Rounding up the Week

Shabbat Shalom! I hope you have all had a great week!

I am finishing up the week with debilitating backache, so I haven’t managed to get all the work I wanted to do done (and my husband has had to cook the shabbat meal! Thankfully I had everything prepared so it was just a matter of putting everything in the oven, but I am very grateful nevertheless!)

Following the post about the Japanese recipe, ‘Doria’, I did a little bit of googling about the interesting similarity between Japanese and Hebrew script, and I turned up this interesting article: http://originalbuddhajones.blogspot.co.uk/2008/09/old-japanese-words-have-hebrew-origin.html

and this video (in Japanese, with some English subtitles.)

I’m sure that, if you had time to research, it would be an interesting study.

We are facing the storm ‘Brigid’ this weekend, which is set to hit the west coast of Cornwall, so I’m praying it won’t be the storm of ‘apocalyptic’ proportions that the American weather forecasters are suggesting, but rather the little bit of wind and rain that the British forecasters have mentioned. 🙂

Have a great Shabbat!

 

Doria • ドリア

This is not a kosher recipe, so obviously you would need to adapt it, but it looks like a good base, and I’m really struck by the letters for Doria (is that Japanese?) and how closely they resemble Hebrew. Isn’t that interesting?

Covered Glory:  A Study of 1 Corinthians 11 & The Christian Use of Headcoverings

I came across this study on headcovering via a mixed sabbatarian (ie not specifically Messianic) yahoo group today.

Even if you come to different conclusions, this looks like a careful, thorough treatment of the subject.

https://sites.google.com/site/coveredgloryheadcoverings/

What do you think? Are there any other articles or books you would recommend on the topic?

Recipe: Chewy Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Shavua tov! How was your shabbat?

The weather here is frightful so, apart from a couple of errands I have to run, I want to stay indoors today, so baking seems like a good idea. I thought I might try this recipe later:

http://gnowfglins.com/2013/07/24/chewy-chocolate-coconut-cookies-allergy-friendly/

What are you baking in your kitchen right now? I’d love to hear from you.

Enjoy!

Recipe: Refrigerator Oatmeal Yogurt Pudding!

Just a quick share – this looks so cool! I’m going to have to get me some mason jars tomorrow! 🙂 have fun experimenting with flavour combinations!

http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal

Year of Biblical Womanhood

This is just a quick post to ask if anybody who considers themselves to be aiming for (a conservative interpretation of) ‘Biblical Womanhood’ * has read Rachel Held Evans’ book?

Everything I have read by Rachel Held Evans so far leads me to suspect that she essentially doesn’t respect the concept of Biblical Womanhood (at least in as far as it is interpreted by conservative believers), and that her book is essentially mocking anybody who does, from a modern, feminist, liberal perspective.

I would love to be proved wrong.

Have you read the book? Would you recommend it?

* I may perhaps aim to discuss what that might mean in future posts.

Concerns over Soya as a Health Food

Last year I experimented with going vegan for about three months, for various reasons. Unfortunately I got very ill, to the extent of nearly needing to be hospitalised. Tests suggested that I was at risk of an Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and was advised by my GP to avoid wheat, dairy, all fake sugars and all fake meats especially soy-based and gluten-based meat replacements. I have found that, providing I stay within those guidelines, my gut doesn’t give me too much trouble.

This prompted me to look again at the subject of whether soya can be considered a health food or not. I present the following link as a good summary of why soy may be a health risk – not just to people like me with a tendency to sensitivity, but to everyone, especially children and young people.

http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2014/01/why-soy-is-not-a-health-food.html

Please do your own research and come to your own conclusions about whether you want to include soya in your family’s diet.

The Complete Guide to Traditional Jewish Cooking

I have a lot of cookery books – I’m something of a collector! I have many Jewish and a couple of Israeli cookery books. But when we were at the library yesterday, this book caught my eye because, although I recognised the name of the author – Marlena Spieler – I don’t have this particular volume

The Complete Guide to Traditional Jewish Cooking – An extraordinary culinary encyclopedia with 400 recipes and 1400 photographs celebrating Jewish cooking through the ages, including influential cuisines and dishes inspired by Jewish foods, featuring dishes from Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Morocco, Egypt, Iran, Israel, the Middle East, India, the United States and Latin America.

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It really is a beautiful big book, what you might call a ‘coffee table book’, with mouth-watering photographs – not only of every recipe, but often with several photographs of different stages of the recipes. There are also 30 pages of culinary history detailing the different influences on Jewish cuisines around the world and how food relates to and is interwoven with Jewish life and identity.

This book will definitely be added to my wish list, and I will certainly endeavour to try out some of the recipes before I have to return it to the library.

Which are your favourite recipe books? Which do you use most? Who are your favourite culinary authors? I would love to hear from you.

Review of the Week

Shalom!

Having moved house, and with the new secular year starting, I haven’t quite managed to get into the swing of a new routine yet. I haven’t done much baking or cooking in my new kitchen yet, but we did manage to celebrate a low-key Hanukkah after we moved in with the help of the fantastic kosher delivery service provided by Titanics in Manchester.

