Cultural exchange!

I must’ve been a very good girl this year, because LOOK WHAT SANTA BROUGHT ME!


And by ‘Santa’ I mean Kim. I love getting samples of all the terribly taunting instructionables she posts on her blog all year! That’s prickly pear cactus jelly, heirloom salsa,ย and apple mint jelly. Also some canned cheese because apparently she’s trying to Americanise me, some choccies, a wee precious turtle charm, and what I can only assume are Californian Death Chillies (or Thai, whatever). There was also a box of Ferrero Rochers, but they met an untimely end in an office full of women with 3pm Monday blues.

Now the hard part – figuring out what to try first. The cactus jelly is a gorgeous colour (you can’t tell in this pic, but it’s a very pretty magenta), and I can tell just by looking that the salsa is going to be like crack. And if you don’t hear from me again, the Death Chillies got the better of me.

Thank you Santa-Kim, you’re a bloody top sheila eh! XOX


13 thoughts on “Cultural exchange!

  1. You shall have to give a culinary (said with a haughty late Julia Child accent) review of that prickly pear cactus jelly. I’ve always wanted to try some.

    Don’t eat that cheese too fast – said girl who in college would skip the crackers and put nozzle straight into mouth – that stuff’s not meant to be eaten quickly. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Having a football game on helps.

    Kimmers is a thoughtful soul.

    • I’ll have to post a photo – it’s really yum! I reckon it might go really well in some jammy christmas cookies actually.

      Cheese and footy hey, that sounds terribly American! *Julia Child accent*

      She totally is!

  2. We’ve got prickly pears in Missouri, too, which is a sort of surprise unless you’re from the wilderness, where you understand glades!

    As far as i know, i’ve never eaten them, though, and rather expect to NOT do since they’re succulents and im HIGHLY allergic to agave (which doesnt grow here but seems cousin-enough to warn me off!).

    The hot peppers, im down with! Enjoy!

    And i’ve never eaten ‘squeezy cheese’ as a coworker calls it. Reckon im better off without that but i kniw some people just squeeze it into their mouths, no bread or anything. Hope you enjoy:)

    • We have them here as well, and I never knew you could eat them (carefully). It’s probably best if you keep away from them….wait, does that mean tequila is out of the question too? Isn’t that from a succulent/cactus thingy?

      I don’t think squeezy cheese has ever improved anyone’s wellbeing! Really good in sandwiches though.

      • Absolutely no tequila unless you’re going to medevac me to the nearest hospital.

        Sadly, they’ve begun using agave as sweetener in ‘health’ foods and NOT naming it ‘naturally sweetened.’ Well, hell. SUGAR is natural, we raised cane!

        Anyhoo, that was a major incident. Now i dont eat-drink hippie foods if it says naturally sweetened. Im from another planet with all these Earthly food issues.

  3. I’m glad nothing broke. ~whew~ You were lucky to save one of the boxes of chocolates.

    The cactus jelly would be great in a cocktail, I’m just sayin’. I actually put some on fish the other day. People compare the flavor to watermelon, kiwi, strawberry, and even bubble gum — but it really is unique.

    And yes, those are home-grown Thai chilies. Crush them in a bowl and sprinkle sparingly.

    Re: the Easy Cheese, you’ve got to have *something* so crappily American as to be embarrassing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cultural exchange and all, ya know…

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