If there’s one thing all Jewish families have in common no matter their origin, it’s our love for food. We always tend to overcook and have leftovers for days, which is not a bad thing, since we end up having lots of meals in the freezer for the nights we are too lazy to cook. Ever since I got married in 2014, I follow my husband’s Moroccan traditions when it comes to Shabat and holiday meals at home. Moroccan Jews tend to serve lots of salads at the beginning of a meal, followed by fish and then the main course. Their salads come in all varieties, from raw to cooked vegetables and from sweet to savory ingredients. This cooked mushroom salad is one of my new favorites — it’s both sweet and savory, goes deliciously well with warm challah bread or pita and can be served no matter the occasion!
Fish balls are such a great alternative to meatballs — they’re just as easy to make, but are much lighter. Although I’ve already shared two recipes on the blog for fish balls (these lemon cod cakes and these za’atar spiced cod patties), here’s one more to add to my repertoire. Cooked in tomato sauce and stuffed with fresh coriander, these fish balls are packed with flavor and are so quick to put together. We never get bored of having them!
It feels like I haven’t shared a dessert recipe on the blog in a while; not that I haven’t indulged in anything sweet since my last cake recipe, but I just haven’t photographed any of the desserts I’ve made lately. I wanted to make something special for Valentine’s Day, a dessert that would be sweet, yet light and not too fattening. I stumbled upon these lemon pudding cakes on Once Upon A Chef‘s blog. They looked quick and easy to make, making them the perfect desserts to whip up together in no time — especially when you have a baby with you in the kitchen!
Sleep deprivation is really tough. So tough, but worth every lost second of sleep when I see our beautiful Gabriel smile and grow by the minute. If you believe that a baby sleeping a long 6-hour stretch at night qualifies as “sleeping through the night”, well then Gabriel has been sleeping through the night for a couple of weeks already, waking up once at night to feed and then starting the day at 7am. Sometimes he’s ready to party at 6am, and on days like those, a quick breakfast really comes in handy. I’m thinking yoghurt topped with granola or overnight oats made with granola.
First post of 2017…and my first post as a Mommy! I couldn’t be more excited to share the news with you and start this new year as a family of 3. Something tells me that it’s going to be an amazing year — yes, one full of sleepless nights, but surely the most exciting one yet. I gave birth to our beautiful Gabriel on December 18 at 12:54pm after 10 hours of labor on a cold Sunday morning. He decided to arrive fashionably late (3 days after my due date), but just in time to light his first Hanukkah candles with us. I’ll never forget the moment they put him on me and when he first gazed into my eyes. Gabriel filled up a space in our hearts that we didn’t even know existed. It was love at first sight and I’ve never felt more complete in my life. I can’t believe he’s already 3 weeks old and time is truly passing by too quickly…
Dearest readers, I have not forgotten about you, I promise. I know I haven’t been posting regularly, but I’ve been busy cooking freezer-friendly meals to heat up when the baby arrives, most of which I’ve also been photographing to publish on the blog. So now I have plenty of recipes to share with you for the next couple of weeks…and many blog posts to write and schedule for the first couple of weeks with our baby at home. I’m due any day now, and Savormania will keep me busy while we impatiently wait for our baby to be born. He seems in no hurry and so happy kicking around in my belly. Although I can’t wait to meet him, hug him and never let him go, I think I’m really going to miss feeling his little kicks and hiccups in my belly.