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Post 432: Friday May 12- Jerusalem Cycling Event: Activities at Yiboneh – Monday May 15, when schools are off for Lag Ba’Omer,around 70 of Israel’s museums will open their doors for free,to participate in International Museum Day. Made in Israel Festival Beit Avi Chai May 17th and May 18th

The exact route is not available.

Cycling in the capital city-from Tachanah Ha Rishonah 
One of the largest cycling events in Israel
7,000 Cyclists
20,000 Spectators and Participants
4 Spectacular Cycling Routes. On the city’s main attractions and surrounding nature and scenery 

Start and finish at “The First Station” of Jerusalem (David Remez Square)
6:30        50K start
6:45        40K start
7:15        20K start
7:30        10K start
For registration in English please contact us:
+972-3-5711575 ext. 228
Sunday-Thursday, 9am-6pm.


Monday May 15, when schools are off for Lag Ba’Omer, around 70 of Israel’s museums will open their doors [sis]for free,to participate in International Museum Day.

On Friday, May 12, the Mateh Yehuda Regional Food Festival will open, where many culinary events will be held throughout the region. As part of the festival, the Israel Antiquities Authority will hold an experiential workshop entitled “From Bread to Bread”, which deals with the production of flour and bread in ancient times. In the activity the children are invited to experiment with milling of flour as it was done in ancient streets, churning butter and baking pita on a taboon. Cost of participation – 20 NIS per child (please bring cash as accurate as possible). Location – KKL-JNF offices The mountain area, on Highway 38, next to the junction leading to Givat Yeshayahu and Shrigim.     The number of seats is limited.

Best regards, Hadar Shalev – Training Coordinator Jerusalem Space, Israel Antiquities Authority

Made In Jerusalem – Two days of original and interdisciplinary Jerusalem creation festival at Beit Avi Chai. Among the exhibitors: Haim Be’er, the Hazelnuts, Eli Haviv, Rivka Miriam, Jehoiachin Friedlander, Hadas Balas and Dan Salomon, May 17th and May 18th.

Chilled Tomato cucumber Soup


1 long European or 4 Persian cucumbers, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 ½ pounds ripe tomatoes, quartered

2 slices onion, rinsed

2 large garlic cloves, halved, green germs removed

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salt to taste

Slivered fresh basil leaves or very small whole basil leaves for garnish 

Working in two batches, blend all of the ingredients except the basil leaves in a blender for two minutes or longer until smooth and frothy. Transfer to a bowl or container (a metal bowl is the most efficient for chilling), and chill for at least two hours before eating. Garnish each bowl or glass with slivered or very small whole basil leaves.




Post 418: Last Monday, March 5th, Lymphedema Awareness Day was enlightening to me and I hope informing to others here in Jerusalem- Meaning of Purim Excerpted and Translated from the the Teachings of Rabbi Gershon Steinberg ztz on, gluten free kreplach, Falafel Tori Avey

This past week was exciting , building up to Purim which will be on Monday.

Last Monday, March 6th, Lymphedema Awareness Day was enlightening to me and I hope informing to others here in Jerusalem. I’ve been getting information from the organization and this week seemed like a great opportunity as Monday, March 6th,was WORLD WIDE recognition of the disease.

It was practically all nighter-’til almost 2AM baking many dozens of gluten free muffins. I had sent the following e-mail to friends several days before:

Please post the  supporting attachments to your Facebook page or send to friends with details of my “Muffin Event” March 6th at 8 AM to support  Lymphedema Research in Israel.

Jerusalem Event: 

March 6th as World Lymphedema Day (WLD) in Jerusalem! 

AT: Opposite 9 Shmuel Ha Nagid between Rechove Shatz and Rechove Ha Ma A Lot, Mirkaz Ha ‘Ir

Purpose: Bring your jump-rope, dress in Sneakers, and “Move Your Lymph”- learn the technique from the PROS

Activity: Distributing Gluten Free Muffins – and Jumping rope

Time: 8 AM until last muffin is sold.

I had the pleasure of distributing only a small part of the batch to the Nursery and Kindergarten parents who were dropping their youngsters at the gan across the street.

The parents were in a mad dash to get to work, as I expected. I’m on the right with the gan administrator Shany.

Almost all the parents, including lots of dads stopped to chat with me. I asked if they ever heard of Lymphedema. Remember these are women in their twenties. None!  That was an eye-opener. That’s when I gave a 30 second description of how the disease somehow arises in women often during breast cancer treatment.

I recognized a young mother in the group She and I were in a photography class together a few years ago. She signed my list to keep informed. Many others signed with contact information. I agreed to inform them of my “Jumping Rope For Lymph Health”, class once the details are arranged.

Please let me know if you are interested.

The woman in the photo is Shany, the administrator of the Nursery and Kindergarden. Obviously, I am on the right.


Getting to Joy: I didn’t sell on the street. One hour in the cold was enough.

The Elements of Purim:

Excerpted and Translated from the the Teachings of Rabbi Gershon Steinberg ztz”. The entire story of the miracle of Megillat Esther took place over a period of nine years. It began in the third year of the reign of King Achashveirosh, at the time when they killed Vashti. In the seventh year of the reign of King Achashveirosh he took Esther as a wife, and in the twelfth year of his reign was the decree of Haman. And at the time when they killed Vashti, not a single Jew foresaw that there would be a connection between that event and the salvation of Israel. It was only afterwards when Achashveirosh took Esther that they began to understand a little bit that there might be a connection. And it was only after nine years when the decree of Haman occurred, and by means of Esther the decree was cancelled, that they understood the preceding events. They saw that all those events had been connected together in order to save them from the decree of being destroyed and killed. And so it will be in the future to come when the Holy One Blessed Be He reveals Himself in His great Compassion and Kindness, at that time all of us will understand that all the events that occurred throughout all the years have been connected together for the purpose of the future redemption, may it occur speedily in our days, Amen.

