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A package from Sydney, Australia & 3 recipes using 2 ingredients!

on 01/09/2009

About a month ago, I was looking every day at my mail. I was anticipating a Pay it Forward package from Lorraine, aka NQN, Not Quite Nigella who lives in Sydney, Australia!!
She has the most fabulous blog about food, reviews, restaurants, food festivals, photography & she loves travelling.
She send me a package trough air mail. It is the Pay it forward Package.
This means that the sender pays all about the food products, taxes, stamps etc. & send a package about food & non food to other bloggers in the world! 
 That is very generous from this person. It also means that the person who recieves a package also will become a sender. The person will have to send a package to 3 other persons, no geographical restrictions. So, if you are interested in recieving a package from me from Brussels, Belgium, let me know in your comment. You will have to do the same to 3 other persons. I will choose 3 persons. They will recieve a package from me in the next 365 days.
Isn’t it fun to be a foodblogger? I have made such good friends with all of you from all around the world!
This is what I recieved from Lorraine!!
I got lovely food, non food & real Australian spices.
Click on the words & you will get the explanation!
I got Aniseed myrtle, Dorrigo pepper, Lemon myrtle leafs, dark chocolate encoated Macadamia nuts, honey roasted macadamia nuts, 2 packages of silver balls, 2 litlle pudding molds, Maggie Beer ‘s apple & rosemary paste, Pariya Pashmak Persian fairy Floss, saffron taste.
I mostly loved the typical Austalian spices, the apple & rosemary paste because I love Maggie Beer & the Persian fairy floss! You can’t get it in Belgium!!
So, a big thank you , Lorraine!!
Now, 2 lovely recipes using Aniseed Myrtle.
Printable recipe here!
Recipe: Aniseed Myrtle marinated feta
200 gr sheep’s feta, drained & pad dry on kitchen paper, cut into long slices of 1 cm thickness
1 tablespoon of Aniseed Myrtle powder
60 ml of a fruity olive oil
extra olive oil, about 60 ml to 120 ml to cover the feta slices
1. Heat the olive oil in a fitting cooking pot on medium heat until is it not too hot too touch.
2. Set aside. Add the tablespoon of the Aniseed Myrtle & mix well. Let the oil cool down.
3. When the oil is cool, pour the mix into a large bowl. Add the feta slices. Add enough olive oil to the pot so that the feta slices are covered with olive oil. Put the fitting lid on.
Shake the pot up & down so that the feta slices are covered into the aniseed olive oil mix.
4. Place into the fridge for at least 2 days.
5. After 2 days of marinating, the feta slices are ready to use. You can keep them in the fridge for a few weeks.
Recipe: Sandwich with aniseed myrtle marinated feta, grilled courgette slices & grilled aubergine slices.
Printable recipe here!
Recipe: For 1 person
1/2 courgette, washed & cleaned, thinly sliced with a vegetable peeler, seeds removed
1/2 aubergine, washed & cleaned, seeds removed, thinly sliced with a vegetable peeler or a knife
about 50 gr of aniseed myrtle marinated feta
a bit of the aniseed myrtle infused olive oil from the marinade
1. Brush 1 half of the courgette & aubergine slices with a fruity olive oil.
2. Heat a large grill pan on high heat.
3. When the grill is sizzling hot, place the oiled courgette & aubergin slices on that side on the grill. Grill until don at one side. Now, turn them & brush the ungrilled side with the aniseed myrtle infused olive oil from the marinade. Grill until done & cooked trough.
Do the same with the rest of the slices.
4. Take your baguette & lay the pieces of the marinated feta on one side.
5. Top with grilled aubergine slices & top them with the grilled courgette slices.
The Aniseed myrtle doesn’t taste a lot of star anise. It is much milder & with a sweeter taste. Its taste is unique!
Now, a lovely dessert using The Pashmak Fairy Floss, saffron taste.
Printable recipe here!
Fairy floss summer fruit dessert
Recipe: for 2 desserts
20 raspberries
10 blackberries
2 pieces of the Pashmak fairy Floss, saffron taste
1. Take 2 fancy see trough dessert glasses. Lay 10 raspberries side by side in the bottom of the glass.
2. Lay 5 black berries on top.
3. Lay a piece or 2 pieces of the fairy floss on top & serve!

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70 responses to “A package from Sydney, Australia & 3 recipes using 2 ingredients!

  1. Margaret says:

    What an exciting mix of goodies!Hope you enjoy playing with them all Sophie.I love the fairy floss best of all.

