Tuesday, November 17, 2015

You Little Horah

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The Horah is an Israeli circle dance typically danced to the music of Hava Nagila. It is traditionally danced at Jewish weddings and other joyous occasions in the Jewish community. The hora was introduced in Israel by the Romanian Jewish dancer Baruch Agadati.

"When an item on a celebrity website about your new fashion line has more shares than one about Kim Kardashian’s baby bump, it’s a sign you might be on to something big. 
At least that’s the hope of the creators of Unkosher Market, a Los Angeles-based online T-shirt venture. It seems customers worldwide are hungry for the company’s simple, sleeveless, white tops with black lettering. To be precise, it’s the shirts’ edgy, humorous sayings putting a hipster spin on Hebrew and Yiddish words that they crave. Who says it’s not in good taste to walk around with “Matzah Ballin,’” “Kiss My Tuchis,” or “You Little Horah” emblazoned across your chest?"

Matzah balls are an Ashkenazi Jewish soup dumpling made from a mixture of matzah mealeggs, water, and a fat, such as oil, margarine, or chicken fat. Matzah balls are traditionally served in chicken soup. For some they are a staple food on Passover.

Kosher foods are those that conform to the regulations of kashrut (Jewish dietary law). 
Food that may be consumed according to halakha (Jewish law)

It was an accident really. We were throwing a “Jewchella” party for a friend who happened to be joining the tribe. The schmeer was good, but the shirts? A hit. The next thing we knew, Unkosher Market was born. Imagine the look on our parents' faces when we told them we were getting into the schmatta business. But then again, we were used to Jewish guilt. Our fabric is sourced and sewn in Los Angeles with 100% cotton and 100% chutzpah. Deal with it.
Love you a latke,

Shvitz = To sweat

Tuchis is a yiddish term for bottom or buttocks.
An example of a tuchis is what a Jewish grandmother might call a baby's bottom.

Latkes are traditionally eaten by Ashkenazi Jews during the Hanukkah festival. The oil for cooking the latkes is symbolic of the oil from the Hanukkah story that kept the Second Temple of ancient Israel lit with a long-lasting flame that is celebrated as a miracle.  Prior to the introduction of the potato to the Old World, latkes were, and in some places still are, made from a variety of other vegetables, cheeses, legumes, or starches, depending on the available local ingredients and foods of the various places where Jews lived. Despite the popularity of latkes and tradition of eating them during Hanukkah, they are hard to come by in stores or restaurants in Israel, having been largely replaced by the Hanukkah doughnut due to local economic factors, convenience and the influence of trade unions.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Barns of Ontario

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Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Monday, November 16, 2015

Stargazer Lily Danger for Cats

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Have you read the book Flower Confidential?

Award-winning author Amy Stewart takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes look at the flower industry and how it has sought—for better or worse—to achieve perfection. She tracks down the hybridizers, geneticists, farmers, and florists working to invent, manufacture, and sell flowers that are bigger, brighter, and sturdier than anything nature can provide. There's a scientist intent on developing the first genetically modified blue rose; an eccentric horitcultural legend who created the most popular lily; a breeder of gerberas of every color imaginable; and an Ecuadorean farmer growing exquisite roses, the floral equivalent of a Tiffany diamond. And, at every turn she discovers the startling intersection of nature and technology, of sentiment and commerce.

She writes about Woodruff, a lily breeder.

The Stargazer lily was created in 1974 by Leslie Woodriff, a lily breeder in California, to overcome this downward look. Woodriff called the new cross 'Stargazer', because the blooms faced towards the sky.

As a researcher at heart, I had to learn more....
so I Googled and Wiki'ed

Many commercial florists report that while most consumers love the appearance and the fragrance of the Stargazer lily and other Oriental lilies (e.g. Sorbonne, Starfighter in the pink and Siberia, Casa Blanca in the white), there is a small minority of the public that does not like the fragrance. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, nasal congestion, breathing difficulties or simple dislike of that "stinky smell," and range anywhere from minimal to overwhelming impact on the individual.

The ASPCA reports this plant as being toxic to cats. They are said to cause vomiting, inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure, and even death. Cats are the only species known to be affected. The National Animal Poison Control Center says that certain types of lilies can cause renal failure in cats that have ingested any part of the lily. The Society of American Florists, a floral industry umbrella organization, recommends keeping lilies out of the reach of cats. It is important to note that lilies do not pose a problem for other pets or humans.  The Cat Fanciers’ Association suggests alternatives: Easter orchids, Easter cacti, Easter daisies or violets.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Petals in Thyme Holiday Open House

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Come visit us for some holiday cheer on Saturday November 21st. New artists and products are available at Petals in Thyme for the holiday season. Frances Hahn's garden series and abstracts are on display and available for sale. 

Also available for purchase are works by local Artists Patti Friday, Hope Herbst and Michael Lishanski, Michelle Currie, Catherine Bastido, Steampunk inspired jewellery by Coldwater designer Off the Beaten Path. 

Fawn LeClair of WikketyWack Yarn will be demonstrating spinning from 10am - 1pm - James Ward, Canadian award winning wood carver will be demonstrating wood carving from 1pm - 4pm.
Elizabeth Blooms Designs will be demonstrating simple felting techniques.

Carol Hahn, resident potter will be in for a visit. Sarah Smile who creates our one of a kind cushions will be in the house as will some new artists who create beautiful wood turned gifts, stained glass work and other various lovely and hand crafted gifts. 

Snacks and coffee refreshments provided by Grandma's Beach Treats. ‪#‎WasagaBeach‬

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Friday, November 13, 2015

Crosby's Orange Spice Gingerbread Cake

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Orange Spice Gingerbread Cake

  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • Zest of 1-2 oranges
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour (spooned in)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp. cloves
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • 1 cup of hot water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 9”x9” pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
  3. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar then beat in egg and molasses. Stir in orange zest.
  4. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture. Stir in the hot water.
  5. Pour into a prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350 until a tester comes out clean, 40-45 minutes.
NOTE:  Some tools and products I used are listed below.

I served it with whipped cream, orange zest, 
fresh orange slices and a sweet dusting of icing sugar.

Orange zest is a lovely addition to gingerbread. It takes the flavour in a whole new direction and works perfectly with molasses and the spices. You decide just how much orange zest you want to add (a little or a lot). The cardamom can be omitted if you don’t have it on hand.

This recipe is an adaptation of a gingerbread recipe found in the wonderful cookbook, Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens (recently reprinted). The spicing is borrowed, in part, from the gingerbread recipe in the book Delicious! by Ruth Reichl.

Find this recipe here and more recipes on Crosbys.
A big thanks and hug to my dear friend Connie who shared this recipe with me.


Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 10-Inch Fluted Mold

Fancy molasses is an excellent topping on toast, pancakes or biscuits and is a great addition to marinades, rubs and sauces. It is a popular ingredient in baked goods, yielding softer cookies and crustier bread.

Microzest™ Premium Lemon Zester

Eddingtons Italian Olive Wood Spoon, 12-Inch

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'
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