My first WWOOF Experience

If you’ve ever thought that spending time in nature sounded nice, have you checked out WWOOF? WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, and is exactly what the name says. It is an international network of organic farmers, who serve as hosts for eager travelers. It’s a chance to explore a different region/country/continent, practice…

Picture Highlights So Far, Again!!

 A trip to the Communist Museum (Prague, Czech Republic) Hungarian Sweeties 🙂 (Budapest, Hungary) The Parliament Building overlooking the Danube (Budapest, Hungary) Full Moon #3 of my time abroad. It rose over Budapest as I waited outside St. Mathius Church to hear Requiem (I did, and it was beautiful. Budapest, Hungary) Carthusians conquer the Golan…

The Fig Tree and The Shuk

Two, almost three weeks now in Be’er Sheva and I feel much older. Soon I will have to do adult things like buy laungry detergent and toothpaste…permanent actions that mean I really am here and I really am staying. When I was planning for this trip, I planned for a lot of extraneous circumstances like…

The Great Cookie Project; an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

(You can skip to the bottom if you are just curious what the IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT is 🙂) Something is amiss in the kitchen. Dishes, piled high in the sink, from two days ago–the dishwasher whirs and grumbles from its abuse– dried drips of chocolate, and, is that powdered sugar on the refrigerator door?Powdered sugar on…

Cake Therapy

Someday, when I open my own bakery in New York City and wear fur and am a very important person, I will call said bakery Cake Therapy.  I think the title is self-explanatory. I have also decided that I need more cake in my life. I mean, I need more cake baking in my life….

Turkey Pot Pie

I am way beyond ready for the Holidays. Unfortunately, I don’t really consider Halloween a “Holiday,” possibly because I have no real childhood memories of Halloween.  Sure, there were lots of occasions of dressing up (but I never needed an excuse for that), lots of apple bobbings and pumpkin carvings and collecting leaves, but nothing…

Du Pain

There is nothing, I repeat, nothing, that smells better than freshly baked bread. Nothing. There is also nothing that tastes worse than the limp, plasticky loaves of double packaged grocery store bread that have been sitting on a shelf for at least thirty days. I wonder, if one ate enough grocery shelf bread, could one…

Three Uses for Summer Pea Pesto

I always end up eating my words when I say, sweating underneath the hot October sun, “I just want it to get cold already!” As I type this, I sit hulled underneath a wool blanket in slippers and a sweatshirt. Mmmm, humble pie. Even with today’s drizzly cold, yesterday was sunny as August and so…

OctoberFeast!

Second attempt at a happily candid photo. Let me show you the first attempt, below. After a mid-week scare that involved the (socially questionable) blue clad Geniuses at Apple confiscating my beloved laptop, I am happy to report that all is well and fully functional, which means I can blog again, with pictures of course!…