One of the great things about living in Auckland is the wide-ranging cultural heritage all of us bring to the city. In my workplace alone, over twenty languages are spoken! The best part of cultural sharing for me is sharing food.
I had the pleasure of being introduced to Romanian food by my good friend and proud new mum Diana. One interesting plate she served up was Romanian halva, or halva de floarea soarelui.
Halva is the name for a wide group of sweet treats, traditional from Europe to Africa to central Asia. Some halva is made with flour, and other types are made with nut or seed butters. The Eastern European kind is often made with sunflower seeds. It’s a little like marzipan or crumbly fudge.