Breads/Pastries

Saj bread stuffed with nettle and feta cheese

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The first rain has fallen.  When it arrives, it’s remarkable enough that I stop whatever I’m doing and gaze outside in awe while my boys run past me to stand beneath the sky. It’s an Israeli version of Ray Bradbury’s story, All Summer in a Day, when the sun appears briefly across the Venus sky […]

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Jachnoon- a recipe you can skip if Pnina lives down the block

Thumbnail image for Jachnoon- a recipe you can skip if Pnina lives down the block December 4, 2012

“You won’t guess who lives down the street from us!” my son exclaimed as he burst into the house, backpack dropped to the floor, shoes abandoned at the entrance. He didn’t wait for my response. “Pnina!” he answered. “Pnina?” my mind resonated with nothing “Who’s Pnina?” “Pnina! The jachnoon Pnina! right down the block”. Of […]

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Decadent cheese crescents, third time perfect

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I don’t know if I mentioned, but someone plowed into our car last week. We had just finished a 26 km hike on the Israel Trail and were on our way home. About two seconds after the light turned green a car hit us from behind, flinging our heads backwards and bashing in the frame. […]

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Wild fennel, a taste of yellow

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A cool breeze on a warm day, a smile from a stranger, the hiccuping laugher of a baby. Too many times it passes unnoticed. There are bills to pay, milestones to reach, personal struggles to overcome and a lifetime of responsibilities. It’s hard to step aside as everyone else seems to be gaining momentum and […]

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Za’atar focaccia and my garden project #BreakingBread

Thumbnail image for Za’atar focaccia and my garden project #BreakingBread May 27, 2012

After three years of neglect our garden is finally starting to take shape. With an ongoing drought, maintaining out lawn seemed like an outrageous excess and we slowly let it die away. Aside from incompatible weather, our dog destroyed the drip irrigation system, ripped out plants and gleefully dug holes in every corner. Last winter […]

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