“And he raised (in Hebrew: “Omen”) Hadassah…” (Megillat Esther 2:7)

The Hebrew word “Omen” has the same root as the Hebrew word “Emunah” (in English: Faith). The meaning of this is that Mordechai the Tzaddik trained Esther to have faith that everything that happens to her is all a result of Divine Providence.

Why is the name of the holiday called Purim? (based on the Hebrew word “Pur”, meaning “lottery”), shouldn’t it have been called “Yom HaHatzala”, the day of salvation? The explanation is that when Achashveirosh said to Haman “..and the people to do with it as is good in your eyes” (Megillat Esther 3:11), he should have immediately gone to battle to kill Israel, but it came up in his mind that it would be better to do a lottery and not to begin immediately. Therefore there was more time to pray and within four days of the decree they hung  Haman on the tree. The decree was on the 13th of Nisan and they hung him on the 16th of Nissan. From this we see the power of prayer.

“…and fast for me, and don’t eat and don’t drink for three days..” (Megillat Esther 4:16)

There is a difficulty in this verse, for there seems to be an unnecessary repetition; since it said “fast for me”, isn’t it obvious that they aren’t eating and drinking? And the explanation is, that during those three days was also the first day of Passover, and there is a requirement from the Torah to eat Matzah and drink the four cups of wine. And that is what Esther was saying, “fast for me”, and even though the Yom Tov of Passover comes out during those days, in any event don’t eat Matzah. And don’t drink the four cups of wine. And Esther’s intention in this was that if they didn’t fulfill the Mitzvot of the holiday of Passover, this would show the Heavens how the world would look without the people of Israel. Just as now they are not fulfilling the Mitzvot of the night of the Seder, so it would be if G-d forbid there would be a decree of destruction, and by means of this Mercy would be aroused in the Heavens to cancel the decree.

“For the Jews there was Light and Happiness and Rejoicing and Honor.” (Megillat Esther 8:16)

In the Gemara “Megillah & quote, it says that Light means Torah, Happiness means Yom Tov, Rejoicing means Mila (Circumcision) and Honor means Tefillin (Phylacteries). The question is, why are these written only as a hint, it could have been written explicitly “Torah, Yom Tov, Mila, and Tefillin”? But the explanation is that Israel rose at that time to such a great level that they felt that the Torah was their light, that Yom Tov was their happiness, that Mila was their rejoicing, and that Tefillin was their most precious, honored object. (from the Sefat Emet)

Purim Sameach! (Happy Purim!)

L’ilui Neshamat HaGaon HaTzaddik R’ Gershon Avigdor Ben R’ Chaim ztz”l, Nilkach L’Bait Olamo Yud Gimmel Tishrei 5772

Gluten Free Kreplach – real food for Purim

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup tapioca flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup potato starch

5 tsp. xanthan gum

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. salt

3 Tbl. Oil


1 cup ground cooked beef or chicken

1 small onion grated

1 tsp. salt

1. Combine flours, xanthan gum, and salt. Add eggs and oil.

2. In a separate bowl mix filling ingredients.

3. Roll out dough as thin as possible without tearing. Then cut into 3 inch squares.

4. Place a teaspoon of filling in the middle of dough. Fold dough diagonally and seal with some water on your fingers.

5. Place kreplach in boiling salted water. Cook until kreplach floats to the top.

6. Preheat oil over medium heat. Saute until golden brown on both sides.

Falafel – for your M’shalch Manot

INGREDIENTS of Falafel (Tori Avey). I devoted a prior post to this recipe-Here it is again, in more detail- they are so delicious.

  • 1 pound (about 2 cups) dry chickpeas/garbanzo beans – you must start with dry, do NOT substitute canned, they will not work!

  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 3-5 cloves garlic (I prefer roasted)

  • 1 1/2 tbsp flour or omit

  • 1 3/4 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp ground coriander

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

  • Pinch of ground cardamom

  • Pinch of ground cardamom


Post 394: Chanukah Chagiga at Neve Yerushaliym- fresh whole small tuna in the Shuk

Don’t miss out Neve Yerushalayim ‘s fundraiser for their kallahs to be held
tonight,  Wednesday, Dec. 28th. Doors open at 7pm. show begins at7:30pm. The
evening includes an entertaining and inspiring show featuring Neve students
and alumni, a raffle with lots of great prizes, and dancing. For girls and
women, ages 6-120. Tickets are 30 shekel in advance, 4 for 100, and 40
shekel at the door. Contact Devorah – 0583271883 or call 0200.

 And a relief from all that oily food:

Fresh Tuna for Sushi or Salad

  • 2 fresh mediterranean tunas from the Shuk; after you’s have 4 nice fillets. I grill the skin and bones.
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil
  • 1/2 stalk celery, minced
  • 1 finely chopped scallion – green part only (optional)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, or more to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

See the full post:https://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2012/10/healthy-mediterranean-tuna-salad/#EfjAk6mDopxgR1xf.99

Yes, free soufganiot in the shuk

Post 385: Remember Double Dutch? If I were in NYC I’d be at the Finals : http://www.nationaldoubledutchleague.com/ However, what causes hand swelling during exercise? This can be an occasional problem connected to exercise, endurance athletes develop hyponatremia (hi-poe-nuh-TREE-me-uh) — an abnormally low level of sodium concentration., Simple Pumpkin Soup with 7 ingredients

http://www.nationaldoubledutchleague.com/ DAVID A. WALKER, FOUNDER – LAUREN WALKER, PRESIDENT NDDL 25th Annual David A. Walker Double Dutch Holiday Classic, Sunday December 4th, 2016 –

In NYC this Sunday-the show will be a blast. Skipping rope is my sport.

With fewer New Yorkers practicing double dutch jump rope, an annual tournament at the Apollo Theater in Harlem will draw teams from France and Japan.

Perhaps you’ve experienced the following: Hand swelling during exercise?

Question: People have complained while  walking several times a week, that their fingers get puffy to the point that they can’t remove rings.

Answers from Edward R. Laskowski, M.D.

Hand swelling during exercise is a fairly common problem. The cause isn’t completely clear, but hand swelling appears to be a result of the way your body and blood vessels respond to the increased energy demands of your muscles during exercise.

