Tuesday, May 31, 2011

i just had to share this =)

classic potato gratin

as we were to lazy to go and buy some stuff yesterday (and because we have a lot of potatoes) i made us some rustic potato gratin. i got the basic idea of the recipe from here but varied it a bit.
and after we ate everything i realiyed that i did not take any photos...
so next time i make it i will add photos!

(this is just an exemple picture to give you an idea how it should look like)
you will need:
  • 3 1/2 to 4 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  •  4 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces, plus extra for the casserole
  •  3 garlic cloves, chopped 
  • Salt and pepper  
  • 1 cup heavy (whipping) cream  (i added some yogurt)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or chives, for garnish
  1. place the sliced potatoes in a bowl with cold water and leave it for at least 30min (up to an hour).then take them out of the cloudy water and dry them with a clean towel.
  2. preheat oven to 190°C/375F
  3. butter your baking pan (earthenware is ideal, but everything works) and sprinkle about half the garlic around the edges of the buttered sides of the pan.
  4. make a layer of potatoes (i also added some onion slices), spread some butter pieces, some spoons of cream, salt and pepper and a little garlic and repeat that until your pan is filled or you are out of potatoes. end with a cream/butter layer and add some salt and pepper (you can also cover it with cheese, very delicious!)
  5. bake for an hour to an hour and a half until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden brown with some darker spots. you could spread some parsley on it and enjoy!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

yarn & falafel 3rd annual gathering!

by ayelet bar-noy
unfortunately they did not have the perfect yarn for my sweater but instead they had tons of adorable lace weight in the most amazing colours! it was really nice to meet all the people from ravelry and to have some faces to all those names =)
by ayelet bar-noy
i took part in a hand spinning lesson 
by ayelet bar-noy
...and it went pretty well so i bought one of
by ayelet bar-noy
 and now, 
sit down or hold on to something, because here comes......
....the i-cord machine! 
(i don't use i-cords that often so i did not buy one but is it not a great idea?!)
for more photos have a look at this album on facebook.
thanks to everyone who helped organizing this gathering,
looking forward to the next one allready =)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

we are going to swim in passion fruits!

and i have no idea what to do with them... 
maybe juice or sorbet? 
but we have soo many of them (not ripe yet but it won't take long).
if you have any ideas or recipes i would be very happy to hear about them...
besides that everything else is growing too =)
the corn,
...the sunflowers,
...the peas,
and one of my potatoes (i planted three but only this one was willing to show itself so far...).
everything else is growing as well and i really hope they get the right amount of water and sun... everything gets so dry here so fast...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

wordless wednesday

so in love...

i just found a brilliant designer (mari muinonen/tikru)
on ravelry and i think i found my next big project! just have a look at these fairy like designs...
and this is my next big project! 
i will choose another colour but the design is absolutely stunning!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

yarn & falafel 3rd annual gathering!

i just rediscovered that there is the 3rd annual gathering of the yarn & falafel group on friday! here is the official announcement. for more information have a look at the ravelry group thread.

"Attention knitters, crocheters and spinners!

On Friday, May 27th we will have our Third Annual Gathering.
The gathering will take place in Ganey Yehushua, Park Hayarkon (right across from the Luna Park), starting at 9:30am, but of course you can be there whenever you feel comfortable. EVERYONE IS INVITED!!
Here’s a link to the Facebook event. Feel free to invite anyone that you think might be interested.

What should I bring?

  • Something to knit, crochet or spin.
  • Spinning wheels, spindles, weaving loom or whatever you think will be of interest to you or to others.
  • Anything that you would like to show off (yarn, FOs, etc).
  • Entertainment for husbands and kiddies if they’re coming too.
  • Blankets, mats or folding chairs.
  • Other knitters who are not in Ravelry and would like to be there.
  • Money to spend on fibery goods (we’re going to have shops!).
  • We’re going to have a destash corner, so any yarn that you want to swap, sell or give away.
  • Shop owners - any merchandise (fiber craft related only) that you would like to sell.
  • Food. We’ll discuss that later on.
  • Sunscreen, hat and something to cover you up. We all remember what happened two years ago…
Directions by car, bus or train will be posted shortly. In the meanwhile, here’s a map of where we will be:
See ya!"

Monday, May 23, 2011

lag b'omer and a variation of poyke

("Lag BaOmer (Hebrew: ל"ג בעומר‎), also known as Lag LaOmer amongst Sephardi Jews, is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the thirty-third day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of Iyar. The holiday marks the temporary victory of Bar Kokhba's men over the Romans.[1] The holiday became a symbol emphasizing the struggle for national liberation and freedom. The most well-known custom of Lag BaOmer is the lighting of bonfires."
"Besides being the day on which the plague affecting Rabbi Akiva's students ceased, Lag Ba'omer marks the yahrzeit (anniversary of the death) of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. After the death of Rabbi Akiva's 24,000 students, Rabbi Akiva taught five students, among them Rabbi Shimon. The latter went on to become the greatest teacher of Torah in his generation. According to tradition, on the day of his death, he revealed the deepest secrets of the Torah in a Kabbalistic work called the Zohar.
According to the Zohar, Rabbi Shimon's house was filled with fire and light that entire day as he taught his students. At the end of the day, the fire subsided and Rabbi Shimon died [7]. On successive years, his students sought to recreate that experience of light and mystical revelation by kindling bonfires and studying the Zohar in the light of the flames.
Although the anniversary of the death of a tzaddik is usually a mournful day, the anniversary of Rabbi Shimon's death on Lag Ba'omer is a festive one. Bonfires are lit and people sing and dance by the flames. Weddings, parties, listening to music, picnics, and haircuts are commonplace." wikipedia)

