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“Thanksgivukkah” Table and Decor-Syrian Style!

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“Thanksgivukkah” Table and Decor-Syrian Style!

4 Comments 19 June 2013

 

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Dear Hostesses,

In case you haven’t heard, the new code word for the next huge family get together is “Thanksgivukkah”. This year, in a rare alignment of calendars, Hanukka and Thanksgiving fall on November 28, 2013. Astronomers say that we won’t see this occurrence again till the year 79,811 so  I decided  to make a big deal out of this menorah/pumpkin  shidduch (or buzzrah  as they say in Arabic) by re-creating  a Syrian Jewish Hanukka table with a twist  of Thanksgiving thrown in.  Some may say that this American/Jewish holiday connection is pure coincidence, but I’m thinking that there is a greater cosmic connection that’s just waiting to be blogged about.

As Jews in America,  we are very grateful to be able to celebrate our holidays publicly without fear of being persecuted. Just the fact that we can honor the mitzvah of lighting the menorah at the front window to shout out the 8 day miracle of Hanukka is reason enough to bring out our finest china and table decor to honor our peaceful place in Jewish history. For that reason alone, we should all proudly acknowledge and celebrate Thanksgiving.   As a Sephardic Jew living in America I now understand that we are a minority of Jews residing within a minority of the larger Ashkenazi Jewish population. When our community first arrived on these shores in the 1900′s, they were quickly swept up in the wave of fellow immigrants that had also fled for a better life in the U.S.A.. Fast forward one hundred years,  the Syrian Jewish culture readily absorbed many delicious flavors from their surrounding American and Ashkenazi Jewish neighbors while still retaining the pride of their homeland. It’s no wonder I received this email from Rina Kassab who wrote,

“Hi Marlene, in Syria we had no idea what Sufganiyot is! We made Atayef with Ricotta (lebeh) and Walnuts (joz). My Atayef are ready to freeze fresh for Hanukka!
Hope u like!”

I then decided to skip the Sufganiyot and  create a Syrian style Hanukka table sweetened with a tray of sweet chopped nut filled Atayef and drizzled with shirah- a thick rose water syrup freshly made by Rina. Rina told me that on Hanukka in Syria, the Jewish women prepared 8 small glass cups that were filled with half water/half oil and then inserted a handmade wick within each one. (Whaaaat? No Jonathan Adler Menorot?)

And guess what? In Syrian, NO GIFTS were given on HANUKKA!  Gift giving was reserved for Purim!  I wonder if the Ashkenaz Jews had the tradition of eight surprise filled nights way back in the old country. Comment below if anyone you know has the answer! (Hmmm…. why do I suspect that gift giving during December in our great U.S of A evolved into a fabricated American marketing spending scheme…)

I also added in an extra candle that is lit every year by Syrian Jews whose ancestors fled Spain during the expulsion by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1492. Expelled on Tisha B’Av over 500 years ago, several Jewish families wandered for months until they stumbled upon the Syrian community of Aleppo, Syria some months later on  Hanukka eve. So grateful were this group of exiles to finally find a homeland that they lit an extra candle to commemorate this miracle. To this day many Syrian Jewish families still light an extra candle on Hanukka, some knowing the story of their wandering ancestors, and some just  following this custom by tradition without really understanding why the extra candle is illuminated.

Enjoy my “Thanksgivukkah” table! Flowers and pumpkin menorah designed by Marzan Flowers.

Photos by the talented Morris Gindi of morrisgindiphotography. Call Morris for weddings and special events! Product and architectural shoots. Check out his website HERE and Instagram feed HERE.

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Modern Silver Hanukka Menorah by Parci Parla in Brooklyn. Call Sherri at ((347) 587-5179 for pricing.

Orange roses  by Marzan Flowers (917)406-6259.

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Note the extra candle lit! (Want to know why? Read it above)

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Dreidels filled with a scooped out and silver sprayed pumpkin by Marzan Flowers. Silver tray by Christofle.

Personalized napkins by ipersonalize.(Call or text Joy  718-490-7063 for more options)

 

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Custom Hanukka Straws by personalize. Call or text Joy (718)490-7063 for all of your tabletop personalizationClick here for more personalization ideas!

Blue trimmed linen napkin and blue and white Ikat tablecloth by Tabletoppers- Call or text Michelle at (646)258-0929

Custom Hanukka Place cards  with exotic blue feathers by Karens Invitations. Call Karen at (718) 339-1929

Thanksgiving Rooster Cupcake Topper by Kitchen Caboodles. Call Helen at (917)691-4599

 

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Although I was really doing great on my diet, I didn’t even flinch when the photo shoot was over and I was able to eat an entire Atayef without a drop of guilt. My grandmother used to make these sweet crunchy treasures and each bite was worth every single calorie. Thanks Rina!!!

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This fantastic silver sprayed pumpkin  menorah was designed and hand crafted by Yuval and Ina Marzan of Marzan Flowers.

Call them for your festive events, holiday tables and hostess gift arrangements at (917)406-6259.

Love this IKAT blue and white table topper by Tabletoppers- Call or text Michelle at (646)258-0929

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Delicious Hanukka cake  with Pumkins on top(!!!) designed by Rachel Benun of Flour Power. Call Rachel for your next special event! (917)881-2428

Lucite cake knife by Parci Parla (347)587-5179

 

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Gorgeous multi layered wrapped gift cake by callmecookie1! Call Latifah at (347)536-9361

Wine Decanter by Pampaloni

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Cake detail by  by callmecookie1! Call Latifah at (347)536-9361

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Hope u enjoyed! XoXo

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Party Planner Doris Dwek’s Impressive Turquoise and Gold Hanukka Table

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Party Planner Doris Dwek’s Impressive Turquoise and Gold Hanukka Table

1 Comment 08 June 2013

We are really lucky to have  this  Hanukka table setting from the famous Doris Dwek, an acclaimed party and event planner in the NYC area.

Doris, thank you so much  for all of your hard work and attention to every detail of your hanukkah holiday table decor!

Doris can  help you design a gorgeous one of a kind event invitation,  or if you want to create an impressive children’s party, bar mitzvah, or any type of memorable themed event!
(732)-687-1534

p.s.  Thank you Grace Dabah for the gorgeous photography!

“Hi Marlene,

For this Hanukka display, I applied  gold paint  mixed with gold glitter  to wood branches as a centerpiece. I also dipped dreidels into the gold paint and  tied them on to trees with pretty ribbon for the Hanukkah centerpiece . Gold sparkly  initials attached to mirrored squares were used  as elegant place cards.

