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Mar. 29, 2010 5:21 pm 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2010 6:44 pm
Tonight was all about the flavors of Israel. I have to thank Rachel for most of the information and collaboration on this menu. She lives in Tel Aviv and was just awesome, so I owe her a debt of gratitude.
On the menu tonight was a fried Flat Bread, Hummus, Israeli Salad< and Cheese Bourekas<
Israel is in western Asia and is located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan to the east and Egypt to the southwest.
Yesterday morning, I was lucky enough to glimpse a red-headed woodpecker out back on a tree. It doesn't have one thing to with this blog, I just thought it was cool. LOL! I found a basic unleavened flatbread recipe, so that's what I used. I was going to just use pita bread, as Rachel suggested, but I got excited over something at the produce stand that I'll get to in a minute and forgot it at the store. With the weather changes around here, the arthritis has really been acting up, so I just didn't feel like making pitas from scratch, so I found the lazy way around. The recipe is simple: 1 cup wheat flour, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and enough water to make a ball of dough in the bowl. This recipe would have made 3 flat breads, but I'm not, by any means, experienced with rolling stuff out, so one got all stuck to my handy-dandy, one-of-a-kind rolling pin and I had to toss it out! But...I fried the bread in my skillet in olive oil until it got toasty brown. It had great the Taco Bell gorditos. It was a cross between a cracker and a bread and super easy! I'll be doing this more often, with different flours.
~BroncosFan said to wrap the dough really well in waxed paper and run over it with my car if I didn't feel like rolling it out...just for S & G, I may just do that someday...anyway, I thought it was a pretty clever time saving trick~

Israel is the world's only predominantly Jewish state. It has a population of approximately 7.5 million people of which approximately 5.7 million are Jewish. Israel dates back to Biblical times. You want history...go visit! Although Israel is a relatively small country, it features a variety of geographical features. The Negev desert in the south and the Galilee, Carmel and Golan mountain ranges in the north. Temperatures vary, as well. Jerusalem usually gets at least one snowfall a year, while coastal cities, such as Tel Aviv or Haifa have more of a typical Mediterranean climate~hot summers and cool, rainy winters.
I read that on average, Israeli people consume around 350 pounds of fresh fruit per person, per year. Israel exports more than 40 different types of fruit, and fruit is served as a snack or a dessert.

This is that handy-dandy rolling pin that I referred to above. The thing about these models is that you can actually open the rolling pin up and drink the contents after rolling out whatever it is you're rolling out. I'm saving this for something else, though...I'm not sure what yet, but doesn't that wine sound great?!?!

undefined I feel that making hummus in a food processor is over-rated! No, just kidding~~I'm just jealous that I don't have one here and I had to make this hummus completely by hand with my potato masher (hence, the coarse texture of it). If you have any aggressions, I highly recommend this method because by the time you get those garbanzo (chick peas) beans mashed to a consistency that even vaguely resembles how hummus is supposed to look, you're so tired that aggression is no longer an issue! This recipe was basic: garbanzo beans, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, S & P, and sesame seeds. It really is a tasty dip and so versatile! I've made hummus several different ways. You could add so many things to this and completely change the taste. And if you have a food processor, Magic Bullet or a blender, it will make the texture a lot smoother than this.

This mint plant is half of the reason that I forgot to buy pita bread at the store. I added the cost of buying this to the cost of my groceries this week. The guy that just opened up the new produce stand in town here was super nice and told me if I bought the mint plant, he'd give me a dill plant because he wasn't sure how to grow them and he was killing them off. I told him that they were root-bound in their little pots and he gave me one bring home. I got it in a bigger home right away and it's gonna pull out, I hope!

This is the Israeli Salad. It is refreshing and the taste reminds me of taboule with the mint, parsley and lemon. This is a great salad! I hear, but don't know if it's a fact, that Israeli people often eat salads with breakfast.

These are the Cheese Bourekas. Bob said they remind him of a snack that an old Jewish lady from Boston used to make for him and his brothers. He said "Kinishes"--I spelled it phonetically. These are super filling. I didn't think they would be, but 2 was more than plenty for each of us and I still have filling and another sheet of dough for breakfast tomorrow. One of the reviews of this recipe said to eat immediately, so we did. Super good!