  2. Wow, lucky you ;-p! A great parcel and two wonderful recipes!Cheers,Rosa

  3. The marinated feta sounds really great. Love how to layered it on a sandwich. Nice!

  4. Wow, what a fab package! The fairy floss is my favorite. =) Great looking dishes.

  5. What fun to get a surprise package like that and I love the way you used the ingredients.

  6. Olga says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE dark chocolate covered nuts. What a great package to get in the mail.

  7. IYAY 'm so glad that you liked the package Sophie! You made great use of everything and I love how you did the feta! 🙂

  8. I do love being a food blogger. It's such a great community and that has been made clear, yet again, by this wonderful pay it forward mailing. I love it! And you made great use of the package!

  9. Claudia says:

    Sophia! How sweet! Fairy floss. I'm writing about fairies… I love this. The recipes are grand and I am tasting the feta. And I love the community that so generously sent these to you. Such an eclectic, delectable package.

  10. OMG, that sounds so fun! I love food blogging more every day. I would love to participate in this!

  11. Elra says:

    Oh how fun. You are so lucky!

  12. Jamie says:

    Oh what fun and yes I'd love to be in on this. I love being a food blogger and love the world food bloggers have created. I have also exchanged fun food packages with people around the world and my once skeptical family started loving it when they saw the great things that people sent.

  13. Jo says:

    Lucky, lucky you! That bag of goodies look really good.

  14. Wow, what a fabulous package! Delicious dishes!

  15. Valérie says:

    I don't think I had ever heard of fairy floss… Looks like Christmas came early for you! :-)I love the idea of marinating your own feta!

  16. nora@ffr says:

    so many goodies!! good for you sophie 🙂

  17. Wow, what fun–and those goodies look fantastic, as do the recipes. Love that feta sandwich!

  18. Kristen says:

    What fun! It is great to be able to share ingredients and kitchen things with someone a world away. That feta sandwich sounds divine!!!

  19. I love Lorraine! What a great package!

  20. Hi Sophie, now I see what you have got in the parcel you mentioned last time we met:) Awesome!!!!

  21. dada says:

    How lucky are you! I'd like some of your dish

  22. What a great gift! Sounds like a lot of fun, and your feta looks delicious!

  23. Erica says:

    Lucky you!!!! Wow! That is a great gift. That sandwich looks fantastic:)

  24. Queen B. says:

    looks great :)p.s.I used to live in Schoten…….. long time ago……..

  25. Koko says:

    SOPHIE! This sounds like the most wonderful, exciting idea ever!!What a great package you received, not to mention the beautiful recipes you made! That sandwich looks out of this world!!I would love to receive a package from you…from BRUSSELS (and send you one back!) if you were interested.

  26. Nicisme says:

    I love getting foodie packages!What a great array of wonderful goodies, that's great.

  27. Velva says:

    What a fabulous package to receive in the mail! You are right, Food blogging just opens up a brand new world. This idea of exchanging non-food is really good.

  28. Bon weekend!Bises,Rosa

  29. Christine says:

    What fun it must have been to open the package and see all those great goodies tumble out. I'm particularly interested in the fairy floss as I haven't a clue what it is. Is it sweet?I would love to receive a package from Brussels, especially since you will be picking out the ingredients. This pay it forward event sounds wonderful and caring, just like our food blogging community.

  30. Talita says:

    How tasteful!! I love the idea for feta cheese.

  31. yumm feta! and what a nice foodie package with lots of goodies!

  32. Koko says:

    Wow Sophie, I'm so glad you are into the idea!!!! I like anything! I don't eat meat…but that is somewhat hard to mail anyway! haha. I would love a surprise of some typical Belgian things!! Send me an e-mail at if you would like!

  33. Selba says:

    Wow! What a great package you got from Sydney!

  34. Ellie says:

    Wow! Pashmak spotted! Lorraine's favourite gift!

  35. wow – what an amazing care package!

  36. Kat says:

    Oh this is super-cool! You probably have ton's of people who want to sign up to be on your receiver's list, but I'd totally be up to doing this as well 😀

  37. Kerstin says:

    You got such amazing goodies in your package – how fun! That sandwich looks so good with that feta!

  38. That is quite a package! Lucky you..

  39. Esme says:

    39 comments later am I too late to participate in this. mmm chocolate from Belgium-anything from Belgium is good-you were quite ingenious with your recreation.xo

  40. Chef Chuck says:

    Now that is a sandwich!! Nice blend of flavors 🙂

  41. Natasha says:

    Love the sandwich, that's what I'm making for lunch today. Thanks to the Minneapolis farmer's market, we have both eggplant and zucchini in our kitchen right now. And the desert: so simple yet so very elegant! Job well done Sophie!

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