Monday, September 1, 2014

KCC Elul, Frugal and Rich

Frugal and Kosher is the host of this month's Kosher Cooking Carnival. Check it out. Read, comment and share, thanks.

The Kosher Cooking Carnival can include all sorts of posts about kosher food and kosher cooking. KCC appears on or around Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the Jewish Month. We coordinate and plan on our Facebook site. I'll be hosting it next month's edition which will appear either before or after Rosh Hashannah, which is not only the first day of the Jewish year, but the first of the month of Tishrei. Please send in links to shilohmuse at gmail dot com, thanks.

Thanks again to Ester of Frugal and Kosher for hosting!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I Love My Job, But...

Honestly, I really do love my simple saleswoman job.

  • I love the interaction with people. 
  • I love being creative in dressing the manikins.
  • I love meeting all sorts of old friends, former students and people I'd worked with at all sorts of other jobs. 
  • I love helping people.
  • I love the flexibility I've been given in requesting convenient shifts.
  • I love not having to take work home with me. I sign in; I sign out. That's it!
  • I love being physically active.
  • I love the various challenges I face.
  • I love working part-time and really can't do more than I'm doing.
The one thing I don't like is the low salary. I've tried to find another job, but not a single one of my queries to job offers has ever been replied to.

So, I guess this is the job for me.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Unbelievably Easy and Pretty Healthy Candy-like Dessert

I wanted something to serve for dessert on Shabbat since we were having guests. Considering that the guests, my husband and I all try to avoid cakes, I wanted to serve something else. I didn't have melon or watermelon; they seem to be going out of season. Rami Levy didn't have any.

So when I went down to get a package from the mail on Thursday night I went into our local store and bought a large (they didn't have small) bag of coconut and date spread. I decided to make fruit candies. There were only three ingredients:

  • date spread
  • shredded coconut 
  • sunflower seeds, which I had just bought to use in a salad, but didn't 

Sorry, but I can't give exact measurements. I poured a lot of the coconut into a bowl, added the sunflower seeds and date spread and then mixed. You may have to add either more coconut or more date spread until it gets to a consistency like "play dough," easy to shape. 

Then I placed it on some "baking paper."

Then with the help of the paper, very easily rolled it in to a "log."

Then I sliced it, wrapped it again in the paper, put it in a bag and then into the freezer.

On Shabbat I served it to my husband and guests. For some strange reason, they all insisted that it was necessary to sample a few pieces before giving their opinions. And... they all loved it! Yes, even my husband ate more than one piece and he usually doesn't go for fruit.

For variations, you can roll into balls and then roll that in more coconut, ground nuts or even sprinkles... Also, instead of sunflower seeds, you can use any ground nuts.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Expensive Zip-Lock Bags? Not for Me!

My 1970 aliyah to Israel predates zip-locked bags. When we first made aliyah, cheap giveaway plastic bags were rare. Now there's talk of joining the "no free bag" world, but I wouldn't invest in zip-locks. Over the years I've gotten some and hoarded them until they cracked. I've also tried washing them out.

In all honesty, I do not like zip-lock bags!

Every year before Passover I buy myself these:

They are simple food bags, in two sizes, that are very inexpensive. Considering that there are two hundred in each package and I don't don't use them daily, I have an enormous stock in my closet. After last Passover, instead of keeping them out, I put the new only used on Passover packages in the Passover closet.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Psalms in the Station, Only in Israel

The other day when I rushed into the Jerusalem Central Bus Station to get the bus home, somebody thrust something in my face. I replied with a gut reaction of "no." Then a split second later I noticed that a great variety of people, men and women, young and old were standing still reading from T'hillim booklets, the type from the sets which split the 150 into usually 28 equal-size portions.

I didn't go back to get one, because I was afraid I'd miss the bus, but I did take a couple of pictures.

Unlike Israel's south Jerusalem has been pretty much untouched by the war. But we're all one country and one people. And that's why people in the Central Bus Station were saying T'hillim, Psalms.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Quick Nosh on the Road When Tremping

There are lots of fig trees in the Binyamin/Benjamin area, and many are along the roads. There's a very tempting couple right where I wait for a ride outside of Ofra.

Figs have to picked when they are just ready.

I had to climb down a bit to get to it, but there didn't seem to be a car coming. So I wouldn't miss a ride. A young guy waiting had gotten himself a few, too.

It was definitely worth the risk!

I love fresh figs! It's one of those treats I only discovered after making aliyah and living in Jerusalem. Decades ago when we lived in Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem, I remember buying some from an Arab woman who went house to house, building to building.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Playing with my new Canon IXUS 145

Last week I celebrated the birth of my latest grandchild by getting myself a new camera to replace my disintegrating dinosaur the Canon 620. After checking out a few options I found myself in Photo Schwartz right in the center of Jerusalem.

I had been there the night before and this time made the decision and bought a bright red Canon IXUS 145. And then the fun began.

I used it to take last week's 52frames "silhouette" shot.

Aren't the color details amazing? My dirty window in the background actually looks like art.