This was my Israeli spread for tonight. My groceries came to $18.09 this week, so I was able to add $1.91 to the Beach Bag. This is week 13, and I am officially 1/4 of the way through this project. Not to mention that I have managed to save $80.97...I'm not doing too bad!
I want to thank all 37 people who voted yesterday for next week's country. Bob picked Ecuador, I picked Argentina and 24-13, it's Argentina next week!
We have an appointment in Portland tomorrow with the oncologist. We know where Bob's cancer is located and we know that when he starts radiation that he can't have any citrus. And, yes, sadly, he will have to have all of his teeth pulled. He was told by the dentist that even if one's teeth are in perfect condition, radiation treatments take a toll on the teeth. He'll recieve his dentures 6 months after the treatment is done. I'm not sure why such a wait, but I'll find out tomorrow.
So, again, Rachel...thank you so much and BroncosFan...I told you I would write about your time-saving, roll-out-the-dough tip!! So, until next week, cooking Argentinian (did I say or spell that right?) food...PEACE!

Mar. 29, 2010 5:40 pm
Those all look great! i think thats so cool how you make a different nationality of food each week! I could never do that in this house...... dogs,kids(9)...ect! LOL :P anyways,I think your amazing,WW...... good luck on your next one* &hearts;
Mar. 29, 2010 5:47 pm
I look forward to reading your blog each week, WW. It is always so interesting.
Mar. 29, 2010 5:47 pm
It's so cool to read these every week. It's a fantastic idea and a really good read. I smile every time I read your blog. I don't always comment but I always try to catch it. Thanks for sharing. My dad just had all his teeth pulled because .. they were bad. But he's had to wait about 2 months for his dentures. He was told it was to allow full healing and total reduction of swelling etc. So, I'm thinking some of that time for Bob is for those reasons... the rest of the time may be related to radiation. I wish you both the best, and I know many AR thoughts and prayers are with you both.
Mar. 29, 2010 5:48 pm
WW, I just read your last blog with all the beautiful photos. You should submit one to Pioneer Woman's latest photo challenge- it's all about green. This meal looks so delicious and the wine sounds great too! I know you're worried about Bob, but I'm so glad you're keeping a positive attitude. He's lucky to have you- the two of you will pull through this and be stronger from it. &hearts;
Mar. 29, 2010 5:59 pm
Looks Fantastic WW ;)as usual and you are right your "rolling pin" sounds tasty lol. Good thoughts and prayers coming your way for tomorrow. We are all rooting for you!!!
Mar. 29, 2010 6:34 pm
Wow, witchy. i so love reading your blogs. i find them truly interesting and entertaining and i love the pics too! just a question out of long does it take you to put together these meals? not including research and planning, but just cooking alone. you and bob are in my thoughts always :)
Mar. 29, 2010 6:35 pm
About all I can say about your Israeli dinner is mozel tov! The fact Bob is only restricted to citrus is a good thing! No oranges, grapefruit, lemons or limes. Everything else is fair game! I'll be thinking of both of you tomorrow.
Mar. 29, 2010 6:44 pm
Great blog, WW. I was also wondering how much time you put into this. Delicious and entertaining!
Mar. 29, 2010 6:51 pm
Paula, KSAZA and Cactus Rose: Thanks so much! I appreciate the comments. Cozycook...there were 9 of us kids growing up, too. CaribeCocina: I really need to learn Spanish, LOL! Citrus Punch: I entered a photo this morning for that contest. Weeble: It really depends on the recipes as to how long it takes me. The longest thing with this menu was mashing the garbanzo beans with the potato masher. I like to plan ahead and so whatever I can make a day ahead, I do, that way I'm not rushed and I can take my time and enjoy what I'm doing. I think that's really important when doing something like this. I don't ever feel that I HAVE to, I just want to. Does that make sense? What usually takes me the longest is deciding what the menu is going to be. Doing the research isn't really hard for me, I just try to look at a new website everyday for 3 or 4 days, and then I take everything that I read and summarize it. Sometimes I get it wrong, but I can only go by what I've read. So today, it maybe took me an hour, at the most, to prepare everything. I had to wait an hour for the puff pastry to thaw enough to use it!
Mar. 29, 2010 7:00 pm
Don't give up on that car idea! The food looks and sounds awesome! Excellent job! :)
Mar. 29, 2010 7:03 pm
Thank you very much, my awesome tip giving friend!!
