The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I am still learning the social rules and niceties for blogging. So, when Nell from “I need a feed!” nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award, I felt awed.

When I started posting my recipes, I never thought that it would lead to having so much fun and connecting to such a friendly and diverse group of wonderful people. It is even all the more startling, as this blog has only been really active since May. Nell, thank you for your vote of confidence and support.

I am not quite sure what is involved, and there seem to be a variety of rules.

However, this is what I think are the rules:

  1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Put the award logo on your blog.
  3. Answer the questions the nominator has provided
  4. Nominate at least 3 other bloggers
  5. Create 5 questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.

So, thank you again Nell for nominating my blog!

Nell has a beautiful blog full of delicious gluten free and dairy free recipes. She has a true passion for what she creates.

Please visit Nell’s blog and see for yourself at

Deliciouslynell has continued the tradition set by the person who nominated her, Mutsumi of Sakura Junction and asked me these questions:

  1. What do you do to keep fit?

Physical fitness: At the moment, my only exercise is jumping to conclusions pushing my luck, and carrying too much weight on my shoulders.

Physical exercise is a challenge for me, and I am time challenged as well. So, I do stretches before I meditate and occasionally do an easy exercise DVD. Fortunately, my job is not sedentary and I also carry my daughter Yaffa up and down the stairs. What can I say? Cute gets you far.

Mental fitness: I meditate for a minimum of 15 minutes a day and I have a daily writing exercise on for looking for the good and focusing on gratitude and appreciation.

Spiritually: I pray.

  1. Which do you prefer living by the sea or in a mountain?

I prefer the mountains. As a family, we go hiking in the Laurentian and White Mountains during the summer.

  1. What is your guilty pleasure?

I love to do nothing, sit on my porch swing and watch the world go by.

  1. If you can be a character in a film which character/film you want to be?

The movies I watch tend to be Disney related, with my daughters. So, I guess I would be a Disney princess! I am grateful to have met my Prince Charming.

  1. What is the craziest thing you have ever done in your life?

My life tends to be crazy all the time. I work in mental health, so “normal” is a relative term. I would say going to acupuncture school was the craziest thing I ever did. I made the decision and within a week, moved, got a job and a place to live and voila, I became an acupuncturist!

And now for the nominees….

Lynz Real Cooking Lynn’s recipes are wonderful and I love her stories about her life.  Please visit her blog at:

Osyth at Half Baked In Paradise I love her lyrical writing and cross cultural perspective.

Serenaglow: Serena talks about many of my favorite subjects on healthy living and lifestyle.

Itsgoodtobecrazysometimes This blog is not my standard food and healthy living blog. However, I feel that the writer is talking about a very important subject, living with mental illness, and I appreciate and admire her bravery.

Lauren at My non-toxic life. Again, Lauren writes on all of my favorite topics with a passion and enthusiasm for a healthyliving style

Ros at Cooking up the pantry is another great site. She has great recipes that are varied and healthy!

Now in terms of those questions…I can’t help it, I am in mental health. So, for my nominees I am going to ask:

  1. What makes you smile?
  2. If you could have dinner with anyone, past present or future — who would it be and why?
  3. If you joined the circus, what act would you most want to perform?
  4. What is your favorite quote or motto?
  5. What activities make you lose track of time?

Moroccan Chickpeas On The Fly

Today, we needed something for dinner and, no time to cook.

So, this morning I literally threw this together.


1 lbs. dried chickpeas 

1 can diced tomatoes 

1 onion 

Fresh ginger

2 cloves garlic crushed 

1 tablespoon cumin, paprika and salt

1 1/2 teaspoons coriander, turmeric,

1/8 crushed red pepper flakes, allspice 


I didn’t have time to chop the onion, so I put it in whole. I took a microplane grater for the ginger. I couldn’t find the  dried ginger so it was easier to grate the fresh. I also didn’t presoak the beans.

Here is the picture from this morning, without the onion, since originally I was going to get my husband to put it in.

