No matter how much I enjoy a salad, I can never create it.  When you say “salad” I hear “chopped Israeli salad” even though I know very well that there is no limit to the way you can cut, prep and dress those veggies.  While I was grilling that brisket for shabbat, my wife was...

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This week’s menu didn’t quite go to plan. We went from intimate “one-pot” dinner to cooking for ten, plus kids and I thank our freezer for defrosting mid-week for the feast we’re going to enjoy because we had a lot of fun making it.  Among the marrow bones, lamb steaks and chicken drumsticks that fell victim...

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Marmite: Lover or Hater?

June 11, 2012 | 6 Comments

The British and South African’s have a love-hate relationship with Marmite.  Marmite is a yeast based spread rich in vitamin B12 that was the PBJ to my sandwich when I was growing up in England.  Fast forward a couple of decades and it is a joy that our 2 year old enjoys marmite on his...

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Raw Zucchini Salad

June 6, 2012 | 25 Comments

Summer as an adult is bitter-sweet.  The days are brighter, warmer and longer while the evenings quickly fill up with BBQ, outdoor concerts and pool parties.  School is out and it’s the season of fun for adults and children alike, almost.  Schools are out for summer, college kids are filling their time with internships, lawn-mowing...

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Green Shakshuka for Breakfast

June 4, 2012 | 18 Comments

As we stroll into the second half of 2012, I share this milestone with you – this is my 50th blot post.  It has been a struggle to write for the last few weeks and my literary inspiration has been more technology/social media focused recently and this did not seem like the platform for that!...

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Warm Polenta and Chick Pea Salad

May 21, 2012 | 5 Comments

Moving house takes it out of you, but in the six weeks that have passed since we saw our now-home for the first time, we’ve accomplished a lot.  Those accomplishments have not been culinary!  Thanks to the kindness of friends and neighbors we have enjoyed many a meal as guests and I have been out...

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chickpeas soaking in water

How to Make Authentic Hummus

May 10, 2012 | 10 Comments

For the record, I can't stand most store-purchased hummus with Trader Joe's being a notable exception.  I take my hummus recipe seriously.  Five and a half years in Israel will do that to you, especially when you work down the block from a chummusiah, a niche restaurant that specializes in hummus.  You can get hummus with mushrooms,...

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Vegan Grilled Cheese (Croque Monsieur)

April 29, 2012 | 4 Comments

If we could subscribe to the Food Network without having to get Cable, we’d probably own something other than the hand-me-down TV that sits in our living room.  The Food Network has inspired much of my cooking and when I had a brief period between jobs in 2010, it was daytime programming that often decided...

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