Caramelized oranges covered with chocolate

December 16, 2016

I know you’re busy. I’m busy, too. That’s why I won’t be describing autumn in Mallorca, or explaining what is so damn good about the combination of chocolate and oranges. This week is about to end, and we still haven’t found a new home (don’t ask, I’ll tell you after the holidays) and we have to get prepared for our road trip through Europe next week.  Continue Reading…


Finca Son Mico, Sóller, Mallorca

November 11, 2016

Imagine you’re doing a hike when, all of a sudden, in the middle of nowhere, you see a sign:

Tartes, Quiches, Zumo, Cafe

I don’t know about you but I would be thrilled and grateful. I am in nature, surrounded by a magnificent landscape, breathing clean air, and on top of that I get to eat homemade cakes and freshly squeezed orange juice. I guess Lena was right; Heaven is a place on earth. Continue Reading…


cauliflower & herb salad

October 14, 2016

Cauliflower is such a boring veggie, right? It is – unless you roast it like this, or chop it finely and make a beautiful, rich salad, like this one. I promise, after you try these recipes, you’ll start cooking it more often. You can ask my friend Carin. She never cooked cauliflower until she had it at my house two weeks ago.

The secret is to prepare it with ingredients that have stronger flavors. For example, if you roast it use smoked paprika or curry powder (mixed with oil). If you eat it raw, make sure to cut the florets finely, so they absorb the other flavors.

Before you chop the cauliflower, wash it and dry it with a clean kitchen towel. You can slice the florets finely with a sharp knife or with a Japanese mandoline.

And don’t throw away the stalky part. You can chop it fine, then roast it as I mentioned above, or keep it whole, coat it with tahini butter and roast it in a 200°C or 400°F preheated oven. Continue Reading…


New-York Style Bagels

October 9, 2016

Just so you know: You do not need New York water to make New York-style bagels. It’s a myth. Any tap water will do. Bagels are not a New York invention. They were made by European Jewish immigrants long before they arrived in New York.

And you don’t have to be an experienced baker or to spend a whole day in the kitchen in order to make proper crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside bagels. The process is pretty much the same as making bread, but it requires one extra step: boiling them in water before baking them. This procedure is what gives them their fluffy, chewy texture. Continue Reading…


The highlights of our road trip through Tuscany

September 19, 2016

After my mother confirmed that she was coming to visit in July, I immediately started to look online for cheap tickets for me and Ze’ev to travel somewhere in Europe. (Google Flights and Skyscanner are good places to look.) It’s been a while since Z and I had a child-free getaway. I knew I wanted to go to Italy but wasn’t sure where in Italy. I found a round trip ticket from Palma to Bologna for €60 with RyanAir so I booked it. I knew very little about Bologna, but I assumed that a university town that hosts the world’s largest children book fair must be a place with good vibe and great food. I was thinking Rome but I had heard from a bunch of people that Rome in the summer is too hot and too crowded. Continue Reading…


Beet soup with vegetable dumplings

June 3, 2016

A shower thought:

If there’s a Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, a Herring Festival in Denmark, a Pizzafest in Naples, and a Dumpling Festival in Hong Kong, then there should definitely be a Kubbeh Festival in Jerusalem. (I even have a name for it: “Kubbebah,” which is what Jerusalemites call the fried kubbeh dumpling.) It would be a gastronomical experience for locals and tourists. All the foodies I know would love to spend an autumn evening in Jerusalem, walking around the city and trying different variations of kubbeh and kubbeh soups. (There are many kinds  in Israel, including Kurdish, Iraqi, and Turkish). These Middle Eastern dumplings need to be introduced to the rest of the world.

I wonder if Nir Barak, the mayor of Jerusalem, and Yotam Ottolenghi, the informal representative of Jerusalem cuisine, would love my idea as much as I do. Continue Reading…

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Florence, Italy

April 27, 2016

While browsing my pictures folder, I bumped into the photos from our trip to Florence last summer, which I had completely forgotten about. Although we were there for only a couple of days, we managed to see a lot, eat (mostly) Italian pastries and gelatos, and take quite a lot of pictures.

People who know me know that I am a serial city lover. I fall in love with any city that has a bit of culture and plenty of good things to eat. So, of course, I fell in love with Florence on my first visit – anybody would – but the difference between me and most people is that I immediately want to move in and spend the rest of my life there. If Z hadn’t insisted on sticking with the plan to move to Mallorca, I would probably have started to look for an apartment in Florence. Continue Reading…


potato salad with herbs

March 10, 2016

I love potatoes and anything that is made with potatoes, from Russian potato salad to tortilla Española to Belgian pommes frites to campfire potatoes. Now that we have a fireplace – the second best thing you can have in the winter, a clothes dryer is first! – we roast them quite often.

Potatoes may not be as sophisticated as artichokes but they comfort like the 100% down comforter we bought last week at Ikea. Oh, by the way: We moved again! (in Mallorca!) We moved from our apartment in the old town of Palma to a cute Mallorquine townhouse in a beautiful village in the mountains (Serra De Tramountana), only twenty minutes away from Palma and ten degrees colder. Continue Reading…


sweet potato and butternut squash spread

February 3, 2016
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When baking sweet potatoes, the high heat causes their moisture to evaporate, and leaves their skin caramelized like candy – which is delicious – but overly sweet for me, so I like to mix them with spicy, sour or nutty flavors to reduce the sweetness.  Continue Reading…


Root Hummus

January 4, 2016

I had started to write this post in the summer, while we where visiting Israel, but never finished it for the same reasons I haven’t been able to start or finish any posts since leaving Los Angeles back in June:

  1. lack of time
  2. lack of motivation
  3. lack of concentration.

