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Healthy Kitchen Prompt – Sweet and Savory Salmon

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Sweet and Savory Salmon

Sometimes when I fix lunch I want to reinvent the wheel.
I want to mix different ingredients and see what happens.
Sometimes I score…

I wanted to share with you the recipe for this delicious lunch combo – you can also make that for dinner, if you feel like it. You can also ignore it altogether, but you’ll miss out. All the quantities are for 2 people. You’ll have extra mash and extra jam, though…

Feta cheese mash


2 medium gold potatoes.
3 cloves of garlic.
1 Tsp. of butter.
3 heaping Tbs. of feta cheese crumbles.

How to

  1. Peel and cube the potatoes and garlic cloves and put in a small pot. Cover in water and add a dash of salt.
  2. Cook, with the lid on, on high heat until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes, depending on the size of the cubes.
  3. When the potatoes are soft, discard the water and add the butter and feta cheese, then mash everything together, until they are totally combined.

Grilled Salmon


2 boneless fillets of salmon (sized to fit your appetite)
2 lemons
4 cloves of garlic
1 cup Chardonnay
1 Tbs. butter

How to

  1. Marinate the fish for at least 20 min. in freshly squeezed lemon juice and minced garlic.
  2. After the fish is duly marinated, heat a large pan on the stove and add the butter and Chardonnay.
  3. Once the Chardonnay is boiling, add the fish fillets, skin side down, and keep still for 5 minutes [or less if the fillet is thinner – just check if it’s about half-way cooked]
  4. Flip the fish to the other side and pour the marinade juice on top of the fillets. Cook for 3 more minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and move the pan onto a cold surface [room temperature] and let it rest for about 5 minutes.

Onion and raspberry jam


1 large white onion.
3 Tbs. of honey.
4 Tbs. of balsamic vinegar.
1 cup of fresh raspberry.
1 Tbs. brown sugar.
1 cup Chardonnay.
Spices: clove and allspice.

How to

  1. Peel and slice the onion into long strips, then saute these strips in a sauce pan on medium heat until they are softened and turn translucent.
  2. Add the honey, balsamic vinegar and Chardonnay and keep on medium heat. Stir occasionally to make sure nothing burns and sticks to the bottom of the pan. Keep at it until almost all the liquids are reduced by 1/3 and almost totally absorbed into the onion or evaporated.
  3. Add the fresh raspberries and keep on stirring, still on medium heat.
  4. Add the sugar and keep stirring until it is fully integrated into the reduced mixture.
  5. The jam is done when no more liquids appear at the bottom of the pan.

If you give it a try, make sure to leave a comment and tell me how was it. Thanks!

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Document A New Tradition – Journaling Prompt

Monday, April 26th, 2010

New Traditions

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After a loooong year, we went back home for a visit in January. We came back here on February 1st 2010 and some things have changed.

One of the changes was a blessed one – a new tradition was born.

Each evening Nadav and I have a piece of [LIGHT] cheesecake and a tall cup of spiced hot chocolate.

It helps soothing any stress accumulated through the day and sweeten our nights.

Have you got a new tradition? (or perhaps an old one…)

Take a few minutes and document it.

You’ll appreciate it later.


Spiced Hot Chocolate [for 2]

  • In a small sauce pan heat up 1½ cup of milk (We use Silk Light Vanilla Soy milk).
  • Add 1 Tsp. of ground cloves, 1 Tsp. All Spice, 1 Tsp. Mace, 1 Tsp. dry ground ginger, 1 Tbs. cinnamon. (you may change quantities to taste)
  • Stir in 4 Tbs. of good chocolate powder (We use Ghirardelli’s Double Chocolate mix).
  • When it’s dissolved add 2 more cups of milk and heat up until it’s boiling hot. (make sure the milk don’t spill over)
  • Pour carefully into two large cups and enjoy!

Light Cheesecake [for a lasagna pan]

  • Mix 1 package of instant vanilla pudding (fat free and sugar free) with 2 cups of milk (We use Silk Light Vanilla Soy milk).
  • Let it sit for a while and in the mean time dip Pettite Buerre biscuits in milk and arrange a layer of dipped biscuits on your pan.
  • Add 2 packages of low fat cream cheese into the bowl + 3 Tbs. of sugar + ¼ cup of light sour cream – stir everything until they are all combined together.
  • Pour ½ of the batter on the first layer of biscuits – level up.
  • Arrange another layer of biscuits, dipped in milk, on top.
  • Pour the rest of the batter (This is when you can experiment. I added 2 tbs. of cocoa powder to the second half).
  • Cover the pan and put in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  • ENJOY!


Have you got a new fun tradition? Please share by leaving a comment here.

Journaling Prompt – Chicken Soup For The Soul OR Healing Food

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Chicken Soup For The Soul OR Healing FoodSoon after I finally got rid of my allergies and sunburns I came down with a nasty flu. Extreme times call for extreme measures so I called my parents and retrieved my mom’s chicken soup recipe. The miraculous flu medicine of all times.

After bringing 8 cups of water with 1 onion, 1 butternut squash and 2 chicken thighs and shins to a boil, the recipe calls for 2 hours of simmering over low heat.

During those 2 hours the entire house was filled with scents which magically brought me back to Thursdays on my parents’ house, while my mom was getting ready for the sabbath and getting all the cooking done.

I was already starting to feel better, there and then, while waiting for the chicken and vegetables to leave their healing essence in the water.

After the soup was ready, following my mom’s instructions, I added fresh minced ginger and garlic and a handful of fresh spinach leaves and some chopped spring onions with a sprinkle of parsley leaves.

The soup was very fragrant. Flavored by all the fresh ingredients with just a dash of salt and pepper.

One spoonful and my head was less pounding, my nose less stuffed, my throat less dry and my bones less aching. Finally I felt good enough to take a long nap, without getting up every minute to wipe my nose… One spoonful was better than all the 1000mg capsules of vitamin C I was taking ever since my nose started to feel funny on Friday.

This is the story of my healing food. What is yours?

For this week’s journaling prompt document your healing food – the dish that instantaneously makes you feel better.

  • What food comforts you? What dish can heal your ailment?
  • What is the recipe?
  • Who did you get the recipe from? Is it a part of your family’s tradition?
  • What is the magical healing power of the dish?
  • When do you eat it?
  • Does the process of making this food heal as well?
  • Does it bring back any healing memories?
  • How does it smell? What does it taste like?


I shared my healing food with you, share yours by leaving a comment on this post.

I would LOVE to hear about your comfort food.

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Journaling Prompt #5 – Observing Food

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

This prompt is the third in the series of observation prompts. This series is designed to make us more susceptible to small details that spruce up our writing and help our stories evoke more emotions.

The first prompt was all about observing people. The second prompt called for observing the environment. This week’s prompt is inviting you to observe food.

There is so much more in food than its taste, though it is important to pay attention to the wide spectrum of flavors in each bite we take. Food also smells and has different textures and evokes emotions and memories (Why else would the phrase “comfort food” become so commonly used).

This week I invite you to enhance your eating experience by paying special attention to food and write about it. In your observation, use all five senses:

What does the food smell like?

What noise does the food make when you bite into it?

Which flavors does the food have? (What sensations does the food bring to your taste buds?)

What texture does the food have?

How does the food look like?

Don’t stop there, keep on documenting – Does this food bring up any memories? How does it make you feel after eating it? Does eating this food make you feel like a part of a group? A part of a family? A part of a unique culture? Write everything down (Adding photos can help for future reminiscing).

You are more than welcome to share your food observation with me. Just leave a comment below with your food-story or a link to your blog.

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