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Welcome back to me after an eleven month  hiatus from these pages.  Hello Readers. Are you still out there? I’m back. I’m back but things have changed around here. I’ve changed. Last time I wrote I was absorbed in a muffin-making frenzy, preparing for an onslaught of extreme expected hunger. I’m now the proud mama of a ten-month old baby boy. Indeed, I baked all of those muffins, I ate all of those muffins, I eventually got rid of the excess weight caused by those muffins and I’m still here to tell the tale.

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Time. Time is a mysterious and magical entity. It speeds up and slows down at whim, making minutes seem like hours and months seem like days. How is it that waking from a short nap can feel like emerging from underwater, yet a night’s sleep can leave you struggling to understand how it is already morning when you just lay your head down on the pillow.

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Garlic in Provence

A new post for a new year (Jewish calendar), a new home and a new phase in my life. I have neglected you, dear readers, over the past few months, as I have worked hard to close several chapters in my life and open several new ones. Over the past six weeks I have finished my Master’s degree, completed a course to become an Aerobics Instructor, packed up our lives and possessions into neatly double-taped boxes and moved home.

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Zucchini 1

A simple but delicious idea for the beginning of the week…

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This seemed to me a perfect soup for an Israeli summer: it involves minimal work, is an attractive colour and has refreshing flavours. The soup is supposed to be made with dark green zucchini but I could only find the pale ones…I’m not sure what difference this may have made to the flavour but it was still yummy. Ricotta is quite expensive here in Israel, so I exchanged it for what we call ‘Gvina levana’ a white, low-fat cheese similar to fromage frais, making the soup both healthier and more economical.
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Spinach and Feta Squares

This week we celebrated Shavuot (yet another Jewish holiday which involves eating lots of delicious food, amongst other things). There is a tradition on Shavuot to eat dairy products, and so holiday foods usually include a variety of cheesecakes, blintzes and other rich dairy delights. In the supermarkets all hell breaks loose in the dairy aisles as representatives of each company try to push their brand of cottage cheese upon you.

 This year we spent the holiday with Ninja’s brother Rafi and his wife Avital, and their two yummy children. Rafi made a dazzling array of desserts including David Leovitz’s cheesecake on a chocolate base, cheesecake brownies, fruit cake, lemon meringue pie, chocolate tart, and banana cake. It was impossible not to taste everything, a few times, and everything was DELICIOUS. Their fridge is now full of left-over desserts from which I am relieved to have escaped. After this serious indulgence I am looking forward to what I hope will be a healthy week ahead.

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