• Almond Flat Bread (carbs, gluten and can be dairy free)

    Almond Bread (carbs, gluten and can be dairy free)
    Almond Bread (carbs, gluten and can be dairy free)

    Cutting on carbs, I wanted to have avocado on a piece of bread. So I made bread (sort of) from almond meal. It’s quick to make and came out great. It’s gluten free and if using oil and not butter also dairy free.


    • 1 tbsp butter, melted (can substitute with avocado oil or olive oil, but why?)
    • 1/4 cup of water
    • 1 egg
    • 2 cups almond meal
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • A pinch of black pepper
    • A pinch of turmeric
    • Optional 2 tblsp crushed dehydrated tomatoes and jalapeño pepper.

    Mix butter, water and egg, add all other ingredients and let stand for five minutes.

    Heat toaster oven to 350f.

    Butter (or oil) an 8″x11″ toaster oven flat pan. Spread mix over the whole pan evenly. It’s a bit sticky, so wet or oil the back side of a big tablespoon and use it to spread it out.

    Bake at 350f/convection for 15 minutes. Let cool a bit and cut into half bread slice size pieces on the pan, then release them from the pan.

  • Sangria

    Sangria is delicious, easy to drink, refreshing and as you can understand I really like it.

    I usually make 3-4 gallons, so here I reduced the amounts to make about half a gallon. Multiply as needed, and always make more than you think you’ll need, it goes fast…

    Sangria. OpineAway.com
    • 1.5 litter (2 bottles) of red wine, the cheapest you can buy. Any red wine will do. No, really. Boxed wine is great, usually burgundy is the cheapest.
    • 1.5 cups Triple sec liqueur. Don’t bother to do this without it. No need to go fancy with Cointreau.
    • 3 cups (at least) of ¼” cut cubes of mixed fruits. I usually use peaches, apples (mix Granny Smith and Fuji/Gala), oranges (peel first), plum, grapes, strawberries.
    • Optional ½ cup blueberries, smashed a bit.
    • 1 cup of orange juice (freshly squeezed from 3 oranges is best).
    • 1 cup of sprite, 7up or ginger ale.
    • Juice squeezed from half a lime and half a lemon.
    • 2 tbsp of sugar (or sugar in the raw).
    Mix it all in a big glass or plastic container. Place in the fridge for 24 hours (this is a must). Enjoy.

  • I’m one of many

    My mother is a Holocaust survivor. Her story, as unique and terrible as it is, is unfortunately one of so many.

    My mother’s entire family was murdered by the Nazis. The only survivor other than my mother was her uncle. When troubles in Europe just began, her uncle was “crazy” enough to immigrate to Israel from Lvov, Poland.  His sister (my grandmother) and the rest of the family were captured and killed.

    One of the only photos of my gradparents and two brothers before the war.
    One of the only photos of my grandparents and two brothers in the happy days before the war.

    Before my grandparents were killed they smuggled my one year old mother out of the ghetto. She was brought up Christian by their Polish housekeeper, who was paid by my grandparents and then by my mom’s uncle, to keep my mother safe and  to hand her over after the war.

    My mother, after being “delivered” to a Jewish organization by the polish housekeeper, spent some time in an orphanage in France and then was brought to Israel, as countless other orphan kids were. Her uncle, serving at the time in the Israeli Navy, supported her.

    My mom’s story has of course a lot more to it, and there are so many others that went through such horrible events, and millions more that did not survive, and their stories will never be told.

    I’m one of many. One of many children of holocaust survivors.

    For me, growing up, it was a fact. The fact that my mother never knew her parents was to me as a kid, just that, a fact. But of course it is not. It is a life that was dictated to her and to us by twisted minds who committed horrible acts against humanity.

    Ours is one of many stories that need to be remembered.

    The Holocaust is a part of history that must be taught, learned and remembered.  And it must always serve as a warning of what can happen when extremists and fanatics are not stopped with swift action and determination by the rest of the world. Too little too late results in horrific consequences.

    In Israel, every year on the annual Holocaust Memorial Day, a siren sounds and the entire country stops in memory of  all those who were murdered by the Nazis. Schools, highways, work places, hospitals – every single person stands up in silence and solidarity. I believe that remembering these events is so important globally, that Holocaust Memorial Day should not only be universal, but that everywhere around the globe every person will take one moment of their time to remember those who were lost, and to reflect on the horrific events that lead to it.

    Never forget.

  • Obummer

    I rest my case regrading Obama. The below quote from a news piece, relating to the video release showing the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by an Islamic State militant,  reflects it all:

    “Obama was briefed on the video while aboard Air Force One as he jetted from Washington to Martha’s Vineyard to resume his vacation.”

