Monday, October 24, 2011

freedom for gilad shalit and the prisoner swap on the 18.10.2011

i was very suprised that they kept him alive for 5 years... and in the beginning i was asking myself 'why now?' there was so much time to do this deal and the conditions almost did not change... but there seem to be some elections ahaed in israel so that question should be solved ;) 

i was hoping that it would lead to paece talks again but it probably will only cause some more abductions by the hamas to free the rest of their prisoners in israel (about 4000 now).
so the question remains if it was a good idea for the relationship between israel and palestina and in what irection it will push the talks and actions.

stay informed:

wordless wednesday - on a monday

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

gilat shalit

where are you kid?
after five years now there is a deal to bring the israeli soldier gilat salit (who was kidnapped by the hamas) back home. i don't know if i agree to let over 1.000 prisoners out of prison. a third are convicted murderers... but i think it is good that this is finally going to be over.
stay informed about the issue

Friday, October 14, 2011

late wordless wednesday - crazy cat in a box...

Monday, October 10, 2011

the wind-up bird chronicle by haruki murakami

the wind-up bird chronicle is one of the most confusing and interesting books i have ever read. it starts out as an almost regular novel about life, relationships and emotions but at some point drifts of into fantasy, fiction and what some people would call hallucinations in the darkness of a deep well. in the middle of the book i thought i lost the overview how all the events and characters he describes belong together, then i started thinking that there is no connection whatsoever and suddenly every single thread of his story becomes very clear and everything adds up!

a wonderful book about life, death and everything in between.
here what other people think about it:

"toru okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving. as this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of okada's vague and blameless life - spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table - are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell."
summary on the back of the book
"murakami weaves these textured  layers of reality into a shot-silk garment of deceptive beauty."
independent on sunday

"deeply philosophical and teasingly perplexing, it is impossible to put it down."
daily telegraph

" how does murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? i am weak-kneed with admiration"
independent on sunday

"mesmerising, surreal, this really is the work of a true original!"
the times

Thursday, October 6, 2011

very easy cheese buns or baguette with baking powder/no yeast

this one is without cheese (i did not have any). it was good but with cheese it would be so much better ;)
everyone probably knows that: you don't have bread, the shops are closed and you don't have any yeast... so i started searching the internet for simple recipes with baking powder and this is what i found.

only make as many as you will eat the same day, as they are most tasty when they are warm and fresh.

all you need is:
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • a package of baking powder
  • some cheese (maybe ham)
  • and some salt
you mix everything (leave some cheese to put on top) and for your buns/baguette. they will grow a lot so make them small. now you can ad some cheese on top and bake them  180°C/356°F for 20 min.
that's it!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

shana tova - happy new year

by undomestic
on the 28/29.9.11 was the beginning of the new year in the hebrew calendar. in hebrew this holiday is called rosh hashana (literally "head of the year"). you will find apples and honey everywhere to sweeten your start into the new year =)
by melinda b.
shana tova (good year) to everyone!