Challah Project/Noga Sher February 11, 2011
Me…. Baking Challa? Who would of thought?
Well, I admit, when I first saw your inviting mail for the challa project baking, I raised my eyebrow….
Me baking Challa? This is my husband’s job ( he is a professional pastry-cook) and my job is usually eating it. ( with just plain butter is the best J )
I thought is this an attempt to make me more religious…. ???? I couldn’t help remembering the rabbi’s wife just before I got married lecturing me how every mother and daughter should light shabbat candles and bake a challa.….( yeah… right…) But then I was charmed by the idea that the challot (plural for challa in Hebrew) are meant to be given to others to welcome them to the community. what a great initiative! , why didn’t I think of that?
Well great purpose I thought I am in, the evening we made the challot was a lot of fun, I got to meet new Israeli members of the community and had the chance to find out the secrets of making a challa without being around my husband and his mess while he is in the kitchen. It seems that years of practicing on braiding my daughters hair, did not give me any advantage on succeeding with braiding from 6….( so I guess I can add: it was challenging as well).
But the best part of the project (aside from eating a fresh home made challa with butter of course) was to see the faces of the people who received the challa and their warm words of thankfulness.
Great experience, I am proud to have part in it. Thank you very much.
Waiting to host at my place too.
Pea Soup for a Wintery Shabbat Dinner January 27, 2011
I love this short and simple recipe by Sheli. It is the perfect tummy and soul warmer.
Add some thinly sliced ‘kabanus’ to it and you’re sure to get complimented!
Chop 1 onion – fry.
Add 1-2 carrots – fry together with onion.
Add green peas.
Add water, soup broth, salt and Pilpel (…)
Challahs for Shabbat December 1, 2010
As we assume you all know Salt & Pilpel is a social voluntary initiative that tries to connect and bring together Israelis and Jewish Americans.
Since many new Israeli and Jewish families have recently moved to our area we thought about a nice welcome activity. We would like to offer you all (new and old families) a new activity which goal is to create new relationships and to bring us closer together – making and delivering of Challahs for Shabbat .
Imagine our own hand made Challah industry that we all can enjoy and take part in and that will allow us to welcome new Israeli and Jewish families to our community.
Once a month, close to Rosh Chodesh (beginning of a Hebrew month), on a Thursday evening, we will gather 2-3 ladies in one of the houses to prepare Challahs together. We will than distribute the Challahs to other Jewish and Israeli families. We’ll roll our sleeves, knead the dough, braid it, laugh, get to know new people and make a few families happy. Then the freshly baked and packed Challahs will be distributed to other families.
The activity will allow you to learn how to prepare a fresh and tasty Challah as well as host (a few weeks later) the same activity, pass on the knowledge to others and prepare new Challahs with them.
We will distribute the wrapped Challahs together with a welcoming note to the new families (different families each month).
This Challah baking and welcoming activity will require a number of volunteers each month – one to drive and distribute the Challahs, one to host Challah baking meet-up, and a few to prepare the Challahs and wrap them.
We will be happy to hear from you about new Jewish and Israeli families.
So what is it about?
- A different and unique opportunity for a social gathering.
- A good recipe for Challah.
- Creative idea and fun family activity.
- Opportunity to host a similar meeting in your home.
- Doing a Mitzvah and sending Challahs to new families – a warm and friendly welcome!
We hope that this activity would enable you to participate as well as contribute and take an active role in our community while enhancing connections and relationships with other members of the Jewish Israeli American community.
We look forward to hear your comments and see your registration (please circle the relevant items and email us back):
1. I Would like to attend and prepare Challahs.
2. I will be happy to host a Challah baking meet-up at my home
3. I will be happy to volunteer to distribute the Challah
Name:______________________ e-mail or phone no.________________
We hope you all enjoy this venture along with a fresh Challah for Shabbat .
Please feel free to forward this message to your friends and family !
Calling All Pastry Mavens…. October 8, 2010
Dear pastry lovers, bakers, chefs and dessert enthusiasts,
We would love to have your recommendations, recipes, favorite tricks and tips on where to buy, how to make or who to bother with our pastry questions and concerns.
Do you have a favorite recipe? Is it an easy one? Do you know the best place for baked goods? great desserts? are you the owner of a bakery and would like to tell us about it?
Please comment below with your suggestions or special offers. Of course, sheli and I are always happy to taste your creations:)
Cake for Shabbat – Pears dessert September 29, 2010
I used to make this dessert VERY often. Now that I have changed my ways and weight… well… you should have the recipe:)
1/2 cup pecan
1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp. and 1 tsp. sugar
A touch of cinnamon
A touch of salt
6 tbsp. softened butter
1.5 tsp. fresh ginger, ground
Juice from 2 medium lemons
6 medium pears, piled, corded and length-sliced
- heat oven to 350 degrees
- toast pecans lightly and cut coarsely
- stir in a bowl the flower, brown sugar, butter, (only) 4 tsp. sugar, cinnamon and salt
- in a different bowl, stir lemon juice, rest of the sugar, salt and the pears.
- put pear combination into a medium pan and sprinkle the topping
- bake untill topping is golden, about 40 min.
- serve warm with cold ice cream or weeping cream on top.