Organza ribbon and chocolate coins were assembled and used as a napkin ring. I used inexpensive fabric from Joanne fabrics to make a cloth runner .

The artificial silk flowers look  are from Paris and can be purchased from  Surrey lane stores in Brooklyn and Deal N.J.
The glass goblets can also be purchased at Surrey Lane also. Happy Hanukka to all of the Jewish Hostesses out there!

Doris Dwek”

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A Bridal Spring Greens Sheva Berachot Shabbat Dinner by The Jewish Hostess

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A Bridal Spring Greens Sheva Berachot Shabbat Dinner by The Jewish Hostess

15 Comments 16 April 2013

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  I’m a little  embarrassed to say, that especially since I’m known as The Jewish Hostess, I totally forgot to offer my home for one of the sheva berachot  dinners   when my niece Grace got engaged. (Jewish tradition holds that seven days following the wedding, the bride and groom are treated like a queen and king and are invited to dine at the home of a different friend or relative each night. These festive meals are called “sheva berachot) Thanks goodness that my sister in law felt close enough to ask me if I would host the meal and OF COURSE I jumped at the opportunity. Within seconds I was trying to dream up a theme for what I envisioned to be a bridal themed dinner for 30 guests.

I wanted the bride and groom to feel like this dinner was prepared especially for them, so I ordered a custom stamp with their name in a modern font in the center, and their last name in uppercase letters around the circular edge. You can create your own stamp here at Invitation Box. I chose to add in a lime green ink color to my stamp purchase to coordinate with a fresh silver/white/lime “hues of  spring” table decor theme.

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I even used the custom stamp to personalize these linen-like disposable napkins for the netilat yadayim station by the sink.

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Though I don’t usually serve mazza (Syrian style appetizers) before my Friday night meal,(many Syrian Jewish homes traditonally serve mazza before dinner, but  personally I just don’t want to fill my kids up on meat samboosak if I was in the kitchen cooking a real Shabbat dinner all day) I decided that it would be a little more formal and give my guests something to keep busy while I was dishing out the main sourse on platters that were served buffet style. I love the three tired towers used for my lahamagine, sambboosak, and baby knishes.

If you need a great extra serving platter that can add some fashionable height to your dinner table, then check out link below.

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I love my Annie Glass dishes because I find that I can always dress them according to my mood. Just like a basic pencil skirt- I know I can pretty it up for a morning bar-mitzvah, or glam it up even more to run into an engagement party. Its also amazing how, once I decided on the green color scheme, I got comments on how the edge of the dish sparkled with the natural green of the glass and magically seemed to color coordinate with the flowers (by Shirley Bar Nathan) and the green glass LSA pitchers that I found on sale at Surrey Lane in Brooklyn.

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The simple silver napkin rings were purchases online at Pottery Barn, and I used them because they added to the ambiance of the table without overpowering the place card.

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Did you notice my heart shaped challahs???

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Buffet goes here….

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I love ORANGE accents!!! My sister in law happened to buy these serving spoons for me as a holiday gift and the bright citrusy color just makes me feel so happy.

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I managed to snap SOME food shots before Shabbat….

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Fatoush Salad with Sumac Dressing and homemade  croutons ready to pour on.

Tomato Mechshe

Syrian style stuffed mechshe tomato…

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Eggplant rollups…

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Wedding styled strawberries by Esty Mosseri.

Slee-Ah Wheat Syrian dessert

My mother in law makes this Syrian sweet mixture of wheat, nuts, coconut and pomegranate seeds to celebrate the arrive of a grandchild’s first tooth…

 

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Don’t tell anyone, but I was so zonked from setting the table, cooking, etc, that I popped some Kineret frozen cookie doughs into the oven…

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Chunked fruit…

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Ready to light the Shabbat candles… guests coming soon!!!

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Yom Ha’atzmaut Special! Barbara Streisand Sings Hatikvah to Golda Meir – 1978 Video

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Yom Ha’atzmaut Special! Barbara Streisand Sings Hatikvah to Golda Meir – 1978 Video

No Comments 15 April 2013

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I have decided to celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday by presenting to you, our readers, two great Jewish women who have succeeded in life, way beyond the expected. I may be revealing my age, but I’d rather watch Barbara Streisand sing any day rather than  even look at Taylor Swift!

Do you agree? Comment Below!

1-Barabara Joan Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. She is an actress, director, producer and writer. . She has won many awards including two Oscars, five Emmys, eight Golden Globes, three People’s Choice Awards, two Women in Film Crystal Awards and two ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards. Barbra has also received an American Film Institute award and a Cecil B. DeMille Award. She has also supported autism awareness, and On April 16th, 2008, Barbra Streisand endowed $5 million to Cedars-Sinai for the creation of The Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program.

Inspiring Quote:

“I arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed. That is very gratifying to me.”

2-Golda Meir was born the daughter of Moshe and Bluma Mabovitch in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 3, 1898. She moved with her family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1906. The Mabovitch family had fled their home in part to escape pogroms (mob attacks) that had been carried out against Jews in Russia at the time. Meir later recalled that her childhood terror of anti-Semitic (anti-Jewish) violence strongly influenced her later commitment to establish Israel as a safe, secure Jewish state.

In 1956, Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion (1886–1976) called Meir “the best man” in his cabinet and named her to replace Shertok-Sharett as foreign minister, among the most important government jobs in the nation. It was now, as a result of Ben-Gurion’s desire to have all Israelis bear Hebrew names, that she reluctantly altered her name to Meir, while keeping it as close as possible to Myerson.

Golda Meir served as Israel’s foreign minister from 1956 to 1966 and became its fourth prime minister in 1969.

Even in retirement, Meir remained an important political presence in Israel. Her autobiography, My Life, helped assure her place in the public’s imagination as the kindly grandmother who had risen to greatness in her nation’s hour of need. Meir died in Jerusalem on December 8, 1978.

Inspiring Quotes:

“Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.”

“To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.”

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

“We Jews have a secret weapon in our struggle with the Arabs; we have no place to go.”

Read more: Golda Meir Biography – life, family, childhood, children, parents, name, story, death, school, information, born, college, husband, house, time, year, sister http://www.notablebiographies.com/Ma-Mo/Meir-Golda.html#ixzz0lVvUjzNB



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Soy Vay Wasabi Salmon Filet with Roasted Asparagus and Sliced Mini Scarlet/Orange Peppers

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Soy Vay Wasabi Salmon Filet with Roasted Asparagus and Sliced Mini Scarlet/Orange Peppers

10 Comments 11 April 2013

This week, I’d like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to the makers of Soy Vay marinades for helping me get dinner on the table ON TIME!!!!

