We are Beijing Bound for the next week! As mentioned in our last post, while some of our trip is definitely vacation, the function of the trip is primarily visiting family. My husband was born in Beijing and much of his family still lives there. While there, I’ll have the opportunity to learn some family dishes as well as we’ll eat tons of Chinese cuisine from all of the regions of China. Preparing for any international trip, there are of course some travel essentials we all need. Continue Reading…
“Chraime,” I vocalized with an aspirated “chhh.” “Chhh…RAM…Chhh…RAMIE…Chhh…RA-EEM…”. My husband turned to me as I continued to practice and try on different pronunciations as though I were trying on shoes for the perfect fit. He tells me he loves me then asks me if I have something in my throat.
I haven’t figured out how to pronounce it yet.
This post may include affiliate links. For our full disclosure, click here.If you’re a friend of mine and a foodie, chances are you’ve heard me rave about the 2015 cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking by Michael Solomon. And, if you’re a foodie, you’ve definitely heard of the 2012 best seller, Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottelenghi. Both books have given us a peek into the diverse and flavorful cuisines throughout Israel and both brought to culinary vogue shakshuka and fattoush. After hearing about this traditional Shabbat fish stew, I decided these two books should be consulted. Continue Reading…
Through Hell and Back
Most of our lowest moments were spent together, trying to pick up the pieces after my dad passed away when I was ten. My mom had been a young mother and we relied a lot on him before he fell ill. I watched, not able to comprehend the magnitude of it all, as my mom had to deal with the crushing agony of caring for both him and me. He had brain cancer and the nature of his disease meant that, at times, he needed help with every single aspect of living, worsening as it progressed. She had to carry that responsibility alone for two years, while watching the man she loves suffer. I can’t even imagine how she got through it, but she did. And she ensured I did, too.
Watching her go through that, I learned a lot. Each year I gain more perspective, too. While we don’t always get along, I have massive respect for what she accomplished under the circumstances. When I become a mother myself, I can only imagine I will gain even more appreciation.
Here are the top 5 things I’ve learned from my mom.
Luckily for you, I’ve partnered up with the same incredible ladies from our past roundups for National Poultry Day, Valentine’s Day, and for St. Paddy’s Day to bring you 10 new Cinco De Mayo recipes with options for many different diets. Check out these recipes and let us know which ones you try!
10 Flavor-Packed Cinco De Mayo Recipes
10. Sweet Potato Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas by Oven Struck
Oven Struck shares with us this vegetarian spin on enchiladas with drool-worthy photos all along the way. These look super healthy and delicious. I can’t help but wonder how they’d be if I added a little chipotle pepper *makes a note for later*
Cinco De Mayo as a drinking holiday
Just as with America’s St. Paddy’s Day celebrations, Cinco De Mayo is a holiday with a tradition of drinking. Whether it be of tequila or Mexican beers, nearly every bar will have a themed drink or two for the holiday. It is fun for most, but it can be difficult for anyone recovering from alcohol addiction. Continue Reading…
If you have been following Almost Kosher’s journey so far, I don’t think I have to tell you how much we loved Morocco. Memories of the sights, the sounds, the people, and places, but especially the food bring a smile to our faces. Bargaining in the mellah and the souks and the crazy drivers–it seems like a titillating love affair we’ve been playing back in our minds ever since we got back. These Moroccan Spice Chicken Wings, spiced using the spices we bought on our honeymoon, remind me of all we loved about the food.
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Spring is starting to shyly peek around the corner here in Utah. Despite it nearly being May, snow showers have dared to encroach what should be mild sunny days. So when the sun popped out this weekend I just had to pull out our charcoal grill (a tiny little Weber for our condo balcony). I’ve been craving chicken wings like crazy, too, so I decided upon these Moroccan Spice Chicken Wings to satiate two cravings: Morocco and wing.
Product Review: BBQ Grill Mats by Chef Brooklyn
It so happened that we also had these new grill mats by Chef Brooklyn to try out, too. Boasting that you will “[n]ever need your barbecue grill brush again,” I was excited to see if they worked as well as claimed and how they held up to the grill. Overall? I was pleased. Continue Reading…
Treat yo self
First of all, I’m a bath bomb connoisseur. One of our local bath product companies knows me and my husband by name. My valentines present this year included $100+ dollars worth of bath products, with more than half of that being bath bombs. I’ve bought local, homemade, uber-brands, no-name brand, and mass-produced-and-sold-at-target bath bombs. What I’m trying to say is…I know a good bath bomb when I smell it. Yet, I was not prepared for the insanely delicious smelling and super moisturizing experience from Atlanta Bath Company‘s signature Coconut Rose bath bomb. It was…perfect.
