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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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The Ultimate Comfort Food
The Ultimate Comfort Food

A week or so before I got married my mother-in-law (who is renowned for her baking) handed me a pretty little blue box adorned with cheerful sunflowers and bright red apples. Inside, I was delighted to find index cards with recipes for some of her well-loved dishes, painstakingly written out by hand. She had made sure to include some of Ninja’s favourites including Pecan pie, sweet and sour meatballs and potato kugel; useful recipes for challah, soups and marinades; and banana coffee cake with chocolate chip streusel for me.

As this special and thoughtful gift might indicate, the Cohens are big on food (without being big from food). They joke that their family motto is: ” We meet, we eat” and they really do share some quality family time around the dining room table. For someone with a sweet tooth like me, being set loose in the Cohen household is a serious liability.

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