I had a present waiting for me on Tuesday afternoon:
lyktabento! I was very excited that she wanted to send me strawberry cream, but I wanted to reciprocate. I suggested a swap. She has blogged what she received from me here.
(She apparently has much better talents at photography than I do, but I'm going to give it my best shot.)
The general concept was to exchange traditional/common foods in our respective countries that were not easy to find on the other side of the ocean. Her box seems to have gotten a tiny bit beaten up in transit, but the goodies seem to be in tact. She very thoughtfully labeled the contents for me, with English translations of how to prepare the mixes.
strawberry cream that started it all, blueberry, and rosehip. In front of them is a package of Ballerina cookies, Swedish hard bread (the blue triangle), a bottle of lingonberry jam, cinnamon buns, and car candy.
I couldn't help but try the cute marshmallow banana candy right away, after I took the picture. It smelled very banana-y. It tasted like a firm marshmallow, but the smell of banana made it new and different.
I'm so excited to try all this! I love dill, so I'm glad that she defaulted to that when having to choose. Thanks so much to lyktabento.blogspot.com!