Exercise increases blood flow to your heart and lungs, as well as to the muscles you’re working. This can reduce blood flow to your hands, making them cooler. In turn, the blood vessels in your hands may react by opening wider — which could lead to hand swelling.

As you continue to exercise, your muscles generate heat that makes your system push blood to the vessels closest to the surface of your body, to dissipate heat. This response triggers perspiration and may also contribute to hand swelling.

Sometimes, endurance athletes develop hyponatremia (hi-poe-nuh-TREE-me-uh) — an abnormally low level of sodium concentration. Swollen fingers and hands may be a sign of hyponatremia, but other signs, such as confusion and vomiting, are more prominent than is swelling. Drinking too much water, particularly during a marathon or similar long, strenuous event, may cause your body’s sodium to become so diluted that you become hyponatremic. Hyponatremia requires immediate medical attention.

There’s no proven way to prevent or reduce most exercise-related hand swelling, but these tips may help ease discomfort:

  • Remove your rings and loosen your watchband before exercise.

  • Perform occasional forward and backward arm circles during exercise.

  • Stretch your fingers wide and then make fists several times during exercise.


Edward R. Laskowski, M.D.


SIMPLE Pumpkin Soup with Sesame Kale Topping #vegan #glutenfree

It’s almost that time of year when I start wearing a scarf inside (yes, I said it – inside), drinking more hot tea than water, and cozying up to soups in the evening. For such occasions, I have the perfect simple, fall-appropriate recipe for you:

7 ingredient Pumpkin Soup made completely from scratch!

How to Roast Sugar Pumpkins!

It all starts with sugar pumpkins.

How to Roast a Pumpkin!Do it Yourself Pumpkin Puree! So simple and SO delicious

Roasting the pumpkin is the only part of this recipe that takes any length of time. And once it’s done, this soup comes together fast! Plus, it requires just 7 ingredients you probably have on hand:

Coconut milk
Maple syrup
Salt, black pepper, cinnamon + nutmeg
Veggie stock

The kale-sesame topping it also easy, requiring just 5 ingredients. It adds a nutritious, colorful touch to this soup along with a little extra staying power. Your friends will be so impressed.

7 Ingredient Savory Pumpkin Soup! #vegan #glutenfreeHEALTHY 7 Ingredient Pumpkin Soup! #vegan #glutenfree

You guys are going to love this soup. It’s


It’s also customizable! If you don’t have the ingredients for a kale-sesame topping, sub garlic croutons or vegan parmesan. This soup makes a delicious light lunch or dinner, and would be perfect served alongside hummus and toast or a hearty salad.

Kale Sesame Saute!SIMPLE Pumpkin Soup with Sesame Kale Topping #vegan

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AMAZING 7 Ingredient Pumpkin Soup #vegan #pumpkin #glutenfreeSIMPLE Pumpkin Soup with Sesame Kale Topping #vegan #glutenfree #pumpkinSIMPLE 7 Ingredient Savory Pumpkin Soup #vegan #glutenfree

Prep time
15 mins
Cook time
1 hour
Total time
1 hour 15 mins
A simple, 7 ingredient pumpkin soup that’s savory and made completely from scratch! Healthy, satisfying, and perfect for chillier weather.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 3-4
  • 2 sugar pumpkins (~2 1/4 cups (450 g) pumpkin puree)
  • 2 shallots, diced (~1/4 cup or 40 g)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 1/2 Tbsp or 9 g)
  • 2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth
  • 1 cup (240 ml) light coconut milk (or sub other non-dairy milk with varied results) such as creamy soy milk.-I add  as I heat the smooth mixture
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup or agave nectar (or honey if not vegan)- not needed
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg
  • 1 cup (67 g) roughly chopped kale
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp (18 g) raw sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
  • pinch salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut off the tops of two sugar pumpkins and then halve them. Use a sharp spoon to scrape out all of the seeds and strings (see notes for a link to roasting seeds).
  3. Brush the flesh with oil and place face down on the baking sheet. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the skin. Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes, then peel away skin and set pumpkin aside.
  4. To a large saucepan over medium heat add 1 Tbsp olive oil, shallot and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned and translucent. Turn down heat if cooking too quickly.
  5. Add remaining ingredients, including the pumpkin, and bring to a simmer.
  6. Transfer soup mixture to a blender or use an emulsion blender to puree the soup. If using a blender, place a towel over the top of the lid before mixing to avoid any accidents. Pour mixture back into pot.
  7. Continue cooking over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes and taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve as is or with Kale-Sesame topping.
  8. For the Kale-Sesame topping: In a small skillet over medium heat, dry toast sesame seeds for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently until slightly golden brown. Be careful as they can burn quickly. Remove from pan and set aside.
  9. To the still hot pan, add olive oil and garlic and sauté until golden brown – about 2 minutes. Add kale and toss, then add a pinch of salt and cover to steam. Cook for another few minutes until kale is wilted and then add sesame seeds back in. Toss to coat and set aside for topping soup.

Post 352: Free admission to a Musical Melave Malka this Motzei Shabat at the Riglers’ house Please call for reservations: Space limited. 02-627-2096An Invitation to Pray at the RESTING PLACE of our Holy Ancestors near Tiberius; Free Workshop on Retirement to be held in Baka; Pumpkin Pancakes


Musical Celebration in The Old City:

Free admission to a Musical Melave Malka at the Riglers’ house
Please call for reservations: Space limited. 02-627-2096


Leib Yaacov Rigler — piano
David Louis — flute, trumpet

Motzei Shabbos, Sept. 17, 8:30 PM
2 Ararat St., Rova HaYehudi

Admission free. Donations are welcome to Holy Woman Foundation, a
non-profit organization that feeds 150 little girls in a school in
Jerusalem. (U.S. tax deductible)
David Louis has worked with Leonard Bernstein and Jan Pierce. During the roaring 60’s he played in the warm up band of Janis Joplin at Woodstock and
with the Buddy Rich Orchestra. During that exciting time he developed an
interest in Jewish Mysticism and began to study Kabala and Chassidus.