Here is the micro grater that I used:

 Good tools are very important!

Now, when I came home, I adjusted the seasoning by adding more cumin, paprika, coriander, turmeric and hot red pepper flakes. 

This can also be made in the pressure cooker, 40 minutes to pressure.

It came out great!



Black Bean Tacos On The Fly

This morning I had my crack of dawn marathon Shabbat cooking session.

Every week I consider it a miracle that my Shabbat food preparation gets done. It can only be that I am receiving Divine assistance. Sometimes I don’t even realize it and someone else points it out to me!

So, this week my husband wanted tacos as our cholent.

I am time challenged, so this is what I did:


2 cups black beans 

1 tablespoon salt, cumin, paprika, oregano and garlic powder 

1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder 

1 teaspoon pepper 

Water to cover


Place in crockpot and cook on low. 

When I get home today I will adjust the seasonings and add fresh garlic and possibly tomato paste.

This could also be made in a pressure cooker.

So, another culinary adventure!

No picture yet, because no time.⌛️


I came home from work and I added 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, some paprika, garlic salt, fresh garlic and coriander.

It came out great!

Here is the picture:


Off Topic: Life As A Girl and Thank You 

Recently, I read a great post from one of my sisters in blogging, on social etiquette and how to blog. It was quite excellent and spelled out many things that I was not aware of. 

Here is the link:

How to Be a Better Blogger.

So, I now know that there are a lot of things that I do not know:

  • I am clueless on social media
  • my pictures are strictly amateur 
  • communication and appreciation is a 2 way street and best expressed in writing. 
  • Be friendly with your friends

I have also learned that food bloggers are incredibly fun and sociable. I never thought that posting my recipes would be noticed by anyone. This has been a wonderful experience. I want to thank everyone for making this food blog a real opportunity for for self expression and creativity!

Among Dana’s excellent suggestions was to stay on topic. If I am blogging on food, then stick to food.

I think I am breaking that blogging rule by going off topic with this post. Oops! Please forgive me.

Today, I took Raizel to get her hair cut. The woman who cut her hair decided to have fun and give her a hairdo. Then, we splurged and she got a manicure too.

Raizel liked it so much that she asked me to take a picture of her new do and post it on the blog. 

She says, “it just fun!”

Thank you Patrice and Manny! (This is my favorite barbershop)

Better living with Google translate.

I am however motivated to start a different blog for my creative writing and thoughts on my children and inspirational moments from my work on the psych ward.

Any assistance on mastering social media would be very appreciated!

Thank you all!



Shabbat Cholent This Week

At Raizel’s request, for the cholent this week I put in a pot some of the Moroccan Meatballs, and some of the Moroccan Chickpeas together with thinly sliced potatoes and some cooked rice in a food sock. 

When the potatoes were cooked, they and the rice both had a yellowish hue from the turmeric.

It came out great! 

Raizel says, “turmeric makes everything look beautiful!”

It is not the same as if it was fresh, but here is a picture of the wee leftovers. 


Spicy Eggplant

This is an experiment. I usually only make ratatouille with eggplant and I wanted to try and expand my repertoire. 

Raizel is currently in love with cumin, so I thought maybe this could work.


1 eggplant, cubed, lightly salted and roasted in a 425*F oven. 

1 onion, chopped 

1 pepper, chopped 

1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes 

2 teaspoons coriander and cumin

1/2 teaspoon turmeric 

2 cloves garlic, crushed 

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes 

Salt and pepper to taste


Spray oil pressure cooker. Place ingredients in pot. Cook 2 minutes to pressure.

I lightly sauté the onion and spices while prepping the rest of the ingredients.

I am not sure if it will need other spices.
Here is the initial picture:


I adjusted the seasoning slightly. I think it is pretty good.

Here is the end product picture:


Raizel said, “it’s delicious. I want more.”

According to her, “turmeric and cumin are great with everything, including eggs.”

Raizel clearly is a cooker, like her mommy.