About the Recipes

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Most of the recipes in this blog are intended for a family of four, two adults and two kids, unless I mention otherwise in the recipe.

I don’t believe in “kids’ food.” I hate kids’ menus – most of them offer disgusting food for kids just because they are kids! My kids eat most of the food my husband and I eat.

I own at least fifty cookbooks, yet I rarely follow recipes precisely. Most of the time I leaf through a book just to get some inspiration, then I usually make my own version with the ingredients I have at hand. Feel free to do the same with my recipes – make them your own!

I think how you serve the food is nearly as important as what and how you cook, especially when feeding kids. I let my kids eat on the same china as the adults since the day they were able to sit on a booster and join us at the table. Normally we eat on a large white plate made by ikea, nothing fancy. I never liked the idea – especially with hot food – of eating on plastic plates. The food looks distasteful on plastic. It looks appetizing on big white plates, bistro style. My kids eat better when their plate looks neat and with small portions (the same portion of food looks different on different sized plates.)

Most of the food I cook is dairy-free because of my dreadful dairy intolerance. Of course, butter makes food delicious, but I learned to live without it.

I am not a big fan of white vinegar, maybe because of my Moroccan background. Growing up, nobody in my family used vinegar in their cooking. Every now and then I will use a few drops of aged organic balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar. For most of my salads I use lemon for the dressing.

It’s not a secret, herbs and spices make food taste good. I like to have at least three kinds of herbs in my fridge – usually it’s mint, cilantro and basil.

I love cooking with fresh local produce. It makes a huge difference, particularly when I cook simple meals.

The most important thing is to cook with love to the people you love, even when you participate in the rat race.

As a graphic designer, I love and appreciate beautiful and well designed things, however, I don’t have the time or desire to style my food, especially when the kids are hungry, or there are million of things I need to take care of. Sometimes when I look at other blogs or some cookbooks, I get turned off  by overly-styled food. My intention is to show you how the food should look “in real life” – not to make it beautiful for a photo shoot!

All the photographs in the blog were taken by me or by my dear husband.

I hope you enjoy and celebrate every meal like we try to… xxxs

7 Comments

  • Reply Judy November 13, 2012 at 13:39

    Beautiful and inspiering. Toda!

    • Reply Shelly November 13, 2012 at 17:48

      Toda!!

    • Reply Shelly November 14, 2012 at 08:51

      תודה!!!

  • Reply טליה November 24, 2012 at 10:20

    מתחברת מאוד לגישה השפויה שלך לגבי האכלת ילדים. יש לי שניים קטנים (אחד עוד בלי שיניים…), אני מאוד אוהבת לבשל ומקווה שאצליח להנחיל להם אהבה לאוכל מגוון, טעים, בריא, צבעוני, יצירתי…
    עוד לא הכנתי מתכונים שלך אבל בהחלט אקח השראה
    תודה!

    • Reply Shelly November 24, 2012 at 21:59

      תודה!

  • Reply חיה April 26, 2015 at 14:35

    האתר מקסים הן הצילומים והן האיורים.
    הטאגין הצמחוני הולך להיות ראשון ההתנסויות
    שאלה לי- האם את מצלמת במצלמה צילום רגיל או בוחרת איזה מצב מיוחד?
    והאם התאורה היא תאורה טבעית

    • Reply Shelly April 26, 2015 at 19:16

      Haia, thank you!! I’m sorry, I have to write in English because my keyboard doesn’t have hebrew letters (I’m too lazy to put the stickers on). I use Canon EOS Rebel T3. I use the original lense that came with the camera but also a 50mm lense, which gives a nice depth of field. I take the pictures during the day with a natural sunlight, though not a direct sunlight. I take most of the pictures on our white dining table. Let me know if there’s anything else you want to know. Shuv toda!

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