Here’s the dilemma. You want to invite friends for dinner but can’t muster the energy to make those delicate hors d’oeuvres, pretty lemon swirl cocktails and the three course meal. The pressure to be a perfect host stops you from hosting at all.
That’s how I feel right now. It doesn’t make it easier that I have friends who serve soup in elegant tureens kept warmed by gently glowing candles. They have flowers on the table and the tablecloth is embroidered. My kitchen looks more like a greasy spoon since my boys started eating like sumo wrestlers. Their appetites are enormous and I’m constantly bombarded with the question “I’m starving, what’s there to eat?”
By the time the weekend rolls around, I’m a bit overwhelmed. I want to be in the kitchen but without the sound of perpetually grumbling stomachs in the background (feed me, Seymour!). Have you ever felt like that?
So I’ve been cooking- Bolognese sauce, salads, mallow stuffed with rice and herbs, albondigas, carbonade flamande, dauphinoise, tehina salad- but just haven’t had time to post about it. Last Friday morning while the kids were in school I finally had a chance to breath. This is what I made.
Toast topped with labneh and flowers
Its spring in Israel and everything is humming, buzzing, chirping and blooming. The transformation from parched to alive is sudden and extravagant. A whimsical way to celebrate the season is incorporating the multitude of flowers in this simple sandwich.
labneh or cream cheese
Feta cheese, crumbled
Fresh herbs such as parsley, fennel, green onions and oregano
Orange and lemon zest
Flowers- begonia, chrysanthemum, wood sorrel, roses, almond, orange, jasmine, pansies, mustard flowers, violets are all edible. Here is a more comprehensive list:
Spread a thick layer of labneh on the toast, sprinkle with feta cheese and decorate with herbs, zest and flowers. Remember not all flowers are edible. Enjoy your edible art.
Social Entrepreneur Tour of Israel:
Kinetis, an organization promoting the creative energy of Israel will be hosting four talented social entrepreneurs this week: Matthew Alberto, Tristan Pollock, Peter Nguyen and Alex Delaney of Pioneers Post. Their tour will focus on social ventures in Israel, whether nonprofit organizations or hi-tech businesses, that have found ingenious ways to contribute to society, both in Israel and abroad. As in other parts of the world, the impetus behind social endeavors are the volunteers who share their time, expertise, money and heart to create a positive change.
If you would like to learn more about this sector in Israel please follow the trip through their facebook page, the Vibe Israel blog or through twitter and instagram. I am honored to be contributing to the twitter platform for this project and will be giving daily updates on their tour, plus information and links pertaining to social entrepreneurship. I would love to hear about social entrepreneurs in your area of the world and the organizations that they run.
If you like, you can also follow the social entrepreneurs on twitter:
@pioneerspost (this is the twitter account of the website)