My day began with a visit to my usual “rope jumping” venue, Eizel Eleyahu’s Ha Ma’Allot Friday Take-out establishment and ended with meeting Galina (above ) Puppet Creator extraordinaire.
The MaAllot restaurant (Rabanut) is open solely Fridays from 8:00 AM-2:00 PM.
All the surrounding streets were closed to traffic due to the Jerusalem Marathon. I didn’t expect to see the indefatigable Eizel at 7:30, but he was on the move and in the kitchen. I quietly exited and switched my jump rope venue to Gan Ha Atzmaot down the block. Rechove King George, was pristinely clean in expectation of Jerusalem Marathon runners. I crossed the barriers to the park and was alone among the trees except for two horses, a female soldier and police riders.
After a few minutes strollers came by.
At 11:30, I stopped my Shabat preparations and trotted over to Machana Yehuda. to view the flash dance, described in a prior post. Marvin Casey, who brought flash dance to Israel, would have been proud of the flash dance performed in Machana Yehuda. I’m awaiting photos from my cub reporter.
The excitement was just starting. On my way back home thru the narrow streets of Nachlaot, a fireman stopped me and literally asked where is the fire? “Where’s the Fire!” I followed him down Shilo and watched one of three uniformed firemen, donning a mask and carrying an oxygen tank, disappear into a narrow low door.
In a matter of seconds, a flaming mattress was tossed thru the second entrance and the fireman stood by keeping bystanders protect. Looks like not a drop of water was spilled. Undoubtedly the fire was caused by a smoker in bed. Perhaps a squatter.
Galina Puppet mater builder from Gruzia Russia 054-591-0618
Every centimeter of facial surface is covered with glitter, paint or silk; The face seemed like a stuffed nylon stocking. I asked Galina where did she study this art. She pointed to the heavens to indicated the source of her G-d given talent. Then she offered that the puppets were based on Jewish entertainers that she had seen growing up in Russia. Her puppets are available for purchase.
Haman’s pockets – triangular cookies filled with poppy seeds said to represent Haman’s three-cornered hat (cookinisrael.com
Ingredients for dough
31/2 cups all purpose/ cusmin flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup finely ground almonds
275 gr. butter
1 cup icing sugar/powdererd
3 Tbs. coconut sugar
Ingredients for filling:
300gr. ground poppy seeds
1 cup sugar/coconut sugar
11/2 cup milk / orange juice/soy milk
3 Tbs. honey
lemon zest (option)
Sift flour and almonds.
Beat butter with icing sugar and sugar.
Add eggs to the butter.
Add the sifted flour & almonds, baking powder and salt to the butter.
Knead until dough is formed.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour.
Cook milk, sugar and poppy seeds 15 min.
Add the honey and lemon zest and cook 5 min more. Let cool.
Roll out the dough thin and create circles.
Put about 1/2 tsp. of filling in the middle of each circle. Fold the dough into a triangle and pinch the edges.–
Bake about 10 min. in 180 c, until golden.