Leib Yaacov Rigler has performed his own arrangements on CBS television and
radio, including “Alice” (starring Linda Lavin), and the popular weekly
radio show “Arthur Godfrey Time.” He also appeared on “The Gong Show” with
producer/host Chuck Barris. He has arranged songs for Avrahm Fried, MBD,
Yaakov Shwekey and Benny Friedman.


An invitation to join a Women’s group for prayer at the RESTING PLACE   of our Holy Ancestors near Tiberius                                    זכר צדקים לברכה

                           Wednesday 25th Ellul   Sept. 28th

                                            11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Dina bas Yaakov, Reuven, Shimon, Levi, bnei    Yaakov

דינה בת יעקב

ראובן, שמעון, ולוי בני יעקב

Yocheved bas Levi  יוכבד בת לוי    

Tzipora wife of Moshe Rabenu  צפורה אשת משה רבינו

Elisheva wife of Aharon the High Priest  א-לישבה בת אמינדב

 Bilha & Zilpa   בלהה וזלפה

Endorsed in 1996 by HaRav Chaim P.  Sheinberg 

 and HaRav Nachman Bulman

זכר צדקים לברכה

Call Esther: 580-2127


Greater Baka Community Administration happy to book a fascinating lecture on the subject of “What makes us happy?”

How well will  life be  in retirement?

Speaker: Yaffa Greiner
Lecturer at the Hebrew University School of Education; offers
Specialized workshops interpersonal communication and retirement.

The lecture is open to the public and is designed especially for those recently retired or soon to retire future.

On Monday, at 20:30 PM 19.9
Community Administration (Issachar 3)

free admission

Advance registration is required for a lecture!

To register: 02-6734237 (ext 110)
Or Mile ok_baka@outlook.co.il

Let’s welcome!


Pumpkin Pancakes

Recipe Thumbnail
PREP TIME: 20 mins
COOK TIME: 20 mins
SERVING SIZE: 2 pancakes
This recipe was submitted by CKD patient Chef Duane Sunwold.
Author: National Kidney Foundation
Cuisine Types: American
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Meal: Breakfast
Course: Entree
Preferences: Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian

Sponsored By:


  • 2 cup Rice Milk
  • 1 ½ cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar/ or omit
  • 2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3 packet Stevia
  • 2 Large Egg White – Raw
  • 16 oz Fresh Pumpkin Puree or roasted pumpkin mashed

Cooking Instructions

Mix dry ingredients together: flour, sugar, Stevia, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice. In a separate bowl, mix pumpkin puree and rice milk together. Whip egg whites until they form soft peaks. Blend the dry ingredients into the milk and pumpkin mixture, after completely mixed, whip in egg whites. Grill on medium heat, on an oiled griddle. Turn the pancakes over when bubbles form on the top of the pancake. Cook on both sides-


Post 350: Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem – A place to heal – a place for Jews and Arabs Israelis to meet and reach a common ground by accepting/complaining about their medical treatment and parting with wishes for a complete recovery; Jerusalem Muslala – a place to meet artists and attend workshops; Rosh Chodesh Elul Women’s gathering, September 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Melabev Center Rosh Hashanah Sale Melabev invites you to come and shop for your Rosh Hashanah gifts at their fair. Great vendors, raffle prizes and children’s activities. All the proceeds go to support the dementia care facility for English speakers. 125 Derech Beit Lechem 02-651-6764 Price Entrance to the fair is FREE; Quick trick for using commercial pastry dough ; Recipe for Quinoa Muffins.

This has turned into a very lengthy post. To make matters worse, there were opportunities to add to it via my phone, on the bus, in a waiting room. As a matter of fact  in several medical offices. THIS IS IT: Last one. Italian Synagogue  Festival Tonight on Rechove Hillel.

http://www.funinjerusalem.com/event/italian-festival-pizza-pasta-vespa/2016-09-13/ And Shatz Jazz festival Tonight at 9:30 PM.

The post’s theme is to be a hospital patient is to be humbled. Relying for your survival on others isn’t pleasant.

This is the way an admission to Hadassah Hospital begins:

At the side of the entrance to the Davidson Pavilion is a statue. Are you able to make out the figures in the photo? The boy is picking an apple and the younger female figure beneath him (as seen in the second figure ) is standing patiently beneath him, arms folded behind her back in a military posture, cautiously waiting.

I’ve written to Hadassah Hospital to ask who is the creator of the statue? Who are the children? There is a strong hint that they are Ethiopian Jews by their slight build and proud posture. Undoubtedly, these two figures have been standing in their positions for a while. They are easy to notice very early in the morning when the Davidson entrance is quiet.




The photo above and below is a custom Corian counters and high end sinks found in post-op, intensive care area.

This $5,000 sink is genuinely extraordinary. The debris of casual hand washing and human waste-products are flushed down it. The rooms off of it smell fresh and clean as a whistle. Not like the normal  hospital ward.


Below are a few points to consider when you or a family member is going through the admissions process;

1-The Admissions process is somewhat frustrating. Directions are sometimes  not UNDERSTOOD to a native English speaker.

3-Do not ask questions to Doctors when they are doing rounds:

I had the opportunity to be present in the unit during early morning rounds, and that was only for a second because I was chased out. Do not attempt to speak with a doctor doing rounds, or with a nurse during change of shifts, don’t even try!

4- There is no way to gage when a patient will be discharged. The best that you can do is speak with a 6 year surgical resident and see how up on the line you are.

Corian counters form a defense around all the nurses stations.


5-Make the best of waiting for surgery:

I like to compare a stay at Davidson  to one at a  five star hotel experience. Factor out gourmet food, entertainment and gambling that are not provided  at Davidson. However, I understand the maternity section boasts a gourmet Kosher chef. Like checking in to a hotel, one must wait until your room is ready.

The staff tries to help as much as possible. If one looks closely at the Hazmanah, the appointment with specifics about arrival, one is warned that the time of an appointed procedure is not NECESSARILY the time.

