First of all, an apology. Not only have I spent the last two months calling something by a wrong name entirely (yes, it is Euro-Blogging By POST, not mail), but I have also managed to send everyone the details of their EBBP-partners using every possible combination of E, B and P in the subject line, interspersed with a few letters that don't even feature in the name of this great blogging initiative... but it was very, very late one night in early Jan and I blame a duely celebrated NY's, a two-week stint with parents and other relatives in the house and that other thing I don't want to talk about.
However, even though they didn't know quite what they were letting themselves into, an unsurpassed number of bloggers (32) agreed to participate in this month's EMBB, EMBP, EMBM, EBPP and EBBM respectively, probably wondering what the h*** thepassionatecook was smoking - nothing, I assure you, yet I did manage not to get the acronym right a single time!
Undeterred, the bloggers spent a week baking, cooking, buying, wrapping, writing, mailing and posting and as far as I can see, most of the parcels seems to be on their way... some of them have even reached their destination already. And unless some of us got a nasty blow at the post office, and, confronted with a £15-bill for postage, decided to take their blog down and hide away in a cave to enjoy the delicacies they thoughtfully put together alone, without throwing a fortune down the treasurer's throat... then the rest of us should receive their goodies soon.
This post will keep track of who's received their parcels (in chronological order) and what they had to say about it, so keep your emails and URLs coming in! (NB: Sometimes a parcel may arrive, but a post only happen a little later, busy bees that we are, so keep checking back in for updates...)
Kristina of Clivias Cuisine (Sweden) beat everybody to the chase with her parcel from Cecile (UK). Coincidentally, her parcel contained the February issue of OLIVE, the Bristish food magazine, containing and article about the "5 best foodblogs" - and I was very flattered to find my thepassionatecook on the list! Her write-up here.
Next up was Lilian (Ireland) of iFaNTaBuLouS. She was treated by Taina (Netherlands) and we can't wait to read her post.
Ilva (IT) of Lucullian Delights was treated to a Mexican feast by Melissa (UK). Read more about how her life was spiced up a notch this morning...
Pille (UK) of Nami-Nami was busy baking apple cake when the postman rang twice. Her write-up of the parcel she received from Shalimar (GR) is to be found here!
Moira (UK) fo Who Wants Seconds? happily collected her parcel from Ilva (IT)... resisting the temptation to finish the bottle of limoncello it contained immediately, she is blogging about her goodies here!
Taina (NL) of Sticky Spoons has received her goodies packed up by Vivian (UK). She will blog about it soon.
Ivano (IT) of Adventure Chef was quick to write a post about the package he received from Andrew (UK) this weekend - and was apparently (from what I can gather with my broken Italian) especially pleased with the home-made muffins!
Fini (ES) of Cocinalia is very happy with a box full of chocolates and other goodies (including a gorgeous-looking wooden butterknife!) she got from Pille (UK). If you want to brush up your Spanish, read her post.
Cindy (FR) of Cindy's Kitchen may be full of delicious cakes, but there was room and appetite left for the parcel she got from Lilian (IE)... post in the (b)making!
Nicky (DE) of delicious days had to brave not only wind and weather (and temparatures below zero, may I add), but also grumpier-than-life postal workers to pick up her share. But she's enjoying her parcel lovingly put together by Moira (UK) as we can read here.
And Viv (UK) of A Life in Food received her parcel from Jeanne (UK)upon her return from the US - and now that she's unpacked those suitcases, she's revealing a host of South African goodies in her post!
I (UK) finally received a wonderful parcel from Maki (CH) last week, but had to wait until now to blog about it, since it involved getting creative with the ingredients... read my post here.
After lots of weeks of impatient waiting, Pascale (FR) of C'est moi qui l'ai fait was finally re-united with her parcel from Kristina (SE). I'm sure her post will be up in a matter of days...
And when we thought all hope was gone, Anne (SE) of Anne's Food received her parcel from Meg (FR). Having recovered from the loss of some French cheese which wasn't as patient as she was, Anne shares her experience with all of us.
Please remember to let me know when you receive your parcel and also send me a link when you get round to blogging about it! Thanks.
If any of you have sent a parcel and it hasn't arrived yet, let me know in case you've got a tracking code or anything else that I could pass on to the addressee for them to contact their local post office...