BBM - My package has arrived!
Georgia also included packets of some interesting spice mixtures from Australia. One is “Native BBQ Spice Mix”, to use on meats before grilling. The other is called “Ockkah – Aussie Dukkah,” and the packet says that to dip bread in olive oil and then sprinkle this spice on the bread. It can also be sprinkled on cooked fish, chicken or lamb. Both of these spices mixes have some ingredients that are mysterious to me – akudjura and wattleseed. I’m looking forward to researching these ingredients as well as trying out the spice mixes.
I am also going to enjoy the reading material that Georgia included. It is called “Good Living,” published by the Sydney Morning Herald, and at quick glance, it appears to be either the newspaper’s food section or perhaps its magazine section in which this particular issue focuses on food. I love to read English-language food magazines from other countries – I’ve been picking up “Good Food” and “Olives” (British food mags) at Borders for a few years now, and after hearing about Donna Hay in the blogs I picked up one of hers (from Australia) last month.
Lastly, Georgia included a jar of something that will be a great addition to my cocktail experiments – Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup. On the side of the jar is offered this suggestion of use – “Simply place a whole Wild Hibiscus Flower in the bottom of a champagne flute, pour in some syrup and fill up with bubbly. All the bubbles stream off and open up the flower. You can eat the flower; it has delicious raspberry and rhubarb flavour.” Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, Georgia didn’t include the name of her blog (or a link to it), so I can’t take a look at it. However, she mentioned in her postcard that she has read mine, so I’m hoping she reads this post – Georgia, if you are there, thank you so much for my package. I can’t wait to try everything – and I’d love to read your blog also – send me a link!
Addition to post: Stephanie, the Happy Sorceress at Dispensing Happiness and the organizer of this BBM, gave me the scoop on Georgia's blog - it is Mocktale, and I am having a great time reading it.