Sunday, March 6, 2011
In A Word: Sweets
Times have changed over the years, but Sunday doughnuts have maintained their place in the family (well at least for me). This Sunday, however, was extra special in the treat department. My mom stopped to visit a friend of hers after church and was given a unique assortment of sweet treats. When she came over to my place, she handed me the can and told me to take a look. Strange inscriptions immediately stood out on the top of the can. Under the writing (which I later discovered was Arabic) were the words "The original Zalatimo Sweets since 1860." This was followed by more odd looking script and then the slogan "Quality Middle Eastern Sweets: Jerusalem, Amman, Manama, Kuwait." Wow!
Baklava, a "rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey..." The picture above is an actual photo from Zalatimo Sweets' web site (http://www.zalatimosweets.com/). No chocolate, all natural, and so very good!
The brief history of the company says that in 1860 Mohammed Zalatimo opened his first pastry shop in the old city of Jersualem and from there it grew. It has since been passed down through generations of the Zalatimo family. The main address for the company is a P.O. Box in Jordan. Many of their finer chocolates and cakes are only available in that country, but the tins of sweet pastries are available world wide. It was a truly amazing experience to be sitting at my table in the southern part of the United States enjoying the fine taste of these remarkable sweets that were hand made on the other side of the world; from a place that is in such turmoil. I thought of the hands that prepared this and the people that stop by the coffee shop to enjoy the little delights. A world away, yet brought together by food.
We all have a need to be nourished by food on a daily basis. Many of us have been blessed to have the freedom to take delight in sweets in moderation (keyword is moderation). But, no matter how good the food and no matter where it comes from or what part of the world it originates, the food we eat here on earth never fully satisfies. We always end up hungry minutes or hours later. The need to re-nourish is always there.