Today, when I lingered on the world wide web for a little bit longer than I should have, and glanced at the top right of my digital screen, and “Oh my g-d the kids are coming home in 45 minutes and what the heck am I making for dinner?”

My mind raced as I called my local fish store, (thank goodness I live in Brooklyn where even a carton of milk is a phone call away)  I nicely begged the kosher fish store to rush over a 2 lb. wild salmon fillet over to my home. Whisking open my fridge, I found some ginger, a beautiful bag of mini peppers, and a bunch of asparagus. I flung open my pantry, and  I couldn’t help but notice the brand new shiny bottle of Spicy Soy Vay Wasabi Marinade that really seemed to be winking right at me. (ok- maybe I was on the computer for a little bit TOO long…)

With less than an hour to go, I twisted open my Soy Vay Marinade and finger taste tested  it quickly. In an instant I could tell that the recipes that we whip up with Soy Vay need not be too complicated or time consuming because Soy Vay has worked on all the chopping, mixing, and spicing for us.

While waiting for my fish to arrive, I soaked and peeled my asparagus, and squirted  my beautiful mini peppers with vegetable spray. I quickly washed, dried, seeded and sliced them into little rounds, and then I diagonally sliced my peeled asparagus into the bowl with the peppers. By then, the doorbell had rung and within minutes the salmon was washed, dried, and on waiting on a  sprayed parchment.

I rubbed it with some crushed garlic that I had stored in the freezer and sprinkled it with salt and pepper. I then brushed about 1/4 cup of Soy Vay Wasabi marinade atop the whole fillet.

I then slid my slightly spiced salmon into the oven on a sheet of sprayed parchment paper on 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

My sliced veggies were poured into a plastic food storage bag, with about 3 big slices of ginger for flavor,and in went about a half cup of the Soy Vay marinade. Flattening, I pressed out the air bubbles and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. I wouldn’t leave it longer than that, because the veggies start to “cook” with the marinade, and will start to lose their color before cooking with the fish.

I then slid my semi-cooked salmon out of the oven and squeezed out the marinated veggies, layering atop the fish.

Back in to the oven went my veggie covered salmon, and 20 minutes later, the kids drifted in exclaiming, “What smells so great,ma?”

Caesar salad and pizza on the table, the kids pulled up their seats, and very soon after, our salmon was ready. Using two life saving huge fish spatulas, I slid my Soy Vay Wasabi Salmon with Veggies onto a serving platter. “Fancy Shmancy, said one of the kids, as they began to dig in. “WAIT!!!” I said pretty loudly, “I need to take a picture!”

And the rest is history….

P.S.I did notice that the wasabi marinade has an extra unexpected hot kick that goes down a notch with cooking, so I would recommend sprinkling a teaspoon or so over the final presentation to add in that extra burst of flavor.

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Right out of the oven!

 

All done- THANK YOU Soy Vay!!!

All done- THANK YOU Soy Vay!!!

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P.P.S.The folks at Soy Vay sent me a couple of gratis bottles of their marinades to taste test for my Jewish Hostesses….

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Soy Vay Wasabi Salmon Filet with Roasted Asparagus and Sliced Mini Scarlet/Orange Peppers

Soy Vay Wasabi Salmon Filet with Roasted Asparagus and Sliced Mini Scarlet/Orange Peppers

Ingredients

  • 2 lb wild salmon filet without skin washed and dried.
  • 6 mini peppers red and orange
  • 1 bunch asparagus soaked in vegetable wash washed and peeled
  • salt, pepper
  • a little more than 3/4 cup Soy Vay Wasabi Marinade

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry salmon.
  2. Sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper and spoon and rub 2 tbsp of soy Vay wasabi marinade all over top and sides of fish. For even better results, leave salmon marinating in fridge all morning.
  3. About 40 minutes before serving, slide Soy Vay marinated salmon into a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 min.
  4. While this is happening, wash and dry mini peppers and seed with a small knife. Slice into small rounds. Peel and soak asparagus. Peel off tough outer shell and slice on the diagonal. In a food storage bag marinate veggies with 1/2 cup Soy Vay Wasabi marinade. U can add 3 big slices of ginger (or chopped if you have the time) to this mixture.(If you dont chop ginger finely, make sure to remove the big slices before serving)
  5. Slide the half baked salmon out of the oven and pour veggies on top.
  6. Slide back into the oven for about 25 minutes. Using a fork, test for doneness.
  7. Using 2 large spatulas, transfer to a serving platter.
  8. Sprinkle several teaspoons of fresh Soy Vay Wasabi marinade over the final presentation to add in that extra burst of flavor.
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Fool, Falafel, and Tehina (Ful Medemas)- The Syrian Way!

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Fool, Falafel, and Tehina (Ful Medemas)- The Syrian Way!

7 Comments 06 February 2013

 

 

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When Nina Mustacchi tagged me on Instagram with her Fool Medemas recipe, I was intrigued to know more about her, and the exact details involving this Allepian flavor infused side dish. (click HERE to see it on Insta- and if you are not on Instagram yet, then please do so because you are missing out on a lot of Jewish Hostess fun!)

Of course, an authentic dish always tastes so much better when you get the background the the food and the real chef behind it, so Nina happily shared her story with me for all of my Jewish Hostesses to enjoy.

Born in Aleppo, Syria in 1970, 15 year old Nina Maleh knew that Syria was not a welcoming  place for her her and the Syrian Jewish community that had lived there for 3,000 years. Travel restrictions, business limitations, jail time, and Nazi-type beatings inflicted by the Syrian government were commonplace among all innocent fellow community members. One by one, the Syrian Jewish community began to escape the country. Most of them trudged perilously by foot to Israel, Turkey, and Lebanon. Nina’s parents had decided to escape Syria the year before so that they could set up a home in Brooklyn for when Nina and her two brothers would be able to escape to Brooklyn.  In 1985, Nina and her two young brothers fled the country by walking 12 hours through mountainous roads to get to freedom in Turkey. Soon after, they finally  reunited with their parents in Brooklyn, N.Y. The day that 17 year old Nina stepped into her new Brooklyn home, she met her future husband, who coincidentally happened to be visiting her parents. Nina told me that the minute that he set eyes upon her, he proposed on the spot! (phew-what a trip!!)

