Thursday, September 30, 2010


It's a good thing I like dates! Hubby went to Dubai on a business trip the other day and brought back this lovely box.

It is filled with dates -- some are stuffed with pecans, almonds, lemon peel. Delish!

There are tons of date trees to be found in this country, but the crazy thing is, there's no date manufacturing company. All of the dates we buy at the grocery store are brought in from Saudi Arabia. And most of the ones you find on the trees here will be left to dry up and fall to the ground. Just doesn't make any sense to me at all.

One of my co-workers had someone harvest the dates from her trees. She gave me a package of them today.

Along with a container filled with homemade date mahmoul (cookies). My absolute favorite! Dates are a perfect snack when you are looking for something sweet. Great with a cup of green tea.

Hope your day is filled with sweetness! Friendship blessings, Tammy


The English Romantic said...

Hi Tammy,
Those date cookies look delicious. lovely with my afternoon cup of Earl grey tea.
Enjoy, Angela.

Becky said...

Oh I love dates as well Tammy.Oh yum!I love figs too.Some how this post reminded me of baklava,I guess cause its a middleeastern sweet.But in Turkey they make it with green pitaschio,yuck,lol.We greeks make it with walnuts.

Happy friday ahead!

Neen said...

oh yay! another Date lover!!!
I love them too - and your so so right they are a handy snack xx

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Oh I love that box, buckets of green tea and lots of cookies all togehter :D

Have a happy lovely sweet Thursday, Tammy xxx

La Dolce Vita said...

oh it IS a good thing you like them! I don't care for them at all, but I would join you in a cup of tea! xoxo

Creative Carmelina said...

Hi Tammy!

I want to go and steep some tea and make some treats I don't know whether to thank you or.....or.....

Okay, thank you very much! The kitchen is calling me!

ciao bella

Have a second cup for me...and thanks too for crocheting with me for a spell!


A Vintage Chic said...

Sounds yummy to me, Tammy! What a shame they all go to waste in your area!

Hope your day is wonderful, my friend!


Elaine said...

I "love' dates and wish i were there to share some. They look delicious
Hugs aunt Elaine

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

YUMMM!!!! That's all my dieting-brain allows me to write today....

Elyse said...

always interesting posts over here! thanks for sharing your dates with us. :)


Theresa said...

Funny Tammy, I thought 'sure I like to go on dates too' oops, wrong dates! Those look delicious but I have to be honest I don't think I've ever had a date before. I think I should remedy that and give one a try! Have a good night, I hope the dust has died down! Theresa xoxo

glor said...

Mmmm, tea, dates, cookies. Sit and relax a bit. Enjoy the weekend.

Diane said...

Go figure! We live in "Cowboy Country" and only God knows where our beef comes from. Doesn't make sense to me either. Sounds yummy. Diane

Maria said...

Yummy dates, don't get too many around here. What a waste not to harvest what is there

June said...

Oh Tammy I love dates! Anyway I can get them. I eat a lot of dates at Christmas mostly. Not sure why at only Christmas, but they just say holiday to me. You have so many yummy gifts.
I hope you are having a lovely Fall.

Beth Leintz said...

Right about now I'm thinking dates look like they'd make a pretty good breakfast- what a yummy looking box, too.

Rebecca said...

Hi tammy
My goodness, that is wierd about not harvesting the dates, did the fresh dates taste different then the imported ones? And I bet they taste better over there then here. I have to say I don't mind them but they are low on the list, I think it is the texture of the skin that bothers me. But they look beautiful!
I saw your post on the dust, I hope it doesn't bother your lungs. In AZ you can get what they call desert fever and it is a lung condition caused by dust.
I hope you have a lovely weekend
Be blessed today

A Cottage Muse said... Mom used to put a nut in the middle of a date and roll them in confectioners sugar! Think I am going to have to do that this holiday season ~ thanks for the memory Tammy!


Claus said...

How interesting! I never thought there could be that many dates around your area! and going to waste!! :o( couldn't they harvest them and send them abroad? it could be good business. There are, on the contrary, no date trees in Guatemala. At least that I know of. I suppose the weather is no good? Too humid? It would be amazing to have some around! We love dates at home!!
Have a lovely weekend!

Melissa said...

It's a shame about the dates, so wasteful. So many date cookies going to waste. I don't really like eating dates too much but I will eat the cookies from Al-Rifai. Haven't had them in a long time. Right now I've been obsessing over grapes...and pretty much everything else these past few days. I just feel so hungry, nothing is satisfying, I just want's! Hopefully it passes.
Love the Kings of Leon song :)

Marilyn said...

Hi TAmmy,
sorry to use the comments to reply to you but I don't have an email for you....
I took the pages down because I was having trouble with all of them working. If you mean the Waffle Weave.....I will put it up again for you. I'm really sorry :{..... will do it right now so come back when you have time and you can copy it!!! OK? OK! xx

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Tammy,
I swear, you have the neatest blog!!! And I love the pic from the balcony--just gorgeous--and all your dates...look so delicious!
I hope you're doing great and have a fantastic weekend!!!

Bonnie said...

I just love blogging parties because you meet so many interesting people from all over the world. You mentioned being a long way from home but it sounds like you have bloomed where you were planted! Love all your travel pictures. What great opportunities!

I like dates very much and don't buy them enough. I am sure the fresh ones are very good. Thanks for sharing and visiting me.

Anonymous said...

I did not realize that there are no date processing plants in Kuwait. What a shame, as I know first hand how many trees there are. Your dates look wonderful, as do the cookies that your friend gave you. I love those cookies, as they are not too sweet. I am thinking they would taste great with the green tea I found the other day.
Enjoy your cookies and dates.

Love ya,

Deb said...

I LOVE dates. One of my favorite things to eat for breakfast is eggs, dates, honey, pita bread and a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese. YUM!

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