jerusalem potluck and a hummus recipe.

potluck

Shortly after the holidays, I had a small potluck where I asked everyone to cook from the Jerasulem cookbook. Last year, around this time, my husband visited Jerusalem with his mom, and shortly afterwards she gifted me with this cookbook. All I have been hearing about for the last year is how amazing the food was when they were there. If it tasted anything like the food in this cookbook looked, then I don’t doubt it!  I made one salad earlier in the year from this book and it was out of this world good.

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So I organized the recipes that I found were vegan, or could easily be made vegan and I invited a few friends and we had a great feast! We had:
Tabouleh
Cauliflower salad with mint and pomegranate
Beet, walnut and leek salad
Swiss chard with wheat berries
Butternut squash with Red onion, tahini and Zatar
Mejedera
Burnt eggplant dip
shakshuka (not vegan, but my husband’s favorite dish and was dying to make this)
hummus

I picked up fresh baked pita bread, baklava and halva from our local middle eastern grocer, and we had a great dinner. Everything was really really delicious, but I think my favorite was suprisingly the tabouleh. It was definitely different than the tabouleh I’m generally used to – this one had pomegranate seeds in it! I definitely recommend this cookbook!

Now, this is a little off track but I made some hummus for the potluck, but I didn’t make the one from the cook book. I know, makes no sense. However, the hummus I made got lots of rave reviews from my guests, so I thought I would share the recipe here:

  • One 15-ounce can chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 cup  tahini
  • 3-4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water
  • Dash of ground paprika for serving
Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor or vitamix blender. Top with a few dashes of the paprika and a little more olive oil if you wish.
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351. holiday ornament crafternoon.

ORNAMENTS copy

I had a few friends come over for a holiday crafternoon.

The idea was that everyone bring an ornament to make, and we all make it! We made five ornaments total.
Not pictured is the fabric scrap ball I made earlier in the week (which was a hit!)

1. Then we made sequin ball ornaments…which I am OBSESSED With. Im going to be making a bunch more of these once I get more sequins! Here is a tutorial on how to make them.

2. We made another ornament where we took a christmas bulb shaped ornament and put glittery pipe cleaners and colorful beads inside.

3. We made something similar with a glass ball ornament where we wrapped twine around the top and stuffed it with shredded paper.

4. And lastly, we made these little bird nest ornaments. We glued an egg carton holder to a clothespin, glued grass inside, glued a puffy ball inside that, and glued eyes and a popcorn kernel for a nose. These were intended for the kiddos to make, but they were not interested, so we made them instead.

This was a super fun afternoon! Thinking of doing them a few times throughout the year, and definitely annually!

27. bath bombs and body scrub.

My friend krissy had a wine, cheese and spa night at her place tonight. A bunch of us girls sat around and got caught up with eachother, ate treats and made fun bath treats. The pumpkin donut holes I posted about yesterday were a huge success!

First up: bath bombs.

In one big bowl, mix
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup epsom salt

In a seperate small bowl, mix together
3/4 tspn water
essential oil (about 2 tspn)
food coloring
2 T oil (we ended up adding quite a bit more b/c we were having trouble getting the bomb to stick together and come out of the mold)

Wisk in the wet ingredients into the dry. Shape into a ball or mold (we used little hearts) and put on parchment paper to dry.

They were dry and ready to take home by the end of the night.



next up:  brown sugar body scrub.
This was TOO easy!

wisk together
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
2-3 Tablespoon brown sugar
scented oil or a little bit of fresh lemon juice

Stir it together with a wisk until its nice and gritty.