I am baking bread in the bread machine today, but it’s not quite challah. It shall be my goal this coming week to get the kitchen in order so I feel comfortable and confident about baking in there.

I feel as though I am fighting a bit of a losing battle with the clutter, although I know I am winning the war, it is just going very slowly. As I mentioned in my previous post, although we have a bigger house we are without a garage or shed, and not allowed to use the loft in this rental property (is that normal?!) so I really want to sort out, de-clutter, streamline and minimise. In short, to make the most of the space, I want to ‘downsize’ our possessions.

I have discovered that I achieve much more when I have a goal or a deadline, and accountability definitely helps.

What about you? Do you set yourself goals every day? every week? every month? every year? How do you manage to reach your goals, and how do you provide accountability?

I would love to hear from you!

Wishing you a productive Preparation Day, and a restful, blessed Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom!

 

Review of the Decade so far!

Shalom!

It has been a very long time since I posted (for those receiving this post on facebook, you can find my previous blog posts on https://messianickah.wordpress.com/ )

In the three or more years since I posted, a great deal has happened to us. Firstly we have lost three babies – identical twins at 14 weeks due to TTTS (twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome) in 2010 and then a singleton in early 2012.

My Dad died after a long illness in February 2011.

The very next weekend we moved from the city to a very remote location in Devon where we had no internet access (even dial-up wouldn’t function due to the very ancient split-line technology!) We have now moved again to a slightly less remote location in Cornwall. The timing of this original move was extremely painful, and a terrible wrench for my mum who was left behind.

In January 2012  our middle son was diagnosed with Type1 auto-immune Diabetes, a week after my last miscarriage. Again, the timing of this was extremely hard. Type1 Diabetes is often called Juvenile Diabetes, since it is often (though not always) diagnosed in childhood. This was a shock but not entirely a surprise – I had suspected diabetes for a very long time indeed, although I did not know the difference between types 1 and 2. More on that later, as it is a BIG subject and has utterly changed our lives as a family.

My eldest son has now turned 18 and left homeschool for Sixth Form college at the school where his dad works, which has made for a much easier and pleasant transition. For those of us left at home though it is a challenge to adjust after having him at home with us for almost 15 years! It is truly a life-change for me as well as for him.

The eldest two joined Scouts and Explorers (the younger two tried cubs and Scouts but couldn’t get on with it). I also started as a helper with Beaver Scouts, but had to give it up when I was without transport. I hope to take it up again this year.

We were sadly forced to sell our house at a loss in 2012 after our tenants did a very good job of destroying the place (and we, being green and naive at the time had not thought to obtain landlord’s insurance, or even a deposit – the tenants were people we knew who were down on their luck and we thought we would do them a favour, which makes what they did all the more heartbreaking).

So we are in rental accommodation again with no hope at this moment of buying a house again, sadly (unless our situation changes). The one good thing about that is that rental prices where we are now are fairly reasonable and we have a much bigger house than we originally left.

We have been in this house now for just over two months, and we are still in a mess! I am slowly going through everything trying to streamline and adjust to our new circumstances (with no garage or shed, and not allowed to use the loft space, which does nullify the extra space somewhat).

In between leaving our own home and coming here, we actually moved in effect five times: to an enormous rental house in a village in Devon, but which we had to leave after flooding. Secondly we lived for almost three years in a much-to0-small bungalow in another very remote village in Devon, but were flooded out after just a month in August 2011 and had to stay in a cottage temporarily. We moved back into the bungalow in October 2011. The bungalow was located in the most spectacularly beautiful countryside, with farmland all around. Sadly the experience was marred by cluster flies that we couldn’t get rid of, and crashing my car which made the whole of 2012 a very difficult year for me, with a 7 mile walk to the bus stop, we didn’t get out much!

Our new location is less remote, being 5 miles outside town instead of 15 miles out. At a pinch, if I were without transport again,’ it would be conceivably possible to walk to the local post office which is a couple of villages away, or even into town if I needed to.

However, after more than 10 years with a non-descript semi-diagnosis of CFS (‘chronic fatigue syndrome’) I finally obtained a more firm diagnosis of ME (‘Myalgic Encephalomyelitis’) again, another huge subject which merits further discussion. It’s not a diagnosis I am pleased to receive, and I still hope that it is wrong and have spent the last few months persuading my new GP to run tests to eliminate every possible other thing it could be, without any helpful results so far.

I have not found a suitable fellowship since we moved, and believe me I have looked very hard indeed. There used to be a Messianic Fellowship in Devon some years ago but it is long gone now. I have tried to make friendly links with Christians in the area though, and visiting several different Salvation Army corps in Devon and Cornwall. Sadly none of them are very close by, but I tend to be most comfortable with The Salvation Army as it is an active, working church. I have tried without success as well to find believers friendly to Israel who would be interested in forming a prayer group, but I’m sure that will come about in the L-RD’s time.

So all in all, this decade has been a very hard one so far, but I am confident that with this move, things are looking up, and I am looking forward to a year full of blessing.

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