Mar. 29, 2010 7:07 pm
MN snuck in on me. I answered your and weeble's question above. Thanks for reading!
Mar. 29, 2010 7:13 pm
Everything looks great witchy! I bet that salad tasted amazing....I love all those flavors! Thanks again for sharing your research with us. Can you imagine eating close to a pound of fruit per day?? Must be a healthy nation!
Mar. 29, 2010 8:03 pm
As always, beautiful blog WW!! I love to read them as they are always so pretty, entertaining and educational! I too, admire your positive attitude with Bob;s illness. He is fortunate to have you to keep him propped up!! You are both in my thoughts and prayers always.....Ginny
Mar. 29, 2010 8:49 pm
Hummus is one of my all-time favorite foods! I'm going to have to try my hand at the flat breads. Beautiful dinner WW!
Mar. 29, 2010 9:11 pm
Awesome as usual WW. Great job! I love hummus too and ALSO mash by hand, I know what you're saying, LOL!! Gonna have to try those Bourekas!
Mar. 29, 2010 9:34 pm
Your meal looks great,ww. I'd like to try some of those dishes when Easter is done. Good thoughts to you and Bob. Citrus I can understand and you might find he reacts to other certain tastes also. My girlfriend could not tolerate garlic while getting radiation. Said it burned her chest. Not trying to bum you at all, just a heads up.
Mar. 29, 2010 11:02 pm
another great blog! The salad looks amazing - I'll be trying that one! And, if it's worth anything - I have the same rolling pin - except mine is apple wine! LOL
Mar. 30, 2010 4:02 am
Wow! That looks soooo yummy!! I'm so glad I could help - next time I'm coming for dinner! hehe. Knishes are usually made with potatoes and are Eastern European while burekas I believe are Greek - both are delish (and probably not too healthy!). And the flat bread you made look divine, very much like laffah bread which means it just all the more authentic. Yasher koach is Hebrew for more strength in the things that you do, or keep doing great things! I hope that you find comfort in your cooking while you and Bob go through this hard time. And that Bob has a very fast Refuah Shlemah (A complete healing of mind, body, and soul). :)
Mar. 30, 2010 4:11 am
PS We do eat salad for breakfast with a spread of cheeses and maybe and omelette or some fish. Very different from bacon and pancakes (but I make pancakes, yummm). Come visit - because we don't import that much produce, it's all fresh and delish year round!
Mar. 30, 2010 4:44 am
Everything looks great as usual WW, i love reading your blogs week to week:-).........and sending good thoughts and prayers for both you and Bob, hugs from mich! P.S..... My DH is from Romania and his family sometimes eats salad for breakfast with cheese and omletts. Im not sure all romanian familys do that but his do lol.
Mar. 30, 2010 4:46 am
And they eat the salad with the meal never before:)))
Mar. 30, 2010 4:47 am
Everything looks great! I want to make it all for dinner tonight! I have never had salad for breakfast, but as Rachels's comment above, it sounds really good with a spread of cheeses!
Mar. 30, 2010 5:21 am
Great dinner! I LOVE the rolling pin and I just had to laugh at the "run over it with the car" idea! I also love the woodpecker pic! Best of luck to Bob - I hope all goes well for him.
Mar. 30, 2010 5:58 am
Another great blog! The food looks so good!
Mar. 30, 2010 6:04 am
Great job! Always so cool! Let us know how the rolling pin tastes won't ya? LOL The reason for the wait on the dentures is likely due to the fact that some of the swelling needs to go down and the bone needs to fill back in a bit. it is likely that he may need to have the dentures adjusted many times or even relined. This is not unusual. He may have some sore spots but warm salt water rinses are very soothing and healing. This takes some patience but he will adjust quickly. (I was an EFDA, OSA, for 15 years.) Love the wood pecker pic - don't see one of those every day!
Mar. 30, 2010 6:08 am
Good job as usual.I to look forward to reading your blogs.Have a great day!
Mar. 30, 2010 6:09 am
Great blog & I LOVE the woodpecker! Will be thinking of you & Bob today.
Mar. 30, 2010 6:24 am
Lovely as always! Everything looks sooo good! For the life of me, I can't roll out pie crust but I like your rolling pin looks tasier than mine. Hey, what kind of mint was that? Thanks for another great blog. I will keep you and Bob in my thoughts.
