Apricot and chocolate rugelach

February 12, 2018

The best thing about them is that they are low in sugar and easy to make. The worst thing is that you can’t stop eating them. If you love your cookies very sweet then you should add 1-2 tablespoons powdered sugar to the dough. We love the contrast between the slightly salty dough and the sweet filling. It’s like a toast with butter and jam but moist and flaky.

Apricot and Chocolate Rugelach
  1. For the Dough
  2. 2.5 cups (250g) spelt or all-purpose flour (plus for dusting the dough)
  3. Pinch of salt
  4. ½ cup + 1 tablespoon (125g) cold unsalted butter, diced
  5. ½ cup greek yogurt (125g/4.4oz )
  6. For the Filling
  7. ¼ cup any jam you fancy
  8. ¼ cup walnuts, chopped roughly
  9. ¼ cup chocolate spread or melted chocolate
  10. (You can mix the chocolate with the jam)
  1. Put the flour, butter and salt in a food processor fitted with a plastic blade. Pulse a few times to combine.
  2. Add the the yogurt and pulse until a dough form. The dough should feel moist and soft (but not sticky). Gather and knead it into a chunk. Divide the dough into two equal portions and flatten into thick discs. Wrap each disc in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 175C/350F degrees and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  4. Remove one disc of dough from the refrigerator, unwrap it and place it on a lightly floured work surface or baking paper. Dust the top of the dough lightly with flour, then roll it with a rolling pin into a 25cm/10” circle, about an 3mm/ ⅛ inch thick. If the dough is sticky, sprinkle more flour.
  5. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the dough into twelve equal wedges. Spread the filling over the dough and sprinkle the nuts. Roll each wedge up, beginning with the wide end and ending with the point. Place the cookies point-side down, about 2.5cm/1inch apart, on the prepared baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden and the bottoms are golden.
  7. Let the rugelach cool on a wire rack.
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Caramelized oranges covered with chocolate

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cauliflower & herb salad

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After my mother confirmed that she was coming to visit in July, I immediately started to search for cheap airfare somewhere in Europe (I normally use Google Flights or Skyscanner). It’s been a while since Z and I travelled without our boys. I knew I wanted to fly to Italy but wasn’t sure where in Italy. I found a round trip ticket from Palma to Bologna for €60 so I booked it. I didn’t know much about Bologna, beside that it’s a university town and that it hosts a large children book fair. I had a feeling it would have good vibe and good food. I thought about Rome but I heard that the summer there it’s too hot and too crowded. Continue Reading…


Beet soup with vegetable dumplings

June 3, 2016

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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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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…


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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…


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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…


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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.


Shelly Continue Reading…


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We’re moving!

Again? Where to?

I can’t tell you yet. 

You’ll have to wait for my next post.

But I’ll give you a hint…

It’s a small island in Spain.

But before we settle down, we will do some traveling, so stay tuned. Continue Reading…


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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. It was when we moved to Los Angeles, at a burger joint, The Counter. That time I wasn’t disappointed.  Continue Reading…


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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.

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