Paying It Forward: You Might Be The Lucky One

There is a game going around the blogosphere these days called “Pay It Forward”. It looks like it started as craft exchange and slowly made its way into food blogs. Last month Graeme from Blood Sugar found himself the lucky recipient of a goodie package from Fanny and decided to pay it forward by having a little drawing of his own, and my name got picked…Yeahhh!!! On a side note, if you have never visited his blog, run to it people: amazing photography, delicious recipes and a wicked sense of humor!

I received my package last Thursday and dare I say we already made a good dent in it! While exchanging emails with Graeme, I heavily hinted that I had a thing for Flake candy bars crossing my fingers that he would include one in the box. Lucky me, he put two: one praline and one dipped. There ‘s one missing in the picture, I know, talk to my stomach about that one! He also included a jar of onion confit that was delicious with roasted pork tenderloin last night. There was also a little square of tahini based “halva” . Seems like the lady in the shop where he was would not let him leave without it, and it turned out to be pretty good. B’s favorite was the foam shrimp candy, it reminded him of the foam peanuts of his childhood, and I believe I only had a couple before the bag found its way into his desk drawer…hugh…!
Last but not least, he included two very cute wooden cats, labelled as “ring holders’ from his mother’s favorite craft shop. What a sensitive guy!

Thanks Graeme for everything. There is something really heartwarming about receiving a package whatever the content may be,unless it is a bag of coals from Santa! Now it is my turn to pay it forward.

So here it is folks: all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and Monday night I will pick, at random, one person to be the lucky recipient of a box of handmade/homemade and favorite goodies from Tartelette’s kitchen.





98 responses to “Paying It Forward: You Might Be The Lucky One”

  1. Anonymous Avatar

    I’m de-lurking πŸ™‚ I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now. I’m not much of a baker – I just look and read and drool. I would love so much to eat! The hard part would be sharing with my husband.

  2. Steph Avatar

    Oh yay! I love the concept of pay it forward. I saw it on Foodbeam a while back, but I think I missed the whole comment thing.

    So cool.

  3. Graeme Avatar

    Nothing broke! That’s awesome.

    I was packing everything up thinking: “These cats are going to be minus a couple of tails by the time they leave the Country.”

    God. Look at my handwriting though, lol. It’s atrocious.

  4. Mindy Avatar

    Hallo! Tartelette….

    I love to be sharing your company as a daring baker….I think the gift exchange is a totally delicious idea… A gorgeous way of ringing in the holiday/new year season-

    What would I send?

    Spritz Cookies
    Nanimo Bars
    Gingerbread men- and ladies!

    and more…

  5. Anonymous Avatar

    I love these… maybe I’ll be the lucky one!

  6. Eliza524 Avatar

    That’s such a cool idea.

  7. Sheltie Girl Avatar
    Sheltie Girl

    He’s a great guy to send you such a wonderful gift box. The cats are very sweet and I didn’t realize (until you mentioned it) that they were ring holders…cool.

    Thanks for sharing Graeme’s link too. His blog in pretty terrific…just like yours.

    Sheltie Girl @ Gluten A Go Go

  8. Kim Avatar

    Wow! what a fun contest.
    I read your blog everyday and find it very enjoyable.
    Pay it forward is such a nice concept.
    Maybe I will get lucky!

  9. slush Avatar

    I love that everyone is sharing the love! Such a nice thing to see during the holidays.

  10. Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen Avatar
    Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen

    What a nice feeling to open up and see such wonderful spirit among across oceans….it makes me believe that man was born good and given half the chance, that is what we all want to be! Love the idea and may the recipient enjoy your delights!

  11. Merav Avatar

    Well, I don’t have a blog yet (college student living in the dorms without a kitchen πŸ™ sad…) but I’m a lurker who loves to bake and I LOVE your blog and your recipes! In fact, I have a list of a bunch of your recipes that I plan on making for my family when I go home for the holidays!

    Keep up the great work and enjoy your Pay it Forward!

  12. emily Avatar

    What a great idea, especially with the holidays coming up so soon! I’ll keep my fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  13. Evelin Avatar

    It’s the first time I hear of this quite a secret event:) Being yet another devoted reader ever since I found your blog, I’m waiting for my name to get picked. I’d love to pay it forward!

  14. Christina Avatar

    What a lovely idea and kind thought. πŸ™‚

  15. jessicajlee Avatar

    That confit sounds fantastic! Lucky you!

