Yesterday, with much excitement, I popped to the Royal Mail sorting office to collect a parcel that the postman had tried to deliver the previous day. And this is what the parcel contained...
...a veritable treasure chest of Texan delightfulness from my dear Texan friend, Deanna, who lives in Texas. America.
Deanna has been a Much Malarkey Manor guest for some 4 years or so now, maybe even longer. I've lost track because she is a model guest and never causes the housekeeper a moment of trouble unlike SOME I could mention. And, in a weird tradition of MMM common with other guests, she also shares a family birthday - this time with Granddaughter Number One, Kayleigh.
Anyway, Deanna and I have become firm trans-Atlantic chums and earlier this year I sent her what I called 'A Parcel of Good Cheer' and now, although I said it was quite unnecessary to reciprocate, lovely lass that she is, she has done exactly that and her parcel has also brought a lot of good cheer with it.
There's a selection of old family recipes she has collected over the years all hand written and with great names. There's a packet of barbecue meat and veg seasoning rub which is a unique recipe developed by her husband. We shall be trying it this week. There's a cookery book called 'Texas Longhorn Cookbook and Campfire Tales'...
(At this point, Andy said, 'Deanna does know you're vegetarian, doesn't she?' and I said, 'Of course she does. I go on about it enough, don't I?' And on further investigation we discovered the cookery book was crammed with veggie recipes, too, and it wasn't all, 'Take a piece of steak and...')
...and because I cannot be a Texan without a pair of cowboy boots, there is also this sweet necklace - a silver cowboy boot set off in a cute little cowboy hat box!
...which I shall treasure and wear with pride, now that I am an official honorary Texan!
Andy has already baked the sour cream banana bars on page 185 in the cookery book. They are yummy...
...and we are being highly entertained by the trans-Atlantic variations in the English language!
So thank you, Deanna! A wet and grey Saturday was very much cheered by the arrival of your parcel and we are looking forward enormously to expanding our repertoire of Texan cuisine!