October 11, 2015
Israel wins Philatelic Grand Prix in Slovenia
Dr. Les Glassman reporting; practices dentistry in Jerusalem, where he also lives.
It was a great honor and privilege to be invited as the Israeli Commissioner to the 7th Bi Annual One Frame ‘Sedmo Okno’ Stamp Exhibition with international participation of Alps Adria Philately and ex – Yougoslavia countries, which was held in Kranj, Slovenia from the 3 rd to 12 th September 2015
Kranj Museum – old town, where the exhibition was held
Stamps are universal.
Just as stamps know no boundaries, since they cross oceans and seas throughout the world, the array of commissioners, judges and representatives from the participating countries which included Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Germany, Austria and Israel as the special guest. We became like a family of nations by interacting not only on a philatelic but personal level. Genuine friendships and new acquaintances were made.
Slovenian and Croatian Philatelic Federation
I am indebted to the organizers of the Slovenian Philatelic Federation for not only inviting Israel to participate but also for accommodating my wife and I in a hotel over Shabbat so that we could attend the Palmares Prize Award Ceremony, which was held in the old town of Kranj.
4 Gold medals and 1 Vermeil were awarded to the Israeli Philatelists. I was very fortunate to be awarded the Grand Prix Prize for my Jerusalem Pre – Philatelic Exhibit.
The Israel Philatelic Federation donated a special prize, a silver model of Jerusalem which was displayed at the exhibition and was awarded to an Italian exhibitor.
Slovenia is not only a magnificent and beautiful country but also very friendly and welcoming.
It was a wonderful and incredible experience which we will always fondly remember.
Bled – Slovenia
We felt sLOVEnia.
MUNG QUINOA POWER BOWL http://www.101cookbooks.com/
This is great at room temperature, or reheated. To transport to work (or picnic) bring the mung beans, quinoa, and celery in a large jar, and any other toppings in small jars. It’s quick to combine when you’re ready for lunch.
4 tablespoons clarified butter or olive oil
1 head celery cut into ½ inch segments
fine grain sea salt
1 large clove garlic, very thinly sliced
½ teaspoon red chile flakes
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
big handful of dill, chopped
2 ½ cups cooked mung beans
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 – 3/4 cups water, or as much as needed
Toppings: lots of chopped green olives, lots of cherry or roasted cherry tomatoes, quick pickled red onions, big dollops of salted dill yogurt, thick threads of olive oil
Heat the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat, stir in the celery along with a few large pinches of salt. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until the celery softens, and then starts to brown and caramelize. Stir in the garlic, and cook for another minute. Stir in the chile flakes, ginger, turmeric, and paprika. Cook, stirring constantly, for another minute or until the spices are fragrant. Stir in the dill, the mung beans, the quinoa, and then 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup of water – enough that the mixture is moist, not dry. For serving – toppings are key, at the very least add a dollop of lightly salted yogurt to each bowl. Even better if you have any or all of the following on hand – green olives, salted dill yogurt, roasted cherry tomatoes, quick pickled red onions or shallots.
Serves about 4.
Served in Colleen Hennessey bowl.