I'm very happy we finally have the AC/Heater. Better late than never. Life has sure changed, thank Gd.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
I'm very happy we finally have the AC/Heater. Better late than never. Life has sure changed, thank Gd.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
We're given a couple of week's notice as to what the theme/challenge will be, except for the first week of the year, when the tradition is a Self-Portrait. The first few years I'd freak out in hysterics about it. But this year I found myself with three very different shots to choose from. They were all taken in the Israel Museum. Here's the one I chose:
Yes, that's me. I took this photo of myself at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. It was just for practice but ended up the best compared to the rest.
I am an active retiree always looking to learn new things. Does it show?
Following are the two others:
What do you think? Did I choose well, or should I have sent in one of the others? And why?
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
I buy an inexpensive cut of beef from the freezer section of the supermarket. I'm fussier about the price than the name of the cut. First, after thawing, I soak it in water to rid it of whatever salts and blood I can get out of it. Actually I use the pot for this, since health/hygiene experts say it's important to keep raw meat/fish/poultry off of eating and food prep surfaces.
Beef, vegetable oil, onion, garlic, peppercorns, tomatoes or canned tomatoes preferably diced/chopped without added sugar or salt
- Cut up a large onion and some fresh garlic; store in a bowl on the side.
- Cut about a pound of tomatoes or get a can/jar of diced or crushed tomatoes without added sugar; store in a bowl on the side.
- Add a bit of oil in the cooking pot, (which should have a good cover)
- Turn on the heat and then add the beef.
- Keep turning the beef so the outside looks cooked.
- Add onions and garlic; continue turning for a few minutes.
- Then add the tomatoes and peppercorns, cover and lower the heat a bit.
- Let it cook for a couple of hours, checking periodically to make sure there's enough liquid. You may need to add some water.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Actually, it was because the large cover's handle had become shaky of late that I finally decided to retire them from use. This has been rather traumatic for me, since I cook in it almost daily nowadays. I've been a fan of stainless steel pots and pans "forever." Nowadays they are very hard to find, and if you do, the prices are outrageous. I'd still recommend them for people just starting out. They last a lot longer than most marriages. My kids will be able to divide my old pots up after I reach my 120. They are worth more than most of my jewelry.
I gave in and bought a specially treated aluminum pot with a glass cover. It doesn't claim to be covered with Teflon or silicon, materials I don't like at all. And I sent a note to the local email list that anyone who wants can take my old beloved dairy pan and cover from next to my front door. It's still usable, even as a dairy cake/pie dish, since the plastic handle is ancient history.
If I had found a good stainless steel replacement, I may have shelled out the money, but I didn't see any. I looked in a number of stores. So far I used the new pan and cover set once and for parve (neither meat nor dairy) cooking. I don't cook dairy for myself anymore. Yes, I'll, bli neder, blog about it, and I'll have to get used to different cooking temperatures.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
A couple of years ago when visiting the states I spotted this game, BOX OF BAD ADVICE and just had to buy it. Finally last night I gathered three good friends, and we played it.
We had great laughs together. Laughing is healthy. We didn't exactly follow the rules, but it worked for us. That's what's most important. We must do it again!
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
Suddenly I remembered the Cafe Neeman Bakery up on Pierre Koenig off of Emek Refaim. I wasn't sure what they'd have at that hour, since it's more a breakfast and lunch place.
When I entered I could smell freshly baked rolls and bread. Customers were coming in for bread and rolls to use the following morning.
I found a small selection of readymade sandwiches in long Israeli "sandwich rolls." I asked the price:
"NS18.50, but only NS15, because it's late."That seemed in my budget, and I was hungry. And the sandwiches looked fresh. Only when I got to where I was staying did I notice that I hadn't taken the one I wanted, but there was nothing I could do. I ate the chavita, fried egg, on white bread. It had sufficient, though not a lot of, salad. It was tasty and filling. Even the full price is reasonable, being under NS20.
Each of these Ne'eman Bakeries have different selections and prices, but all seem rather reasonable. Yes, I do recommend going there.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
You may know that I try to walk a lot even up the hill to my house, but there are times when I wait for a ride.
Walking is great, but schlepping isn't.
Yes, there was no way that I could have safely walked home with those heavy bags. So I waited for a ride. Within a minute a former student of mine came by. He actually needed to go in the opposite direction, but he wanted to help, and I didn't refuse the offer.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
I can understand why many of my neighbors still think I'm working their. I don't know where they are working either. But the other day when I was paying after my my biweekly shopping trip to Rami Levy, the cashier asked:
"Aren't you working today?"I guess I made quite an impression if I haven't been forgotten even by the supermarket staff. They and the customers were more appreciative of my work than the chain's bosses, who don't miss me at all.
"No, I haven't worked at Yafiz for over a year." I replied.
"Rally?" She seemed surprised.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Pomegranates are one of those foods I don't remember at all from the states. I developed my taste for them only in recent years. Early on here in Israel we'd just have one for the "Yehi ratzon*" prayer on the first night of Rosh Hashanah. That was the only time we ever bought and ate them.
