Well, it seems that the food bloggers have been busy and
most all of the parcels are winging their way across Europe. All of you have confirmed that your parcels have been sent off, or given the date when they will be sent. Now the race is on to see who will receive their parcel first!
Below is an alphabetical list of all our participating blogs (and what an international lot we are!) I will be updating this post as I receive notification that a parcel has been sent off or has arrived. If you have already sent your parcel but this is not reflected on the list below, please leave me a comment telling me when you posted the parcel and I’ll update. As the parcels start arriving, I will also be updating this list with links to your parcel posts. And did I mention I’m really looking forward to receiving my very own parcel?!
UPDATE 3 AUGUST – And the winner is…. Michael from News Splash who is the first person to receive his parcel! His box of goodies arrived this morning from Sweden – can’t wait to hear what’s in it!
my parcel from Gemma in Spain was waiting for me on my desk this morning OK, I feel like an idiot now. Saw a posting box from Europe in my in tray and assumed it was my EBBP parcel. But as they say, assume makes an ass of u and me. When I picked it up to take it home, it turned out to be a gift from a friend in France. So sorry – my parcel is still somewhere out there in the clutches of the postal services
UPDATE 5 AUGUST Things are rolling along nicely now with a steady stream of parcels arriving. Let’s see what was in the latest mailbag…
UPDATE 7 AUGUST Sorry about the lack of update yesterday, but we were braaing/barbecuing for the third time in 3 days ) So here’s what’s been happening with the parcels:
… and this morning when I arrived at work, my parcel from Gemma in Spain was waiting for me on my chair. And yes, this time I checked the postmark and it really is from Spain, not another false alarm like last week!!
… Anne has received her parcel from Meeta in Germany – but like me and Bonnie she is being patient and waiting to post until she can carefully open the box and photograph it at home. So much self-control!
… Andrew has received his parcel from Italy, but by the time he got to the post office, it was… closed!! So we’ll have to wait a little longer to have our curiosity satisfied.
UPDATE 8 AUG We’ve passed the halfway mark now – only 10 parcels remain unaccounted for, which means that 15 have already found their new homes. So keep those e-mails rolling in!
… Lillian has received and blogged her parcel from Bonnie in England. Amongst her goodies was a jar of gooseberry jam and Bonnie suggests using it as a filling for… Bakewell tarts! Lillian will be spoilt for choice, seeing as Andrew recently hosted a Save the Bakewell day
… Another paragon of self-control, Bonnie, managed to wait till she got home before ripping into her parcel – but now she’s blogged her box of treats from Petra. I’m particularly impressed with the homemade cassis liqueur…!
UPDATE 9 AUG Ah well, no EBBP would be complete without some post office/courier-related drama. This morning one of the participants let me know that DHL tried to deliver the parcel but the recipient is "not known at that address". So of course I checked the address with the recipient – who assured me that DHL have delivered parcels to him at that self same address in the past!! Go figure. But after some fancy footwork and panicky e-mails, it looks as if it may be sorted out. Hold thumbs. In other news…
… Gerda has received and blogged her parcel from Anne in Sweden – and it appears that dried strawberries are hot news in Sweden as this is the second parcel to contain them! But I’m particularly intrested in the chocolate coated sunflower seeds, not to mention the lavender biscotti…
… Caroline has received and blogged her parcel from Alexandra in Sweden – and I have to say that it is the first EBBP parcel that I’m aware of that came with a warning!! Sadly, Caroline’s dogs were just as enthusiastic about the parcel as she was and managed to grab their share of the action – go and read all about it.
UPDATE 10 AUG Well, only
six five outstanding parcels as of this morning! And that includes two parcels that are at the post office, awaiting the recipients’ return from their holidays, and one parcel that DHL swore they were delivering yesterday afternoon. So really, only three two are still missing in action. Holding thumbs that they arrive.
… Jenni has received her parcel from Daniel in Hungary – but Daniel forgot to include a note explaining the goodies! And as Jenni says "mastering Hungarian is not amongst my many achievements" – so here’s hoping Daniel will contact her soon to explain all!
UPDATE 11 AUGUST Well, the DHL debacle continues unabated. When the sender enquired, they said the address he had given them didn’t exist. Then, when the recipient called to enquire, they said had never attempted to deliver to him and that they had no parcel for anyone of that name. Then in a subsequent call they told him that they had tried to deliver to him but in fact they had no address, only a name. Erm… thereby directly contradicting their previous call. Then they promised the receiver that they would deliver on Monday – but an hour later they called the sender to say they had tried to deliver this afternoon but the "premises are closed". All this while the recipient was at work, together with his colleagues, at exactly those premises. I weep. So no progress there, I’m afraid. And one parcel is still completely unaccounted for, lost in the postal systems of Western Europe…
UPDATE 14 AUGUST So the miracle has come to pass… the mammoth battle with DHL is over and Daniel has FINALLY received his parcel from Michael in England. No doubt we will soon be reading about their lawsuit against DHL, followed shortly by a post on the goodies in the parcel… And Michael has also written a second post about his parcel from Sweden, and the star of the show this time is cloudberry jam!
UPDATE 15 AUGUST Well what do you know – Daniel has been true to his word and written a long, detailed and generally very unhappy post about his experiences with DHL and the EBBP parcel – unfortunately it’s in Hungarian, but I’m sure Bablefish or similar can give you the gist of what he’s saying. Up next (we hope!) will be an account of what he got in his parcel!
UPDATE 17 AUGUST Things are quietening down here at EBBP HQ – just the last few parcels still have to be blogged about, and only one is still in the post (as we discovered after much research!!). The latest news includes…
… Daniel has blogged his parcel from Michael in England – you know the parcel that was sooooo good DHL didn’t want to give it up?? Unfortunately the post is in Hungarian, so I have had to rely the pictures (some fab looking wine in there!) – but Daniel, please please tell us whether the cheese actually survived its ordeal?
… Cindy has blogged her parcel from Johanna in England and I have to say she’s a lucky girl! Not only did she get some of Johanna’s homemade lamponaceto jam made with raspberries – but she also got a bar of Zotter chocolate!! Mmmm.
… And Kristina has discovered that her parcel was sent by her Secret Santa… but for some mysterious reason it never left the post office. Her Secret Santa found the parcel, a week after it was posted, still at the local post office!! Grrrr. But it has now been reposted and should be with her shortly (if you can believe anything the post office says!!).
… And Johanna has blogged her parcel from Lilian in Ireland. I have to say – it’s a goodie. Johanna tortures us by mentioning how she is making short work of the maple walnut fudge… Go and check out the rest of the goodies!
UPDATE 20 AUGUST Nearly there- just the last few stragglers now – we are only missing two parcel posts (the receipeints are on holiday) and then we’re done! Kristina has received her parcel (despite the French post office’s attempts at sabotage!!) from Cindy and has already blogged it. And I have to say that the wait was worth it – Carambars, tinned cassoulet… Lucky lady!
UPDATE 25 AUGUST And the penultimate parcel write-up has been posted! Chiara is back from her holiday and has blogged (both in Italian and English!) about her wonderful parcel from Caroline in Ireland. Caroline really went to town and included such wonderful flavours as dukka and avocado oil. Mmmmm, lucky Chiara!
UPDATE 26 AUGUST It’s official – 100% of the parcels for EBBP#5 have been received and blogged! This became official this morning when Gemma let me know that she’d blogged her parcel from Deborah in Berlin, which was waiting for her when she got back from her holiday. Her parcel contains all sorts of representatives of lovely red summer berry fruits – dogo and read all about it!
Here is the complete list of participants: