Before I start my discussion of the P word, the good and the bad of it, I just wanted to mention that yesterday was one year since Miriyummy came into being, all because Ju-Boy got trapped in England due to a volcano. So if you love or hate my blog, you can all Blame It On The Volcano.
Okay, the house is clean, you are exhausted, the table is set, the guests are hungry, what are you going to serve?
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…
Risa over at Isramom is hosting the Kislev edition of the Kosher Cooking Carnival. I totally agree that it’s so weird that we’re now entering the month of Chanuka, with visions of latke parties while it snows outside, yet here in Israel we’re baking in the longest Indian summer on record. Lots of great postings over at the Carnival, so check them out.
Hadassah of In the Pink is taking a school lunch poll. In elementary and junior high we ate whatever the cafeteria served up that day, slowly dragging our feet when mystery noodle casserole was served, speeding up on Fridays when we had tuna sandwiches with potato chips, cutting the line for pizza and felafel day. What did you take to school for lunch?
My favorite Cooking Manager, Hannah, regularly interviews bloggers on a Monday morning (I even got interviewed a few months ago). This week she spoke with Sara Melamed who blogs Foodbridge. Sarah actually made melouchia, and all I can say about that is better her than me!
The Nana10 webportal is always full of interesting recipes. This week I found a recipe for Chicken Patties with Tehina in Silan Sauce. Silan, for those of you who have yet to taste this ambrosia, is date honey. I use it instead of bee honey many times, and it’s great with chicken. This is going to be on my table this Friday night! The recipe is in Hebrew, so for those of you that lo medabrim hasafa (don’t speak the language), if you really want the recipe, contact me and I’ll translate.
While not a foodie blog per se, Life in Israel has a very interesting post about someone who is trying to sell their leftover cholent on eBay! Starting bid was $2 and someone eventually bought it for $4! At the Miriyummy household we never have leftover cholent because we don’t eat cholent. Or rather, Ju-Boy and progeny don’t eat cholent. I love the stuff. Maybe next time I should just buy a portion on eBay?
Baroness Tapuzina paid a visit to the Organic Farmers Market in Tel Aviv. The market is situated down at Hatahana, the renovated Ottoman train station near Jaffa. We’ve been going more and more organic at home, but for the time being have bought our produce and dairy products at the new “Green” section of our Supersol Deal. But Michelle’s pictures are just so tempting, we just might give up a precious Friday morning and stop by.
And now for a subject close to my heart: pizza, and New York pizza specifically. Serious Eats takes their pizza, well, seriously. I always enjoy their pizza articles, and was not disappointed with this one either. I always try to make a good slice at home, but until I invest in a real pizza oven with a pizza stone, I’m going to have to try to settle for the Miriyummy version (coming soon to a blog near you). But one very interesting thing I learned is that you get a much better dough if you make it up in the food processor. I’ve been touting the wonders of my Kenwood Major, and what I really should be doing is bugging Ju-Boy and the kids for a really amazing food processor to replace the pitiful one I’ve been working with now. Hey, it’s my birthday this Wednesday, help me nag Ju-boy! Just comment on this blog and maybe it will sway the unswayable (he’s bought me perfume, again, I just know it…).
You know how you can tell Chanuka is on the way? When the sufganiyot (jelly donuts) start showing up in the bakeries and supermarkets. Just as the Christmas decorations start hitting the stores in the States sometime after Halloween, the jam-filled calorie bombs are showing up earlier and earlier. I think I saw the first ones right after Rosh Hashana. Now Roladin, that mmmmmmmmm bakery, has the 2010 parade of donuts up on their website. Check them out, you can’t gain weight just by looking (or can you?).