Nina told me that every Shabbat lunch she now serves at least 15 salads- Halaby style. (Halab-meaning milk, is the Arabic word for Aleppo, known as the place where Abraham our forefather rested and fed  his camels on his journey). The Halaby Jews are known for the abundant variety of salads and mazza that they serve with every Shabbat meal. Here is the Halaby version of fool, hummos, and falafel, which is also made Egyptian style by Egyptian Jews and Arabs alike. Pita bread is usually used to scoop up this flavorful concoction.

There are 3 components to this dish:

2-The tehina- The Syrian style tehina is thicker and more lemony than the traditional more watery Israeli style of tehina. The tehina is the bottom layer.

2-  The fool- (fava beans)- The Halaby or Allepian version of fool is much more lemony than the Egyptian method. Here Nina recommends using canned fava beans as opposed to the more time consuming task of boiling dried fava beans. This is the second layer.

3- The falafel patties- made with dried chick peas, soaked overnight. The falafel patties top this dish.

Falafel, Fool,and Hummos- The Syrian Way!

Falafel, Fool,and Hummos- The Syrian Way!

Ingredients

    Tehine-
  • A jar of raw tahina
  • water
  • salt
  • lemon
  • garlic,
  • cumin to sprinkle on top.
  • Fava Bean or Fool Mixture:
  • 1 can of Fava beans
  • 2-3 heads of garlic, mashed
  • salt
  • lemon
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • olive oil
  • chopped tomatoes
  • parsley
  • Next:Top dish with falafel patties:
  • 1 bag of dried chick peas
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • salt, pepper

Instructions

    Tehina (bottom layer)
  1. Mix all ingredients together to taste. Should be thick like yogurt consistency.
  2. Fool (fava bean salad mixture- goes on top of tehina layer)
  3. Boil can of Fava beans for 10 minutes only.
  4. Mix with 2- 3 mashed fresh garlic,
  5. salt,
  6. lemon
  7. cumin,
  8. paprika
  9. olive oil
  10. chopped tomatoes
  11. top with chopped parsley.
  12. Add olive oil and a sprinkle of chopped parsley on top.
  13. Make the falafel patties:
  14. Soak the dried chick peas overnight.(You can't use canned chick peas)
  15. Should be soft enough to break with your nail- not soft enough to smash.
  16. Grind chick peas in Cuisinart with parsley and cilantro.
  17. Grind with 2-3 cloves of garlic with each pulse using total 1 head of garlic. Add 2 tbsp flour or a little more till you can press into firm patties.
  18. Pan fry with vegetable oil or:
  19. bake it by rolling each ball in flour, dip in olive oil, fry it lightly to keep its' shape, and then spray with Pam and bake in a cookie pan.
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10 Fresh and Fabulous Last Minute Ideas for Purim

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10 Fresh and Fabulous Last Minute Ideas for Purim

6 Comments 04 February 2013

Looking for some last minute Purim ideas for Mishloach Manot? Here are some easy ones that you can use for inspiration this Purim holiday. If you are not really sure about the meaning of mishloach manot, just click here, and then continue reading below!

1- Make a ton of  mini biscotti and pile into a small or medium mason jar. Tie  a decorative ribbon and silk flower around a bottle of  inexpensive kosher sweet wine and have your kids deliver the combo to all of your friends and neighbors.

2- Give out warm kosher hot chocolate, skewered marshmallows, pink chocolate dipped rice krispy treats that are rolled into a ball (right after cooking the mixture)in a cute Wilton Striped Cupcake Box. Very cozy!:

3- My niece Shirley who is a professional baker, was inspired by Bakerella’s cookie mix in a jar, and turned the idea into a fabulous mishloach manot. Their entire family stood in an assembly line and filled and scooped until they were done with all of their beautifully filled jars.  It really was one of the prettiest mishloach manot that I received last year. You can also find more cookie mix-in-a-jar recipes from allrecipes.com.

Download pretty instructions to attach to your cookie-mix filled jar with this PDF from Bakerella.

4-Bake orange juice cakes in mini loaf pans and send them with a mini bottle of fresh orange juice  or a mini Tropicana juice box from your local grocer. You can find fruit themed tissue paper from Bags and Bows and for a real home squeezed feel, use a crate from an empty clementine box, or a Purim basket that was stashed in a storage bin during last year’s Passover cleaning.

5- Last year my sister in-law  invited us to her annual gala Purim party with a printed potholder that held a note explaining that all the moms invited were to be united in a cooking contest. What a great way to invite the family over without not actually having to cook anything! (lol…)  Each family was given a rolled up note with what main dish or salad to bring.  The “judges” chose the winner who received a gift certificate to Kitchen Kaboodles on Avenue U in Brooklyn. All in all, it was so much fun and easy to for everyone to walk in with part of the Purim seuda.

6- Need an adorable Purim card to attatch to your mishloach manot? My very creative friend Erika Sabbagh sent in this unforgettable idea. Dress your kids up in their Purim costumes, take a pic,  print it on cardstock within a card making or a label software, print, and you are done!

7- Make an sweet treat, pile into food bags, tie with raffia or a pretty ribbon, add a bottle of  kosher grape juice, a fresh daisy, place a decorative napkin inside a disposable 
paper loaf pan and deliver!

8-Borrow some of Martha Stewart’s Valentine’s Day ideas and transform them into your Purim Jewish hostess treats!

image via martha stewart

9- Be inspired by The Kitchn’s skillet toffee and 39 other homemade gifts. It’s a mouthwatering roundup of melt in your mouth treats. Any one of these delectables would make a unique Purim gift to send. Make sure to add two different items in your package so that your  recipient can make two prayers according to the Purim custom.

10- My good friend Allison  Srour made this healthy mishloach manor: baby spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette,
and veggie burgers with tehine!

Allison also asked me to tell you about her elegant tablecloths that she has for sale for Purim. They are elegant AND washable. Contact Allison at allison7396@aol.com

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DIY Mishloach Manot Purim Cards- For That Extra Special Touch

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DIY Mishloach Manot Purim Cards- For That Extra Special Touch

2 Comments 14 January 2013

Dear Hostesses,

Every Sunday, we venture out to different parts of Brooklyn and NYC to check out some of the new exciting neighborhoods.

Last week, we journeyed out to Smith Street in Downtown Brooklyn and the sweet sight of moms and dads wheeling strollers and Sunday morning coffee shops made me feel like I’d like to spend a little time discovering the area. Looking for some great shopping, I started to scout around. You might be thinking that great spending to me means Intermix, Scoop, Chanel, and Prada- (well, it doesn’t hurt to window shop!), but really fun shopping is when I can walk into a store like Paper Source, and feel like a kid again. Located at 102 Smith Street, it’s a crafter’s dream.   For anyone that’s really a kid at heart, Paper Source will allow you to create to your heart’s content. The friendly staff will help you choose from arrays of colored and patterned paper, glitter, stamps, and tons more. (They didn’t pay me for this post! REALLY!)

