I’ve been back just over a week, and I’ve almost adjusted to being back in this snowy landscape
Before too much more time goes by, I want to mention the wonderful lunch we had with my long-time friend Miriam of Israeli Kitchen. She cooked a scrumptious meal of many courses. It included her sourdough bread, and mushrooms with grape vine leaves (an Elizabeth David recipe that I was tickled to recognize, one foodie to another).
She also made a dessert called malabi. It’s a light pudding flavored with rose water and the recipe for it is here.
Here’s me finishing up the malabi. I don’t think I was talking with my mouth full, but I can’t promise.
I’ve got some folks coming over for dinner tomorrow and I think I’ll try making some malabi for them. A friend once told me never to make “virgin” recipes, i.e. ones you haven’t made before, for guests, but that’s a rule I’ve broken too many times to take seriously now.
I’d also like to mention that a forager’s eye is always on the lookout, and mine was delighted to spot this bountiful watercress along the Jordan river (Ellen, Mark–you know I thought of your patch in PA when we found this!)
Okay, so maybe I haven’t fully adjusted to being back. I’m still waking up stupidly early. And there’s this guy I’m sweet on who’s there not here. Sigh.
Meanwhile, time to nuzzle up with Ella and make the most of my winter pantry.