Charoset – the Best of Pesach

I have almost stopped writing here. My personal stories of pain, thankfully, came to an end and my life became a 1000-fold better with one thing that, I believe, everyone needs in life – Love. Yes, Love with a capital L. This is such a small, easy word to pronounce, but underneath lies a myriad…

Cranberries – What’s Not to Love?

Although I don’t eat turkey, during this time of the year I always make lots of cranberry-apple sauce. This can be done for Sukkot, for Thanksgiving, or just because – the sauce is so good that can be eaten with any meat as a condiment, or as a not-too-sweet dessert, if you are like me….

Fun Food and Israel Related Articles

It is no surprise that Israeli chefs are on the forefront of all things new. Why should food be an exemption? There have been a number of articles lately about innovative ways Israelis think about food using words like “vegan, ecological, and locavore”. New-old plants are appearing on the restaurants’ tables straight from the biblical times. …

Light and Easy for a Hot Shabbat

What can you prepare for Shabbat if you absolutely do not want to leave a blech or a crock-pot on in your desire to not add any additional heat to already overheated apartment? Salmon, turns out to be that fish that can easily be eaten cold with pretty-much any sauce. So, I decided to make…

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…