So instead of waiting for an hour behind a curtain, the nurse if asked, will provide the patient a bed to rest. That gesture was very much appreciated.

6-Appreciate the homy touches:

There are also the homy touches of colorful P.J’s for young patients. Snacks and drinks  are provided for family members during the wait and during the hospitalization period.



SURGICAL FLOORr -4 includes a waiting area. This photo is taken from inside the Intensive care wing, At the conclusion of surgery the patient’s  Hebrew initials are displayed on a digital sign..

The following story is based on my experience over several days as a visitor at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem:

 1:Taking a break in the family room;

       I met a couple from Gaza. The family name was Asef. The wife Nargina sat in the same seat in the family room every day, mostly snacking and talking on her cell phone. Her husband didn’t seem like the nargilah pipe smoking type.

      The night before, Abu Asef was heard in the hall talking very loudly in English to the staff. I said to myself, this is not a family from East Jerusalem. They would be speaking Hebrew. Possibly they are from Jordan or Syria. They gave the  impression of being fairly well off.

I introduced myself to Nargina. It was apparent that the family was not of local origin and Abu Asef volunteered, when he came into the family room, that they arrived to the hospital by taxi from Gaza City at a cost of about 250 Israeli Sheckel for a trip that took two hours.

Abu Asef explained that his problem could not be treated in Nablus the closest hospital.

Nargina told me me then that the Asefs were part of a larger klan.

I decided to hold back on some questions until Abu Asef was more relaxed. He complained that he was feeling awful after the aorta surgery.

Nargina and I delved into the complexities of Arabic handwriting. Coming into Israel was a bit of a culture shock for her. She was surprised to see the prevalent short and she noticed that I was dressed conservatively. She offered to help me with Arabic any time that her husband didn’t need her, any time that she was in the family room. We had a long discussion about the word “To Cut”. The Arabic word sounds like the  Hebrew word “Knife”, “Sakan”. An aide nearby confirmed the similarity.

From several conversations with patients and relatives it became apparent that many patients in the rooms next to the family waiting room had an ailment called aortic dissection, a serious condition in which the inner layer of the aorta, the large blood vessel branching off the heart, tears. Blood surges through the tear, causing the inner and middle layers of the aorta to separate. Aortic dissection is the most common catastrophe of the aorta, 2-3 times more common than rupture of the abdominal aorta.

When left untreated, about 33% of patients die within the first 24 hours, and 50% die within 48 hours. The 2-week mortality rate approaches 75% in patients with undiagnosed ascending aortic dissection. I held onto this information before I saw Abu Asef the following evening. I also met a trained nurse from Cyprus who was with an uncle who cam to Hadassah under Medical Tourism. She explained that the surgery in Israel was much cheaper than in Cyprus.

Another member of the “Aorta Problem” group was a young man, dressed in knee-length shorts and hard-rock tee-shirt. The conversation between a 20 something Israeli biker and Abu Asef reminded me of Krapp’s Last Tape. Abu Asef like Krapp, is a lonely, solitary figure, playing the tapes of his illness and re-telling what might have been, saying that in spite of his surviving 13 hours of surgery, Allah could still take him in a minute. He spoke of his 20 year connection to a German construction company. During his  civil engineering career he supervised the building of dozens of schools and hospitals across the Middle East. At that point I couldn’t hold back. I said, “Abu Asef, you are very stubborn, and a hard worker, and you are anxious to get back to work.  But your complaining and your “what if” will not help you survive this surgery, but patience will. The CAT scan accidentally revealed your aorta problem. You would have not survived and aortic incident. For cardiac patients, attitude is the most important factor.”

He shook his head in agreement. Then he could not resist, “You know that the Jews are the wealthiest people in the world (not the oil sheiks). I smiled, “If this is true, and that’s a big if, then with wealth goes a great responsibility to help people and use it wisely.” He accepted my words.

On the other hand, the biker was patient and accepting, which I am sure was not part of his character. He had used his challenge, the “Nisayanos” of his illness as an opportunity for growth as a tool to strengthen his character. He described convincingly that inner sections of his aorta were torn and as he described, flapping, making it insufferable to eat. He was waiting to receive heavy doses of a blood thinner that he would be taking at home. Or perhaps he was waiting for the prescription. In any case he had been brought to the unit expecting to be admitted for surgery. The doctors then decided that he was  to go home and they would see him again and perhaps the spontaneous tear would heal.. He had an attitude of complete submission to whatever his fate would be.

When I last saw Abu Asef I took the risk and asked, “Did you come in to Hadassah Hospital through  the Palestinian Authority Office? and who paid for your surgery? He replied that one can be admitted from Gaza after a thorough check by the Israeli military from Gaza, that they have no criminal record. I offered that I’m checked too, and he agreed and that he perfectly understood the need for security checks. He also said that the surgery had a cost of $150,000. I asked Nargina if she knew who built Hadassah Hospital. I have yet to meet an Arab Israeli who is familiar with Henrietta Szold and the Hadassah Womens Organization, the largest volunteer organization in the USA with over 100,000 members. I suggested to Nargina that she write a thank you letter to Hadassah Hospital and that it would encourage the volunteers.

2-On the last day of my visits,  I brought along a braided rug that needed repair. Many Arab workers passed and admired the rug. I said, “This rug is really a symbol. The work is done by a strong hand, and it held together well for a very long time. It is coming apart places. The whole is made up of many distinct parts, some stronger and some weaker, each with a unique identity. When there is a disruption in one part it is felt throughout, and the weak need to be helped. The vital indispensable Aorta provides oxygenated blood to all the organs. The aorta is largest  blood vessel. It branches off from the heart and pumps oxygen-rich blood back into the body.

my heirloom braided wool rug

Isolation, I explained, is harder to suffer than being poor. The rug represents the stronger helping the weaker to hold on.  Family and community are  very important. Without them there is no society.

The aide said that she had traveled to Jordan and Turkey and she didn’t see that kind of caring for the weak.

