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Happy spring!  I’m so glad spring is here, or at least on its way.  Our backyard is still entirely blanketed in snow, though birds and rabbits have started making appearances.

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For the February vegan food swap, I was partnered with Caroline Sarah from The Vegan Hammock and Rebecca from the just-begun Our Vegan Adventures.

It was a delight to find out that Rebecca lives close enough to me that we could meet in person for the swap.  Without having to ship the swap goodies, I was free to give Rebecca some of my favourite items that require refrigeration including homemade chocolate peanut butter cups (recipe here) and Sweets From the Earth carrot cake. To see all the treats, see her post here: http://ourveganadventures.com/2013/03/02/vegan-foodswap/

When we met, Rebecca was sweet enough to bring treats for me too!  Vegan gluten free chocolate brownies, cookie sandwiches and butter tarts from Bunner’s in Toronto.  What a nice surprise.  The desserts were all delicious but the brownies were really out of this world, just the perfect taste and texture.  Maybe it’s a good thing that Bunner’s isn’t closer or I’d never have the willpower to stay away from those brownies!  The best part was connecting with the lovely Rebecca –– I love meeting new vegan friends!

Bunner's goodies from Rebeca (1)Cookie from Bunners Bunner's goodies from Rebeca (2)

My other partner was unable to send my package until  March, hence the delay in posting about it, but it was a delicious package worth waiting for!  The first thing we tried was the Paella mix, something I’d seen in the stores and been meaning to try.  It made for a quick hearty meal on weeknight when I didn’t have much time to make dinner.   I added steamed sweet potatoes and stir-fried garlic and broccoli.   The Paella is made by Go Go Quinoa, a company my kids love for their chocolate quinoa cereal.

Vegan food swap from Caroline Sarah (2) Vegan food swap from Caroline Sarah (1) There were two jars of fruit jam which were delicious.  The flavours were apricot and strawberry-mango (adorable misspelled “staspberry-mango” by the French company Projam).Vegan food swap from Caroline Sarah (4)

The other items I had tried before and enjoyed so they were happily received: chocolate hazelnut tea and chickpea curry spice mix.

Thank you very much Rebecca and Caroline Sarah for the delicious treats!