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Susie Fishbein does it again!
In this beautiful and fitting finale to her best-selling Kosher by Design series, Susie Fishbein shares recipes, stories and photos inspired by her travels throughout the world.
Can’t wait to get to get your hands on a copy to try a recipe? Here’s a sample recipe from Kosher by Design Brings it Home!
chef michael katz’s fish kebabs
D or P yields 4 servings
One of the perks of leading a culinary tour to Israel is meeting many prominent chefs. One of my favorites, Chef Michael Katz, is so sweet, I can only describe him with the Yiddish word “aidle.” He is executive chef of the Adom Group, among the best restaurants in Israel. Our stop was Trattoria Haba, outside the shuk. Michael treated us to a demo, including this dish, which we devoured. To listen to Michael is to learn through food about science, history, art, love, and life in Israel.
Michael used ras el hanut, a local spice blend made of approximately 15 spices. Pick up some next time you are in the shuk. I subbed in spices easier to find here in the States.
The main “secret” is to chop all the fish by hand and not with a meat grinder or a food processor. This keeps the proteins from becoming a sticky mass. I say, leave it to the professionals with the razor-sharp knives, and have the fishmonger chop it for you to make prep work a snap.
½ pound tilapia fillet, cut into ½-inch dice
½ pound cod fillet, cut into ½-inch dice
¹∕³ cup unflavored breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon pine nuts
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon chili pepper
¼ teaspoon schwarma spice or ras el hanut
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 fresh cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh curly parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 scallion, chopped, white and pale green parts only
¼ small white onion, peeled, finely chopped
extra-virgin olive oil
techina, yogurt, or tartar sauce, for serving
Place the diced fish into a medium bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, pine nuts, cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, schwarma spice, baking soda, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, cilantro, scallion, and onion. Mix gently. Oil your hands with olive oil. Knead the mass until it combines and holds together, but don’t over-knead or the fish will be chewy. If it won’t hold together well, sprinkle in a little more breadcrumb.
Dampen your hands. Divide mixture into 8 portions; shape each into a kebab form, like a small egg. Heat a thin layer of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook the kebabs until golden on all sides, 4-6 minutes total, turning until colored on all sides and cooked through.
Serve 2 kebabs per plate with techina, yogurt, or tartar sauce.
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Living Emunah, by Rabbi David Ashear, was an instant best-seller and an immensely popular book that transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people, taking them on a breathtaking journey towards tranquility and happiness – through faith.
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Over the years, the name Mordechai Weinberger has become synonymous with practical advice on living a better and more vibrant life. With a radio program streamed on multiple platforms and listened to by thousands of people, he was deluged by appeals that his lessons be available in written form. Finally, by popular request, Weinberger’s phenomenal new book, Alive! is now available for order.
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ArtScroll’s two new Haggadahs, Haggadah Touched by Our Story (by Rabbi Yechiel Spero) and The Generation to Generation Haggadah (by Rabbi Nosson Muller), are already getting rave reviews. Last week, we offered you a chance to win a copy of each new Haggadah in our pre-pesach giveaway. Now, we’re giving all of our readers a chance to try the Haggadahs free! Scroll down to download a free sampler of each Haggadah!
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If you have little boys in your life – whether it’s a son, grandson, nephew, or anyone else – you’re probably very familiar with the concept of the disappearing yarmulka. Rivke Gerstenblit, seasoned writer and mother-of-boys decided to do something about the problem. Her new children’s book, Baruch and His Disappearing Yarmulka, tackles this challenge and teaches an easy solution in a fun way.
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What made you think of the idea for Baruch and His Disappearing Yarmulke?
My three-year-old kept losing his yarmulke. I just put myself into his head; with and without yarmulke. After I wrote the book, I had two more boys and they also constantly lost their yarmulkes. It seems to be a universal problem.
How long did it take you to write this book?
Writing the initial book took very little time. Probably less than an hour. The best material I have written comes to me quickly. If I have to work on the initial draft too long, then the final work is just not as good. Perfecting the rhythm and obsessing over word choices took years. Not continuously, but I would go back to it and make small changes. I was quite busy with other things — like raising the children — and had no sense of urgency. There were years that I didn’t even look at it.
What made you decide to finally submit your manuscript?
My family, especially my parents, would always ask me when I was going to do something with my yarmulke book. And I always answered with some variation of “One day….” I don’t really know what I was waiting for. Then someone asked me about it in front of my ten year old daughter and she asked, “what book?!” So I read it to her and she started asking me (quite often) to submit it to a publisher. She was pretty persistent. I finally bit the bullet.
When and how did you get started as a writer?
When I was about five my older sister was putting me to bed and I suddenly recited the following rhyme, “I wash the windows, I wash the floors, and on the way I shut the doors.” That was my first piece. I passed my friend so many humorous (or so I thought) poems during class in that after graduation she gave me a booklet she had made of them. I started writing for a local magazine about six years ago, and shortly after that I started writing for Binah magazine. Between my cleaning poem and my professional writing career, I’ve been writing my entire life.
Why is the name of the main character Baruch?
My three-year-old son Baruch inspired this book. This just happened to be fourteen years ago. Baruch is currently seventeen,kein ayin hara.
Have you gotten any feedback on your book from readers?
My family and friends are always sending me pictures of their children reading the book. I love getting those pictures. I love when people tell me they go through the same thing with their sons and they needed a book just like this, and I love getting excited calls and texts from people I know. The support is amazing. I didn’t expect it. I didn’t think it would be a big deal for anyone other than myself, but I see that it is. I feel so touched hearing how much people enjoy my book.
What’s next? Any new books on the horizon?
My second children’s book about bedtime is scheduled for an upcoming release by ArtScroll – stay tuned for details and the release date!
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