3-The following is a tip:

I don’t know a single person who does not use the Israeli ubiquitous pastry dough roll or buy prepared frozen burekas. Both  contain sugar. To cut back on that, I defrost the frozen burekas which have a TINY amount of filling. Then use the defrosted pastry roll and cut a piece, roll it out and add any vegetable filling that I fancy.


Continue reading Post 350: Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem – A place to heal – a place for Jews and Arabs Israelis to meet and reach a common ground by accepting/complaining about their medical treatment and parting with wishes for a complete recovery; Jerusalem Muslala – a place to meet artists and attend workshops; Rosh Chodesh Elul Women’s gathering, September 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Melabev Center Rosh Hashanah Sale Melabev invites you to come and shop for your Rosh Hashanah gifts at their fair. Great vendors, raffle prizes and children’s activities. All the proceeds go to support the dementia care facility for English speakers. 125 Derech Beit Lechem 02-651-6764 Price Entrance to the fair is FREE; Quick trick for using commercial pastry dough ; Recipe for Quinoa Muffins.

Post 348: Developments in Mircaz Ha”Ir and 10 claimed health benefits of bottle gourd or lauki


Where do you park your car? In an underground mall in oily crud on the ground? Only in Jerusalem would you have the privilege  of parking in an olive grove in the center of the city.

20160908_064742.jpg These are very old olive trees. My guess is that they were brought to Gan Ha Atzmaot and incorporated into the landscape or they were part of the area before the park was developed.




These immense planters were developed by Muslala. They are a group of urban “gorillas” out to transform the corner of Kikar Davidka and Rechove Yaffa into an artist’s work space. 20160905_085540.jpg   

This tree stump was found in the remains of the Russian Compund during construction. Muslala turned it into a drinking faucet. Actually, the separate pieces were constructed on the of Binyan Klal, the building that has become Muslala’s space. 

Come join in Yoga 50+ at the mirpeset in Binyan clal! This is a gentle yoga class, with a lot of movement synchronized with breath, breathing exercises, postures and deep relaxation. You don’t have to be 50+ to participate, the class is suitable to anyone wanting gentle yet effective yoga. The class is on Sundays at 4:30 pm. During September, the first class has a special introductory price of 20 NIS.

The Mirpeset is a new, fantastic space created by the Muslala group, as part of their efforts to revitalize Binyan clal. There is a lot of activity there, and definitely worth checking it out. Studio Prizma there offers a wide variety of movement classes.

Ruthi Soudack, the instructor, has been practicing yoga for over 30 years, and teaching since 1993. She combines a number of approaches to yoga in her classes. Ruthi also offers private yoga lessons and therapeutic sessions, as well as group classes at her magical home in Ein Karem.

The Terrace: A Roof For New Urbanism

The Terrace – called the Mirpeset in Hebrew – is situated in the Clal building at the top of the spiral stairs. The goal of the Terrace is to develop the space for public use on the topics of art, sustainability and community, and to breathe life into the Clal Building and the surrounding areas.

As the new home of Muslala, the Terrace has a multi-purpose central space designed for leisure, gatherings and events. Surrounding the central space are six other spaces, each with its own purpose:

  • Adamahi – for sculpting and building with earth
  • Gag-Eden – all about urban agriculture, renewable energy and sustainable thinking
  • Propolis – learn about the biodynamic approach to urban beekeeping
  • Prizma – the space for movement, body and meaning
  • Mirpeset Gallery – for public art exhibitions
  • Library and study space

A variety of courses, workshops and lectures led by the Muslala community members take places in the different Terrace spaces.

How to find the Terrace: In the Clal Building at 97 Yaffo St. go to the top of the spiral stairs, or to floor E by elevator.


10 claimed health benefits of bottle gourd or lauki :

from conscious health net.

I peeled this vegetable and removed the seeds. There was very little left after that. I added it to a pressure cooker with butternut squash, sweet potatoes, sliced onion, vegetable broth, powdered mustard, roasted garlic, sriracha sauce, cayenne pepper, grated ginger and steamed briefly. Afterward the pot cooled I peeled the other vegetables  and blended the soup in my food processor.


conscious health.net recommended using thermogenic spices like ginger, cayenne or drink the lauki or bottle gourd juice for weight loss.

About bottle gourd/lau/lauki:

This South Asian squash is indeed bottle shaped, light green and long. The flesh inside is spongy and you can also cut it into small pieces and make a curry out of it. Bottle gourd or lauki is over 90% water therefore it is easy to digest.

Asserted Ayurvedic health benefits of bottle gourd/lau/ lauki: These points are not mine but recommendations fom the site concsious health.net

  1.  recommends cooked lauki or bottle gourd for better digestion. It is cooling, calming, diuretic and anti-bilious.
  2. Like cranberries, bottle gourd or lauki supports the urinary system of our body by reducing burning sensation from high acidic urination. It also reduces the chances of urinary infection because it is alkalizing and has a diuretic effect.
  3. It contains many vitamins and minerals, such as, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, C and folate.
  4. It is extremely popular for weight loss. Especially the bottle gourd or lauki juice.
  5. Bottle gourd is extremely popular for reducing high blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy/
  6. Lauki or bottle gourd is known to combat excessive thirst in diabetic patients.
  7. The fiber and the minerals in the bottle gourd or lauki supports healthy digestion and combats flatulence and combats constipation.
  8. In Ayurveda it is also know to prevent premature greying.
  9. Lauki or bottle gourd juice with a pinch of sea salt maintains the electrolyte balance in the body. This is also a great remedy for people who has diarrhea.
  10. Bottle gourd is recommended by Ayurvedic doctors for reducing liver inflammation.

Post 332: How to handle an unruly refrigerator, how to turn leftover vegetables and/or a vegetable stir fry into a soup, and Raisin-fruit-nut-Carrot Muffins

How to handle an unruly refrigerator:  Everyone seems to have refrigerator troubles one time or another.

-The wealthy are particularly angry that they are not spared.

I’ve read. “I hate my Northland. It is loud, inefficient, and not dependable. The ice-maker rarely works. The solenoid on the water line for the ice maker just started leaking. A solenoid is a type of electromagnet when the purpose is to generate a controlled magnetic.

