Another Day, Another Year

So here we are, again, Ready (?) to stand in front of HaShem begging for mercy. אבינו מלךנו – our father, our king – we cry asking for a better year that the one passed. Somehow, the liturgy of the High Holidays always brings me to inner tears. I don’t think I am able to…

Quick and Delicious Dairy Ricotta Cheese Crostata

I’ve been hooked lately on the Great British Baking Show on Netflix. I usually do not like to watch series specifically because it sucks me in, and then I have no time for anything else. So, my bad – I did get attached. On top of everything else – that English they speak! Watching the show,…

Bread Therapy

So today is Tu bi Av. Lovely to spend it alone, feeling miserable and listening to the sound of the rain outside, isn’t it? So the whole day I was working on my computer feeling like you know what. Finally, I realized that I had to do something therapeutic. So I decided to make the…

Summer Vegetarian Delights

Summer is the best time to experiment with vegetables. It is, of course, easier to do if you live on the land, or in one of those countries like Israel, where everything tastes delicious. My digital nomad, daughter, currently in Croatia with RemoteYear is munching on red currants that we very rarely get here, for…

Fish, Anyone?

I remember being intimidated by preparing fish back in Russia. But of course! You had to buy the fish and totally clean it yourself – scale, gut, etc… And, I’ve just seen that this is the way people recommend to do it now. What a great recipe! I am totally going to try this sans…

My Birthday Shavuot

Shavuot was always my favorite holiday. I was always thinking that it was because of my bad relationship with winter and my love of warmth that always arrives with this holiday. I also preferred dairy over meat all my life. And then I found another reason: my Hebrew birthday! I was born on the 7th of…

Coconut Cheesecake

My daughter’s birthday is tomorrow. And this daughter is, already, a better baker than me. Much better in fact. She bakes all the time. For the family, for her friends, for her colleagues. Every time something new. It’s hard to make a cake for her that would be good enough, even though, I know she’ll…

Poppy Seeds?

There are some foods that divide the population into two parts. The fiercest division that I found so far is related to two foods that I love, but many people cannot stand: cilantro and poppy seeds. I use both all the time. I put cilantro, practically, everywhere – in salads, meats, roasted vegetables, etc. Some people say it…

Leftover Pesach Quick Shabbat Salmon

I do not usually use mayonnaise, but for Pesach I buy a small jar that hangs around my fridge for a while. Neither do I buy chraine, but naturally, I had some leftovers after the Sedorim. So for this Shabbat, I’ve decided to put these two to a good use marinating salmon in it. So I mixed…

Another Quick One Pan Lunch for the Work-at-Home Day

A friend of mine, who recently made Aliyah shared an interesting recipe that I would never have thought of myself – fried bananas. I decided to try it today as I needed a quick lunch from the things that were in my Pesach pantry. So, here we go: 2 bananas 2 onions (I used red and…

Purim Treats

When I bake, I mostly, make one-big-piece desserts. Purim is the exception. Somehow, I can’t imagine the holiday without the little hat-like triangle hamentashen, the tastiest cookies with the variety of fillings. Mine are quite a bit of work, but the effort is certainly well worth it. You can use any filling, even a store bought container…

Easy, Healthy, Make-Ahead Cabbage Roulette

This Sunday should be a happy day. I am hosting my family for an early brunch. My niece is turning another page on the yearly calendar, and my younger daughter will be in town for a very short stay. I am excited! Since my dad’s passing, I am not able to invite guests, but the family…