Mar. 30, 2010 7:00 am
Nice blog WW, thank you.
Mar. 30, 2010 7:16 am
As always, looks slammin!! Can't wait to see what you make next week and love how you give the history and background! Best of luck for you and Bob, keepin ya in our thoughts and prayers.
Mar. 30, 2010 8:01 am
I envy your daring culinary adventures, I'm too routine in my cooking. Your husband also seems willing to diversify. (I think of you whenever I hear an Eagles song)
Mar. 30, 2010 8:39 am
What a super blog. the food looks fab! I am going to try the car rolling idea...I hate rolling out dough:)
Mar. 30, 2010 2:17 pm
As always, this was an awesome blog. And, I love your rolling pin.
Mar. 30, 2010 5:42 pm
You picked some delicious looking dishes. When I think of Jewish food I always think of geveltefish (sp?) and borscth (sp?) that beet soup. Both make me want to hurl, but yours looks good!
Mar. 30, 2010 5:42 pm
Amazing what you produce out of that kitchen! All sounds wonderful!
Mar. 30, 2010 5:51 pm
Hahaha! I LOVE your rolling pin! That really does sound so good! And your Israeli salad looks delish! I think I may try to make that one myself! I was thinking about the 6 month wait on the dentures. I bet it's so his immune system can have time to rejuvenate. I imagine there is atleast a slight risk of oral infection with dentures? Not sure, but either way, we thank God it is treatable. Can't wait for next week... :-)
Mar. 30, 2010 5:55 pm
I admire you, WW, for lots of reasons. Your blogs are always so interesting. Think of your dear Bob a lot & keep you all in prayers. Thanks for the fun informational blogs!
Mar. 30, 2010 6:07 pm
That looks like great food! You and Bob are in my thoughts and prayers!
Mar. 30, 2010 6:07 pm
Actually, we are back from the oncologist and per the oncologist, the radiation is not targeted around his jawbone, so the dentist sorta overstepped his bounds with that. They can wait on the teeth until after the radiation is done. Which is good!
Mar. 30, 2010 6:12 pm
Bob has squamous cell carcenoma of the left vocal and it's stage 1 and super treatable. He is having a series of 29 radiation treatments, and we have to drive to Portland 5 days a week for almost 6 weeks. That's great news!! And I wish I could get prescribed his diet! High do I get so lucky?!?!
Mar. 30, 2010 6:13 pm
*that should be left vocal chord!!
Mar. 30, 2010 6:25 pm
He'll beat this! Highly successful and as I said before very responsive to treatment. BIG WHOOHOO!
Mar. 30, 2010 6:36 pm
WW...the reason for the wait for the dentures is that you gums are super sensitive after they pull the teeth plus they need to heal. He needs to make sure that the dentures "fit" and feel as good as they can so his gums don't recede. Good luck to you guys!
Mar. 30, 2010 6:36 pm
Good luck to him witchy. I will say some prayers for you both!
Mar. 30, 2010 6:45 pm
I think it's thanks to all of your thoughts and prayers and those of our family and friends that it is what it is...THANK YOU EVERYONE!!
Mar. 30, 2010 7:29 pm
Whew, Stage 1...that is GREAT news! If I may did he know he had a problem? Were there any signs or symptoms or was this picked up at a routine doctor visit? You have probably shared that in the past, but I haven't been visiting the exchange for very long. If you'ld rather not say, it's OK!
Mar. 30, 2010 7:47 pm
No, it's ok to ask, started about 6 months ago. He noticed that he was getting hoarse at night, so he thought at first it was because he had to talk over machinery at the mill where he was working. I only talked to him on the phone at night and I saw roughly every 2 weeks for a day, so I didn't think much of it. Then it started during the day, the hoarseness. It was hard for me to notice because Bob has always had a deep Sam Elliott type voice. I didn't really pay attention until he got laid off in December and came home for good. He started noticing a feeling of a lump in his throat in Dec/Jan and we were in the process of switching his VA care down to Portland from Tacoma, so when all that got done, he went in for an appt. and they put a scope down his throat and saw a spot and scheduled a biopsy. Bob says it doesn't hurt much, but that lump sometimes makes it hard for him to swallow food unless it's moist. From what the doctor said today, that's normal. They told me to add butter and boost up his calorie intake. He's actually gained 5 pounds, which is great...we need to get him to gain more! He's thin as a rail normally and as long as we can keep his weight up, then they won't have to insert a feeding tube. This may be a worst case scenario...only if it gets to where the radiation makes it too painful to's a possibility.