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I decided then and there, that I would try to see if I could challenge myself to some DIY Purim cards. After browsing around in heaven for a couple of minutes, I realized that I had to speed it up seeing that my hubby and kids were getting a little fidgety. I quickly threw some coordinating card stock, a wine bottle stamp, gold ink, leaf patterned ribbon, raffia, a burlap ribbon, and a hole puncher into my basket. As the sales girl rang me up, I also grabbed some packaged glue dots which ended up being a key ingredient to my DIY cards.

That evening, I was so excited to rip open my Paper Source bags. I felt like I had just gotten home from the toy store. The best part of the whole night was that I put away my phone, my kids became a part of the process, and together we created a fantastic mess, plus the one of a kind cards below.

The secret to this scrapbooking style of card making is to layer, layer, and keep on layering. And if you make a mistake, then LAYER again!

For my mishloach manot this year, I am thinking of buying wine, grapes, and cheeses and mounding in a basket. The greens and purple and golds were a good choice for me.

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Using the same colors and materials, we created several different designs featured below. Which one is your favorite? What colors would you choose for your own DIY Purim card?

 

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Below are some inspiration boards by the pros at Paper Source. I snapped photos in the store so that I could grab some ideas later on.

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A hole puncher is a great tool to help you weave cord through any shaped card like the heart shape below:

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See how their layers create such a professional and handcrafted look?

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Stamps like the “Thank You” below can really make it look like you did the calligraphy yourself.

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I hope you enjoyed my DIY Purim card. Even though life gets so hectic, its all about the personal touches in life. Whether we make our own Purim cards, lovingly pinch hammentashen, or tuck our kids in at night, its all about the memories that our kids take with them as they grow, and g-d willing raise their own families. HAPPY PURIM!!! XOXO

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Instant Tomato Soup with Inside Out Grilled Cheese

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Instant Tomato Soup with Inside Out Grilled Cheese

3 Comments 18 December 2012

 

This is a great last minute dinner for a cold winter’s night!

A note about the boxed Trader Joe‘s soups: most of the boxed soups are Kof-K Kosher pareve or dairy, but always check the label before purchasing.  They taste really good on their own, but I like to spice them up a bit by throwing in some sauteed veggies, fresh herbs, or dashes of pepper or hot sauce. If you do not live near a Trader Joe’s, there are plenty of other options out there. Imagine makes a creamy organic tomato soup as well. You can purchase kosher soup Amazon.com and have them delivered to your door!”
Imagine Organic Soup, Creamy Tomato, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)

Serves 4

Kosher Recipe Ingredients

For the Instant Tomato Soup:

  • 1 Box Trader Joe’s or Imagine Brand Organic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (or 1 tbsp dried basil)

For the Grilled Cheese:

  • 8 slices whole wheat bread or any healthy grain bread
  • 1 pkg. shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese**
  • butter and/or olive oil for coating the pan

Pour a dash of olive oil into a pot, turn heat to medium high, and saute your onion until cooked through. Add the box of soup to the pot, lower the heat all the way and let simmer until it is nice and hot.

Take a large nonstick frying pan and put a dollop of butter/olive oil and heat on a medium flame. Put two slices of bread in the pan until toasted. Sprinkle some cheese (about 1/4 cup, depending on how big your bread is) on one slice, then cover with the other slice. While the cheese is melting, throw some more butter in the pan for it to melt (trust me, this will help with sticking). Spread 1 tbsp cheese on top of the grilled cheese, then delicately flip over to the other side of the pan (with the cheese underneath). Wait until the cheese underneath gets nice and crispy, add butter to the pan, then sprinkle cheese on top and flip again. When both sides are crispy, turn onto a plate and cut in half on the diagonal. Watch the video above for a tutorial.

Ladle the soup into four mugs and sprinkle with basil. Place the mug on its saucer and put the grilled cheese on the plate. Dip the grilled cheese into the soup to eat. Alternatively, get cute bowls with attached plates. I found these Soup & Sandwich plates from Crate & Barrel, they are super cheap and adorable!

* Beware of some boxed/canned soups as they can contain a lot of sodium. I always reach for the “lower sodium” options and make sure I don’t make these soups every day. They are great in a pinch but try not to make them a staple in your kitchen.

**If you’re looking to cut calories, you can use fat free kosher cheese. I love cheese so I cannot make that type of sacrifice, but I find that if you use half regular cheese and half fake cheese (like Smart Beat Cheese) it tastes similar to the original and lowers the calories.

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Easy Shabbat Ice Cream Bombe Dessert

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Easy Shabbat Ice Cream Bombe Dessert

1 Comment 15 December 2012

We found this new recipe in
Desserts 4 Today-Desserts 4 Today: Flavorful Desserts with Just Four Ingredients
Great for the second round of Sukkot !   This recipe is a no brainer.
  • 2 pints raspberry sorbet
  • 1 pint strawberry ice cream (can be pareve)
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream (can be pareve)
  • 2 packages (10 oz. each) frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed
  1. Lightly grease a 2-quart round bowl or a Kitchen Aid bowl with cooking spray. Line with 2 long pieces of plastic wrap, letting the excess hang over the sides. Arrange the bowl in the freezer, making sure it’s level and secure.
  2. Remove the raspberry sorbet from the freezer and let soften at room temperature until just barely spreadable. Remove the bowl from the freezer. Using a rubber spatula, spread the sorbet in an even layer in the bottom of the bowl. Return the bowl to the freezer.
  3. Remove the strawberry ice cream from the freezer and let soften at room temperature until just barely spreadable. Remove the bowl from the freezer. Using a rubber spatula, spread the ice cream in an even layer over the firm raspberry sorbet. Return the bowl to the freezer.
  4. Remove the vanilla ice cream from the freezer and let soften at room temperature until just barely spreadable. Remove the bowl from the freezer. Using a rubber spatula, spread the vanilla ice cream over the strawberry ice cream. Cover with plastic wrap. Return the bowl to the freezer and freeze until hard before serving, about 6 hours or for up to 3 days.
  5. Pile the thawed strawberries and syrup into a food processor. Process until blended, about 20 seconds. Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl pressing firmly on the berries. Discard the pulp and seeds and use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  6. To serve, unwrap the mold and invert onto a shallow serving plate. Gently pull on the plastic while lifting off the bowl. Cut into wedges and serve with a drizzle of sauce.
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The Jewish Hostess Shops Ikea and West Elm for a Hanukka Blue Table Setting!

