7 Quick Takes – 30


— 1 —

A while back our 7 Quick Takes host Jen posted about theme songs to her life. One of the songs she listed was by Matisyahu. Another one of Matisyahu’s songs, One Day,  is played a lot these days. While I love the original, there is a cover that has been making rounds on my Facebook news feed: a girl in Ashdod, Israel, spent her time in the shelter recording this version. It’s not only moving, but it’s also a good cover!

— 2 —

Do you remember my post about spilled coffee? Well, today I was stopping by at a different store of the chain, to get a coffee and some pastries for lunch and when I was ready to pay, the cashier rang my purchase up as free. Apparently he had seen my post on his FB, and thought he’d charge it to Hamas. 🙂 He also sent some coffee in a container with me. 🙂 . I tried to insist I’d pay for at least the pastry, but I ended up with a free sandwich instead. Aroma has been among the many, many businesses providing free food and other products to our soldiers since Operation Protective Edge began. In case you live in NYC, New Jersey, Maryland or Florida or Toronto, or even Kiev, Ukraine, make sure to visit one of their stores, and have a cuppa on my behalf. 🙂 No, I’m not paid by them. I wish I was. 🙂

— 2.5 —

My friend Hope Anne just told me that when she was in Kiev for the first time, she had a lovely salad at Aroma, but the other two times she couldn’t find them again. So their salads are great abroad, too!

— 3 —

Kevin and I got into the habit of texting during air raids. It’s just something to pass the time and normalize the situation as much as possible. We get some of the same alerts, or very close to each other, so at least I can have something positive come out of them.

— 4 —

A few years ago I emailed Channel 4 about my idea for a TV show where people with disabilities get to cook with celebrity chefs. Nothing came of it, of course. I never even had the email answered. Now there is a new enterprise by a blog friend, who is starting a café that will be manned by people living with various disabilities. The project’s name is Power Café, And it will be in one of my favourite parts on the USA, in the Boston area. To help raise funds for this project, please click here.

Now I wish they’d have some sandwiches on the menu. I don’t know, maybe even sabich?

— 5 —

So, I have been very lazy recently when it came to cooking, and I had mostly odd things to work with. Out came my baking bags (the ones you can bake a turkey in) and stuff from my garden. We raise our own chicken, so the chicken I used for it was home grown as well. The spinach, however, was store bought, frozen. We are growing potatoes in our compost bin, so I dug out a few, and chopped up some spring garlic and regular garlic added salt and white pepper, and threw the whole thing in a baking bag with some coconut oil, and put it in the oven… and waited. After a while I remembered to actually turn the oven on. 2014-07-19 16.27.24

Some arugula and bird salad completed my meal. The following day I made something similar, but that time I had home grown spinach and carrots to add as well.

This is an instant cooking hit recipe. There is very little chance to mess it up, and even beginner cooks can put things in a bag. I make similar food combos in the slow cooker, too, for a more stew like result, but the freshly baked chicken and potatoes are just awesome, and only take a bit over an hour. It requires very little supervision, and lots of different combinations work. We usually add mushrooms and whatever vegetables we have on hand. Broccoli and cauliflower, however, tend to overcook. We love corn on the cob baked with our chicken, though!

— 6 —

I’ve been having a lot more hits on my blog recently. My friends on Facebook shared the link to my previous post, about my daughter’s babyhood in “conflict” afflicted Israel.  Apparently some of their friends shared it, too. Thanks everyone for the support! (And by lot more I mean 200+ one day, and 50+ on the days since, which is about double of my usual hits.)

— 7 —

Just something I’ve been working on…

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I don’t have much time these days, but I still crochet more than I did in the past few months. It’s something to keep me feel normal, and I also had some orders that I need to finish. Maybe I will resurrect my crochet blog.

(Yes, I take orders for some things. Like coasters, kipot, and slippers like the one above. The deal is, you pay if you like it. You don’t if you don’t.)

Shabbat shalom!

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6 Responses to “7 Quick Takes – 30”

  1. Galit says:

    Thanks for the link, Hevel! Sandwiches are definitely planned down the line, possibly sooner depending on the staff training. Sabich sounds yummy, though I’ve never had any. I am not planning to have any open cooking, though. Can the eggplant be baked instead of fried for this recipe?

    • I don’t know about baking, but I grill the aubergines most of the time. You can try, but my experience with baking aubergine slices is the result is a rubbery, dried out thingy, so I prefer not to use it.

  2. Jon says:

    WOWZA that is super great about the guy at the coffee shop. Now that is customer service. 😮
    Too bad they aren’t in this area so I could support them.
    Nice simple dinner in a bag. I suppose it always helps to turn the oven on? LOL………
    It’s a heck of a way to get some together time with Kevin, but it’s nice that you are. 🙂
    I LOVE your slippers. Too cute. 🙂
    YAY for getting more traffic on your blog. 🙂
    I think that would be a cool to see a show with chefs working with people with disabilities. I’m sorry you didn’t get any answers from your email.
    HUGS, Jon

    • He was awesome. But the funny thing is, I went to the one shop where it happened, and it took forever to convince the barista that I already got a free coffee out of it, and really, not the company should buy me coffee but Hamas.

      • Jon says:

        Never argue with somebody trying to do a good deed. lol………
        I still find it amazing because too many companies nowadays could care less about customer service. 🙁

  3. Jill says:

    That dinner looks super tasty. You must have a pretty good-sized yard to keep chickens. Can you post a picture of them?

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