Sababa?

I am not sure if these bits of my writing about cookbooks help anyone else to choose what to get, what to use, what to read, but for me this project has proven to be enlightening. I have so many books that I, of course, have no time to read, and writing these notes allowed…

Cookbooks and Jewish History

Dear readers,   I just could not keep this and not share with you. My apologies if you saw this article somewhere else, but I think it is just such a testimony to Jewish endurance. I am certainly planning to buy this book now. Meanwhile, I got two more amazing cookbooks from my girls for…

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…

About the Shuk – Again

Did you know that Rosh ha-Shana is only a month away? The thought dawned on me during my Shabbat rest. As I started going through my multiple collection of recipes to see which ones I can incorporate Simanim into, I found an old article about the cute cafe we stumbled upon a couple of years…

5 Things You Should Never Order from a Jewish Deli

  Even though I pretty much never eat meat these days, I presume many hungry after the 9 days in Av Jews are looking for a good old deli sandwich. So, when I saw this article, I decided to put it here for a fun short read on Jewish food staples – deli stuff. Once…

The Wide World of Jewish Spices

I love Israeli cooking! I love the shuk, where spices are piled in tall towers. Therefore, I simply could not pass the opportunity to share this great article on Israeli spices. I have to say that Iuse most of them, but evidently, need to make a close connection with Ethiopian and Yemenite spice mixtures.  …

Some more of Jewish Food History Trivia before The High Holidays

It is always fun for me to flip through my cookbooks before a major Holiday. I love to look for stories behind the recipes, origins of foods we eat and their transitions throughout times and continents. Here, I am just going to post some fun facts about my favourite foods:   Dates: First mentioned in Exodus 3:8…

We are in it Together. Part III. Shabbat at Pardes. In Jerusalem.

So it is a Friday, and that means that my morning is spent at the famous Mahane Yehuda shuk – an open street market, big, loud, great in its smells, crowds, and colors. The amount of people there on a Friday is hard to imagine. Everyone is walking, checking, looking, shouting, buying, selling, and just…