  16. linda Avatar

    Love the idea…

  17. Fae Avatar

    Would love to know where that Onion Confit was bought – it looks yummy! Long-time reader of your blog and new-ish baker, would love to PiF πŸ™‚

  18. Unknown Avatar

    I love the whole Pay It Forward shtick. ‘Tis the season, yes?
    Great idea, count me in.

  19. Annemarie Avatar

    What an amazing treat that would be. I can’t imagine passing on to anyone else goodies as anywhere near as wonderful as those that come from the Tartlette kitchen, but I’ll try my best if the mantle were passed on to me. πŸ™‚

  20. Avatar

    What a great idea! It also seems so fitting for the holiday season.

  21. Suganya Avatar

    Pick me! Pick me, Helen πŸ™‚

  22. Madame X Avatar
    Madame X

    New to your site but *LOVE IT*! I’m very much into trying new things and scour the net to find things to try as I’ve got some heavy competition in the kitchen as my husband is a chef! Don’t think that he does all the cooking in our house.

    What a great idea of spreading some holiday cheer. Happy holidays and keep the ideas coming!

  23. TBC Avatar

    What a fab idea! Pick me, please? πŸ˜‰

  24. Steph F. Avatar
    Steph F.

    aww, blog karma! I love the idea of “pay it forward.”

    I’m de-lurking as well, and love your blog. Baking makes me happy πŸ™‚

    I’m curious about the shrimp candy – do they taste like shrimp? Are they sweet or savory? They’re kind of cute, in an odd way πŸ˜›

  25. Sylvia Avatar

    Heehee, I’m delurking as well. Did you know so many readers would post with such a delicious offer?

    I love reading about the dishes you make — the stories you tell are so wonderful to read. I am an American living with a French-speaking Englishman in Spain – so you must know how confusing my life is! And how much I need pastry to keep me sane πŸ˜‰

  26. Bea Avatar

    Ah, fun! Santa Claus arrived early!

  27. Anonymous Avatar

    That such an amazing concept! Getting a package from Tartelette would be such a great early Christmas gift!

  28. Blair Avatar

    I love the concept of paying things forward so much I am de-lurking to comment and try to get a chance to get something lovely and send something equally so.

  29. Joy Bugaloo Avatar
    Joy Bugaloo

    Oh, what a nice idea for the holidays! Please put my name in the raffle bucket! πŸ™‚


  30. Unknown Avatar

    So excited that you’re joining the pay it forward crowd, and I’d love to be the lucky recipient of some tartlette goodies…

  31. Jackie Avatar

    Oooo! Pick me! Pick me!

    (I realize the raffle is random. I’m simply trying to influence Fate!)

  32. Anonymous Avatar

    pay it forward or Eat it forward? I’ll take some goodies from your kitchen!!
    I want to win!

  33. talida Avatar

    How wonderful! I’d be thrilled if it were me πŸ™‚

  34. Veron Avatar

    ooh wow , how can I pass up goodies from Tartelette!

  35. shoutingforha Avatar

    What a fun idea.

  36. V Avatar

    A chance to get a package from her favorite food blogger? The amateur baker’s dream. :fingers crossed:

  37. Suzana Avatar

    Oh the cats are soooo cute! Paying forward is such a nice concept – and everybody behave like a kid again when it comes to unpack a box full of care and joy. And mystery, of course! Great idea and so sweet!

  38. Bettina Avatar

    your food always looks amazing! i really want to try macarons sometime!

  39. Michelle | Bleeding Espresso Avatar
    Michelle | Bleeding Espresso

    Good on you for paying it forward; I love running contests, and you remind me that I should do another one early in the new year πŸ™‚

  40. KPB Avatar

    Oooo – how exciting. But are you going international on it?

  41. Finla Avatar

    Hey just bought a flake when i went for shopping in a asian shop.

  42. LizNoVeggieGirl Avatar

    oooh, “pay it forward” sounds fun!! :0D

  43. Dana Avatar

    Definitely enter me into the mix :). Given how amazing all your recipes are, I’d love to be the recipient of your favorite goodies!

  44. monica Avatar

    such a wonderful idea to connect the blogging community even more! i’ve always wanted to sample your delectable creations….

  45. Farah Avatar

    i love crushing flake on top of ice cream… i love care packages!

