Friday, December 16, 2011

Persephone Secret Santa Reveal!

I was very lucky -- my Persephone Secret Santa gift arrived more than two weeks ago!  This is what's been waiting patiently to be opened:

There's a note enclosed which says to be on the lookout for something else, but I couldn't help myself, I had to open it today!  I don't know who it's from, but here's what I found:

It's Good Things in England by Florence White!!!  Very exciting!!  I've wanted this book since I saw it on the Persephone list -- I love cookbooks and British food.  I remember this being mentioned in one of my favorite food books, Laurie Colwin's delightful Home Cooking.  I love food history and historical cooking.  I really enjoyed the first Persephone cookbook I purchased, Kitchen Essays, and I bought Plats du Jour this summer (though I confess I still haven't cooked any recipes from either).

This book includes twelve recipes for gingerbread, plus all kinds of other fun stuff -- Madras chicken curry, kedgeree, and manchet, plus pease pudding and even haggis.  Okay, maybe I won't be making haggis, but it's pretty fun that it's included.

Many thanks to my secret Santa!! I still don't know who you are, but I love my gift!  If you read this, please reveal yourself in the comments.  I love my gift and I hope you get a wonderful gift from your Santa.  

And here's a link to the post from my secret Santee, Care of Care's Online Book Club!  Merry Christmas, Care, and to all the other Persephone Secret Santa participants.  And thanks again to Verity and Claire for hosting!

Who else had a visit from Secret Santa recently, Persephone or otherwise?  What did you get?  Let me know in the comments.


  1. Wow, what a lovely book and bookmark! Loving PSS, it's so much fun.

  2. I miss taking part in these swaps!

  3. Ah, so your surprise continues...I have no idea who your Secret Santan is, but surely the identity will be revealed in the next package. Have fun cooking! Pease pudding hot, pease pudding cold...I never even knew you could actually make such a dish. ;)

  4. Merry Christmas to YOU! Yippee - ooo, I should be reading thru the comments to see if your Santa says hello...

    Nope, not yet.


    Thanks again for my book AND CHOCOLATE. Of course, I 'got' it. So lovely.

  5. Samstillreading - It's almost too pretty to be a cookbook! I love Persephone Secret Santa, best Secret Santa Swap EVER.

    Amanda -- no swaps this year? Ah well.

    Bellezza -- I'm not even sure what Pease Porridge is -- I wonder if it's like pea soup? I made an AMAZING pea and green bean soup last year for a Jane Austen luncheon, it was a historic recipe from 1700 and something. It was really good!

    Care -- I didn't even realize I'd sent you book and chocolate until I was making up the package! Those are two of my absolute favorites, especially the Maracaibo chocolate. I had a friend who actually lived in Maracaibo, Venezuela years ago, plus it's REALLY good chocolate! I hope you like it as much as I do.

  6. What a lovely present! I'm still waiting for my Persephone Santa's gift- hopefully it will come soon!

  7. Ooh - intriguing! I hope you enjoy the cookery book. Thanks for joining in!

  8. What a fascinating Persephone you got! I love culinary history type books so I hope you write more about it. And I hope you find out who your Santa is!

  9. Just checking in to find out if your Santa has surfaced... and I can't wait to try the chocolate. I suppose I shouldn't save it for a special time but I don't want to open it in case I end up eating all of it and then it will be gone! Thanks again.

  10. This is a Persephone that's on my list as well! I'm so glad you had such a kind and surprising Santa! Hope you're having a fantastic holiday season, Karen!

  11. aw, how fun! so many persephones to learn about. can't wait to hear your thoughts.

  12. Did you ever find out WHO your Santa was?!?!?!