Mom in Israel Talks Food

The Kosher Cooking Carnival #41 is up at A Mother In Israel. Bravo to Mom on a job well-done. It’s easy to read and well-organized. And there’s lots of recipes for next year’s Pesach (a few that one can try now, like Vegetable Lasagna).

A note on the new logo: it’s by Pesky Settler. Thank you for putting in the time and energy to do the logo. Every time I see it, I will start singing the part of the song Yom Zeh Mechubad with that phrase: “Meat and fish and other delicacies…”

Unfortunately, it also reminds me that many people (probably myself included, although who knows how much is too much?) eat too much meat. If we just eat meat on Shabbat, is that a good amount of moderation? I have these growing children, two of whom (the youngest and the oldest) seem to crave meat. So we had hamburgers last night (I mostly ate a lot of chicken vegetable soup, brown rice and broccoli). For more on the topic of plants vs. animal products, read a book by Michael Pollan. Or visit the blog of Phiya Kushi. On the other hand, Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
has a different philosophy, stating on its back cover: “Your body needs old-fashioned animal fats New-fangled polyunsaturated oils can be bad for you Modern whole grain products can cause health problems…”

Personally, I like the macrobiotic approach. In moderation. Except to follow it, one has to spend a lot of time cooking. So I cook a few macrobiotic dishes on Fridays. Radishes and umeboshi paste coming soon to this blog (next week).

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3 thoughts on “Mom in Israel Talks Food

    • I first learned about macrobiotics in 1993, when my mother z”l (may her memory be blessed) got ill. When I reconnected to macrobiotics recently via Klara, I learned that the philosophies (plural, because different interpretations) have gotten more lenient and flexible in some ways. But it might depend if one is talking about a relatively healthy person or a sick person.

      Klara has encouraged me to try recipes. So that’s my current approach.

      Anemic – do you eat beans? They have iron.

  • Thanks Leora for the heads up. I love macrobiotics because simply it makes sense. It says the body needs to get into balance for health, and every body (on purpose two words) is different, therefore what is good for one may not be what is best for another. It’s true you don’t just take a couple slices of bread and stick in some cheese, you do need to cook most of your meals to get the most out of it. So for someone who doesn’t realize the magic of the kitchen, it’s more challenging. Ramblingwoods, I’d love to also encourage you, but to truly learn it’s best to go to a teacher that’s near you. Another thing I also love about it, you never stop learning.

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