Friday, September 14, 2012
My CSA box arrives on Wed afternoon. I get to chose the additions to the box but not the main veg. I can only say if I don't want a veg because of allergies etc. So I don't always get what I need. It has taught me to be careful with what I have and to use it up. No more throwing moldy veg from the fridge after a week or even two. My kids love the taste of fresh green beans etc.
This week we got purple okra, carrots, pumpkin, butternut squash, spinach (used on Rosh Hashana), arugula, leeks, cucumbers, spring onions, cilantro, parsley, eggplant, apples, avocado, mango, and of course pomegranates.
I journeyed to Jerusalem to meet my Mum and we went to Mahane Yehuda. It is not a farmers market it is a market. With all the hustle and bustle of a market. The prodcue is all fresh but guess what the tomatoes were also crazy prices, hubby bought chopped organic tomatoes and organic passata and we will make do without them.
I did buy lettuce, lemons (a trick with lemons is to keep them in the freezer ...they really freeze well), a pineapple, a fruit called Pimento in Hebrew, yellow dates (for Rosh Hashana), olives (4 types, including spicey ones), cabbage and starfruits.
Before we went into the market to shop. I have a coffee and spice place which is at the entrance to the market. It's a tiny little shop with lots of goodies. I buy my coffee beans there. I bought coffee beans, cinnamon sticks and my Mum bought some chamomile (the real stuff not teabags).
usually we have cold coffee there. They know we don't take sugar and make it frothy with just a little bit of milk. I had cold green tea with ginseng and it was very refreshing.
The staff there is so nice. They remember us even though we get to go there once every few weeks. They even remember what we like and give ideas for recipes.
I love Mahane Yehuda because it shows you the hustle and bustle of life. It has trendy market stores, and plain old stalls. You get the shouting of prices out loud and free tastes. I bought my hubby some Halva and asked my Mum to taste instead of me because I didn't want to taste it and she didn't mind. It was expensive enough so it better be good ;-).
I am now certified as Insane as you can get.
I am so excited that I completed 62 days of Insanity. I only have the fit test left.
If you expect to lose weight just by doing insanity don't. I screwed up big time with my eating and the only thing that kept me from being too hard on myself was the fact that I did insanity every day including vacations. Rest days count as insanity too ;-). I actually gained weight but I'm much more flexible than I ever was in my life. I can even almost do a man's push up. I'm going for round two next week.
Sunday, September 09, 2012
I am an observant Jew. This means a lot of food at weekends (our Sabbath) and Jewish holiday
s. Next weekend is the weekend before our high-holidays hit us.
Rosh Hashana - the Jewish new year. This consists of 48 hours of food.
Rosh Hashana is marked with sweet foods to wish ourselves a happy sweet new year.
Before we eat our
dinner we have pomegranate (yum), bread (sweet challa) dipped in honey, carrots in honey or date syrup, apple dipped in honey and a few other foods. Such as spinach and leeks.
Then we start a meat meal. Chicken soup, salads, meat and dessert followed by honey cake/carrot cake. Cookies, ice cream, nuts and chocolates.
We have guests over to celebrate together and drink a lot of wine to go with the meal.
The following morning is cookies/cake with coffee before we go to the synagogue for several hours. When we get home it's ice-cream, cake etc followed by lunch.
Lots of salad choices, meat/chicken, rice/couscous, dessert (fruit salad/ice cream or cakes) coffee/tea and cake, dried fruits and nuts.
Repeat those meals again....
I used to start worrying about it round about a week before. What will I eat. How will I eat etc. This year I decided I will serve healthy options of everything. I will make plenty of veg and just enjoy the food and the talk.
Eye opener - no one really looks to see what and how much you are eating. You can get away with as little or as much as you want to eat...
Yom Kippur - Fast day (10 days after Rosh Hashana). A big meal before and after 24 hours of no food
Succoth (15 days after Rosh Hashana)- Challa and honey, same type of meal as Rosh Hashana without the prelude
Simchat Torah/Shmini Atzeret (8 days after the start of Succoth)- Same as succoth
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