Another Year, Bigger Appetites

by Sarah on January 2, 2011

palmach beach winter israel

New Year's day walk on the beach at Palmachim

I will always remember 2010 as the year I became overwhelmed with cooking. It feels like I am running a little boutique hotel, except the guests are totally out of control. They practice judo in the middle of the living room and let the mud coated dog into the house. Who taught them such manners?

And while I was sleeping they have quadrupled their appetites, eating as much as full grown lumberjacks. No, no I can’t complain but sometimes I do want to spend my afternoons at a quiet café where somebody else does the dishes.  Somebody else? That was me the summer I worked as a dishwasher at a wedding hall, with 12 hour night shifts and backbreaking work. We were invisible, just menial laborers doing leftover jobs. I didn’t last long there but will always remember the people I worked with, the ones who truly deserve respect.

So 2011 is a good year to teach my boys a bit about real life. After all there is no better way to learn about hard work than actually doing it.

2010 wasn’t only about household chores, although there was plenty of that. It was also a time that I connected to some wonderful people over the internet, some of whom I listed on my favorite food blogs and cookbook list. I also would like to thank guest bloggers who took the time to write for this blog:

Yael Segal Ruder wrote a few articles on Gluten Free Dining in Israel for those looking for the alternative to pita sandwiches. Yael writes the blog Hope it Will Rain, about her adventures in Israel and abroad.

On the flip side Roni Hefetz wrote about his search for the best pizza recipe and finding it in Napoli (of all places). It is a great comprehensive guide for making a wonderful pizza.

One of the most beautiful posts of this blog, Cape Verde, Islands at the Edge of the World was contributed by Johnny Prais. I would love if he contributed more guest posts like this but he started his own blog called The Halachic Traveler, a site full of practical information, tips and stories for the Jewish wanderer.

And now for a few updates and summaries of this year.

  • This year I contributed to Expat Harem, a multi-author blog managed by Anastasia Ashman, which explores cross cultural experiences. I wrote two articles for the website; Dress Like a Local and No Ethnic Joke. I also contributed a post about how to stuff grape leaves on Nisrine’s Moroccan food blog, Dinners and Dreams. I was also interviewed by Hannah Katsman on her Cooking Manager blog.
  • I have joined a group of Israeli food bloggers who regularly write food and restaurant reviews as well as participate in food related workshops and tours. These events are usually fully paid for by the restaurant or company in return for writing a blog article. This is an effective and inexpensive way for these businesses to advertise and a great way for bloggers to network. I started a new blog called Views and Reviews for such write-ups and have disclosed when I am being hosted or given free samples.
  • I created a facebook page for this blog for those interested in updates via this format (please “like”). It is also possible to subscribe via RSS or receive email updates (see sidebar).
  • I joined Blogher Advertising Network.
  • This year I took a food photography workshop with Daniel Lailah. I learned plenty of tips on both photography and food styling but because of lack of time I can’t always implement them. Which is good, actually, otherwise I would be arranging parsley sprigs all day just for the artistic variation. I have two new lenses, a Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens and my birthday present, Nikkor telephoto zoom lens for Nikon (Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6)

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2011

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie January 2, 2011 at 1:36 am

Wow! Your busy year makes mine look boring in comparison! Congratulations on all the exciting challenges that you have met all the while cooking for lumberjacks at home! I am glad that I’ve met you, gotten to know you and look forward to more friendship and connection in 2011! Wishing you all the best for the new year!


Sarah January 2, 2011 at 2:52 am

Thanks Jamie, sometimes I feel like I am treading water but I know I am lucky, doing the things I most enjoy in the company of my favorite people (on the web and off )


Yael January 2, 2011 at 4:02 am

Happy New Year Dear! Hope this year will be wonderful and filled with lovely new experiences. Only health and joy to you all and lots of good food!


Sarah January 2, 2011 at 4:13 am

thank you my most loyal commenter, Good luck on your new job and happy new year!


Cherine January 2, 2011 at 5:52 am

Happy New year!


Hannah @Cooking Manager January 2, 2011 at 9:00 am

Wow, Sarah, I remember that feeling well. It seems much greater with boys. You’ve had a productive year. Happy 2010!


Esther Cohen January 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Mazol tov Sarah! You have really built up your brand and blog which is wonderful. I love reading your recipes and thoughts about food. Keep up the good work! Drink any good wine lately?
Happy New Year!


Sarah January 2, 2011 at 11:31 pm

thanks Esther, I have been drinking alot more wine but don’t always remember what kind. I do enjoy wine from the Golan and Barkan winery but want to try the Agur and Somek wine that you recommended.


turkey's for life January 3, 2011 at 2:33 am

Wow, that was one busy year Sarah! Hope this year is going to as good for you. I’m a reader of Dinners and Dreams too. Didn’t realise you’d contributed. I wonder if she found us through you? Small world this virtual world! :)
Happy New Year!


Emily January 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I LOVE this post, especially the first paragraph. As a fellow mom of sons, I can totally relate! Sometimes I make something and before I even get to the table, they have eaten all of it and are asking what’s next.

Happy New Year Sarah!


Sarah January 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm

thanks Emily, its wonderful to be a mom of boys but oh, what appetites!


OysterCulture January 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Happy New Year – Cripes you sound incredibly busy, I just don’t know how you do it, but please whatever you are doing keep it up as I just love stopping by and learning something new.


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