Hey, remember my friend Yaara? She’s launched Rasta Pasta, her own cottage industry (literally) and has entered a recipe contest. If what you see in the picture is something you’d like to try, read on and get the recipe.
Come on, people, help a friend help a friend out!
If it can go wrong, it will.
Take the picture above, for example. I was out with a bunch of hungry bloggers one evening and this was on the menu at the restaurant. Since my friend Toby has a blog featuring jewels such as this one, I snapped a pic on my phone and sent it to her. Now that I needed the picture for my own blog post, I couldn’t find it. Luckily, I just hopped over to Toby’s blog and snatched it back.
I wish all of my life could be this easy. But “man plans, God laughs” seems to be the theme song of my life. Take last Friday night for example…
Tonight is the beginning of Israel’s 64th birthday celebrations. All over the country people gather together in public parks to listen to music, dance a little, watch the fireworks and basically party. And tomorrow? Tomorrow the whole country heads outdoors for the national sport of Israel, barbecuing, or in other words, the art of mangal.
We get together with our friends in Ra’anana every year, and it can become a bit rowdy…
Meet Yaara Di Segni. I have. Yaara is one of my food friends that I actually have met in real life, and she’s become more than a foodie contact on the Internet, she’s become a good friend. We get together for sushi, we meet up for breakfast, and we actually have conversations that have nothing to do with food. With my one-track mind (stay out of this, Ju-Boy, I’m talking about food), that is an amazing feat in and of itself, especially that Yaara and I first met online, almost 20 years ago on a wonderful listserv called Foodwine. Foodwine still exists, and many of the originals are still hanging out in what they call the Cave, but I am long gone, with Yaara as a cherished souvenir.
I spend a lot of time (some may say too much time) reading foodie blogs. They are always good for some entertainment, inspiration and it fills my need for food porn.
Here are some of the posts that have sparked my interest lately…
Yosefa, of Cooking Outside the Box, is asking people to bake and take challah for Nechama Gittel Chaya bat Chana (Norma Kuras). Proper instructions and the blessing can be found on her blog post. She’s trying to get at least 40 women to help in this mitzvah.
Chaviva, of Just Call Me Chaviva, went to Kosherfest! Lucky her! I am so jealous! Not jealous enough to make plans, get on a plane and attend, but still jealous! A light lime green, not full blown green eyed monster. What really got me going were the words, “Jamie Geller (of Quick & Kosher fame) tells me…” She got to talk to Jamie Geller! I’m in the middle of reviewing her latest cookbook, and Chaviva got to talk to Jamie Geller. She got to shmooze with Susie Fishbein! And she got to taste the the Heering Coffee Liqueur. Okay, going full blown green now, maybe I will make plans and get on a plane next time…
It’s so nice to know that there are others out there in the big, wide world that feel your pain. Jeff, from TC Jewfolk’s Noshin’, is just a Yid from New York living in Minneapolis and missing his deli food. I know exactly how he feels. No visit back to my hometown was complete without a trip to a deli to partake in an artery-clogging but oh so wonderful pastrami sandwich, lots of hot, brown mustard, a half-sour dill pickle on the side, all to be washed down with Dr. Brown’s cream soda. And speaking of soda (soder?), Jeff gives a recipe for stuffed cabbage, with root beer in the sauce. Root beer! Everyone knows it’s either ginger ale or Dr Pepper! Still, it’s almost comforting to know that New York Jews, no matter where they migrate, like salmon, must come back to their culinary birthplace to achieve pastrami heaven…
Those of you know me well know that in the past nine years I’ve been addicted to a certain recipe sharing site that used to go by the name of Recipezaar. One of my veteran buddies from that site, Sharon123, just posted a recipe for Lemongrass Stock for Curries which made me wish it was something I had thought of. How genius! I make curries often, and having a stock of this in the freezer (pun intended) will be so helpful!
Monday, November 1st, was World Vegan Day. I spent about 5 years as a vegan, and it used to totally freak my friends out, when it’s actually a very simple diet once you get used to it. I had one friend who was so scared to cook something vegan if I came over for a Shabbat meal that she told me she would wait to invite us when I stopped being vegan. I went vegan for health reasons, but I do have to admit that I love a nice piece of dead cow or chicken, and am back to being carnivorous. I still cook vegan now and again, especially for my veggie friends who come for Shabbat and don’t want some of the roast baby hen on offer. Here’s one of my recipes that I posted to Zaar a few years ago. Very yummy, and if you read the reviews, you can see that if you are a tofu-phobe you can sub chicken breast. Happy Vegan Day!
If you’re a kosher foodie blog reader and have not yet won a copy of Kosher by Design — Teens and 20-Somethings, you still have a chance. Midwest Mama (in Israel) is offering a copy with the contest deadline at midnight, Monday, November 8th. Check out Katie’s review of the cookbook, and maybe win a copy.
Varda, one of my foodie friends from israelfood, whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet in real life, sent in a video to israelfood in reply to a question on how to braid challah. It’s called Braiding Challah (duh!) and it’s on the Fine Cooking site, braiding done by Maggie Glezer. And if that’s her kitchen in the video, I am so jealous! I want a kitchen like that!
Have you heard that limes are now available in Israeli supermarkets? Once upon a time they used to try to pass off green lemons as limes, but now the real thing is here, and not just in the boutique veggie stalls. I found some in Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda this past summer, and now I see it every week in Supersol Deal. This week my favorite Frenchy blogger, Ilana-Davita, posted a recipe for Vegetarian Curry. You need the juice of one lime, so instead of the bottled gunk, try the real thing.
Shabbat Shalom! !שבת שלום