Harry and Ziva, 2 of my favorite podcasters, sent me a package for this round of Blogging by Mail. Dave and I picked up the box at our post office on the way to work last week, and I tore it open in the car (keys make an excellent substitution for scissors by the way). As soon as I got the box open, I could smell the spices, and knew we were in for a treat. I'm going to update this post later on with some of Harry and Ziva's descriptions, which are priceless!
From top to bottom, here's what was inside:
- A bag of very popular candy bars, as well as a peanut butter flavored crispy treat that Israeli kids love.
- Almond cookies from Cafe Hillel (their favorite coffee shop), turkish coffee and a coffee pot!
- Dates and cherry tomato jam... those dates are destined for some sticky toffee pudding. Mmm.
- 3 bags of spices: sumac, zaatar and a spice mix for flavoring rice.
We have not tried the candy bars or the peanut butter treat yet. I'll have to post a candy bar taste test, and our friend Susann wants to try the peanut butter treat so I'm going to wait until we see her next.
The almond cookies are delicious, and have found a temporary home in our freezer so we didn't polish them off too quickly.
The coffee and pot will go with us if we visit our friends Dave and Erica this coming weekend.
The dates and jam both look delicious, and I am definately going to make some sticky toffee pudding with the dates.
And the spices. We were so excited to have big bags of sumac and zatar, we love both spices and look forward to using them. The spice mix for rice is so good! We made a batch of rice on Wednesday night, adding in 3T of spice mix per cup of rice, adding chickpeas to the pilaf at the end. Flavored with dill, onions, currants, peppercorns and more, we instantaneously realized that we are going to have to set up a regular trade with Harry and Ziva so we can keep stocked!
So thanks guys, we really loved the package. You put so much care and thought into everything, I only hope that everyone else puts as much love into their packages!