  46. Sarah Caron Avatar
    Sarah Caron

    what a wonderful idea! my husband and i are big fans of british chocolate too – though my personal fav., the wispa bite, was discontinued.

  47. Graeme Avatar

    Sorry to comment again, Helen, very rude I know but:

    Sarah – They recently reintroduced the Wispa. Aero is much better though.

  48. Anonymous Avatar

    Ok, you convinced me to comment! Seriously, love your blog. I check it daily. Your recipes are wonderful, photography beautiful. I love the pay it forward concept. My sister’s in-laws heard us discussing our son wanting an (expensive) electric drum set for Christmas. They informed us that they had one in their storage unit that they’d GIVE us as long as when our son outgrew them (or lost interest, as their child did), we’d also GIVE them away, not sell them. I was SO happy!!!!

  49. AimΓ©e Avatar

    A goodie box from you, Helen, would be one of the highlights of the holidays!
    Enjoy your gifts from Graeme.

  50. Cakebrain Avatar

    Hi Helene,
    I’m liking all this positive energy…it gets me into the Holiday Spirit!

  51. Anna Avatar

    woohoo! contests πŸ™‚ and good fuzzy feelings from paying it forward!

  52. Madam Chow Avatar
    Madam Chow

    Woo-hoo! If I’m lucky enough to get picked, I’ll start the diet in January!

  53. Geo Avatar

    Oooo, I’m feeling lucky! (And I love PIFs.)

  54. MsThackeray Avatar

    oh i love the idea! although living here in Glasgow makes it so much harder to pay forward nice things.. then again, iΒ΄ll be at home in germany for the holiday!

  55. Anonymous Avatar

    I’ve never posted before, but I love your blog, and have successfully made a few of your recipes. A real favorite here is your cream cheese braid, and the Ultimate Lemon Pound Cake, to which I found my own (accidental) variation.

    I like the “Eat it Forward” variation someone else proposed…..

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  56. Tablebread Avatar

    This does sound pretty amazing. I have been tossing around the idea of doing something like this.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  57. Mallow Avatar

    I love this idea! And thanks for tipping us off to another great blog!

  58. Anonymous Avatar

    I am actually gearing up to make my own food blog, maybe I can feature all the great goodies I get in it?

    Seriously though, I love giving rings. They are always a great way to give and receive and never fail to make everyone involved super happy.

  59. html test Avatar
    html test

    I want to play!!
    I would kill for some goodies made by la tartelette elle-mΓͺme…ok not literally, but pretty close… =)

  60. Anonymous Avatar

    Love your blog! My husband has discovered the art of making pies and tarts. He is quite good at it. I think he is in love with you.

  61. Sara Avatar

    Sounds fun! What cute little kitties! Count me in. πŸ˜€

  62. Eva Avatar

    Oooh! Count me in.

    Lovely blog, by the by. Congratulations to whoever wins!

  63. JEP Avatar

    I would gladly accept πŸ™‚

  64. Anonymous Avatar

    I love this website and have every intention of baking more things from here. But…maybe I will the lucky one to get a package on my doorstep!!! Yummy.

  65. Anonymous Avatar

    Hi..good idea Tartlette….I’m pretty lucky in such things…so others ha ha…watch-out!!!!.

    Visited Graeme’s blog..that guy sure has a wicked wicked sense of humor.

  66. monica Avatar

    thanks for the comment on my chestnut desserts! i admit, as my camera is currently in repair, the chestnut poundcake photo is from my dad’s ancient camera that has only a tiny viewfinder and the hot chocolate one a coworker took awhile back….ARGH!

  67. Lesley Avatar

    Ooh ooh ooh let it me be let it be me let it be meeeeeeeee!

  68. Stru Avatar

    i’m another one of those lurkers, but the chance to receive (and then give) a little package is too exciting!

  69. cookworm Avatar

    Oh, that sounds like a very fun game. Just like Blogging By Mail but you can make requests! I *love* sending goodies out in the post. πŸ™‚

  70. marshmello Avatar

    your blog is beautiful, I have recently began looking for blogs i enjoy to read and yours is surely one of them!! this is fun!

  71. Hilary Avatar

    Oh, how fun. Count me in on the contest!

  72. DDgirl Avatar


    I HAVE to take my chance!

    (your recipes keep saving my relationship with my in-laws!!!)

    Take care


  73. Meryl Avatar

    What a beautiful idea, and perfect for the holidays!