As soon as it hit the water, it erupted into thick, luxurious bubbles and filled the tub with delicate rose petals. I honestly squeed a little with childish joy when I saw it. And the smell…oh my GOSH…the smell! It was gorgeous and delicious and beautiful. I lit some tea lights, turned on some relaxing music, turned off the light, and slipped into the water and away from reality. I paired it with a virgin cocktail — my coconut mojito, which I’m sharing with you today — and I felt like the week just melted away.
I’m already on their website ordering their “Wine Down” bath bomb and their Lavender and Vanilla gift set to send to my mother for Mother’s Day. You should do the same for the mothers (including yourself!) in your life–trust me, it will be appreciated! If you want to save 10% off of your order and get free shipping on orders over $35, use our code ALMOSTKOSHER when you check out.
Virgin Coconut Mojito
If you’re looking at this right now and saying, “girl, I don’t want a VIRGIN mojito!” I get it, I absolutely do. So I’m going to tell you right now–just tip some rum into your cup and the problem is solved. Continue Reading…
This post may include affiliate links. Please see our complete disclosure here.In the divisive politics of today, it’s easy to allocate all conflict to black or white conditions. This was unfortunately the attitude many–even ourselves–were conditioned with when we prepared ourselves for our Marrakesh honeymoon. We had even planned to stay hush about our religion so as to not stir up trouble for ourselves. When you watch the news on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you would think it would be dangerous to be Jewish in a country with a Muslim majority.
It turns out, as most things are, it isn’t quite as simple as all of that.
Morocco’s Jewish Affection
We were happy to find that the people of Marrakesh were very proud of their history, including their Jewish history. A few vendors selling in the square flaunted their elaborate Hanukkiahs with intricate Hebrew carving for purchase. Even some stopped my husband to inspect a tattoo of his that features Hebraic script only to tell us a story of how they had a Jewish friend or neighbor years ago ending with a fond: “what a great guy!”
This didn’t mean we were eager to announce our religious affiliation in a country so foreign to us. And, as seen by graffiti in the Mellah, anti-Judaism sentiment did exist.
Humans are rarely simple and–oftentimes–there is a lot more than what meets the eye.
Morocco once was home to a large population of Jewish people. Their remnants remain everywhere, not just in the Jewish quarters. Many estate sales in the square were full of antique Judaica.
Most of the Moroccan Jews have relocated to Israel or Canada, where they’ve spread their own unique flavor of Judaism. One Moroccan-Jewish custom which is gaining popularity even among Ashkenazim is the celebration of Mimouna. A three-day post-Passover tradition with disputed origin, many American Jews are adding significance by inviting Muslim community members over for a feast.
If you choose to celebrate Mimouna, we think this Morocco-Inspired Harissa Chicken is perfect!
Check them out and let me know if you try any!
Almost Kosher’s Passover Recipe Ideas
For the kiddos:
Consider a matzo meal chicken nugget meal for the picky eaters in your life. Of course, you could always do the tried-and-true matzo pizza, too. Sweet potato gnocchi goes over well with our pickiest eaters: toddlers. And, if your kids can’t go a morning without a cereal, try homemade matzo granola. Continue Reading…
This post may include affiliate links. Please see our complete disclosure here.If I could go back in time, right now I’d choose to go back to when I registered for classes for this semester. I would have shaken myself and asked me if I was crazy, and why did I think it was OK to register for a 13 credit load. Particularly, one which includes Constitutional Law and College Algebra (I am not a math person). However, as popular culture has educated us, messing with the past is tricky business–if I had done that, I wouldn’t have learned how easy brown butter salmon is.
Time Management Tips for Adult Students
The truth is, going to college as an adult with a full-time job, home ownership (including HOA) duties, and all the other things on our plates is hard. But it’s do-able. Here are my tips for how I succeed in school, get everything turned in on time, and still work full-time at the law firm and here on the blog: Continue Reading…