post-snow weekend

The big news of the week was snow in Jerusalem and elsewhere above 500 meters.  Our community is at 250 meters, so we saw lots of rain and some sleet and hail.  The boys were very excited and played in the sleet.  Somehow, it seems much different than the days that my brother and I played in the snow at -2 Celsius.

This marks the first weekend that people actually reserved space ahead of time.  We are expecting two girls from Midreshet Harovah, two girls from Michlala and two boys who are pretty much family. 

This week also marks my second son's 17th birthday.  We celebrated during the week, but will continue to make his favorite foods for the weekend.  Given the cold weather, the food is also rather heavy and warm...

Dinner - 19
Roasted Red Pepper soup
Beef Burgundy
Creole Turkey
Sweet Potato and Peanut stew
Hot dogs ( for a picky 7 year old)
Garlic green beans
Lettuce salad

Lunch - 14
Sweet potatoes
Simon and Garfinkle Chicken (parsley-sage-rosemary and thyme)
Stir Fried peppers
Lunch meat
Chicken Jumbalaya
Israeli Salad

Roasted Red Pepper Soup
8 large onions chopped
1/2 Tbsp dried basil
1/2 Tbsp dried oregano
1/2 Tbsp dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 Tbsp minced ginger
1 Tbsp minced garlic
6 roasted red peppers
1 400 gram (8 oz) can of tomatoes
2 Tbsp ketchup
8 cups water/vegetable stock
Salt and Pepper

Sweat the onions and garlic until soft
Add all of the spices
Add the tomatoes and the peppers
Puree the whole thing until smooth
Simmer for one hour

Creole Turkey
1 1/2 Bell Pepper diced

3/4 c Celery diced
2 800 gram cans of crushed Tomatoes
1 Tbsp Garlic powder
1 Tbsp Oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp crushed red peppers
1 tsp salt

4 cups Turkey, cooked & cut up

Put everything in crockpot. Leave for most of the day. Serve over cooked rice. 

From the Kitchen of: Joan Mershon


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