This was my second month participating in the vegan food swap. This month, I was sending a box to Sammy in Anglesey, and I received my package from Mitsu. (Yes, the very same Mitsu who I sent a parcel to last month. Sometimes random draws are very random!)
I'm really enjoying these boxes, which are introducing me to a range of products I hadn't realised were vegan - or which are just completely new to me.
Case in point: Mitsu sent me some soy sauce pearls. These little gelatinous spheres of soy sauce burst on the tongue to give a strong and sudden flavour. I've seen them in the shops, occasionally, but always just assumed they would be set with gelatine, so not only was I delighted to discover that they're vegan, but I now have a pot in my pantry. You can expect to see some recipes featuring these very soon, I'm sure.
Another intriguing product was the black salt. The first thing I noticed about black salt is that... well, there's no other way to say this: it's pink. Definitely, very pink, in the manner of not being black at all. It also has an unusual taste to it, very different to regular salt, so I'm looking forwards to some experiments cooking with it.
Mitsu also sent me a bag of peanut crunch, some savoury 'Go Fish' crackers, a pack of Nutty Chews, a Happy Kitchen brownie, a packet of Tingz sweets, and a bar of chocolate. All of which were new brands to me. I particularly loved the Nutty Chews - something I think I might have to learn to make for myself!