Tel Aviv Diary December 18-22, 2005 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel Aviv Diary - December 28, 2005 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Hard to let go of those pictures with famous people...

I remember a wall in my parents' study with pictures like this, the clear 'occasional' appearance.

Back to the idea of beignets. Here is my old recipe:
1 package active dry yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water (100-115 degrees F)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups flour
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
oil for deep frying
confectioner's sugar for dusting (or burying, depending on taste)

My only problem is I can't remember how much is a package of dry yeast translated to Israeli packages.

The katushas falling all over Israel are not my problem, as it were.

Actually the situation here of the rockets on Kiryat Shmona and our reaction reminds me of what my mother-in-law used to say "We're not going to let them shit on our heads. We'll open our mouths!"

My cousin Susan just sent me a site where you can buy Beignet mix here. I can imagine spending my hannukah with Susan at the cafe du monde in the french market, with my incredible coffee and crispy beignet.

December 29, 2005

This holiday business is getting to me. too much food, too much cooking, too much oil.

And maybe to celebrate this oil fest, our minister of defense Shaul Mofaz is investigating the uprooting of over 1000 olive trees in Palestinian villages this year. Haaretz writes about it. Good that they're 'looking into it' - very bad that it took so long. Especially when you know the economic relevance and the traditional significance of olive trees in this area.

December 30, 2005

As we speak I am missing some of the best parties of the year - recovering from dinner and washing up there is no way i can go dancing right now. This city has been celebrating the new year we traditionally don't follow since yesterday, even though New Years' isn't until tomorrow night.

December 31, 2005

And about celebrating Hannukah -- don't ask. A friend of mine claims she had to have a doughnut at the party at work, and then at her son's kindergarten party, and then at the neighborhood party, and then when her parents came over for candle-lighting, and that gave her 1400 extra calories in one day. "Of course," Adam responded, "there has to be SOME form of punsihment in every Jewish holiday!"

In the mean while that poor soldier who got blown up a few days ago apparently prevented the suicide bomber from blowing up a childrens' hannukah party, or so says Ha'aretz

Lisa's Blog has moved to here and she's got good stories to tell.

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