Pesach Food at my House

One can write shelves of books about preparing for Pesach and cooking and organizing delicious meals, especially if one hosts many times during just one week of the “holiday of our freedom.” A lady in my office just proposed that Jews are not smart because of hundreds of years learning Talmud, but because of even more…

Sushi Salad

Lately, I’ve become obsessed with sushi salad. I’ve got the idea at one of my friends’ Shabbat tables, where three young daughters of the family made one and decided to create my own version. So far, I’ve tried it three times with slightly different ingredients, but it worked magically every time to the delight of…

Old and New

It’s been a while since I have written here about food. Life, surprisingly the pleasant part of it, gets in the way and we are almost in the middle of winter with the cold penetrating my body and wind hauling outside my window. This is not the weather I like. I feel frozen inside and…

End of the Calendar Year is Near

I haven’t written in a while here. Not for the lack of events in my life. In fact, the last three months were full of the new things, mostly amazingly pleasant, BH! I guess, I am so not used to good things happening in my life, that I don’t even know how to process them…

Ottolenghi Lemon Blueberry Teacakes

Sometimes fortune smiles at you. I mean my culinary fortune. My daughter went to an event with chef Ottolenghi and got his “Sweet” book. Apparently, the chef takes his publishing endeavors seriously. A little while after, she got another book and a letter stating that the first version had some errors in print (the list…

The Russian Picnic Tradition

Apparently, Soviet cuisine is very fashionable now. Otherwise, why would there be such a great number of articles, books and posts about it. I need to write about Kachka – the book that I enjoy reading and the experience of my daughter, the Portland lover. I have been following the Russian food blogger, Peter, who reinvents the…

Quick Meals for Shabbat

This past Shabbat I was not in the mood for a lot of food – too hot and humid, and no desire to spend much time in the kitchen. The dishes I made (only two) took me all of less than 15 minutes to prep and about 25-30 minutes total in the oven. Since my…

Blueberries are in Season!

One thing I don’t think I saw in Jerusalem, is blueberries. Although during my Helsinki layover, I ate the most delicious berries, even though they were outrageously expensive. So, when I saw blueberries being  sold at my local store here, I just had to buy them. In turns out I bought too many, so I’ve been…

Cooking with Parshah – Terumah

Terumah is the Parshah that is the first to talk about the construction of the Mishkan – the temporary Temple. The Mishkan is full of wonderful things, whose purpose is not apparent. For this Shabbat, I have decided to make a couple of things that could remind us of the foods connected to the Mishkan and…

Another Pickling Adventure

I have done some experimenting with pickling before, even though I  am always intimidated by pickling. At least when you cook or bake, you know the result right away! With pickling you have to be patient and wait. And what if it doesn’t work out?! So far, my pickling amounted to some marinated lemon and…

Cooking with Parshat – Beshalach -בשלח

I decided to stick to my adventure of making at least one dish related to the Parshah read this week. In Parshat Beshalach we read: יד  וַתַּעַל, שִׁכְבַת הַטָּל; וְהִנֵּה עַל-פְּנֵי הַמִּדְבָּר, דַּק מְחֻסְפָּס–דַּק כַּכְּפֹר, עַל-הָאָרֶץ. 14 And when the layer of dew was gone up, behold upon the face of the wilderness a fine, scale-like thing,…

Cooking with Parshat

I have decided to start a new experiment. I will try making a specific dish for Shabbat having to do with the text of the Parshah. As of now, I have no idea how successful this project will be, but what have I got to lose, right? So, for Parshat Bo, which among other things…