Mar. 30, 2010 10:15 pm
I just found your blog. And I am addicted. Thanks for all the insight. I have been thru all so far this year, and am looking forward to reading more. I must say that I am completely jealous of you. Living in a RV, kind of off the grind, in such beautiful country. I might have to come up and join you, LOL. Keep up the good work.
Mar. 30, 2010 10:17 pm
Such great news! He will be just fine with you behind him. Your menu looks to die for! Knishes! There is only one recipe on here that comes close I'm looking forward to Argentina.
Mar. 30, 2010 10:19 pm
I am sorry to hear about the diagnose. I will be putting your husband on my prayer list. Which means he will be having several thousand monks and nunes pray for him. I am catholic and belong to a prayer list. This list goes all over the world. So some of those country's that you have "visited" (wink wink) will be praying for Bob, and you.
Mar. 31, 2010 4:41 am
I love yur blogs and your cooking skills and choice of meals. I love seeing all the beautiful food you cook makes me hungry I love hummes and pita I will have to make it soon.
Mar. 31, 2010 4:43 am
My prayers are with you each.
Mar. 31, 2010 5:40 am
WW - It sounds like Bob will come thru this all OK! My mom just went thru 6 weeks of radiation treatment for breast cancer. She also had to go to the hospital 5 days a week -she said that was the worst part of the whole ordeal - she's retired and used to staying home a lot so getting up and moving every morning was too much like a job for her! Ha!ha! She really did not suffer any awful side effects and I never noticed her appetite waning, though the radiation was targeted at her breast, not her throat so Bob may have a little more difficulty eating. Just keep feeding him those high-calorie meals; where can I get a doctor to tell me it's OK and in fact necessary, to eat high-calorie??!! With a good attitude and plenty of prayer he'll be fine! It's good he was diagnosed early on -much better chance for curing it!
Mar. 31, 2010 6:13 am's nice to meet you and I'm glad you've been enjoying the blogs. Thanks so much for adding Bob to your prayer list. I DO believe in the power of prayer and positive thinking and you all have been just great! I think if I didn't have the support and the place to write about this, I would have gone completely nuts by now. We'll get through will be rough, but we'll get through. I know that I said in a previous blog that I never cook these meals on the weekends, I may have to retract that...that may be the only time when I can. Thanks again to everybody for the encouragement, it's deeply appreciated!
Mar. 31, 2010 6:59 am
Glad to hear the good news! Postive thoughts from MO coming your way!
Mar. 31, 2010 7:47 am
How did you get the idea to do food from around the world, I probably missed you saying that in one of your earlier blogs? Your food looks so good, I read this in my e-Business class at 10 in the morning and you make my stomach growl!!!
Mar. 31, 2010 7:56 am
I got the idea after watching Julie and Julia...but I knew there wouldn't be any way to stick to just one cuisine...I like to try new things too much. We don't have a wide variety of restaurants here where I live, so if I wanted to try these different cuisines, I would have to make them myself. I knew it would be a challenge living in an RV, so I looked at a list of the different countries from around the world and chose 52 of them. I figured I could make one a week, that way we didn't get burned out on the project. I thought that I could show that a person could do it on a budget and I thought of a reasonable goal at the end of it all that would actually be achievable...that's where the Beach Bag Fund came in. I know that where I live, a lot of these people don't think that it's possible to cook good food in these small galleys, but it is. I have a few of my neighbors that like to come over and see what's on the stove for the day and have a cup of coffee with me. But, that's how the idea got started.
