Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Treats in the Mail

This has been a great week for me, postally speaking. Generally our mailbox only offers up bills, endless flyers or mailers touting pizza and greasy fast food coupons, and the occasional wedding announcement. The only time I get a package is when I shop online, which I have not been doing this year thus far. So when an unexpected package arrived on Saturday with my name on it, I was thrilled!
The return address was my dear friend and world-traveler, Neves. I was intrigued, since it surely meant treats from abroad. Indeed, the card inside said that she and hubby had made a last minute trip to Morocco recently, and I was the beneficiary of their generosity. Here's what she sent:(Darn, I wish my camera could handle these up close shots better. Maybe I just need a tutorial.)
It's a mini tagine. The large sized tagines are used for cooking delicious stews. This one will keep kosher salt on my dinner table. So fun!
My package from Neves also contained these:Again, the photo is disappointing, but these little packets with Arabic letters are full of saffron, one of the most expensive spices out there. And I love it. Break out the recipes with saffron! I'll post one soon. I immediately made an Indian chicken dish in honor of our newly acquired saffron. (You can sometimes find saffron at Trader Joe's at a great price. But not always.)
A mini tagine and some gourmet spices from Morocco are enough to make any girl feel loved!

Then, today, Jared brought in a package with the mail. I couldn't imagine what it was until I remembered that I had won a major award! Well, alright, it was actually a random drawing among readers of dkMommySpot, but I won it. And it is a book that looks delightful. Thanks, Diane!
I'll post a review of it as soon as I can . It looks like a wonderful book on parenting and I may find some great quotes to share with you.

All in all, the mailman has been good to me. Feel free to send me stuff in order to make it a trend!:)


My Ice Cream Diary said...

Mmmm, saffron rice. I'm drooling. I love the Tangine! It is like a little exotic salt cellar.

Nicolette said...

I LOVE getting unexpected mail. Too fun! And yes, please share those quotes from your new fun book asap. We all know I need them! Thanks for your thoughts.

Diane said...

l hope you like the book as much as I did! Thanks for entering and posting about it. Send me a link when the review is up, and I'll forward it to the publisher.

Rebecca said...

What wonderful surprises! I love the look of that tangine!

Anonymous said...

Hi, you probably have a button on your camera that looks like a tulip. If you press that one you should get really good close up pictures for the blog. Just be sure to turn it off when you are taking pics of my grandkids. Mostly it doesn't help much.

Myrna Mom

Anonymous said...

Nothing like a "S".


Michal said...

myrna mom,
thanks for the tip! indeed, my camera does have a button with a tulip on it. who knew that it wasn't for taking pictures of flowers?:)

Christine said...

I love getting things in the mail! I won two items on Ebay, and placed two online orders this week- so maybe next week I can have a good week- "postally speaking."I started a new cupcake blog- and I wanted to post your chocolage peanutbutter cupcake recipe? What do you say? Is is a secret?

Michal said...

those are the yummiest cupcakes. i can say that because they're not one of my personal recipes, but i still turn to them time after time. they are from bon appetit. call me and i'll give you the info you need.

Sonja said...

What a great friend to send you those treasures! I have a little box of saffron that I got from a friend in Turkey. I'm waiting to use it for a special

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. I've had fun reading yours and feel that I have a lot to learn from you!

An Ordinary Mom said...

I got an unexpected package in the mail last week, too, and I am loving it!