  74. Meryl Avatar

    What a beautiful idea, and perfect for the holidays!

  75. Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy Avatar
    Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy

    ooo, pick me! Tough competition, with 74 other people πŸ™‚

  76. Lovable Avatar

    Your site is lovely. A friend brought me some Flake when she went to London last year. So good.

    a reader in Georgia

  77. Robin Avatar

    I’m de-lurking! What a fun idea. Getting a package in the post is the best thing ever, even more so when there is food involved!

  78. Amanda Avatar

    I think after reading this I have finally been visited by the Christmas Spirit. I wasn’t feeling it, but what a great way to get into it! Very cool.

  79. ames Avatar

    Oh my goodness, I would just die for a package from your magnificent kitchen!

  80. Anonymous Avatar

    De-lurking as well, and that’s awesomely cute! Now to go make toys for my friends…

  81. Anonymous Avatar

    oh wah. happy holidays!

  82. Mariposa del Diablo Avatar
    Mariposa del Diablo

    Love your blog! Pay it forward is a great idea

  83. Rosanne Avatar

    Oh everything looks and sounds yummy

  84. Lisa Dunick Avatar
    Lisa Dunick

    What a great idea! and my mouth’s been watering at your blog for months now!

  85. Purl's Gurl Avatar
    Purl's Gurl

    What a great idea!! This is something that would be so much fun – kudos to graeme for a great package and kudos to you for keeping it going!

  86. yummy411 Avatar

    omg! i’m so happy you are participating! how lucky i’d be if i were picked!

    great idea for this time of the year, great blog and baker to participate! i would love to pay it forward to receive some goodies from tartelette!!! *squeal!* =)))))))))))

  87. Anonymous Avatar

    Dear Tartelette..

    I have a question. One day I went to a dinner hosted by my mother’s friend, who married a French man. As desserts were served the French husband vehemently chastised his wife for not serving cheeses before the dessert course. “How could you forget the cheese!?” She didn’t have any cheese prepared so she made a generous banana flambe to appease him.

    I wonder if there’s a legitimacy to this–that French people in the real world need a cheese course before desserts?

    Where I live, we don’t consume cheese or spirits in our culture, so this cheese episode got my attention. I felt ignorant; I had no idea some people had to rinse their palate with cheese before they could enjoy desserts. I would appreciate so much if you could write an entry on cheese.

    — Bypassing Visitor

  88. Anonymous Avatar

    Drool… these look so good.

  89. SamIAm Avatar

    I’d be psyched to receive some Tartelette love! I’m doing some serious Jamming, so if I get picked, I hope the next Forward likes jam. πŸ™‚

  90. Melody Avatar

    [drooling over your food] Love the recipes, creativity, and writing. Happy Holidays!

  91. Anonymous Avatar

    white chocolate, yum… mais pour un franΓ§ais, est-ce que “pudding” n’est pas dΓ©courageant?.. πŸ˜‰ et paying it forward, waouhhh!

  92. Anonymous Avatar

    Praline Bar… oulala!

  93. Anonymous Avatar

    awww boo! I’m too late to play! This is a great idea! I’d love to bake all sorts of goodies, create a pretty package, and send it off to someone I barely know! I love giving gifts even to people I don’t know! I also love receiving packages. Who doesn’t?
    You’re awesome, Madame Tartelette.

  94. Maria Avatar

    Great idea!! Pick me! Pick me!! πŸ™‚

  95. Jaime Avatar

    pick me! pick me! πŸ˜‰

    i have seen this ‘pay it forward’ idea on other food blogs, but it was where the 1st three people who commented were chosen and then they in turn had to post the same thing on their blog. i did not participate because i didn’t feel i had the time/energy to put together gifts for 3 individuals… but 1, i can do! so, i’m crossing all my fingers and toes that i am the lucky person chosen to receive a wonderful gift from you πŸ™‚

  96. Clare Avatar

    What a nice pre-Christmas present! I love me some Flake too – I got obsessed with it when I had Irish roommates in college who had about a year’s supply of the stuff.

  97. Chris The Baker Avatar
    Chris The Baker

    Cookies from you! *Woot* What perfect a Christmas gift!
    I’ve been wishing for several years, perhaps someone would bake for me – A nice change from me baking/cooking for others.
    I’d be so delighted if this wish should come true through you! *Fingers crossed & crossed again*

  98. eatme_delicious Avatar

    Ohh I wonder if I’m too late!

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