Today I decided it would be a shame not to post it, because it’s the kind of recipe anyone who is looking to expand their vegetable repertoire should know about. Continue Reading…


happy new year from mallorca

January 1, 2016
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Hola everyone,

I thought that by the New Year we would be settled down but unfortunately we are not. The apartment we found and rented (through two months ago in the old town in Palma was only gorgeous at first sight. Two weeks after we moved in we saw it for what it was. A serious pluming problem and a domineering landlord who lives next door and breathes down our necks. 

As much as we love the area and the idea of settling down quickly, we decided to look for a new place. Which now consumes most of our time. I had great intentions to post on a weekly basis, but until we find a new home, I don’t see how I can make it happen.  

For now I am sharing with you some vibrant pictures I took one Sunday at the market in Santa Maria, which is my favorite outdoor market here in Mallorca. 

Enjoy the rest of the week and the holiday break. If you had any.

I wish you an extraordinary year! May all your New Year resolutions come true.


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shelly’s humble kitchen is in Mallorca now

October 15, 2015

Research has shown that moving is more stressful than getting a divorce or a new job. So why the f*** do I do it, on average, every three years? Because I always forget how painful it is. For me moving is like giving birth: I only remember the beautiful, exciting moments. If, each time we moved, we had made a child instead, we’d have twelve kids by now. But also because I’m addicted to the feeling of being enchanted by a new place, a new culture, new foods and produce, a new language, or just by having an opportunity to reinvent myself. Maybe to become a little less “Shoody” – a nickname a good friend of mine gave me, it’s a combination of “Shelly” and “Woody” (as in Woody Allen) and “should.” Continue Reading…


Black bean kibbeh

May 19, 2015

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Honestly, I don’t know what to call this dish. I think Kibbeh is the most appropriate name for it other then experimenting with black beans – I had about two cups of cooked black beans that I mixed with onion, herb and spices that I wanted to make veggie burger with but couldn’t because I over-processed the beans and added a large egg, which made the mixture too mushy to form patties.     Continue Reading…


Veggie burgers with melted tahini

April 30, 2015

042315_0817 copyThe first time I had a burger was in the beginning of nineties in Israel. I was 16 or so, soon after I moved in with my twin friends, whose their New Yorker dad/excellent cook made them one day for lunch. The first time I had a veggie burger was in 2000 at a restaurant in New York. I don’t remember in which restaurant but I remember it was disgusting. Ten years later I decided to give it another try in Los Angeles at a burger joint called The Counter and this time I wasn’t disappointed.  Continue Reading…


avocado sandwich

April 22, 2015

This morning I came back from Larchmont Farmers’ Market starving. I dug out an avocado, watermelon radish and microgreens from my shopping bags and in less then five minutes made myself this beautiful sandwich. Happy Sunday 🙂 Continue Reading…


Pesto with kale and pumpkin seeds

April 18, 2015

Alex: Mommy, if Anthony Bourdain came over to dinner at our house, do you think he would like your food?

Me: I think he would, but he might need to go eat some pork belly or lobster fat afterwards.

I actually have a few things I wanted to say to Mr. Bourdain: Continue Reading…


tom kha gai soup (thai coconut soup)

April 13, 2015
Since we moved here five years ago and rediscovered Vietnamese, we have been neglecting Thai cuisine. The truth is that it wasn’t only the Vietnamese fault. As much as I love Thai food, most Thai food is cooked with a lot of sugar, which is unhealthy for most people but for me especially (My body, for some reason called stress, is the optimal greenhouse for fungus).

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Radish and carrot salad

April 6, 2015
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I came across this brilliant recipe while I was flipping through a beautiful cookbook. Unfortunately I didn’t remember the title of the book so I couldn’t buy it after I made this salad. The reason I made this salad was to do something with a bunch of radishes and carrots that I bought a few days ago and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them.  Continue Reading…


hand-crafted chocolate bars

March 23, 2015

I think my purpose in life is to make chocolate bars. I would love to make honest good dark chocolate bars for living. Just like those crafty bars Dick Taylor or Dandelion make. I’m salivating just thinking about pure, rich, slightly bitter and mildly sweet chocolate. I prefer chocolate that is made with two or three ingredients, cocoa and sugar and without emulsifiers or artificial flavors. A high quality dark chocolate could easily convert you from being a milk-chocolate person to a dark-chocolate person.  Continue Reading…


French lentil and mushroom soup

March 20, 2015
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Who the hell makes a lentil soup when it’s eighty-something degrees out?……………… I do

For some very odd reason my was craving something warm and earthy . Luckily or lucky them, the weather in Los Angeles in the evenings gets cooler, so my guests were happy with it. Non of them thought that my culinary choices are weird. 

I adapted this recipe from Green Kitchen Stories, a great vegetarian food blog. Their recipe call for Chanterelle mushrooms but (a) I didn’t have any and (b) the price here for one pound chanterelles is  $42. Never mind, let’s make it with crimini mushrooms and see what happens.  Continue Reading…

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