Mar. 31, 2010 3:44 pm
WW! OMG woman you did it again! I really do love reading your blog now. And these foods! Holy cannoli!! I have to try them. Thank heavens I have a food processor or it would be the ricer and morter/pestle for me with that hummus! I personally think you did a great job with the tater masher! As for the running over the dough with a car... you might want to put it between two smooth flat pieces of wood or the flexible plastic cutting boards so you dont get track marks in it! I have a friend that hates.. and I mean HATES taking the time to tenderize her meat so one day she triple baggied it and threw it under the tire on her car and ran it over, put the car in drive and did it again! She does it this way all the time now. So while it may have been said in jest.. it really DOES work! LOL I thought you might get a kick out of that! Glad to hear your hubby has gotten some good news out of a doctor and I am very happy to hear you have some great people to work with out there. I read the Caring blog today about the update the radiation and everything. good luck to you both! Oh, one last thing, honey you are an inspiration. I am always complaining that I hate my kitchen but now when I start I just think of you cooking out there in your RV and shut my mouth!
Mar. 31, 2010 3:51 pm
Ellioja~you have to have one of the most interesting profiles that I've read on here! You lead a multi-purpose life! Thanks for thinking about Bob, we always appreciate those positive thoughts from people. I wonder if that triple bag thing would work on the garbanzo beans?????
Mar. 31, 2010 9:53 pm
Once again an interesting and informative blog, and your pictures are great.
Apr. 1, 2010 10:00 am
I love pita so I am pretty tempted to try this recipe! I love your blog and hearing about your food travels and your husbands treatments. Thanks for sharing!
Apr. 2, 2010 5:48 am
andee and newchefgirl...thanks for stopping by!
Apr. 2, 2010 6:26 am
Great Blog! I look for it every week. It inspires me to do some of my own cooking, but Im not very good at it. I dont know why but things never come out they way they should. I mean how hard is it to roast a chicken??? and I cant even do that !!LOL So I live through you and Bob and the RV. Do you celebrate Easter? Whats on your menu? Bon :)
Apr. 2, 2010 7:13 am
Enjoyed your blog as always..glad things are going smoothly for flatbread..can you give me some idea as to how much water? I've never tried making bread but I do have a bag of whole wheat flour from making Kathleens dog biscuits so I want to give it a try.
Apr. 2, 2010 9:26 am
Bonnie...thanks for reading! I haven't decided what the Easter menu is going to be yet. Tentatively, I think Bob's going to make his famous fried chicken (this guy makes the best fried chicken I've ever had in my life, but he won't tell what's in it) and I'll make coleslaw, mashed potatoes and a vegetable of some sort. Maybe a few deviled eggs, I'm not sure yet. I haven't begun to figure out dessert yet, but my neighbor gave 2 diffeent size springform pans yesterday, so I'm leaning toward cheesecake.
Apr. 2, 2010 9:28 am
Hi suzanne, I didn't really measure the water, but it wasn't that much...maybe like 1/3 cup or so...I just used a bottle of water and kept adding like a tablespoon at a time until it quit taking it. You'll know when it's enough...the dough comes together in a ball and is slightly tacky. Thanks for the question!!
Apr. 2, 2010 1:53 pm
What a cool blog! I am so impressed and I think your idea for it is great! My only complaint? You never included a link for the Israeli salad *sniff*. LOL. Best of luck to your husband. I'm a dental hygienist and deal with patients like him often. He's going to have some issues with head and neck cancer but the treatments for it nowadays is so promising!
Apr. 2, 2010 2:14 pm
VALW12...The link for the Israeli salad is at the top of the blog or, since it's an AllRecipes can type Israeli Salad into the search bar at the top and it will take you right to it. Thanks so much for reading the blogs and I'm glad that you enjoy them. Stay tuned, I'm cooking Argentina next week, that is, if we don't float away here...we're getting pummeled by a wind and rain storm today...LOL!
Apr. 2, 2010 5:44 pm
What a feast! I don't often comment but do always check for updates from you on your world quest. Take care both of you!
Apr. 2, 2010 6:51 pm
Thanks, REDCWOLF! I appreciate that you took the time to read the blogs!
Apr. 2, 2010 8:39 pm
WW, I am pretty new here- but have been reading your wonderful, informative blogs!You r amazing! A different country everyweek-with info as well! Since, I have read about your husband, Bob- I have been keeping you both in my prayers!:-) Things will turn out well for you both:-)
Apr. 3, 2010 5:11 am
Thanks, MEANDTHEBEARS, I read how you cme about your screen name and that's a pretty cool story!
