A Spanish Hamper from The Foodies Larder

Just to let you know, this post was written before I went fully paleo to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

A hamper packed with Spanish produce, delivered to your door? Er, yes please... 

It seems that you can get a hamper for almost anything these days. A champagne breakfast hamper for a special anniversary? You got it. Christmas hampers? Yep. But what about a hamper that's packed full of Spanish produce, things that you can't readily get over here in the UK. Cue: The Foodies Larder. 

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Valdeón Cheese, from The Foodies Larder 
The Foodies Larder is a business that's based out in Andalusia, Spain - and they'll send you over a box packed with Spanish goodies. The foods in the hamper differ from month to month, depending on what's seasonal and available at the time. They sent me one to try out last month and the box contained Extra Virgin Olive Oil (from Catalonia's coast), Fuet - a coarse salami-type sausage, also from Catalonia - and Valdeón cheese - made from a mixture of cow and goat's milk in the Valdeón Valley. There was also some Organic Hot Chocolate and A 'Pinchitos' spice mix - great for making pork burgers or meatballs I found - and some Xamfaina chutney - a cool ratatouille-style mixture of peppers, tomatoes and aubergines. The label suggests that it's good with roast lamb - and I can testify to that - but we also loved it alongside some deli meats and cheese. 

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Fuet from The Foodies Larder
 One of the things I found with this hamper was that although it could be considered a bit pricey - the price ranges from £30 per month (on a pay as you go basis) to £165 for a 6-month period - it does make you think differently about Spanish food. 

Sure, pimentón and chorizo are available in most supermarkets now, and it's easy to think that you could add a pinch of one and a chopped up piece of another and you've pretty much nailed Spanish cuisine. That's not true. Previous hampers have included gems like Fig Bread with Walnuts, Turrón and Rosemary-infused Olive Oil. Also Rose Petal Jelly and Porcini Mushroom Paté. It really opens up your eyes - and taste buds - to the real flavours of Spain, beyond the mass-produced chorizo and the thick potato omelettes. 

Hamper from The Foodies Larder
March 2014 hamper from The Foodies Larder

Visit The Foodie Larder's website for more details and to see what they've put in previous months' hampers, too.