Post 322: Our Glorious Flowers-infants on Rechove King George-Should you keep your goals to yourself? And my never-ending search for components to my “Get you out of the TRENCHES” exercise – spicy mixed lentils by Pereg, What a Trampoline Park!- Olim Perform in Northern Israel

My post today  has a common thread. What may be considered unusual and daring in another city is not considered such in Jerusalem. Like the babies out for a stroll, and the young father in front of me who carries a hand-gun in the  right side of his belt. I see many men whose belt is worn and stretched on the right side in the back, revealing the impression that years of carrying around a hand gun will do to a belt.


If you enlarge the photo you will see a worker standing at the top of a very long extension ladder. It’s my guess that in the States a worker would be hanging from an intricate scaffold.

This morning after exercise I spotted our glorious flowers. Perhaps you recognize the spot in Mirkaz Ha”Ir, Rechove King George in front of the Paz gas office.wp-1466168117586.jpeg

img_20160617_104457.jpgWould precious babies -nine of them with 2 caretakers be out for a walk on Central Park West? They are show-cased here in the ubiquitous playpens on wheels that you see in any Israel gan specializing in the care of infants and toddlers. And they were enjoying their stroll.

Now I see private babysitters have the crib prams  too. Yes,  Israelis are in the business of having babies.

This morning I asked my Google tool to search a question. Should you keep your goals to yourself?

Save the time that you would spend watching and listening to Derek Sivers

 In answer to the question: Should you keep your goals to yourself. Research has shown that you should zip up your mouth because energy expended in talking dissipates the mega doses of energy required to reach the goal.

I like to use the comparison, when you open that bottle of soda, it is never the same.

This is a handle that I am searching for in Israel. Doesn’t seem like such a big thing. However, for many reasons, companies don’t have the personnel for the “small” customer like me. Call me relentless.






The company that makes the handle that I am looking for.

 I understand that the following show is performed two hours outside of Jerusalem. When I requested more details I received this note:

 Dear Ida

Thank you for your enquiry. The show is actually in Ma’alot, which is 2 hours driving north of Jerusalem. We will be bringing shows to Jerusalem soon and we’ll be sure to let you know when we do.

All the best

Grant & Daniella Crankshaw

0523 748 996

I guess Jerusalem is Israel’s Broadway!

What can you get for NIS 50 these days?
How about a fun, energetic show filled with known Broadway songs and incredible dance routines wrapped around a funny story?
That’s exactly what you get with “Ze Broadway, Buba!”. Come and support a talented group of professional Olim actors who are coming to the Heichal Hatarbut in Ma’alot on the 16th of June at 8.30p.m

z broadway Bubba: in Hebrew

זה ברודווי בובה 16/06/2016


Check out this Israel Trampoline Park and the playground  link that follows. Israelis do play hard.

The link above gets you to a home page  of the Ganit company. and then select the lower left arrow for a  U-Tube segment of the most fantastic off the Walls gym park I have ever seem. I plan to (B’H) call the company and find out the park’s location. The actors in the U-Tube appear to be professional gymnasts.

Lentils, Kale Sweet Potatoes

Kale in pieces

Autumn Lentils with Kale from Pereg


Autumn Lentils with Sweet Potatoes and Kale

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4, 1 ¼ cup servings



·      2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

·      1/4 cup white onion, small diced

·      1 large carrot, peeled and small diced, about ½ cup

·      1 pound sweet potato, peeled and diced into ¼ inch cubes (about 2 cups)

·      1 clove garlic, minced

·      1 teaspoon cumin

·      ½ teaspoon allspice

·      1 cup Pereg Gourmet Autumn Blend Lentils, or your own combination, rinsed. There doesn’t appear to be any other ingredients in the box.

 2 1/3 cups vegetable stock·

3 cups dinosaur kale, washed well, de-stemmed and cup into pieces


Salt, allspice to taste

·      ½ cup cilantro, minced

·      Pita bread for serving


Directions (include ingredients and vary according to your taste. Can be served hot or cold.)

1.     Heat extra virgin olive oil in a 4-quart heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and sweet potato (chopped) with ¼ teaspoon salt and sauté until the onions are translucent and carrots and sweet potatoes and slightly soft, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Then add garlic, cumin and all spice, stir and cook for one more minute.

2.     Add lentils and stock to 1 inch over top of lentils and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until lentils are tender and have absorbed most of the liquid. Add extra stock if needed. Season with salt to taste. Stir in kale and cook until kale wilts.Garnish with cilantro and serve with pita bread.


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