  yesterday was lag b'omer so we made a bonfire in our garden and cooked some poyke on it. you can basically cook everything in a poyke but here is what we did yesterday.
you will need:
  • potatoes/sweet potatoes
  • mushrooms
  • carrots
  • onions
  • garlic
  • chickpeas
  • beans
  • some pineapple or dried sweet fruits
  • some chicken (optional)
  • rice or wheat
  • red wine
  • water
  • oil
  • salt and pepper and whatever you like
  1. put some oil in the pot, wait until it gets hot and fry the onions in it.
  2. add the garlic and all (except the chickpeas, beans and pineapple if they come in cans, you should wait a while before adding those) the other vegetables that you cut into big chunks earlier and the chicken.
  3. now some red wine, rice/wheat, salt and pepper and enough water to cover everything. now just let it cook and stir it now and then.

goodbye to a friend i just met...

i was a bit lazy with all the knitting and other crafty stuff lately but now a friend of mine, that i met in the ulpan class just moved back to the US. so i finished the tiger hoping that it will take good care of her and the baby (she is pregnant). i wish her all the luck and happiness in the world and hope to stay in touch....

Sunday, May 22, 2011

IQ light and the perfect breakfast

boker tov, guten morgen, good morning, god morgen!
i just ate the perfect breakfast. natural yogurt with oat flakes, pears and honey while browsing through blogs/internet and listening to trentemøller
r.'s sister (ntagar photography) is in japan right now to take photos for an aid organisation and she took a photo of an IQ lamp! (people who are not familiar with this beautiful danish design please visit the website)
i just love their simplicity and complexity at the same time and there are so many ways you can put them together...

my mum has some of them and now as i have seen them again i am thinking of buying one...

ice cubes with small surprises

as it gets warmer and warmer here i remembered that when i was a kid my mum used to freeze mint or small forest strawberries into ice cubes. it looks so pretty and adds something special to your lemonade. you can basically put everything inside, feel free to improvise =)

here is what you do: you just take any kind of ice cube thingy,
...put the mint inside, add water and off to the freezer they go.
very simple, very cute and very tasty!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

late wordless wednesday - tel aviv in love

stuffed prezels

the original recipe for these is from farmama's blog but i varied it a bit. she has a wonderful blog, living on a farm, cooking, baking, crafting, gardening.... make sure to visit her now and then!
 here is how i made them:

you will need:
5 cups flour (whatever kind you like)
4 tsp. yeast (or one packet)
1 tsp. sugar
1 1/4 cup. warm water
1/4 cup sugar (if you want it to have a sweet touch)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
a bit of olive oil
1 egg or 1/2 cup of baking soda and 4 cups of hot water 

for the filling:
salt & pepper
basil pesto or a lot of fresh herbs
your favorite cheese (i used white bulgarian cheese)

  1.  dissolve the 4 tsp. (or 1 packet) of yeast in 1 1/4 cup of water with 1 tsp. sugar. Let stand about 10 minutes.
  2. mix 5 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar (optional), and a pinch of salt. add about a tablespoon of olive oil and the water/yeast mixture. if it is too dry add about one tablespoon of water at a time. knead until the dough is smooth (about 7-8 minutes).
  3. cover and place in a warm spot for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size. 
  4. Preheat oven to 180°C/450F.
  5. When dough has doubled in size, roll it into a rectangular-ish shape, about 1/2 cm thick and spread the filling evenly over the surface. you could use just about anything to stuff these pretzels. roll up the rectangle and slice it into equally sized pieces. put them on a sheet tray and let the (now stuffed) pretzels rise again until about doubled.
  6.  mix the egg in a small bowl, add some salt and olive oil and cover the prezels with the mixture (so they will get a nice golden colour) OR mix together 1/2 cup of baking soda and 4 cups of hot water. when the baking soda has dissolved, dunk the proofed pretzels one at a time, and set them back onto the sheet tray. brush each pretzel with some olive oil and a tiny bit of mustard, and lightly dust each pretzel with some salt.
  7. Bake at 180°C/450F until the pretzels are golden brown.  
  8. enjoy!

ein gedi (pessach/passover)

-these photos are from around easter when they celebrate passover in israel. we went to ein gedi on a family holiday with r.`s relatives. 
to see more pictures go to my flickr account

Monday, May 16, 2011

i love cupcakes tel aviv

some time ago i met a geman girl a the ulpan who is working at i love cupcakes in tel aviv. the store is on ben yehuda 114, very close to  the ulpan so i stopped by after yesterdays lesson...
...and bought these two (left: praline, right: lemon,poppy seeds and cheesecake) for r. and me.
they where delicious!

a walk to the beach...