Hello everyone! In my last post I asked what you guys would like to see in my blog/would you be interested in seeing things from me beyond the realms of food. I used to cover more things on the blog, but somehow as life got busier I stopped frequently capturing life in front of me. I remember pausing at a detail in my outfit that I thought was beautiful and feeling the inclination to share. Or being down on the ground and looking up just to see what it looked like to see things from that perspective–and snapping a picture of it. I’m still curious in that sense, but don’t think to capture it as often. Sometimes I go back and forth between thinking: it’s silly to think those things are important enough to capture, it’s meaningful/meaningless, or why not just enjoy? C’est la vie. It’s true. For right now though, it’s important to me again.

What would I like to be in focus?

The plants, the deteriorated posts, or the other side of the Hudson River?

Whenever I go to the market I like to walk around and find things I’ve never heard/seen of before.

One day I stumbled across Siberian Kale.

Kale is a great winter vegetable, and the more it’s been kissed by a frost the sweeter it is.

Here are some more seasonal foods that I’ve prepared in the kitchen recently using recipes from a book I reviewed on here awhile ago, “Thrive Foods” by Brendan Brazier.

Mashed Kabocha Squash with Toasted Coconut

Toasting the coconut shreds is so key for this recipe. It’s an extremely delicious that you may have to approach with willpower as to not to eat the entire batch!

Dandelion Salad with Sundried Tomatoes and Lentil Dressing

Dandelion greens are not something I usually pick up, but that was what drew me to this recipe. It was a new way to try various flavors together, and well… it had me had sun-dried tomatoes as well. I also found myself pouring the lentil dressing on to other things.

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Seasons Greetings from the Past

My oh my, the holiday season passed me by! And so has time. My parents came up to visit me in New York, and it was so nice to have them here. They finally got a glimpse of the pace of life here, and have a better understanding of why things are a little different here. I was happy to have them experience the city outside of tours and attractions. They also helped me get settled into my room, which for me is like finding a big piece to the puzzle and putting it down. My last post was about inspiration and appreciation, and having my parents up here made me that much more grateful. They also brought a new addition to the pack as well.

Meet Dino!

Many things have happened since the last time I posted up to now. Actually, I have quite a lot to share but that would be a mouthful!

Like these Pfeffernüsse cookies
Or the first bureka I tried.

It’s a triangle shaped pastry made of phyllo dough. I had it the traditional Israeli way with hard-boiled egg, tomato, tahini, and pickles. Note: nowadays I’m trying to test the waters with my egg tolerance.

So let’s rewind to a time of Christmas trees and menorahs.

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