I discovered that unlike the Canon 620 it remembers instructions, such as cancelling the flash. If I turn the flash off it doesn't go back on automatically the next time I turn on my camera.

The 8x optical zoom is powerful.

My night shooting wasn't as successful.

I had to lighten the photo.

I'm still trying to adjust to being without a viewfinder and the tiny size and weight of the camera. But this is just the beginning. More to come.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Look at Re'eh Havel Havelim!

Esser Agaroth has done his usual great and professional job hosting Havel Havelim. Thank you!!!

Havel Havelim is the long-running weekly international Jewish blog carnival that floats from blog to blog. We coordinate on our facebook page.

I'll be hosting the next one, so please send me shilohmuse at gmail dot com links before Shabbat from wherever you are, thanks.

Thank you!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

B"H, We Get a Mazal Tov

Now since my son has facebooked the news about the new baby, it's time to post the news. And this is most probably the only time I'll be posting a picture of the baby's face, because the newborn look isn't very distinctly recognizable. She has already changed a lot since this picture was taken. I also edited the picture to make her look less clear. You see a gorgeous baby, but with a picture like this, she could be almost any nice-looking dark-haired baby.

But I know who she is and love her and her parents very much. And I thank G-d Almighty for this precious gift. May she live a long, wonderful and healthy life and bring joy to all who love her.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Do Stores Evolve or Metamorphose? Yes! Vintage Clothes

For years I've patronized a small friendly store in the Jerusalem's Bell Tower on King George Street. I've bought myself a few tops, birthday cards, calendars etc. There have even been times I left a heavy bag there while doing errands. The sign on the window says "Sweet Stop," but you're not going to find edible candy there.

It's now a Second Hand shop, Vintage Stop, with an amazing collection of clothes and accessories. Open daily, 9:30am-3pm. 02-625-9146 or 050-2052400.

And they still stock cards for all occasions.

PS please tell her I sent you!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Jewish Prayers as Pop Songs

Especially considering the obscene and inane lyrics many singers make popular, I really enjoy the fact that Jewish Prayers, yes, in Hebrew can also make it big.

Shabbat Shalom to All of You!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Great Salad Deal in Jerusalem

The one important menu item missing in the ns5, aka five shekel places is a simple, healthy raw salad. You can always get small sandwich, piece of cake, some coffee or even carrot juice, but no salad. A couple of weeks ago, when I really desperately needed to find a quick, easy inexpensive lunch in downtown Jerusalem before rushing to work, I walked into the Cafe Neeman, on the corner of Jaffa Street and King George.

For some people, it's the site of Sabarro and  that terrible terrorist attack with multiple fatalities. I remember it as the old Weill Shoe Store where I purchased many pairs of shoes, especially in the months the old man was closing the store.

Now it's a branch of that very large chain of what once was more a bakery, but now it's also a dairy restaurant. I saw that they had ready prepared salads in two sizes, large and small. Both were good prices. The large was less than ns30 and included a roll. I don't remember the exact price. And the smaller one was only ns10. I got the small one and figured if I was still hungry I'd pick up something at work from Rami Levy.

As small as it was, it was satisfying. Yes, I took the Tuna Salad. It also had a hard-boiled egg.

With a salad so small, there's no temptation to overeat. It was fresh and delicious. I presume, but didn't check, that you can get the same sort of salad in other branches of the chain.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jerusalem, Full of Surprises

I guess I'm not one of the "informed." I never quite know what I'll be finding when in Jerusalem. Last week as I was walking on the Ben-Yehuda Midrachov, the downtown pedestrian mall, I saw all sorts of stands, things on sale.

People seemed to be having a great time. Nobody cared that I took pictures, mostly because these were real businesses selling. There have been times when a more "junk-style" sales are on the "midrachov" end of Agrippas when I've been asked not to photograph.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Unwinding, Impossible, Downside of Night Shift

I'm tired today and have a very full day planned.

Last night I got back very late from work. We worked later than usual. I had more responsibilities than usual. At least I had a ride back to Ofra with a fellow-worker. And then two tremps later I was home. But it was late.

I can never just go to sleep when I get back home. I tried to unwind. I turned on the television and immediately there was something that bothered me. So I blogged it. And I checked the computer, emails etc. I figured that since I was up, I'd make today's lunch.

Even though I hadn't planned on working this morning, I will be working. That's why I made lunch. I had planned on an easier day, a leisurely time at the pool and then to Jerusalem to see my new granddaughter and her parents, maybe see a friend and then meet visiting relatives for dinner.

I ended up agreeing to work this morning because another worker has a family emergency/commitment. And I ended up discovering that the "closing procedure" at the end of the workday had sort of fallen on me. I'm not all that experienced at that responsibility.

I almost never fall asleep easily and quickly after night shift. Actually, I can't remember having a quick and easy sleep after night shift, so last night was no exception. My mind goes hyper, and I can't turn it off.

I hope to get myself functioning well enough to go to the pool for a few minutes, but I have a feeling I won't. I'm just too tired.

On with my day, G-d willing.