For May edition of our international swap we’ve invited author Hannah Kaminsky
to exchange vegan goodies with our family
In March of 2013 we’ve launched the first international Vegan Package Swap and since there we’ve got thousands of people exchanging goodies around the world. And as the most exciting part of the project is preparing and receiving packages we also took part basically every month, exchanging sometimes more than one package.
In the last months we have thinking about inviting authors and other vegans we’ve got to know during all these years to swap with us and write about the experience and as our first guess we’ve invited Hannah Kaminsky, author of Bitter Sweet blog and books such as My Sweet Vegan and Vegan A La Mode. If you follow All About Vegan Food for a while you know how much inspired by her we are. She immediately said yes and got excited about the experience so we set up the swap for May.
One of the most exciting parts of the swap is shopping and preparing the package in my opinion and I couldn’t wait to get started with everything for this very special one. But I was a little bit confused about what to send Hannah: products too cook because I know she’s always in the kitchen creating amazing dishes or ready-to-go goodies to take her out of the kitchen a little bit. I went for the second option and brought my favorite local goodies. She has written about what we’ve sent her and what he thought about the experience at her blog Bitter Sweet.
Her package arrived pretty fast – which was great considering that shipping costs from the USA to Europe are very expensive. When I opened the box I was speechless. She was so generous and has sent us so many amazing products! She decided to send us more products to cook cause she also know we cook a lot in the house. I couldn’t wait to get started but at the same time I felt a little bit embarrassed and worried about our package to her. I wrote her to thank for her gorgeous package and expressed my concerns and she was nice enough to guarantee she would love the goodies we’ve sent her (so I just kept my fingers crossed!).
The first product of her package I decided to use was a noodles sauce mix. Working at home and taking care of a two years old boy has made me a big fan of ready-to-go meals. Although I still don’t use them that much, they’re pretty handy. I’ve cooked some wholewheat noodles and chopped mushrooms, green and yellow peppers to add to the sauce and the result was simply delicious.
The second product was my already known “friend” The Vegg. I have reviewed their first product when it was launched and loved it (and interviewed creator and founder Rocky Shepheard later), so it was really nice having another package in my hands again. I did French Toast on the weekend, using this recipe from The Vegg website (just not gluten free) and it was a hit in the house!
After that I already had the third meal planned in my head, using the Thai Red Curry sauce and the soy curls but a series of events – some good and other bad – happened around here so I’m still about to cook this meal.
I still have many items to use and this is great. From the huge box we’ve got my two favorite products were non food ones – and this is one of the best things about our project in our opinion, it’s not just a food swap, we encourage swappers to exchange non food items too:
Besides all this, we still got:
Arizona Dreaming penzeys spices;
Sugar cane sticks, ready to eat;
Gogo Squeez Apple Cinnamon for the little one;
Health Warrior Coffee Chia Bar;
Parmela Parmesan Style samples;
A glass of Sel de Guérande & Muscade (Guérande salt & nutmeg)
Glassed vanilla bean.
This was a very special experience to us and a pleasure to have Hannah Kaminsky involved once again with All About Vegan Food and our family. Thank you so much for joining us on this adventure!