Author: Talia

Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad

A delicious salad that you can prepare the day before, or just before eating. If making this for Motzei Shabbat you could cook the pasta and pumpkin on Friday, and keep them refrigerated, then assemble before eating. You can also prepare this whole dish on Friday and it will easily keep in the fridge until Saturday evening. Ingredients: 1 fillet of hot smoked salmon 2 handfuls of uncooked pasta (I use gluten free) Cubed pumpkin – roasted 1 handful of flat leaf parsley ½ red onion, diced 1 big handful of diced pumpkin Cheddar cheese Process: 1. Cook your...

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Rosh Chodesh Iyar (Ziv)

Welcome, new month.   Iyar (Ziv) It’s the second month of the Biblical year – Iyar, also known as Ziv. The theme this month is light, and lumination. I pray that during this month Hashem shines His light into your life, and shows you where to make your next improvement. Where there is light there is no darkness. Each Hebrew month has a letter associated with it, and the letter for Iyar is a Vav. The Hebrew letter Vav is a connecting letter, and we see Iyar as a connecting month. Last month was Nissan, where we celebrated Passover, and now we count the Omer every day of Iyar, through to next month – Sivan, where we celebrate Shavuot. Because we see Iyar as a connecting month, it is also often associated with connecting with Hashem, and we see this shown again as we make our way through the sefirat each day of the Counting of the Omer. The sense for Iyar is “thought”, which isn’t surprising considering we are spending every day thinking and counting the Omer, and recalling which day we are up to, and how we can grow in the specified emotion. If you’re not already counting the Omer, and working through each sefirat each day, I would encourage you to do so! It has been a real blessing to me so far, and it is...

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Rosh Chodesh Nisan (Aviv)

Aviv (Nisan) Aviv is the month of new beginnings. Exodus tells us that it is the beginning of the year. Like how we have different “new years” in our Gregorian calendar (financial new year, new year by year, school year, etc.), there are several new years in the Bible as well. My understanding is that here we start the spiritual new year, and the new year for the feasts calendar. Aviv is a good opportunity to ponder our beginnings, specifically when we first started our relationship with Hashem. How did He bring you personally out of slavery and into freedom? Because this is the start of the year, lets take some time to look at the coming year as a whole. Mark each feast or fast day in your calendar, and make a plan for how you intend to celebrate them. Ask for time off work if necessary, and even organise your budget so you have money saved to enjoy the feasts! Even consider the weekly Shabbats, and monthly Rosh Chodesh – how are you called to remember these times, and honour G-d? This month we celebrate Passover, First Fruits and the Feast of Matzah. We are reminded over and over in this month of the story of the Hebrews leaving Egypt, and how G-d cared for them and faithfully lead them out of slavery and into Freedom. Even...

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Haloumi, Fig & Olive salad for Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Shevat is coming up very quickly, and I’ve been thinking of a few yummy things we can make using the 7 species.  This salad is the perfect side to your Tu B’Shevat lunch, or to be honest, any time when you feel like eating something delicious! Serves: 1 Ingredients: 1 fig 2 slices haloumi cos lettuce leaves ¼ onion, sliced and caramalised 4 large olives 1 small tomato ¼ lebanese cucumber Pomegranate molasses Olive oil Instructions: Like any salad, this is dead easy to make. Fry off your haloumi till it’s nice and golden. Dice up your fig,...

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Rosh Chodesh Tevet

I love learning about the Jewish months. Shalom! Welcome to a new month – Tevet, and a new collection of research! Tevet is strong but humble month. The big themes for Tevet are self-reflection, judging, and two sides. For this article we’re going to focus on self-reflection, as it ties in nicely with the secular new year in a few days time. As I go through the month of Tevet I’ll be asking myself some questions about my life, and who I am. Questions like: “Are there areas of my life that I’ve been compromising on, that need to be brought back into line with G-d?” “Are there areas of my life that are less than “good” that need to be submitted to Hashem?” “Are there things I’m doing that hinder my relationships – either with Hashem or with my family or friends?” “What impact am I making in the world for Hashem – where is my light shining, and is this still where I’m meant to be?” I personally find parenting to be one of the areas that I need great wisdom in. And so I will be praying even more this month than usual for wisdom in that area. Wisdom comes more easily when we’ve submitted our lives, and have everything in Hashem’s hands. And that only comes through personal dedication and prayer, and our action. My experience has been...

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