Monthly Archives: April 2012

Shadows and Trees

It is time for Straight Out of the Camera Sunday!

It is also time for Shadow Shot Sunday!

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April 8, 2012 – 16 Nisan, 5772

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Shabbat, Passover/Pesach

The cakes have been baked, the matzoh ball soup made, and the chicken and the other dishes are ready to go.

The house is clean, despite the grandies (laughing). Everything is more or less in order, as good as it can be with a four year old and two year old.

Shabbat Shalom! Chag Sameach!

Haggadahs:

A Passover Haggadah: As Commented Upon by Elie Wiesel.

Pesach for the Rest of Us: Making the Passover Seder Your Own, by Marge Piercy

Dayenu! A Passover Haggadah for Families and Children

The No Potato Passover, by Aviva Kanoff, is a fantastic cook book.

Once again, Shabbat Shalom! Chag Sameach!

April 6, 2012 – 14 Nisan, 5772

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Jewaicious Review – Rhyming Life & Death

Rhyming Life & Death, by Amos Oz, is an amazing work of fiction, with a unique perspective. The book is a fascinating look at writing, life and death, fantasy and reality, and the comparison of how opposites need each other in order to complete the whole.

The protagonist is known as The Author, and we never learn his true name. The use of third person narration is subjective in Rhyming Life & Death.

This form of narration affords us to be inside the mind of The Author, and we know his thoughts and feelings. This format is perfect for the novel, in that it exposes the immediate train of thought of The Author. He is a man who is bored with the task at hand (before it even begins), that of having to attend a literary event where there will be a reading of his work, and he will speak and answer questions regarding his writing.

I won’t go into the descriptions of the characters The Author develops, as the book is a slim volume, and I would give the entire story away. Suffice it to say that there are some interesting individuals in the story, and there are both humorous and poignant moments. Oz is incredible with his vivid and detailed imagery, leaving nothing to the reader’s imagination.

The Author’s stories are just that, stories, and most do not have a plot, but are a form of amusement for him. There is a often a fine line between reality and fantasy, and in Rhyming Life & Death, it is often difficult to separate the facts from the imaginary. They often seem as one, and at times it appears that the characters seemingly have taken on a life of their own, within The Author’s mind.

In my opinion Rhyming Life & Death is a powerful book (although some might not think so, as it can seem disjointed), and one that is an illumination on writing and on reading, and on the life cycle. Within the intensity, it can be humorous at times. It is almost as if Oz is assailing or ridiculing writing itself, or at least the process of writing and being published, and the effects of the endeavor, both during and after. That is the beauty of Amos Oz, his ability to infuse the absurd within the pages, to leave beginnings with no endings, and yet brilliantly show that clarity of mind can coexist with one’s imagination.

I am an avid Amos Oz fan, and I personally own and have read this book.

April 5, 2012 – 13 Nisan, 5772

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Honey Cake Recipe

Honey Cake Recipe

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 eggs (I use egg substitute)
3/4 cup sugar (I use sugar substitute)
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups honey
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
1/2 cup almonds
2-3 ounces slivered almonds for topping

-Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and allspice.
-In a different bowl, beat the eggs. Beat eggs lightly with an electric mixer (hand mixer or other), and gradually add the sugar.
-Beat the oil, honey, and coffee into the eggs and sugar. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture.
-Grease the pan. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes in bundt or fluted pan, until cake tests done (it springs back when you lightly touch the center of it). Do not over bake. Let cool 15 minutes and remove from pan. Ovens vary, so I suggest checking it at the 50 minute time frame.

You can wrap it in foil when the cake is completely cooled down, and if tightly wrapped, will last for one week at room temperature. Or, store it in an air tight container.

You can gently sift powdered sugar over the cake after it has cooled down, for decorative purposes. The honey gives it enough of a sweetness, so, for me, it was more for presentation.

I have made it with 1/2 cup of raisins, but prefer it without them.
I use a bundt cake or tube/fluted pan to cook it in. It will fit into three loaf pans, also. If you use the loaf pans the baking time is approximately 40-55 minutes.

Remember to sift your flour, no matter if it states it is presifted.

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Lakeside and Cherry Blossoms

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April 4, 2012 – 12 Nisan, 5772

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Great Egret and Turtle

It is time for Our World Tuesday!

While walking through the orange grove and its environs, this morning with my grandies, we came upon this gorgeous Great Egret, day dreaming away!

Within a few moments I was able to capture the lovely winged-one staring down at a turtle, who was looking up at the egret.

They looked like old buddies having a conversation in the beautiful sunlight.

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April 3, 2012 – 11 Nisan, 5772

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