Sunday, April 17, 2011

beit loya spring 2011 #1

"The Beit Lehi Foundation was organized to support the excavation of the Beit Lehi archaeological site, located 22 miles south of Jerusalem,  for the benefit of the general public and to advance the understanding and awareness of the general public of ancient religious history associated with this site through scientific research and education.  Additional objectives include protection and preservation of the archaeological site, education for visitors and to facilitate the opportunity for families and young people to work at the excavation site under the guidance of a qualified archaeologist and his staff."
as i told you i was voluntering at the beit loya excavation for two days.
we will continue digging after passover/pessach.
to see my post of last years fall excavation click here.
 the beit lehi foundation also has a website
here some impressions...

this time we were digging around an oil press...
...and in some new areas (this was one of the most beautiful findings)
we were digging next to the chapel with this amazing mosaic. 
if you look at my last years post everything was yellow and brown. it was really refreshing to see everything in a bright green =)
this was our camp where we ate, rested and spend the night...
there where many animals around...
like hairy caterpillars...
and some scorpions hiding in the corners and dark places.
when we started weeding the place (it was covered with bushes) we unfortunately found this nest with baby birds...
we hope their mother wil find them, we put them in a tree nearby.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

making bread and digging up old stuff

i made some bread yesterday. the recipe is based on the one i learned in romania but i did not let it rest for that long and i used a lot of dark flour and oat flakes. for the original recipe click here but keep in mind that you can change it as you like =)

i will be on an excavation (beit loya) and on pesach holiday with r.'s family the next days/weeks and without my computer... i will try some posting but i can't promise.

i wish all the best and have some wonderful days =)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

guerrilla gardening!

what is guerrilla gardening? you basically make your town/city more beautiful by planting flowers in ugly corners and abandoned places. 

here an exemple:
luc lives in montreal, canada and has been cultivating a guerrilla pavement garden for many years now (on the corner sherbrook east and hogan).
2002 it looked like this...
 ...and now, every year, it blooms in a different way. sometimes very colourful sometimes less. to see his progresses since 2002 have a look at his flickr album "guerrilla gardening à la montréalaise".

 another example was the rosa rose neighborhood garden in berlin, but unfortunately the german officials
destroyed it in 2008. 
 have a look at their project anyway, they are still active.

on the 1. may it is the international sunflower guerrilla gardening day which means: take some sunflower seeds and plant them somewhere in your city! go with some friends, total strangers or alone, but do it! for more information about all this check the guerrilla gardening homepage or join the facebook event.

however, when i walked through netanya yesterday i found the perfect spot for my own guerrilla garden =)
if anyone wants to join just let me know. this place is very close to the central bus station in netanya, so even people who are not living here coul find it easily.
our own garden i getting better and better...
...and some of the flowers that we planted are starting to bloom and look more healthy (not much to report yet lauren).

here i planted some seeds. 
i really hope they will grow...i am not quiet sure that it will work. 
have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

italian olive oil bread (no-knead schacciata/pizza bianca)

i got this recipe from xo breakfast (thanks mum).
the original recipe comes from  jim laheys book: my bread
 My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method 
it looked so delicious and yet simple (we still don't have everything here so i am trying to work with what i have =)) that i had to try it

so, what you nee is:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant dry yeast (use less if you use fresh yeast!)
  • 3 tablespoons (extra-virgin) olive oil
  •  fresh rosemary
    1. the night before you mix the flour, 1/2 tsp salt, sugar and yeast together and slowly add the water. then mix until you get a wet ball of dough that (preferably) does not stick to the bowl any more. rub a bowl with olive oil and place the dough inside. cover with plastic wrap and leave it over night (at room temperature).  
    2. next morning you cover a board with flour and scrape the dough out of the bowl. part it into two and gently form balls from it. 
    slightly cover them with olive oil and salt and let them rest for another hour

    3. about ten minutes before the hour is up, place a cast iron skillet/pizza stone/a (metal) baking dish/iron pot...  in the oven (230°C/450°F). 
     4. use your fingertipps to make the dough the size you need it, remove whatever you put in the oven and gently slide the dough into it. spread a bit of olive oil, salt and the rosmary on it 
    and bake it until it is golden/brownish (about 15-20 min)

    5. place the bread on a board and let it cool down before you slice it.

    Monday, April 11, 2011

    tchina cookies again =)

    and again i made some tchina cookies (here is the recipe)! but this time i varied them by putting chocolate crumbs instead of vanilla powder. they are so delicious!

    i also finished my first custom order yesterday
     and made another blueberry hat =)
    have a wonderfull day and if you have time you should stop by at summers BNR on etsy.

    Sunday, April 10, 2011

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    i will pick a random winner on the 30. april!
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    first steps..

    on friday we went to a nursery to buy plants for our garden. amazing how many differnet plants they had! we decided to take a jasmin to cover one of the fences. 
    his flowers smell wonderful and intense
    (a pity that you cant smell it from the photo...). 
    some herbs
    (e.g. lemongrass, rosemary, mint, sage, basil, chive, parsley...),
    some flowers to give the garden some colours and a nicer atmosphere,

    and a kumquat tree for me =)