Saturday, December 31, 2011


Begin the New Year with a set of comfortable daily rules.
Wake up each day and have a glass of water, with a sliced lemon and a little honey.
Let water start your day.
Less coffee, teas, no sugary stuff and soda pops..................they create havoc in a system that needs cleansing and toning.
Have a good breakfast and leave the house fed and in balance. You would never drive to work minus water , oiland petrol in the tank. Treat your body with the same care.
Eating junk at work, en route, to go, is fast food that leaves you needing more of it. You can make the difference to ENERGY AND HEALTH. Just do it for a week and feel the difference.
Snack good food. Fruit and cut up vegetables, nuts and dried washed fruit.
Make sure you eat what is GROWN LOCALLY and in SEASON. This is not rocket science, it is just logical. The right fruit and vegetables appear when you need them. Local growth makes it fresh and budget wise.

Find time to buy food with sense and planning. You need supplies to be varied, easy to prepare and without excess salt and sugar, additives and fried or prepared in weird ways to last weeks in the refrigerator.

Look at the recipes in this blog. They are SANE AND SENSIBLE, easy and quick to prepare

Have a cheerful attitude to your chores and work to make a better home. Realize how lucky most of us are.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

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We all love light and candles, a flame with a flicker of all the colors of warmth, candles to light up the dark, the soft glow of a few candles, a memorial candle….and of course the joy of candles on a Birthday cake. Chanukah, the Festival of Dedication, is the time when we light candles nightly and celebrate with songs, stories and eating foods made in oil. The symbolic part of the Chanukah is the history of a people, the challenges they faced and the dedication they had . to overcome all obstacles and believe in themselves..

In Israel we eat Doughnuts for the week. There are of course rehearsals as the bakers make them ahead of time……it is amazing how many doughnuts they sell before the Chanukah week. And then when all the calories, sugar and jam has been devoured, we vow no more until next year. They are so yummy….


Working with hot oil can be dangerous, so be careful;.
Prepare all the mixtures before you heat the oil.
3. Fill the saucepan , only half way. Test heat of oil. Drop a square of bread into it. If it browns quickly, it is hot enough.
4. Lower the food SLOWLY into the pot.
5.Only do a few at a time . It makes turning easier.
6. Do not have kiddies near the stove.
7.In event of a fire, turn flame off. Cover with lid. Do not pour water on the flames. You can smother the flames with a damp towel. I do not like to be negative, but one needs to be careful.
8. Finally, focus on what you are making, not the phone and the doorbell. If you do have to turn away, switch off the heat and remove the pot to the back of the stove out of danger to kiddies.


These are so easy and take ten minutes to make.
350grams of Self raising flour.
2cups of yogurt.
2 dessertspoons of sugar. I use brown sugar.
1 teaspoon vanilla essence.
A dash of salt.
Mix all well . Use a deep saucepan and let the oil fill it half way. Deep enough for the doughnuts to be submerged. Use a spoon to drop them carefully into the hot oil. Deep fry and have a strainer lined with absorbent paper. The doughnuts can be spooned onto this carefully.. This gets rid of excess oil. Have a teaspoon of jam ready .to inject into the doughnut and roll them into a bowl of sugar powder. Drain again on paper. …You can drizzle chocolate or carob sauce on the doughnut.


These are a change from doughnuts.
Use 2eggs, 2 Tablespoons milk, and a cup of water. Beat all together
Add the following: 1 teaspoon Baking Powder, half a cup of brown sugar, 2 cups flour, pinch of salt and half a teaspoon of vanilla essence.

.Slice 3 peeled Granny Smith apples. Slice thinly and add raisins and pecan nuts. Mix well. Heat the oil and fry the fritter. Simply use a large soup size spoon and drop carefully into the oil. Drain. These take a few minutes. Serve with pureed cooked applesauce, honey and cinnamon sugar. Leave all in little bowls and people can choose their favorite. Some people like it with ice cream or custard.


4 Potatoes
1 tsp baking powder.
Half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
2 chopped medium size onions.
Half a cup of flour
Pinch of ginger or nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste and oil for frying.

Peel and grate the potatoes. Sprinkle with the soda and squeeze out the excess liquid. To avoid discoloring you can add a teaspoon of vinegar. Mix with the other ingredients.
Drop the batter by spoonfuls into deep oil and fry until the pancakes are crisp on the outside. Drain on paper and serve hot with apple sauce . These can also be part of a main meal.


These are fun and easy to serve as a cocktail snack.
3/4 cup corn. 1/4 cup cornmeal. 1/2 cup flour.
1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt.' 1/2 teaspoon curry powder.
1 beaten egg. 1/2 cup chopped onions.
1/2 cup milk. (soya milk for parave)
Mix all the ingredients well and drop by teaspoonfuls into a frying pan of hot oil. Turn once and drain. Serve with a cocktail stick, sliced cucumbers and olives.

If you make ready packaged latkes, drain them well and keep ready to reheat in the oven.
, I often use use the Gremslach mixture , that we use at Passover and serve these with a pineapple sauce or fried mushrooms and onions.

2 eggs.
2 cups water.
2 tablespoon of oil.
Salt to taste.
Matzo meal.
Meat the eggs, add oil and beat well.
Pour in the water and seasoning. Add the matzo meal slowly. It needs to be a loose mixture. Let it stand for two hours. Mix in three tablespoons of crushed walnuts or pecan
nuts. Make balls and press them flat. Fry in hot oil. Drain. Serve with a cocktail stick.

Finally, have a theme for the evening. Let the Menorah be the focus of the table. Use blue, silver and gold for serviettes and yellow flowers. Let the wrappings and cards reflect the theme of Chanukah, candles and lit flames. Kids love chocolates and chocolate sauce to add to the doughnuts. Have a choice of fun edibles for them to enjoy. The money coins made for the festival are a great decoration all over the table. Print the prayer and a few songs for each person. That way everyone feels good to participate. Take photos of each family next to the candles and you can use them next year for an email card. If you look at the photos over the years, they are a great memory of a joyous occasion.

Wishing you fun, light and meaningful togetherness.
Love and lots of light

Thursday, December 1, 2011


The change of season, always wakes us up to the idea of being busy. There are winter plans for roof repairs, drains to unblock and leaves to sweep up. We also have to do a cleaning inside of us. Physically we can do a detox program and spiritually cleanse the mind. Meditate and make time for reading, playing games with the family. Take out the old folks and have a few easy suppers at home Sitting around with no TV is fun. You can talk and look at each other instead of a screen.
Go for a good walk, dress warmly and air the house well during the day.
Change bad habits for sensible ones, less caffeine, acid forming foods, less canned and less fried foods Skip cakes and cookies, eat fresh fruits and vegetable snacks.

Look at my programme for DETOX and Winter drinks for new ideas.

January 3 rd 2011.......WINTER DRINKS.

April 13th 2009 ...SUMMER EATING AND DETOX