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The Jewish Hostess Shops Ikea and West Elm for a Hanukka Blue Table Setting!

13 Comments 01 December 2012

 

 Please “like” this Hanukka post and share with your friends!  A lot of hostess effort went into this holiday table!

 (Enjoy from Hanukka 2011!)

Happy Hanukka to all of my Jewish Hostesses!

This year I decided to get an early start on my Hanuka table setting.Being that my Amex card was getting a little rusty, I decided to get into the holiday spirit and  venture out to Ikea and West Elm to see if I could whip up some Hanuka table decor inspiration on a budget.

I decided to stick with the traditional Hanukkah blue and silver color combo because I already owned blue water glasses given to me by my consuegro (Syrian word for son-in-law’s mother) as a Rosh Hashanah gift, plus I happen to own a set of blue and silver rimmed Greek style dishes (a perfect Macabee theme!).

After an hour or two of piling anything and everything blue or silver into my shopping cart at Ikea, this is what I finally ended up with:

  1. Hanukah blue cotton place mats at $1.99 each. A great buy!
  2. Silver mirrored squares-(come in a pack of 4- these are a great investment- buy a dozen or two- you can use them on a dessert bar, as placemats, or you can even line your entire table with them. Your friends will definitely ask you to borrow these mirrored squares when they see how cool they look on your table…) I placed 4 in a row as a runner in the center of the table and then place one atop each blue placemat.

 

3. Go run and buy these beautiful silver candles from Ikea before they run out of them! Eight of these festive candles look so elegant lined up along the center of the table-menorah style.  Ikea also has gorgeous cobalt blue glass candle holders that fit perfectly as a base for my  new silver candles.  I placed four candles into their bases in a row to the right and the left of my own “shamash” vase. (Note- my son reminded me that this “menorah display” cannot be used as the actual menorah- even if I decided to use a candle as a the shamash in the center- according to tradition, the menorah has to be fashioned out of one piece of metal, wood, or glass…like in the beit hamikdash…)

4. I couldn’t resist buying two velvety bluish purple pillows at $19.99 from Ikea to place on silver gray chairs (from B and B party rental in Brooklyn, N.Y.) at both heads of the table of the table.

5. Dashing into West Elm (while the whole family waited outside), I purchased  these stunning silvery shimmery cotton napkins at $7 each. They look perfect atop each plate. I neatly folded each one and topped with a sparkly dreidel. I also found delicious kosher blue and white swirley lollipops at West Elm that I placed on the  mirrored table runner as well.

Hanuka Flowers, Cakes, Cookies, Boxes and Sparkle and Chairs:

      1. Again, thank you to B and B party rental for these gorgeous silver grey chairs. Ballroom chairs always add that touch of elegance for all of your  holiday table decor and party needs. Call B and B at (718) 436 – 8433 or go visit at 1076 38th Street, Brooklyn, NY.
      2. My good friend Shirley Barnathan happens to be a Brooklyn and NYC florist. Check out her Facebook  florals  here. She ran over with some gorgeous Hanuka-blue dyed feathers, and within minutes, she draped them from my dining room chandelier. Shirley also filled my center vase with stunning silver sprayed leaves. Within seconds she picked up my dying orchid plants with replaced them with vibrant new ones. She also brought over some place card holders that I borrowed for the photo shoot. Its great to have friends in the business!
      3. The magnificent and gorgeous Hanukka cake is by Fortune Farca. You will be amazed at her bakery creations! Check out her Facebook page HERE!  The beautiful and delicious Hanukaa dreidel cookies are by the talented Esther Dana. Check out her Facebook page HERE There’s nothing like gorgeous holiday themed baked goods to cozy up the look of your table.
      4. Chocolate Hanukka Coins, Dreidel and Hanukka Ornaments are inexpensive and really add to the holiday excitement. Sticking to one or two colors within your scheme  give a more elegant look. Shop here for Hanukkah Table Accessories and inspiration!
      5. You can find silver boxes and gorgeous ribbon in  local shops or try sites like M and J trimmings for pretty Hanuka blue ribbons.
      6. Hanukka sprinkles and nonpareils can be used as “sand” to sprinkle around chocolate coins and dreidels. They will really add a lot of pizzaz to your table!  Click here for a selection of Wilton Kosher Sprinkles. Use the White Glitter Sprinkles for extra sparkle.
      7. P.S. Don’t forget to buy inexpensive Dreidel Ice Cube Molds! (see ice cube pic below). Kids love ‘em!
      8. Keep scrolling down below to see the rest of my Hanukka table setting.

Use these suggestions as a basic guide for your own unique Hanukkah table decor. Using your favorite silver or blue or white tableware as a base, and then shop around your favorite discount stores, florist, Crate and Barrel, Ikea, Target, or West Elm for fun accessories to add to your holiday centerpiece. Of course if you want to go all out, you can click on over to Barneys for a real first class treat -to your wallet!

Of course I can’t wait to see your Hanuka holiday tables! Please send your pics over to marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com.

I have a fabulous brand new gourmet kosher cookbook for the most voted winner!

What do you think of this holiday table setting? Comment below with your suggestions for your sparkling Hanukka celebration!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Gorgeous Hanukah Table Setting at Table Set Go in Deal, New Jersey

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The Gorgeous Hanukah Table Setting at Table Set Go in Deal, New Jersey

3 Comments 04 November 2012

Alls I can say is “WOW” to the fantastic Hanukka table created by Betty Esses and Gracie Silvera. They really put their heart and soul into their Hanukka  display for The Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center Table-Set-Go charity event in Deal, New Jersey. The ladies used a deep ocean blue colored cloth as a base for their Hanukka table and layered it on the festive Hanukka colors from there. Silver Chilewich placemats lined their elegant but casual silver rimmed china. A Tiffany shopping bag graced each place setting. Grace Sivera’s dreidel collection, amassed from her travels all over the world came in handy as she creatively dangled a unique dreidel from each turquiose blue Tiffany mini gift bag. Driedels that were drizzled along the table were craftily dipped in glue and then blue and silver glitter, and added even more sparkle to their Hanukka table decor. The hydrangea filled blue vases were purchased from Home Goods, and the unique sterling and blue dotted drinking glasses were borrowed from Surrey Lane on Avenue P in Brooklyn. Even though it was the middle of the sumer, Grace and Betty fried soufganiyot and baked Hanukka cookies!  Blue and silver ribbons of different widths and colors tied around the soufganiyot platter flowed down both sides of the table.

