Thursday, January 31, 2008

Today's Photos

I ended up taking so many photos this morning of the snow, I decided to put those and the ones from yesterday into a photo slide show.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Today's Photos

It's a snow day here in Israel. What else would I post?




Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Today's Photo



Water beaded on a box on my front lawn with shadows from the bay leaf bush.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Today's Photos

I caved.


This is Little Dipper.

This is why he's called little dipper:


And this is Tigger's initial reaction:

Yes, he really is that small... about the size of a medium sized bunny. He's 10 weeks old and.. yeah, I caved.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Today's Photo



Today's sunset, reflected in my daughter's window.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Today's Photo



At first I was going to crop it so the birds were the main focus and much clearer to see.

But after looking it over for a few minutes, I decided I liked things as they were - the cellphone tower in the background, the directionality of the trees and tattered flag from the wind, the pergola lattice and the rooftops.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Today's Photo



Pure vanilla extract is ridiculously expensive here (when you can find it) and the imitation stuff is just nasty.

So a liter of vodka, a few vanilla beans (split and scraped) and a few weeks in the cupboard (shaken once a week) and we'll have some home-made of the good stuff.

This is 2 1/2 weeks after I made it. The longer it sits the darker it gets. I'm thinking another 2 1/2 weeks until I can bake with it.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Today's Photo



Halvah is a confection made mainly from Tehini (a very thin sesame paste) and honey with other ingredients and flavorings added for taste.

In this photo, left to right bottom row: dried fruit, cashews, almonds, walnuts and I'm not sure what's in the very right-hand corner, but it looks like more of the Turkish pistachios which are on the second row, right side. To the left of the Halvah with pistachios is coffee-flavored Halvah and in the background is fresh apricot 'fruit leather'.

Yesterday's Photo

Friday, January 11, 2008

Today's Photos

Before and after in honor of Shabbat


Thursday, January 10, 2008

I've been remiss

Since no one comments I have no way of knowing if anyone is even looking at the photos.

Ah well.

So here's an almost entire week's worth of photos...

Starting with today:


Here is Wednesday's and I'm particularly proud of this shot:


Tuesday's shot was a macro:


Monday's photo will be in a separate post as I went to Kever Rachel.

Sunday's shot:


And Saturday's photo, which was taken after Shabbat. One of my artsy-fartsy shots.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Today's Photo



In my friend's gallery in Jerusalem which has a few windows overlooking a courtyard with an amphitheater and various craftsmen's shops.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Today's Photo



Another trip to the Shuk today.

Foreground to background: Melons, Kumquats, 'baby' lemons, pears (r), cauliflower (l), clementines

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Today's Photo



Not quite sure what kind of beetle this is. It was too large to be a ladybug (and it's missing its spots) and the carapace was harder.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Spice is Nice



Went to the Shuk again today. Here's a photo of my spice merchant.

The left side is their wall of prepackaged spices and mixes. In front are dried hot peppers and various herbs, sold loose. On the table are all their various mixes - for soups, rice, potatoes. They even have a granola mix now.

Oh, and those two large pyramids? Hot and sweet paprika with oil.