Shabbat Unity Lunch on the Yaffo Tracks
I was not, happily, at Woodstock in 1969. My eldest daughter decided to enter the World on September 18th 1969. That was “Oh Happy Day”.
However, I was at the Unity Shabat last week to begin the Purim celebration. “What a Blast” to quote Rivka Lewis the lady responsible for preparing a cholent for 200 people.
Imagine the Rakevet cars, (the Lite-Rail in the center of Jerusalem), tucked away on Mount Herzl.
The space between the tracks are decorated with woven mats and fruit boxes are turned on their sides and covered with sheets of opaque plastic all along the length of tracks in front of the Shuk. We’re talking about 400 meters long. There was food provided by donors, including cakes, desserts and wine and everyone brought their own additional wine and food of all types. I spoke with visitors from California and London (the few fellows in suits). And the icing on the cake was the ability to see the wondrous murals on the gates in front of the Machanah Yehuda stalls painted by Solomon Souza Kohn. Solomon resides in Zfat. This is a striking example of his work. It is called Confei Nisharim, on Eagle’s Wings. It was spray painted on a gate of a shop in the dark area of Machana Yehuda. My painting was placed next to it as both seek to show soaring.
Sugar-Free Dairy-Free Raw Strawberry “Milk”Shake
Yield: about 2 cups
This raw “milk”shake is sweet, creamy, and thick, and full of awesome food energy. It provides a balanced mix of protein, healthy fat, and carbohydrates, and is a nourishing light breakfast or guilt-free treat. Feel free to elaborate on this basic idea and make it your own. For example, my mom uses banana instead of soaked nuts, ginger tea in place of water, and omits the chia and maca entirely, and absolutely loves it. If you have it, maca powder adds a malty flavor that makes it more like a traditional strawberry malt; it also adds energy boosting nutrients vitamins, and minerals. If you don’t have it, no worries, it will still be delicious!
1 cup strawberries/peaches
1 cup peeled, chopped jicama
2 tsp chia seeds
optional: 1/2 tsp maca powder
15-20 drops liquid stevia, to taste (plain or vanilla flavor)
1/4 tsp gluten-free vanilla extract or vanilla flavoring or 1/2 vanilla bean
1/4 cup raw cashews or almonds (preferably soaked 2-4 hours), or 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1/4 cup water
6 ice cubes
Place all ingredients except ice cubes in a blender, and blend on high until smooth. Let sit a couple of minutes to allow chia seeds to absorb moisture and thicken the mixture. Then add ice cubes and blend on high until smooth. Serve immediately. Original recipe by Kim Christensen of Affairs of Living.