(It is the actual solenoid, not the connection and ruined by laminate floor.) That part is usually under an extended warrantee, but probably quite rare (my comment).

The front grill always rattles when the motor is running. The fan on the freezer side has iced up several times. For the price, I expected better. I could have bought 5 refrigerators of better quality than what I paid for this piece of junk.” That rich folks should suffer.

“Oy” or the Liebherr, “The major problem is icing on the back of the fridge.” That’s the one that will be addressed here.

The first fridge is about $26,000 and the second about $9,000.

After speaking with friends, it appears that water also forms on the back wall of Israeli refrigerators, the common garden variety. Concerning the drawbacks of our precious second-hand Liebherr,  and suggestions, a  reader offered the following diagnosis:

There will always be frost and, especially in humid climates, some ice on the back of the fridge. (By following these steps, no ice is appearing, although I hope (B’H) not to give my fridge an “Ein Horah”, an evil eye:

עין הרע

This is a compromise for the depth of the fridge. We put meats and other items like pickles, etc, at the very back of the fridge to keep them as cold as possible. There’s a risk of it freezing if you rest it against the back. We live in an apartment and are used to these compromises. If you live in a house, get a bigger fridge that cools itself more traditionally.

Icing and drain plug clogging are related issues in our experience. For whatever reason, the fridge circulation fan is defaulted to the off position. With this off you will get a lot more icing on the back of the fridge. This will then clog your drain plug with ice. Turn the fan on and occasionally check to see if it is still on – a power outage will turn it off again. ( I never had to do this – my comment and don’t mess with a fan).

We’ve had it running for about a year and no more ice issues.What to do if the drain plugs up? You will need to defrost the fridge completely and have it turned off – leave the doors open. Wait until the ice melts. If there are sheets of ice, wait until they sort of melt, then pull them out – otherwise, expect large puddles. We poured some hot water from the tap (not boiled water) into the drain to help it along, but that took forever. Now’s a good time to clean the back wall of the fridge. Not too bad, all things considered.” And another, I yearly use a pipe cleaner to clean the drain hole, take off the vent cover, and vacuum the coils. I also have my fridge on a plug surge protector.

I don’t have this, my comment). I do so for all my rentals. I must have bought a gem.”

Knowing the Austrians by their complicated watch works, including several imperial clockmakers who designed the clock machine of Prague Orloj, the practicality of the Liebherr demands more clarification. The following tasks in addition to those above, are crucial to getting your Liebherr to silently serve you (with little or no water changes on the back wall ), and not the other way around.

1) This is the hardest part, but truly worth the effort and time. Ask your 5 best and closest friends to take your food from the fridge and freezer. If you do this at Passover time your problems should be reduced. This year we just cleaned the fridge and didn’t defrost the entire system. That was a mistake.

The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can’t draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited. Here’s an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost “manually.” When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting.




2-Vacuum the coils in the rear. We purchased our Liebherr second-hand. It was placed in storage. Now, eight years after it has been in place, I looked closely at the evaporation apparatus in the back. It was filled with brown leaves. From where? It had been moved to storage on a snowy day and the fridge was not wrapped. In other words, any opening is the weakest link in the refrigerator’s circulation system. THE WATER doesn’t need to be perfectly clear, but not potentially a problem filled with debris.

3) Your fridge will not experience toxic shock if you  return cold food to the fridge and frozen food to the freezer. Then it will not be overworked.

4) There is a super cool setting for the freezer if you are putting a lot of room temperature meats and fish etc, into the fridge, but I have not used it. Be sure to cool warm foods to room temperature before putting them away. That’s a given.

5) The amount of moisture on the back wall is insignificant now compared to the half-inch of fluffy snow there before this melt-down was performed. Try to keep vegetables and fruit in the drawer. I was told and read that food kept in glass is healthier than kept in plastic. However, more energy is expended for every square inch of glass surface than for plastic, as glass has the ability to stay really cold, as in a nice cold bottle of beer. If you remember basic science, when a cold surface comes in contact with a warmer surface, condensation will occur on the warmer surface, as in the surface of an interior window.20160724_094928.jpg

6) Try to limit the amount of air in plastic jars, packages and glass containers, as your fridge will be working to cool air inside them. That’s a waste.

7) The instruction manual recommends emptying and turning off your fridge when you plan to be away for more than a month. I never did this and just relied on weekly visitors to open and close the fridge at regular intervals. However, there were always some puddles on the floor when I return home. In the future, I hope to (B’H) follow this recommendation.



This is the water container that had leaves in it that I removed with a bulbous tube. Don’t worry if the water is tinged a bit as it is continuously evaporating.

 8) When you turn your fridge back on, it is the time to put the fridge at 14 degrees C and the freezer at -18 C. Then after a few days the fridge temperature can be lowered to 9 degrees C which is 48 degrees F. That’s where my fridge sits now.

9) Plan to keep leftovers to a minimum. going to try this: how to turn leftover vegetables/ or a vegetable stir fry into a soup:

Allow your favorite rice noodles to boil for 5-7 minutes and turn off. Pour the stir fry mixture into the pot with the noodles and add the soy sauce and grated ginger. While the broth is still hot, stir to make sure all ingredients are well mixed in the soup. Pour in a large bowl and top off with cilantro and jalapeno peppers.


“Raisin-Carrot Muffins

Raisin-Carrot Muffins

  • Makes: 16 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 24
From Diabetic Living with alteration
  • 2 oz or 60 grams golden/red  raisins or dried currants chopped in cuizinart
  • 2 oz pistachio nuts chopped
  • 2 teaspoon bourbon soaked vanilla
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oats medium coarseness
  • 1 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/3 cup toasted wheat germ/ground flax seed/ground poppy seed. I use a nut/coffee grinder for that
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk/pareve substitute
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar or brown sugar substitute* equivalent to 1/3 cup brown  or 2/3 cup shredded apple,- or  puried fruit on hand, you can add even more if you shred the apples and squeeze out the juice and then chop. Or if you have any ripe peaches, mango or nectarine use those, but peal first.
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 cup finely shredded carrot, can be more, up to 1 lb.  if you like carrots and are serving dish as a vegetable side dish
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F or 205 degrees C. In a small bowl, dampen dried fruit with boiling water; pour vanilla over and set aside. Coat sixteen 2-1/2-inch muffin cupswith cooking spray or line with paper bake cups; set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, wheat germ, or ground flax meal, bakingpowder, baking soda, salt, and the cinnamon and nutmeg. Make a well in the center.

