Thursday, December 1, 2016

Shabbat Menu Planning

It's raining - and that means Israeli winter has arrived!

So here is this week's winter Shabbat menu:

Spelt Challah
Split Pea Soup (I know, it's lentil soup week, but my crew likes split pea soup better than lentil soup!)
Chicken with Rice
Potato Kugel
Noodles with stir fried veggies

For lunch, we'll have Black Bean Cholent (made in the trusty electric slow cooker) instead of the soup!

We'll also have a few salads. We have a purple cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumbers, red peppers, pickles, and olives and other random ingredients. I'm sure we can make a few yummy salads!

For dessert, we'll have Chocolate-Crispy Rice Squares (and tea!)

This week, we're switching to winter mode - I'm moving the slow cooker and platta into the main part of the kitchen. They'd been living in the kitchen alcove, so as not to heat up the whole house unnecessarily, but now, we will appreciate the extra heat!

What are your favorite winter shabbat foods? Any special tips and tricks for staying warm through an Israeli winter in these cold, concrete houses?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Catch this sale while you can!

Click to shop at Better World Books!
Better World Books has a great deal going on right now - get 15% off 5 or more used books with code CMONDAYWEEK (you must enter the code at checkout)!

But hurry! This sale ends soon. It''s time to get some books for winter reading...

Important info from the BWB site:
Sale IS valid on all used books that ship from Better World Books. Offer is NOT valid on new books or books that ship from other sellers. Discount code is required. Offer doesn't combine with other promotions. Sale ends Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:00:00 AM EST. If you're not sure if a book is on sale, you can look for the seller name for each book when you view your cart. The seller name must be "Better World Books" for the discount to apply.

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Food Recall (Israel)!

Shufersal and Slatei Shamir announced a recall of the following item, due to a possibility of bacterial contamination (listeria):

Hummus, Shufersal brand, 1 kg package, barcode 7296073224600 with a use by date of 5.1.17

This is currently the only prepared hummus that is being recalled.

Shufersal is working with the Ministry of Health on this recall.

Consumers are advised NOT to consume this product. Please return it to Shufersal for a refund or replacement.

Please direct questions to Shufersal's customer service hotline - 1-800-68-68-68

Please share this announcement with your friends and family who may have purchased this product!

More Label "Decoding"

Have you ever seen a microscope symbol on a package of lettuce, potatoes, or other produce?

Wondering what it might mean?

Well - let me reassure you that it does NOT mean that the lettuce you just ate was grown in a lab. Nor does it mean it is GMO or anything along those lines.

The symbol belongs to a company called Lab-Path.

Lab-Path audits and certifies growers to be sure they are not using excessive amounts of pesticides, are free of bacterial contamination, heavy metals, and other dangerous substances.

Produce with the Lab-Path symbol on it is therefore assumed to be safer than other, non-certified produce. Lab-Path uses European safety standards in their certification process.

Lately, I have noticed a lot of potatoes, and lettuce in various stores with the Lab-Path symbol. Since both of these foods are often found to have high pesticide residue, I'm glad to buy the certified ones that assure me that legal pesticide residue levels haven't been exceeded. And they don't seem to be any pricier than non-certified ones, either!

(For more information about pesticides in Israeli produce, please see the article I wrote about it. Unfortunately, up-to-date information is hard to find.)

In addition, they offer an organic certification for those looking for certified organic produce.

This is what it looks like:
Hope this helps you make good consumer choices!
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