Thanks so much ladies for your fabulous Hanukka inspiration!!!!

Photos by Victor Gindi

Click here to get your silver Chilewich placemats for Hanukkah!

 

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Kim Dabah’s Fabulous Hanukkah Dessert Table!

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Kim Dabah’s Fabulous Hanukkah Dessert Table!

4 Comments 31 October 2012

 

 

 

Thank you Kim Dabah for sharing your gorgeous Hanukkah themed table with us! The  white lucite rectangles and cubes add a subtle modern architecture to your dessert buffet. Blue frosted cupcakes, Dreidel blue linzer tarts,  dipped marshmalow treats and Hanukkah cookies are a kids Hanukkah feast. The gorgeous swirly Venetian glass menorah is the perfect setting for your Hanukkah centerpiece. Wow! Happy Hanukkah! Marlene M.

 

 

 

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Lorraine’s Hanukka Mahjong Lunch Table

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Lorraine’s Hanukka Mahjong Lunch Table

5 Comments 15 October 2012

My friend Lorraine Kasavi decided to get a head start on  Hanukka by surprising her mahjong game with a fabulous Hanukka themed lunch table. Her love of color is evident by her gorgeous display of shades of electric blue flowers and Hanukka table decor. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous Hanukka table pictures with us, Lorraine! Love you and Happy Holiday! Marlene

p.s. Lorraine happens to be a Brooklyn based watercolor artist and teaches painting classes to adults and teen. Group and private rates available. Contact Lorraine at lkasavi@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Update Your Holiday Table Decor on a Budget!

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Update Your Holiday Table Decor on a Budget!

No Comments 19 September 2012

This year, I decided to dump my tinsel sukkah decorations and try to find some updated sleeker last-minute looks. As most of my kids would rather get creative with a new latte in Starbucks, this year I  did not have the cute home made decorations that they used to bring home from second grade art class, and thankfully my fourth grader was really SO excited to help with the fun DIY napkin rings that we dreamed up together.

Step 1- I checked online at Jamali Gardens  and found gorgeous artificial hydrangea balls to hang from the scach or our Sukkah. Each one comes with a green ribbon loop that makes it easy to hang. You can buy them packaged in a set of 6, they come in lavender, green, and white, these gorgeous blooms can probably be passed down to your grandchildren if you keep them stored away with your Sukkah. (On the other hand, I think that they would be a great addition to a summer barbeque gracefully hung from an umbrella or awning.)

2- We shopped at IKEA and found some inexpensive botanical artwork to hang up as a modern Sukkah Decoration. It comes wrapped in plastic, which we kept it protected from the weather.

3-IKEA also had stunning $5 chandeliers in all shapes and sizes,

but unfortunately we did not make sure that they were waterproof,(we tried covering them with garbage bags) and unfortunately, they didn’t last too long…..

Ikea chandelier,REGOLIT Pendant lamp shade, white Diameter: 17 ¾ "  Diameter: 45 cm

4- We decided to make our very own crafty napkin rings. We ran over to Karen’s invitations on Avenue U in Brooklyn, and found lime green ribbon. Ran home, found a glue glun and, voila!


5- As for the dragonflies….. I bumped into Jill over at ETSY and she was able to whip up and ship 50 hemp knotted dragonflies for me to top off my DIY napkin rings. What do you think?

6- Table Runners- Craving something original, I decided to run back over to Karen’s Invitations and purchase some handmade papers that she sells by the sheet. If you are looking to buy some stunning handmade paper sheets online, you can CLICK HERE, HERE and HERE.

I decided to keep the ripped edge look of the gorgeous orange and gold handmade paper by folding each sheet down the middle lengthwise and ripping it slowly. Each sheet became a long rectangle, and I placed each edge under a lime green square table topper that I purchased from Michelle over at Table Toppers on East 4 Street in Brooklyn. Flowers, greens and ceramic containers are from Shirley Bar Nathan atop a fresh monstera leaf. The flowers and the monstera leaf lasted the whole week, and can be used over and over again! (The monstera leaf can also be used as a place mat.)

I always have simple glass votives and tea lights to scatter on my table for extra sparkle, purchased from Crate and Barrel.

 

 

7- You can also use your handmade paper to line the table for your bottles of kosher wine, and barware.
8-Don’t forget that even a brightly colored glass water bottle such as Perrier adds a splash of color to the table! Enjoy!!!!
9-What did you do to add a modern splash to your table??? I’d love to hear!!!  Questions??? Comment below!!!
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At Least 10 Hamud Soup Versions for the Syrian Jewish Shabbat Meal

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At Least 10 Hamud Soup Versions for the Syrian Jewish Shabbat Meal

1 Comment 28 August 2012

You can typically smell the aromas of the lemony-minty hamud that has been cooking for hours on the stove of a Syrian Jewish household on a Friday afternoon.

Hamud is the Syrian version of the Ashkenaz chicken soup. It includes a  medley of usually 3 vegetables- carrots, potatoes, and celery, treasured kibbe balls are thrown in midway-and is served over white or brown rice.

The kibbe ball was always an art form and a source of pride for every Syrian Jewish mom, and rightfully so. It represented the love and time spent on each dish prepared for the family, especially on a Friday night. I’m sure that 99 percent of my generation’s Syrian women do remember that their mothers and grandmother used to sit at the dinette table rolling their kibbe homda balls to perfection, nowadays, the time to make the kibbe balls has eroded as the women run out to work, exercise, or run on daily errands. These errands usually incude a trip to the local kosher butcher in Brooklyn, NY who hire ladies to roll and pack the kibbe ball for us. You can even find turkey kibbe balls on the market today.

As a side note, I remember the day that I asked my husband’s grandmother to teach me how to make kibbe balls. She told me where to buy the 2 kinds of meat that we needed for the kibbes. I must have purchased the meat on a Monday, left it in the fridge, and gotten involved with shopping and manicures for 4 or 5 days. On Friday, I proudly brought over the meat. It had turned brown and slightly smelly by then, but as a new bride, I hardly noticed. Well. needless to say, she sent me right home with that meat! I don’t think she ever got around to teaching me how to roll the kibbes, but I did learn that you shouldn’t leave raw meat sitting in the fridge for a week.

I would love to see our families preserve as much of our Syrian Jewish heritage, especially with all of the horrible news reports about the destruction in Aleppo and Damascus which was the home for our Syrian Jewish community for thousands of years.  For interesting info about what’s happened to our communities’ rich cultural structures and heritage in Aleppo and Damascus click over to this article by Tablet Magazine written by fellow community member Joseph Dana over in Israel.

