almond pear cake

Is it normal to be organized but messy?

Fearful of failure but courages to start all over again?

Love all foods but be fussy?

Terrified of cockroaches but totally okay with spiders?

Hate to fly but love to travel?

Skeptical but trust most humans?

Eat cakes and leave them whole?

Continue Reading…

coconut pumpkin soup

When I was a kid, the only type of pumpkin (Dla’at in Hebrew, not as fun to say as pumpkin or pumpking as Alex used to call them when he was a toddler) we had in the not-so-holy-land was those big Halloween-decoration pumpkins. We also didn’t have winter squashes, which I find more dense and flavorful than pumpkins. I roast the squash before I add it to the soup because the dry heat caramelizes and makes it more delicious. If for some reason you can’t roast it, dice and add it to the pot with the rest of the veggies, It would still be good. 

Fish sauce alternatives: so I googled plant-based fish sauce – so oxymoron – and discovered Fysh, a fish sauce made from algae so I ordered a bottle. Algae I’m counting on you. Until the next soup xxx

Continue Reading…

chocolate & peanut butter cake

Up until a month ago I didn’t like the flavor of sweet peanut butter, such as in PB&J and Reese’s. It took me almost a decade to like peanut butter in general and another decade to like it sweetened. It’s definitely something to do with growing up in Israel. When I was a kid and teenager there was no peanut butter. It arrived, I think, in the nineties. It’s weird though that we didn’t have it because our national snack, Bamba, is made with peanut butter. Continue Reading…

roasted ratatouille

It’s funny that I know how to make ratatouille but didn’t know how to spell ratatuille… it took me five attempts to spell it right RATATOUILLE 😁
I need to explain, to the French of us, that for me, any time eggplants, peppers and tomatoes are cooked together they are ratatouille (💯 for spelling). Other wise I have to call it roasted eggplants, tomatoes, peppers… too long and less captivating. Continue Reading…

dark chocolate & tahini truffles

They have an addictive flavor and fun to make, which can be challenging when you try to avoid sugar completely. 

They’re all the diets friendly (Keto, vegan, Paleo…). Too friendly 🙂 if you can limit yourself to 2 maximum 3 a day, then yes they are Keto friendly. 

If you’re not a big tahini fan – I can’t relate to you – or doesn’t have any, use any nut butter you like instead, and add with your own flavors. If you like chili then add chili, if you like whisky then add whisky… Continue Reading…

Seattle fog – earl gray latte

The first time I had an earl gray latte was in Seattle. It was in a place called Mr. West Cafe Bar. They also had the most delicious almond butter and Jam toast. It was one of the best toasts I had in my life (And I’m the biggest bread snob in the world). I normally don’t drink caffeine – it doesn’t help with my HD, Hyperactivity Disorder (did you think I have High Definition problems? 😉 – but sometimes I have to. Especially when the beverage is called Seattle Fog.
Small dosage here and there on a full stomach and no stress is okay. When I am stressed out, forget it.
My heart starts to race, which makes me all panicky. I start biting myself for being weak and I swear to god that that would be the last time I put this poison in my body. But then I go on vacations and forget about all my rules and promises. But then it’s fine because I’m very relaxed and happy.  If you’re weak like me, make your latte weak. But make it. It’s good xxs

Continue Reading…

Maqluba (upside-down rice)

Years ago, when the boys were little, I chatted with a beduin mom in the playground in Yerucham, the small town in the dessert of Israel where I grew up.
Since I love to talk about food, I asked her if she cooks. She said she did, everyday. So I asked her what is their typical dish, that one dish she cooks all the time and everyone in her family loves. She said chicken maqluba. I don’t leave playgrounds without recipes, she was happy to share the recipe and I was happy to know what I was going to make for dinner.
Continue Reading…

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

I was craving cookies but run out of coconut sugar or maple syrup so I decide to use molasses to make my basic cookies recipe.
Molasses has a strong, burnt flavor but with pumpkin spice it somehow disappear. I grounded oats to make oat flour and mixed it with just a little bit buckwheat flour because of its strong earthy flavor that I like, but in savory baked goods can be over powering.

Continue Reading…

green hummus & tomato salad

The plan was to make baked falafel with the little I had in the fridge and pantry but
I added the poor jarred chickpeas into the food processor with the rest of the ingredients and they got hummused.
So if you ever plan to make baked falafel use a fork and mush them gently.
No regrets though, hummus is always a good thing, especially when it’s green. Continue Reading…

japchae

I love Korean food and Korean in generals. I always say that Koreans are the Mizrachi Jews (the Sapharadic Jews) of Asia. Jap-che, I love saying it with Korean accent. I have a good Korean accent because I have a Korean friend that has a thick accent so thick that when she says zoo it sounds like jew. She is sweet and kind but shamefully doesn’t know how to cook. I always fantasize of having a Korean or Chinese balabusta friend that will share with me her recipes and tell me how her mom used to make it. For now I have uncle google. 

So FYI the meaning of the word Japchae is in Korean is “mixed vegetables”. It’s a noodle dish that is made with vegetables and sweet potato starch noodles that are chewy and a bit slimy but in a good comforting way. 

Continue Reading…