Apr. 3, 2010 12:35 pm
Heh Witchy Woman Love this blog- have been reading it but never comment. Don't apoligize for showing us the red headed woodpecker. That is one of the little "extras" that make me say your blog is the best. You give us a glimpse of your world beyond the food. I am from MI and have been to many places but I have not been to the NW US yet so I enjoy your nature pics. Love those dogs and the CAT too. Oh Yes of course you are doing a special thing taking us around the world with "world meals". Living in close quarters in your RV can have challenges but most of the time you find ways to meet them and show us alternatives that I know I would never have thought of. You are a cool and interesting lady. Happy Easter Deb
Apr. 3, 2010 1:21 pm
Witchy, you are my heroine! Your blogs are the best, and your recipes ROCK. Thank you for writing from your heart about another couple like US --- finances are rough, and you remind me that we're in this together. Bless you, and a blessed and happy Easter.
Apr. 3, 2010 1:39 pm
DebTJ & Shee...I'm glad that you're enjoying the blogs so much. I appreciate the comments, as well. You both have a wonderful Easter, ok? Close quarters doesn't even begin to describe!! LOL! This RV is only 21 feet long and CRAMPED!! But I am really loving living in the country and seeing all my wild and feathered friends!! Thanks again!
Ship L. 
Apr. 3, 2010 1:54 pm
Yes, Israelis often eat the cucumber/tomato salad for breakfast. At least they did when I lived there 20 years ago! Thanks for your blog.
Apr. 3, 2010 2:33 pm
Thanks for reading, Ship L., I appreciate it!!
Apr. 3, 2010 2:42 pm
Haven't written to you in awhile, my prayers are with you and Bob, I just finished all of my cancer treatments{chemo and radiation, Sept of 09. Things look good right now and pray all will go well for you guys. We are looking forward to getting back to our camper. Yeah!! 2 people living in a 23 footer can't wait. i am looking forward to eating out of the crockpot and lots of fish!!! Take care. Sandy
Apr. 3, 2010 4:05 pm
Hey, Sandy...glad to hear that everything went ok with your treatments. That's great news!! You got 2 feet on us here. Plus add the 2 big dogs...crazy, crazy, crazy but I like the intimacy of it!! Bob's gonna be fine...I just know it, but I did pass on your well wishes to him and he said to tell you thank you...actually, he croaked it...he sounds like he's eating frogs...LOL!
Apr. 3, 2010 4:35 pm
Hi WW, They pull the teeth before because getting them to heal following radiation is very difficult, although depending on where we are radiating we don't always automatically pull them. Head and neck radiation is heck on the jawbone. He will have to wait on the dentures for all the swelling from radiation to heal so they will fit properly unless he wants to buy 2 sets of teeth!!
Apr. 3, 2010 4:39 pm
Hi JGNULL! Apparently, from what the oncologist said last Tuesday, he didn't feel it was going to be necessary to pull his teeth, however, the dentist at the VA said that his teeth were bad enough that they are going to do it anyway on the 13th. He's scheduled to start radiation on the 19th. So far, all systems are a go. The oncologist did tell us that out of all the patients he's seen in 20 some years, this is a very treatable form of cancer and he made us both feel really comfortable, so I know Bob's in good hands. Thanks for the explanation, though, it makes sense to me now.
Apr. 4, 2010 3:14 pm
Apr. 4, 2010 4:27 pm
I know that when my father got all his teeth removed and got dentures, it did take a long time for him to heal and for the swelling to go down. I think a person also loses a little bit of bone in the jaw over time which affects how the dentures fit so I think they are being very conservative on their time frame, but it is certainly not out of line. With the radiation, the dentist probably knows what he is doing. It may be very hard for Bob to eat solids for awhile after the teeth are removed. I hope this does not put a damper on your little project. I do enjoy reading your blog and your adventures in your RV. I LOVE your project as well. Your recipes have been great. The rolling pin is AWESOME! I have had to do some things like that in the past when you do not have the right utensil to do something. The potato masher for garbanzo beans mashing would be hard. I say that you definitely did not have any aggression after that. I used a hand immersion blender the last time I made hummus because my blender was on the fritz. It worked really well. Actually, it worked better!!!! So good luck and I will keep reading your blog.
Apr. 4, 2010 4:33 pm
Thanks for that, cookhealthy...I appreciate that you took the time to read this and leave such a nice comment. I hope you and your family have a great Easter, stay tuned for Argentina next week, and I'm doing the vote for the following week on the recipe exchange right now!! Stop on by and leave your vote if you'd like!