This year, the pomegranates I bought for Rosh Hashanah tasted awful, which ruined my appetite for them. I didn't buy any after that. That is until yesterday. I saw some in Rami Levy which looked so good and felt "juicy," the way they should be. Since it isn't an inexpensive fruit I just bought one. I'm so sorry about that. It was totally delicious.
Maybe the ones we got for Rosh Hashanah had been in storage from the previous year... Now, I'm in the market to buy more pomegranates. I hope I find some worth buying.
*May it be Gd's will...
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||346 kJ (83 kcal)|
|Dietary fiber||4 g|
|Pantothenic acid (B5)|
|Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.|
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
Monday, January 8, 2018
And maybe I'm just stupid, but what is "ciabatta?" According to Professor Google, it's some sort of bread. Standard food has sure changed over the decades. But that's still no excuse for "TUNS ANDWICH" and "other practices."
What's your favorite menu typo?
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Last week visitors were here from abroad, and I wanted to show off the fantastic craft beer we now have here in Israel. In addition, I had hoped to blog a great review of the place and the beers. Since we were in Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda aka the shuq,I took them to Beer Bazaar, but it just didn't work out. I'm now in touch with the owners and hope to have a more pleasant visit in the future.
The beer mavin has been mentoring me about craft beer, and I'm a great fan of it.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
We stocked up on "yartzeit candles" that claimed 48 and 72 hours of light. I lit two in the kitchen where I work and two by the Shabbat candles. And when I lit the Shabbat ones, I lit a lot more than usual, so in case the electricity went out while we were eating, there'd be some light.
|This photo was taken after Shabbat before I put out the 48 hour candles|
Friday, January 5, 2018
But in recent years, weather forecasts are sometimes spookily accurate, like when the app forecasts snow beginning to fall at 10am, and it actually does. So now people go totally bonkers "preparing" for forecasted rain storms, blizzards etc. Yes, even me.
Yesterday afternoon I decided to take the recycling garbage to our little neighborhood recycling "center." I noticed a neighbor there:
"Are you also here now instead of tomorrow?" I asked her.
"Yes, if it's going to be stormy, I don't want to leave my house." She answered.
Usually, I get rid of all the boxes, bottles etc right before Shabbat, on Friday afternoon, but I had no desire to go out in the rainstorm if there really was going to be one. Nor did I want all the "junk" to stay in the house.
Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach,
May You have a Peaceful and Blessed Sabbath
Thursday, January 4, 2018
It really is a lovely building. We were in the small theater, where we've been before. The play was an Israeli original, Samson, based on the biblical/historical novel by Ze'ev Jabotinsky. Besides having just recently studied the Biblical story/text with my Al Haperek group, decades ago I read the Jabotinsky book and saw the movie. I had good memories of both.
We were sitting in the second row of the tiny theater, which was awfully overheated. One of the chief stage props was dust, and a couple of people in the audience had constant coughing fits. I was relieved that I hadn't joined them, but my throat hurt terribly throughout the play.
So, if you're curious about Jabotinsky's Samson and Delilah, I suggest googling for the movie on youtube.
The best thing about the evening was that we had gone out to dinner at Gingi Steakhouse in the Hadar Mall.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
I gave away my potato which, as you can see, still left me lots of delicious food to eat. Considering how much walking I had done throughout the morning and early afternoon, this simple salad was amazingly satisfying.
Cafe Mansfeld got the vegetables absolutely perfect, which isn't easy. The green beans were cooked exactly right and not overcooked. There's nothing I hate more than overcooked vegetables.
It's important to know that you can enter the restaurant without entering the museum. There's parking and lots of buses go there, too.
Besides salads, they serve soups, fish, sandwiches, coffee and the most irresistible cakes. You can reserve for groups and parties. Call 02-563-6280. 052-9709422 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Sad as I knew most of the people buried here. Their ends came much too soon.
The previous week's photo, Black and White Minimalism, also had people either liking or hating one of the elements.
|"Window Up High"|
Comments have been almost evenly split about that lamp. Some people love it, and others find it distracting. I couldn't have removed it, though I could have turned it off. I think it adds a good visual focus of white on all the grey and black. What do you think? And why?
Monday, January 1, 2018
I drank the lemon/mint. Is this living dangerously?
Sometimes you just have to do something different. And if it's trying one of these juices, why not?
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Davka, I had just bought a new stock of ground coffee to be made in the French Press. Of course, I could perk it in the percolator... But I decided on an experiment using coffee-making accessories I have sitting in the closet.
I decided to use the same principles as in the French Press, leaving the ground coffee to combine with boiling water and then filter it before it hits the mug. As you can see in the photos illustrating my morning coffee today, I used an old heat-resistant carafe/bowl/pot from a long dead and mourned electric coffeemaker. The filter was the simple, low-tech one I bought a few years ago in New York.
The only real change I'd make would be to add more ground coffee; I'm still experimenting with the actual coffee taste. I don't know how they roast/prepare the beans for commercial ground coffee in the states, but there's lots more flavor.
In conclusion, this is a reasonable solution to my morning coffee needs. And happily I had all of the equipment in the house. I do have a small, one cup French Press, too. But when do I ever drink just one small cup of coffee?
old parts new coffeetemporary replacementsmorning coffee "chai"#morningcoffeehaiku
Saturday, December 30, 2017
May there be good news, good health and many joyful events and news...