Calming Vegan Scones on a Turbulent Day

While doing a hundred things working from the early morning and preparing for Shabbat, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the desire to bake something soft, not too sweet, but reasonably nice for a Shabbat that was about to start with the echoes of Facebook screams outlining the oppositions or exhilarations as far as the current events…

Learning from my Daughters

When does a parent rejoice? When their children surpass their own abilities. As a mother, I know that there is nothing greater than understanding that some things you taught your children have been internalized and  improved upon by them. I have two beautiful grown-up, and very much self-made daughters. Both of them saw me cooking and…

Veganism at its Best

I rarely review restaurants. However, the one I went to a couple of days ago with my girl friends, is really worthy of a review. Maybe because it is still out of norm, at least here, in New York – this is a vegan kosher place. I remember visiting them once before, when my younger…

Vegetarian One-Pot Shabbat Dinner

So, apparently, it is very easy to make a delicious vegetarian one-pot (or pan?) Shabbat dinner. It, actually, reminded me of a passage in the Tanach (is this inevitable now?) when Daniel ha-navi said to the person in charge of his and his friends’ health and appearance for the king of Babylon: יב  נַס-נָא אֶת-עֲבָדֶיךָ, יָמִים עֲשָׂרָה;…

Summer String Beans

Today is three months since we lost my father. How is it that when your parents age, you realize how much more you should have done? I’ve spent two weeks in beautiful Israel doing what I love – studying Torah – thinking how is it that I’ve never come with my dad. I “sent” him…

Back to New York Summer. Back to Salads.

And I am back. Back to my weird relationship with this city. Back to muggy, unbearable summer. Back to yearning for my next trip to Jerusalem. However, one has to go on, right? Working and cooking. So, here I am with a new salad recipe inspired by two meals I had in the homes of…

Something from Nothing или каша из топора

Sometimes you come home after running errands on a hot summer Sunday hungry and tired. This is when you realise that there is pretty much nothing to eat at home. So, what does a creative woman do? She makes a каша из топора. For my non-FSU-origin readers – this is when you really get anything you…

Easy, Fast, Vegan, Healthy, Delicious

This was a healthy Shabbat. I made a few salads, a peach crumb for dessert – a perfect way to eat late at night. One of my favorites is to use lots of greens, so this time since I got some really great fresh basil, I decided to experiment with one of my favorite summer salad…

Peaches are in Season

I love to make Shabbat meals in summer! You have so many fresh fruit and  vegetables  to choose from. And – they actually have a real taste! So for this Shabbat dessert, I decided to experiment with fresh peaches. They are so nice now. I was looking for an idea on the web, and, like lots…

Improvise!

It looks like summer is, finally, here. And with it the abundance of fruit and vegetables that really have a taste, as opposed to those that we have in winter – beautiful, but tasteless. That, of course, means that it’s time for salad. In my house, a housewife (me) never knows what she is going…

Happy New(?) Year!

It’s been a really long time. Lots of cooking, lots of thinking. Here we are, on the eve of the new calendar year, and my family dilemmas are looking at me again. As an orthodox Jewish woman, I know all about it –  the Romans, the pagans all over, the Silvester, the strive of Xtianity…

In the Autumn Mood

Autumn, fall, osenj – however, you name it, the meaning for me is the same – beauty of colors, crying skies, the imminence of the coming winter. Every fall I start physically feeling worse from the day temperature drops so that I need a jacket to wear. Cold. I stay cold until the first tiny green baby…