Oh Halva, how do i love thee??!!! Enough to post you on our blog and sing songs of your praises!!
Mama-G introduced me to halva a few months ago, and i've been hooked ever since! It's not original to Moldova...i think it's a Middle Eastern treat! It's delicious! This is the 1st time i've seen it in a tub, usually Mama-G brings a block of it home in a plastic bag, similar to produce plastic bags in The States.
I've heard there are different types of halva, so maybe how this one is more uniquely Moldovan is cuz it's made out of sunflower seeds!! That's basically all it is - sunflower seeds mashed into a paste-like consistency (although much dryer than paste) that is very slightly sweetened.
When i 1st saw it, it didn't look appetizing. It looks like dirt and grass (and even has a dirt-like texture) predigested in a cow's stomach that it's since pooped out...but if you know me, you know i'll try almost anything, so i didn't even hesitate in trying this...and it was one of the best culinary decisions of my life!
My favorite is coming home from school and having it with a cup of coffee. It's the perfect match because of the coffee's bitterness and the halva's very slight sweetness!!
As you can see in this picture, i've already taken a few bites from it...that was yesterday...today it is over half gone! It's always "just one more bite (sip coffee), just one more bite (sip coffee), just one more bite (sip coffee)..."