Yay! Apparently, I am able to upload photos, again! I will start with the tray of treats that neighbor S brought over, last night:
|Banana Cake, Farina Cake with Syrup, and Chocolates
It's the first time I've had the farina cake and I am a fan! The cakes were made by S's sister-in-law; thank you to S's SIL for making them and thank you to S for sharing!
As for the items I purchased at the Sri Lankan store (for those of you who said you liked seeing what I buy from there):
|Tea and Mung Beans
|Cookies and Crackers
I'm very picky when it comes to tea and this is my favorite kind; they don't always have it in stock, so when they do, I buy several boxes! The mung beans, soaked overnight and boiled is a favorite breakfast item! The Karapincha (curry leaves) crackers are new to me; I bought the box to try them and they were nice. Cream crackers are a favorite of mine and the ginger cookies are daughter's favorite.
I also bought a few essential ingredients to make the special cake we call Love Cake, including farina or semolina, jars of pumpkin preserves (made from a squash Benincasa hispida known as ash pumpkin in Sri Lanka, which is also known as winter melon and wax gourd), and small bottles of rose flavor and almond flavor:
|Jars of Biriyani Mix, Pumpkin Preserves, and Sesame Candy
The sesame candy is a favorite of mine - sesame seeds ground together with jaggery (a type of palm sugar) and formed into rolls.
Plus savory snacks - something called "cocktail mix" which is also known as "murukku mix" (murukku being the small stick-like pieces, made from a batter made with a type of lentil called urad dhal and deep fried) and fried breadfruit chips:
|Cocktail Mix and Fried Breadfruit Chips
I bought two types of cocktail mix; the one in the smaller jar is spicier than the one in the package.
I also bought some raw cashews for the love cake, but, I didn't take a photo of that.
As I've mentioned before, I'm very thankful that I am able to buy these specialty items. And for neighbors sharing treats! Such a blessing!