Imagine also on your birthday receiving a parcel all the way from Greece. My blog sister Ivy of Kopiaste and I had a little exchange. I felt truly blessed by her generosity and caring nature. She was wanting to try some cranberries and I was reminiscing about the products of Greece.
Ivy is a fantastic cook blogging out of Athens who is always lovingly cooking up a storm for her family and friends in between selling Tupperware and painting....how does she find the time and to blog as well!!!!! If I had even one inch of her talent in all accounts I would be a happy camper. It always amazes me about Greek cooks who turn out moussaka, spanakopita, yemiste and other comforting dishes even during the summer months. Maybe they are inspired by the sea air or the bounty of fresh vegetables from their gardens. Perhaps their passion for good food and the pleasure it will bring their loved ones enables them to overcome the heat of the kitchen...I suppose they also have airconditioning...wink...wink...Whatever the reason I love to visit my blog sister Ivy and see what she is up to on a daily basis. If you haven't had a chance to meet her get on over there y'all!!!!!
Ivy's parcel arrived just in time for my birthday in a Tupperware container that I already mentioned she in Athens. Once the special treats are long gone I will still have the Tupperware container to remind me of Ivy and her generosity.
The package contained:
1) Several types of pasteli. Pasteli is one of the cornerstones of Greek confectionery. The classic pasteli consists simply of sesame seeds baked with honey, and is therefore indigenous to the sesame-growing area around Thessaloniki. Ivy also included some with pistachios and mixed nuts. Almond, filbert and peanut pasteli have become increasingly popular and are manufactured nationwide. This is not surprising in a country that produces such an abundance of nuts.
2) Mastic Gum. As Ivy says Mastic resin comes from an evergreen shrub or small tree on the Greek island of Chios. "For reasons that are not entirely understood, only the trees in the southern part of the island of Chios produce the distinctively flavoured resin. The island's mastic production is controlled by a co-operative of villages, collectively known as the 'Mastichochoria', which are also located in the southern part of Chios." Check out her recipe for Mastic Gum Yoghurt . When I was in Greece I tried Mastic Ice cream as well as a mastic cream called a "submarine."
3) Greek Forest Honey. The honey comes in what I believe to be these ingenious packages that allow the honey to drizzle perfectly over your yogurt and then you just return the cap. Perfection!!!
4) Evil eye key chain. I brought back several of these charms when I was on holiday there. Once you read the information here you may believe that my being blue-eyed gives me the ability to cast misfortunes upon you.
5) Tupperware container from Ivy's collection
6) Sylvester zipper
Thank you so much Ivy for all these wonderful treats. They bring back wonderful memories of my time in Greece!!!!