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challot

Every Friday, Ninja and I bake bread (and break bread) together. Not just any old bread, but delicious challah,  plaited bread traditionally eaten by Jews on shabbat.

We have a nice routine worked out. I go to aerobics at 08:30am, usually leaving Ninja still in bed, and by the time I get back, he has done all the hard work, and there is a bowl of dough rising. By the time I have showered, it is ready to plait, which we do side-by-side, on a floured counter. We each make three small loaves, and I try my best not to prod and poke Ninja’s and just focus on my own.  Anyway, he is very good and certainly chief  bread baker in our house.

After making the challot this Friday, I spent a few more hours in the kitchen pre-preparing various delicacies (we had guests for dinner) including perfect tiny pears sautéed in brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom, to be served in a salad with baby greens, Roquefort and walnuts;  berry and  mango coulis, for drizzling over home-made meringue nests filled with a light whipped fromage frais; and last but not least, sangria made with fresh fruit, ginger ale and red wine, which tasted like a balmy evening somewhere in Spain.
Mouth-watering pictures below…

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Peanut butter swirl bars

A short but important observation, currently highly relevant to my life: There is a LOT more to aerobics than meets the eye. To those who  mock, know that behind the chirpy exterior of  every good aerobics instructor lies an able choreographer; a supremely talented multi-tasker; and a master of  coordination who can yell one instruction while thinking ahead to the next, and keep in time with the music, smiling all the way.

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Roasted Red Pepper Tart
I am a big believer in will power. I think that if a person really wants to do something, they can, and that we all have extraordinary capabilities if we only put our minds to it. I always thought that with careful planning, there is no reason why one can’t both have their cake and eat it.

I knew that I was running the risk of taking on too much when I began a course to become an Aerobics Instructor a few months ago. In addition to my job, my master’s degree, family commitments and social life, it would be a crazy six months. An eyebrow was raised by certain loved ones, but I was determined. Like the Little Engine that Could, I decided to push up that hill and go for it. While I knew it would be hard to cope with everything, I decided that with good time management, hard work and a lot of drive, I could do it all.

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Like little Sea shells

Its 01:42am – I have just finished doing my homework for the night. Instead of having my nose buried in an American Jewish History book, as is my official homework pastime, I have been jumping around, composing two short Aerobics routines due for class on Monday. This reminds me that I haven’t yet shared with you (those readers who don’t know me – and I hope that there are some) what it is that I do in life.

I actually do several things: I work (around 60% of the time) in an Institute for Educational Leadership; I am nearing the end of an MA in Contemporary Jewry (the degree has taken me three years and I can literally smell freedom around the corner…its driving me insane); and I recently began a six-month course (10 hours per week) to become an Instructor of Aerobics, Strengthening and Toning. Hence the JUMP in EatLoveJump. The course involves both practice and theory: anatomy, physiology, sports injuries, nutrition and kinesiology. Yes, I am a very busy girl at the moment but I feel blessed to be stimulated in so many different ways.

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