Here are some kibbe homda variations sent in by some ladies of our community.  Below is the Instagram thread that started this whole post! Please send in your kibbe homda variations to marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com and I will add them in.

By the way- you can always see what The Jewish Hostess Hostess is up to- just follow me on Instagram!

Share and enjoy!

Deal Delights Cookbook Adaptation for Hamud:

1- This is the version the I use from the red Deal Delights cookbook. I’ve added 1/2 cup of tamarind sauce (ourt) and a whole potato that boils with the mixture and gets mashed at the end to add to the thickness of the sauce.

Hamud Ingredients:

  • 1 qt water
  • 1 large potato – cubed
  • 1 large whole potato
  • 2 stalks celery cubed
  • 2 carots peeled and diced
  • 2-4 cloves garlic
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • palmful of crushed mint leaves

Bring vegetables to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Crush garlic with the back of a pyrex cup and mash with kosher salt. Add to vegetables.

Add lemon juice and mint leaves. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of tamarind sauce (I love Mrs Maslaton’s ourt sold at Kosher Corner in Brooklyn).

Cook for about 1 hour covered.

Add kibbe – simmer uncovered about 1/2 hour- 45 minutes.

Mash the whole potato when soft to add to thicker consistency.

2- Kibbe Homda Recipe by Odette Tebele Rishty:

“Probably the toughest recipe ever …to give exact measurements and directions for. All grandmas give it over like this… Then you put the lemon juice and we say how much sito? And they say ‘just put!’. Then you put the salt and we say how much and they say ‘just put!’ haha. The point is to know exactly what you want it to taste like and a cook who is comfortable in their kitchen and is experienced with food will get it.

This is a Halab recipe. (Alleppo syria) My grandma left there and went to Mexico and married at 16 in Mexico. This recipe’s end result is an orange to red looking Hamud.   Its salty lemony sauce has sugar added but only a drop enough to enhance .. The sweetness is not tasted —I’ve tasted within my own grandmas daughters a slightly sweeter version and my grandmas was even less sweet – my mom’s Adela (Chayo )Tebele. ah’ was in deed the best! This is how I make it and she loved my Hamud!

I don’t have time to give directions-  I think anyone can figure it out if they make Hamud ! All mom’s son in laws and grandchildren loved this Hamud the best! Egyptian son in law included! She’d get visits for leftovers from son in laws and older grandchildren and grandchildren bringing her great grandchildren for another taste even on a Monday for leftovers!

  • Lots Celery
  • Lots Carrots
  • 1 lg onion onion small slithers cook til just clear not more(that is the first thing in the pot with a little oil )
  • Water fill till half of pot (med to large pot)
  • 1 marrow bone this adds tons of flavor
  • 1Can of tomato sauce (small can for med pot , large can for a really big pot)
  • Lemon juice (at least two cups maybe more will be needed as you go along)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 peeled potato cut up in small chunks
  • Crushed garlic 3-4 cloves ,dry mint leaves crushed kosher salt and oil 1-2 tbsp to make paste and add to Hamood soup as cooking
  • Probably will need to add salt a few times.

Taste and add ingredients if needed after a good 15 minute boil. Then add kibbes when ur happy with the taste (so your not meat for the day- If you need to still have coffee & the like :)  )Then allow it to cook for at least 45 min covered slightly ajar .. .Bubbling slightly then lower the flameMy sister variated to this and I honed in on it – and asked her secret -she added a fresh lemon and a fresh lime (either or can be used but i use both including the juicy inside

pieces ) squeezed into the soup — along with the usual store bought lemon juice — it definitely enhances the flavor to be more Middle Eastern as it creates a stronger more delicacy-like robust flavor.
(for a really big Hamud pot I would say not to double the ingredients- a little less than double)
Anyone can email me for questions if anything is unclear or they need help with it.  Itsallagift1@aol.com.
When I was finally able to make Hamud good everytime it was my proudest moment to be able to carry on the tradition!
My mom’s magic is working– to keep a family coming back for visits– now my married daughter makes sure to come back for Hamood and tries to even take some home after shabbat for my granddaughter who just started eating regular food — she loves it too!!!Happy hamud perfecting! May the tradition-carrying force be with you! “
Odette (Tebele )Rishty

 

3-  Kibbe Homda by Lisa Ades:

Sour Spearmint Sauce/Soup with Meatballs (Hamud) by Lisa Ades

  • 5 medium boiling potatoes, peeled and cut in
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • salt
  • 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 lb. veal stew meat, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1-2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 head garlic, clves peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup dried spearmint
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Place ground beef in a large bowl. Season with salt, mix well, then
shape into 1″ meatballs. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

Place potatoes, celery, veal, lemon juice, garlic, spearmint, and sugar
in a large pot. Add 8 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat to low, add meatballs, cover, and simmer, stirring
occasionally, for 1 hour. Using a long-handled spoon, stir soup,
mashing potatoes just enough to slightly thicken soup. Cover and
continue cooking until veal is tender, about 2 hours more.

Adjust seasoning with additional salt, sugar and lemon juice, if
necessary. Ladle into bowls or serve over rice.

 

4- Jen Ashkenazi- from my grandma’s cookbook:

“Cooking with Grandma” was made by the Children & Grandchildren of Marjorie Ashkenazie A”H.  We were all able to pick our favorite recipe from our Grandmother & write a small story from the memories that brought us back to that recipe . This cookbook is my favorite tool in the kitchen because I know my grandmother is watching over me & guiding me in the correct direction .

“Cooking With Grandma” can be purchased online from the below Link ;

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2430715?alt=Cooking+with+Grandma+-+revised+edition%2C+as+listed+under+Cooking

 

5- Kibbe Homda by Sara Ash

  • Water
  • Crushed garlic
  • Lemon juice real lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh mint
  • Chopped celery carrots potatoes
  • Jerusalem glatt kibbe balls bought from the kosher butcher on East 8 in Brooklyn, NY.
“Kibbe meat is the best if u make your own …
Fill medium size pot 3/4 full w/ water crushed garlic and salt bring to boil . Add 1 bunch of fresh mint chopped ..bring to boil add lemon juice from bottle count to 12 .
Bring to boil add carrots and celery boil for 10 add kibbe balls and potatoes .
Boil until potatoes get soft .. Consistency will be thicker .. Flame should be low …
My families favorite I never make enough!”

 

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