At the end of last month, my amazing friend, Leilanie, said that she had filled a box with goodies for Justin and I, and that she was sending to us the fastest way that she could. In other words, via DHL, which is supposed to take 2-3 days. Everyday we checked the tracking website to see where our package was, and when it was expected to arrived in China. It took only two days to get to Asia, but a total of 20 days to get to us. It seems that customs had a few issues with this package, so they decided to open the box, and rummage through it like it was trash. They ripped open all the carefully sealed individual boxes inside, tearing off bubble wrap, and tossing aside carefully placed layers of padding. By the time the box got to us, it had been resealed with their stupid customs tape, but everything inside was all thrown back in without any care about what is was, or whether it was glass. Seriously, all I have to say is that some people are just plain rude. Only an inconsiderate idiot would just throw things back into a box and not care that this was obviously a gift from one friend/ family member to another. It makes me so annoyed just thinking about it. Despite this, after holding our box in customs for over two weeks, we finally received the package on Tuesday, and we were OVERJOYED when we saw what was inside!!
This amazing care package was filled with all kinds of sweets, cereals, spices, sauces, and tasty goodies. Leilanie had asked us what we missed from South Africa, and after spending 3 months there, even Justin made a few requests! These may just look like normal foods to most of you, but if you have lived away from home for as long as I have, you will appreciate how precious this gift was! Have a look at some of the treats my dear friend sent to us…
There was a box inside the package labelled “Awe My Bru! Justin” (this is South African slang for, “Hey my brother”). It contained a few special treats just for Justin. Unfortunately, thanks to the dumb Chinese customs monkeys, I have no idea what was in this smaller box. It was opened up, and some of the food packages inside were ripped due to the way they had carelessly torn open our box. Needless to say, it was a sweet thought that Justin had received a few snacks especially for him… a little bit of South Africa to remind him of the months that he spent there before and after our wedding.
Justin and I enjoyed Nando’s (take out food) quite a few times while we were in Cape Town, and Lanie must have remembered Justin mentioning this. Well, either that, or she just KNOWS us too well, so she sent us some of this dressing from Nandos. Peri peri and Mayo mixed together to makes deliciously tangy sauce – Perinaise. Oh yummy!!!
These are RUSKS. Mmmm… I love rusks! I especially love them in the winter, so these arrived at a perfect time! Rusks are a traditional South African snack, usually enjoyed dunked into some tea or coffee before being eaten. They are essentially double-baked bread dough.
Oh no she didn’t… We were shocked to find that Leilanie had included not one but TWO packs of mini koeksisters inside our fantastic package. I would have thought that they would have gone bad during the long wait at customs, but it seems that they are still prefect!!
So what are koeksisters? We mentioned them in a posts last year, when I was making a information flip-book for my father-in-law before his trip to South Africa.
A koeksister is prepared by deep-frying plaited dough rolls in oil, then dipping the fried dough into cold sugar syrup. The ones you see above are miniature versions, and they are covered in coconut (hhmm… my favourite kind). Koeksisters are very sticky and sweet, and it is quite common to see them being sold at traffic intersections all around South Africa.
That last picture almost makes me cry with happiness because I don’t seem to crave anything while we live abroad. Nope, nothing much except Marmite and Bovril. They are both a thick black spread made of beef and/ or vegetable extract, and they are amazing with butter on toast or crackers. Lanie sent two large jars, so I’m set for a few months.
There were a few other amazing things in the box, but they were of a different kind of gift, and we will share those with you later. They deserve their own blog post because they too, are super incredible. How could we possibly thank Philip and Lanie enough for such an amazing care package from South Africa. This is, in fact, our first package from SA, so we have never got to enjoy any of these goodies while in Asia. We are extremely thankful.
Philip and Leilanie,
Thank you soooooo much!
This was an incredible treat!!!