Apr. 5, 2010 1:15 am
I think the cut yourself up a salad at the table is alas, a thing of the past. Good food and fresh produce is available, and relatively inexpensive, still, which accounts for a lower % of obesity, but one sees a distressingly increase in child obesity. It's those wretched sugar packed refined grain (and they are local products to boot) breakfast cereals that are getting them a bad start to the day with a sugar boost.
Apr. 5, 2010 7:12 am
I think I will have to agree with you on that, Marian! If kids need to have something sweet for breakfast, let them have a fruit salad...sweet, healthy and nutritious!
Apr. 5, 2010 10:45 am
I stumbled upon this blog and am really glad I did! I lived in Israel for 15 years so I feel very comfortable in telling you that it's true - Israelis eat that type of salad with every mean, including breakfast! I've been back in the US for about 4 years now and I STILL make that salad - people love it!! The bread you made reminds of what they call "laffah" which is used to wrap "shwarma", meat that has been grilled on a spit - DELICIOUS!! Wishing you and Bob well - you are in my thoughts and prayers - and looking forward to Argentina!
Apr. 5, 2010 10:48 am
Oh!! And knishes and bourekas are very similar - the dough is different but the basic idea of stuffing something in the dough is the same. Your bourekas look great! My grandmother used to make bourekas like that. They use several different types of dough in Israel including a puff-type pastry dough as well as several different fillings including potatoe/cheese/mushroom and my absolute favorite: spinach/feta cheese. Yum!
Apr. 5, 2010 12:49 pm
Thanks, ReneeJoy! I appreciate the info! I googled Israeli unleavened bread and that's how I got the recipe. Thanks so much reading and I'll pass your well-wishes on to Bob when he gets home. I appreciate it!!
Apr. 5, 2010 1:57 pm
Israelis DO eat salad as breakfast! (I grew up in a family of them)
Apr. 5, 2010 4:29 pm
I accidently found you while searching for "These ingredients OFTEN contain MSG or create MSG during processing". You do some amazing work in your RV. I live in a travel trailer year round and know it can be challenging with the limited space. Hope your awning was fixable? I've been scared to even open mine in fear of getting side tracked and forgetting about it. I can't wait to try out your flat bread recipe. :) Have a great evening! Hugs to you and Bob.
Apr. 5, 2010 5:42 pm
Thanks, Chocoholic...I can't think of any logical reason NOT to eat salad for breakfast!! LOL! Tango~~thanks for the well wishes, I passed them onto to Bob. No major damage to the awning, it's all good! It's good to hear from people who full-time know the space challenges that I face! LOL! Sometimes it just plain sucks!! Nice to meet you!
Apr. 5, 2010 5:44 pm
Love the blog! Would love to try the wine! Please let us all know how it tastes! Best wishes!
Apr. 5, 2010 7:36 pm
My kitchen is to the front of the trailer and I swear that it was designed by a very tall person with very long arms. It's really hard to keep the cabinets organized unless they're near empty. Stop by on my neck of the woods sometimes.... LOL...this winter was on the rough side. Wonder how the flat bread will turn out using potato flour?
Apr. 6, 2010 8:56 am
I love reading up your blog! What an awesome way to "travel" :). Can't wait to see your argentinian meal. :)
Apr. 15, 2010 6:44 pm
You can use your immersion blender if you want smoother hummus! I'm going to try Israeli salad and cheese boureka for dinner tomorrow! Thanks! Love reading your blog
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I've been married to my husband for almost 10 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state about 30 miles Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight series. First, I am a food writer. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world, a meal from every country and territory and lots of original recipes. I feature my original recipes in a monthly column for our local newspaper. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my container garden and the community garden that I've helped get started. My garden passion is growing rare heirloom tomatoes. I admin several garden groups on Facebook. I love to create new recipes. I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety. I am a multiple prize-winning nature photographer. I am also a professional cook and work in the food industry and continue to further my education with every opportunity that comes my way.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published. I've had my blog featured in a magazine. I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends. I've recently had several recipes published in a co-op cookbook of international food bloggers.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down! My motto? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You've got nothing to lose by trying something new!
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States