Friday, August 26, 2016

Shabbat Menu!

Time to get my act together and cook for Shabbat!


Here's the plan:

Friday night:

Spelt Challah
Turkey Wings in Silan/Ginger
Tofu with Silan/Ginger
Potato Kugel
Apple Crisp 
Carrot Kugel
Cucumbers, Carrots, Red Peppers

Shabbat Lunch (us plus a family of 6)

Spelt Challah
Black Bean Cholent
Oven Fried Chicken (now I make it wheat-free, if I have a chance, I'll post an updated recipe!)
Potato Kugel
Spicy Corn
Broccoli Kugel
Various Salads

Dessert: Cinnamon Cake, Chocolate Rice Crispy Squares

Seudah Shlishit

Challah Rolls
Egg Salad
Vegetable Platter
Cheese if we're milchig...

Shabbat Shalom!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Whole Spelt and Oat Bran Challah - Vegan

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I change up my challah recipe sometimes, and this is our latest favorite version! It's been a hit with my family. If you make it, I'd love to hear your feedback!

Whole Spelt and Oat Bran Challah

8 cups whole spelt flour, sifted
1 cup oat bran 2/3 cup ground flaxseed 1 T. salt 1/2 cup sugar
3 cups of lukewarm water* 1 tsp sugar 2 tsp dry yeast
1/3 cup oil + a little more for oiling the bowl

 *I find that the amount of water needed varies a lot - depends on the temperature and humidity in my kitchen on a particular day, and different batches of flour behave differently
Directions: 1. Mix 1 tsp sugar with the water. Add the yeast. Allow to proof for about 10 min
2. Mix together dry ingredients (flour, oat bran, flaxseed, salt, sugar)
3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add liquid ingredients. Mix well. Then knead.  c
4. oat the dough with oil and flip over a couple of times, so the bottom and sides get oiled too. cover with a tea towel to rise till doubled. On warm days, this can be about 1 hour, on cold days it can take a lot longer! (In the winter I usually make the dough Thursday night before I go to sleep)
5. Punch down. Shape your challot. Cover with a tea towel to rise for about 1/2 an hour. (I usually make 3 challot out of this size batch, so I often double it!)
6. Bake for about 30-40 min at 350 F (175-180C)
Allow to cool before you devour them. These cut much better when they've cooled properly.

Enjoy your Shabbat Challot!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Snap In - Money Saving Tip

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Saving money on groceries is a REALLY popular topic. It seems like some expenses are just too "fixed" to try to reduce (It's really hard to reduce a mortgage payment one month!), but groceries are somewhat flexible for most people. While you can occasionally  find coupons for groceries in Israel (go ahead, click and see if there are any you can use!), I find they are not nearly as common as they were when I lived in America, and they are definitely not as "high value".

In order to stretch my grocery budget a little bit further, I use Snap In in addition to the few coupons I find, the sug bet rack, and searching for discounts and deals (and of course, cooking from scratch!), as well as planning ahead.

As I've explained previously, Snap In is a rebate program. You buy a product, scan your receipt, and Snap In will give you a rebate. (They credit your account and then send you a payment when you accrue 100 shekels in credit.)

So far, I'm happy with Snap In. They pay directly into my bank account, and they're very user friendly. If ever there's a question about a rebate, they are quite responsive.

I find the best way to use their program is to take them up on "Free Offers" (who doesn't like free food?) and also use their rebates to help decide which brand to buy. So, if a particular product will give me a 5 shekel rebate via Snap In, but its competitor is 1 shekel less, I may decide to buy the one that comes out cheaper after rebate. This is only good if you actually can afford to wait for the rebate, obviously. Each person will have to make that decision for him/herself (I know it's not always feasible - I've been there!).

Rebates are lised on SnapIn's website, and they do change from time to time.

If you haven't tried it out, give it a try! If you've signed up already but haven't yet tried uploading a receipt, go ahead and give it a try! It's really not hard and you may find yourself getting rebates!

Note: upload your receipts as soon as possible, and definitely within the 30 day limit. If you're using Snap.In's mobile app, getting rebates as easy as snapping a picture! It takes me almost no time at all, and I've gotten a couple of hundred shekels from them since I joined! What are you waiting for? Join today!

Let me know if you use SnapIn, I'd love to hear what you think!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Expanded Food Recall!

The smoked salmon recall from last week has been expanded.

The following items have been added to the recall list:

Smoked Salmon, Maadanei Miki brand, any size package with the dates listed below.

Production Dates:                 Expiration Dates

03/07/2016                              27/02/2017

05/07/2016                              01/03/2017

07/07/2016                             03/03/2017

14/07/2016                              10/03/2017

02/08/2016                              29/03/2017

04/87/2016                             31/03/2017

Anyone who has purchased these products is instructed not to consume them.

Please contact Maadanei Miki's customer service to arrange your return. They can be reached at or 1-700-505-540 0r 03-961-6283