For the June Canadian Vegan Food Swap I was paired with Megan from www.theglutenfreevegan.com . Gluten free vegan can be quite a challenge especially if you have gluten allergies or celiac disease, but I often make gluten free dishes at home as I have some friends and family that have celiacs. Megan found some great stuff locally from her home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to send me and I’m pretty sure everything was also coincidently naturally gluten free!
I sent my package to Maggie at www.cookbookaficionado.wordpress.com .
For more info on the Canadian Vegan Food Swap check out MeShell’s blog here: http://meshell.ca/blog/veganfoodswap/
For June I received:
-Organic local wild rice
-Gravelbourg Saskatoon Berry Mustard
-Ginger Pear Marmalade
-Prairie Grass Scented Soap
As you can see I’ve already sampled the marmalade and the mustard already. Both are something new for me I’ve never tried before. The combination of pear and ginger is really nice, it’s not your average plain marmalade and it makes for an interesting peanut butter jelly sandwich. I found a recipe online for Ginger Pear Marmalade here. In fact the marmalade is almost half gone. I just went strawberry picking yesterday and I made a ton of strawberry cardamom jam that turned out really well. I will post that recipe soon!
The Saskatoon berry mustard is really interesting, it’s like mustard but with a hint of berry sweetness to it. It would probably go well with meats or smoked tofu, but I put it on a Tofurkey deli sandwich to sample and it was nice. I’ll have to see what else I can use it with. I like that it’s not a typical harsh spicy mustard as I find those too strong for me and who doesn’t love berries in everything?
Megan gave me a hand written note explaining what everything was. This was cool, I don’t often receive written notes working on the internet so much! This was my second vegan swap and it was fun shopping for and packaging up goodies to send to someone else. I haven’t heard yet how my package was received, but I’m sure it will be posted any day now and I’m excited to see if she liked my special homemade peanut butter filled chocolate balls.