan things. They're all over the North West but not sure about other parts of the country. If you liked the Fry's you'll be pleased to know that the original and the mint flavours are also vegan friendly :) xxx


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