Sephardic Charosets

Apr. 20th, 2019 08:35 pm
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I mentioned this recipe in the Yuletide discord and there was some interest in it so I thought I'd write it up. It's quite the change from the typical apple, walnuts, sugar and wine recipe that I (and many Ashkenazi Jews) grew up with but has become a staple at my seders since I got it 26 years ago when in college. I usually double it so there's plenty for the seder and to give to people to take home and I still have some left to eat through passover.

1/2 lb pitted dates
1 C dark currants (or double the raisins)
1 C raisins
1/4 C pitted prunes
1- 1 1/4 C sweet wine (grape juice will work too)
1/2 C chopped walnuts
1/4 C ground almonds

1) Soak the fruit overnight (either coarsely chop the fruit before soaking or whir with an immersion blender once in the pan the next day). 2) Drain but reserve the liquid. 3) In a heavy pan combine the fruit, 1 C wine and 1 C of reserved liquid (if doubling do NOT double this). 4) Cook over med-low heat 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally (until the liquid is absorbed) and the mixture is thick. 5) Cool. 6)Stir in nuts and more wine if it's too dry.
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Ramps, melomakarona, almond cake, Greek Easter bread (flavored with mahlep), ramps, kettle popcorn, blueberry cheese and raisin cheese strudel, pink lady apples, apple schnitz, marigold plants, and a Sungold cherry tomato plant, and kisir and a beef borek from the Turkish food stand.

An old list I found while cleaning

Apr. 20th, 2019 03:45 pm
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I found my pros/cons list of the house we bought 14 years ago, and there were 7 things I liked and 20 I didn't. I thought I'd take a look back at it...

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Hip Hop is Life

Apr. 17th, 2019 03:44 pm
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For [personal profile] sjnt
This playlist is an amalgam of mainstream hip hop that I like, some less well-known stuff that people have introduced me to, and some hip hop from other countries that I learned about after watching a documentary on netflix and reading about hip hop worldwide. The title comes from the idea that hip hop is a genre that is always evolving; it has a vitality that keeps it fresh and new.
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Inarticulate Wonder

Apr. 16th, 2019 06:49 pm
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For [personal profile] sylvaine
I'm glad you picked this one because it's one of my newer ones and reflects what I'm listening to a lot right now. This started with the Coil, Mount Shrine, and Portishead songs and grew from there. The theme is really trying to describe these things about life that are truly indescribable. We give them names, we make metaphors about them (roads, devils, light), but we somehow can't really define them. I wanted a playlist that would make me think about things as I listened. It's a mix of loud and contemplative.

The tracks:
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Notre Dame

Apr. 16th, 2019 11:49 am
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As a person, I'm horrified and can't begin to imagine how traumatized so many people must be by this.  My grandmother was a docent at National Cathedral in D.C. for over 20 years and would be devastated if this had happened there.  National Cathedral isn't *nearly* as old as Notre Dame and it doesn't have the same 'center of the country's worship' feel that Notre Dame has for France.

As a historian, I'm relieved they managed to salvage as much as they did, and I'm reminding myself that they've renovated the cathedral before, most memorably for me when Victor Hugo was fundraising and doing PR for it simultaneously with Hunchback of Notre Dame. It won't be the same, it can't be, but I have faith they'll conserve as much as they can and maybe help stabilize it enough to make another 800 years.

::facepalms:: And as a Highlander fan, how my fannish mind works; cut rather than upset anyone who feels this is 'trivializing' rather than processing. )

And the lawn got mowed while I figured out how to phrase the cut text, so hey, go me.  Exercise for the day.

ETA:  The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem had a smaller fire at the same time, but the current report says there was neither damage nor injuries.

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Apr. 14th, 2019 09:47 pm
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Also I cut my hair with E’s nail scissors. So not an adult after all.
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Ramps, tiropita, spanakopita, bakalava, leek and cilantro microgreens, marigolds, lavender plant, and a sempervivium plant

Five OLDEST songs on my laptop

Apr. 13th, 2019 08:55 am
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1878 - Frank Lambert "Talking Clock"

1904 - Alessandro Moreschi "Ave Maria"
1909 - Ada Jones with Victor Light Opera Company "Yama Yama Man"
1910 - Lucy Isabelle Marsh "My Hero"
1924 - Reese Dupree "One More Rounder Gone"

Five questions about music

Apr. 12th, 2019 06:06 pm
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[personal profile] sylvaine  posted answers to the fridayfive questions and I really like these so …

1. What are the five oldest songs on your iPod, computer, or phone (whatever device you store your music on)?

Mandelbrot Set – Jonathan Coulton

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