  3. In a small bowl, beat egg slightly; stir in buttermilk, brown sugar or substitute, and oil. Add all at once to flour mixture; stir just until moistened (the batter should be lumpy). Drain raisins. Gently fold raisins, fruit and shredded carrot into batter. I added the dry ingredients to the combined fruit plus batter.

  4. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup two-thirds full. I weigh out 85 grams. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon and pistachios. My batter seamed very dry, so I mixed in 5 grams of very ripe smooth banana into each cup.

  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from cups. Serve warm. Makes 16 muffins. I generally do 15 minutes and then remove and turn in the cup and then continue.

  6. Tip

  • *Sugar Substitute: Choose from Sweet ‘N Low Brown or Sugar Twin Granulated Brown. Follow package directions to use product amount that’s equivalent to 1/3 cup brown sugar. Or omit according to taste because there is dry fruit and cut up fruit


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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHopJHSlVo4

 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.

Post 321; 13th Annual English – Women’s Speakers Getaway 2016! Macrobiotic bulgher salad with recipe for almond cheese

Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:46 am (PDT) . Posted by:

“B. Weiss”


*Join Bassya and Adina on the 13th Annual English-Speaking
Women’s Getaway!!!*

Tuesday June 28, 2016 – Thursday June 30, 2016
22-24 Sivan 5776

*Kinar Hotel, Galil*
2 nights full board (Eidah Chareidis, Shmitah l’Chumra) in a luxury hotel
(pool with female lifeguard), women’s beach open all day long in walking
distance, live entertainment, inspiring guest speakers, fun workshops,
unbeatable price. I joined this group for thir first escapade. Lot’s of fun.

*Book your place NOW!! Rooms are going fast! *
For details call Bassya 02 585 2297 or email Adina at

Pereg, the famous spice seller in the shuk has a very interesting site for recipes in English, https://www.pereg-spices.com.

I tried to access the Hebrew one, and next time that I am at the shuk I’ll ask for help in the store. The salad recipe below is inspired by the English site.


Modifications: Since I try not use salty cheese you are encouraged to soak and use natural almonds as indicated in an earlier post and repeated here.

Greek Couscous/bulgher Salad

Greek Couscous/bulgher  Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8, 1/2-cup servings



·      1 ½ cups water

·      1 cup  Couscous or bulgher 

·      1/2 teaspoon salt plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided or omit

·      3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus 1 teaspoon, divided

·      1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered cubed

·      1 cup cucumber (1 small), deseeded and small diced

·      ½ cup halved pitted kalamata olives, minced or omit- use Israel salt substitute

·      ¼ cup red onions, diced or red onions

·      2 tablespoons lemon juice

·      Crushed black pepper

·      Toasted pine nuts

·      1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced

·      2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese, or almond cheese substitute.

·      1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts (optional)


1.     In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil, add 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon extra olive oil. Then add couscous and stir. Cover with a lid and remove from heat. Let couscous steam for five minutes.

2.     Fluff with a fork and let cool.

3.     In large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, olives/ or omit, red onions and then stir in couscous.

4.     In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, remaining oil and salt, black pepper until well blended. Toss with couscous mixture and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. I generally stir in the lemon with the boiling water. I like the grain very dry. Garnish with fresh mint, feta and pine nuts right before serving. I also hold the oil until the end and adjust the quantity.

Almond Cheese: Most recipes for homemade almond cheese call for soaking the blanched almonds in cold water for 24 hours before making the cheese. I have made this cheese with almonds that I soaked and with almonds that were un-soaked and noticed very little difference in the final product. The cheese made with soaked almonds was perhaps slightly creamier. And the almonds start to sprout rendering them larger. So why bother soaking the almonds?

It is thought that soaking almonds ( and soaking other nuts and seeds) makes them easier to digest and makes it easier to absorb their nutrients. If you choose to soak the almonds before making this recipe, begin the night before. Place the almonds in a glass bowl or jar and cover completely with water. Cover the bowl or jar and refrigerate for 24 hours. Drain and rinse the almonds well.

Making the Lactose Free Almond Cheese

Put the almonds in a food processor or high-powered blender with the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and water. Blend until very smooth. This will take awhile, about 5 minutes.

Scrape the mixture into double-layered cheesecloth lining a colander. Gather the cheesecloth tightly around the almond mixture and secure into a bundle by using a rubber band or string to tie the top. Give the bundle a few gentle squeezes to remove liquid.

Leave the bundle in the colander and place in the refrigerator overnight over a bowl or rimmed plate to catch any liquid that might drain. You can also use a french white heart shaped porcelain bain-marie, by Apilco. This use allows you to soak, drain and pat dry. img_20160615_145151.jpg

Refrigerate for at least 12 hours. This helps the texture of the cheese become firmer. The holes in the bottom permit you to keep adding fresh water to cover . The the bath in another glass baking dish.

Discard any liquid that drains out. Carefully peel the cheesecloth off of the almond “cheese”. The “cheese” will have a consistency similar to cookie dough.

At this point, the almond cheese can be eaten as a spread or it can be gently shaped into a round about 3/4-inch thick and baked at 300 F for 30-40 minutes. After baking, the top will be dry and slightly firm. The inside will still be creamy.

Flavoring the Cheese

The cheese can be flavored by adding seasonings such as fresh garlic, fresh herbs and spices. Some recipes flavor the cheese with nutritional yeast. You can add these ingredients at the beginning when you are blending ingredients. Now the block is prepared for your bulgher salad