    Aboard Air Force One to resume his vacation? Global terror, beheaded American, hostage situation, riots in the US, not mentioning the economy situation, medical insurance disaster, and Putin cracking up with laughter every time someone says “Obama”. And the president? He’s going back to resume his vacation. Sorry to interrupt you El Presidente. I hope the water in Massachusetts are not too cold.

    Actually, I take it back. I hope you’ll freeze your butt.

    Regardless of political views. NeObama . www.OpineAway.com
    Regardless of political views. NeObama . www.OpineAway.com

  • Hummus coexistence

    I’m visiting Israel. Crazy? Maybe not…

    I can write about many things I see, but what hit me as so damn obvious here is coexistence. It’s not that I never saw it before, but in the current situation, and when Israel is being bashed by so many nitwits, it became so revealing. What do I mean? I’ll explain.

    This morning I woke up early, picked up a friend, and we went to eat hummus in Jaffa, the southern part of the Tel-Aviv Jaffa municipality. Ali Karavan is the name of the restaurant. One of the best hummuses you can get anywhere in the world (OK, OK, this is debatable, but it is excellent hummus). This place opens early in the morning and closes when they sold all the hummus they had, usually sometime mid-day. A big portion of hummus might seem to some as a strange choice for breakfast, but take my word for it, this one is worth it. The point is – it is owned and operated by Israeli Arabs, catering to Israelis and Arabs and anyone else that comes in including many tourists of all origins. Coexistence.

    The day before I went with my mother to the pharmacy by her house, in Ramat Aviv, a nice part of Tel Aviv. She had to argue about insurance coverage, nothing special about that. The pharmacist that was helping her was an Israeli Arab, and so was his assistant. Coexistence.

    I walked by the university which is close by. Two young students holding books and folders walked in front of me, speaking Arabic. One had her head covered. Coexistence.

    We went to the supermarket in the mall across from my mother’s house. We were looking for honey. A nice employee, with Arabic accented fluent Hebrew helped us find it. Two out of the cash register employees were Israeli Arabs, one with her head covered, the other not – and I could see that she was pretty with a beautiful smile. The third had a heavy Russian accent. The manager that came to help one of them spoke with a heavy Arabic accent. Coexistence.

    As I sat down a couple of hours ago to watch TV, I saw an Interview in Hebrew with a guy that had Arabic accent. Apparently he just left his job as a writer at one of the three big Israeli newspapers, moving to Chicago to pursue a job offer as a university professor. He was with tears in his eyes describing how tough it was to join his son in his last day in the Israeli school, where the teacher told him that his son sang the Jewish Shabat songs better than anyone there. Coexistence.

    Now that we established how Israel fully accepts Israeli Arabs as any other citizen (as it should be, yet not a given), and that they embrace Israel as their country (as it should be, yet not a given), let’s think about Gaza, and most other Arab countries for that matter.

    Just think of an Israeli, or Jew, or Christian, or the wrong sect Muslim, in Gaza. The life expectancy of such a person is measured in minutes. Nonexistence.

    This reflects the mindset difference.

    On one side Israel’s quest for peace and proven coexistence. On the other side Hamas, terrorists that have no tolerance to anyone else.

    I call any nitwit like UN’s Navi Pillay to answer where they would prefer to live, in Israel or in a Hamas (or alike) governed state. If they are insane or dishonest enough to say Hamas, I suggest buying them a ticket to visit Gaza so they can start the process of moving there. A one way ticket would be just fine.

    Tel Aviv supermarket
    Tel Aviv supermarket. Israeli Arab Employees. Coexistence.

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  • Why Palestinians are so damn lucky that Israel has Iron Dome to protect it?

    • I’ll mention again that peace is all I wish for. I want no fighting; I don’t even want to spend time writing about it. It doesn’t mean that I cannot fight, or will not fight if I need to defend myself – ruthlessly if needed – when left with no other choice.


    So…Imagine a scenario where Israel did not have the Iron Dome system to protect its citizens. Last month, during the second week of July, Hamas fired over a thousand rockets toward Israel, targeting civilians. Yes, this is in the first week only. Without Iron Dome many of these Hamas missiles would have landed on heavily populated areas in Israel, killing dozens, hundreds or even thousands of Israelis.

    What would have happened if that was the case? Israel would have flattened Gaza with air strikes within hours. Probably during the first or second day of that week. No warnings, no hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of text messages, phone calls and leaflets to say “here we come, run away”, no small “warning” missiles before blowing up missiles-holding buildings, no surgically targeted strikes, no considerate door to door carefull cleanup…

    A complete annihilation of Gaza within hours. So fast no halfwit UN anti-Israeli representative will have time to say “but we saw Hamas videos showing kids…”. Actually, Hamas would not even had a chance to take any fabricated videos let alone “set them up” to show women and kids, or to distribute those fake videos. Too fast for Gazawood Fakeumentaries. (did I just coin that?).

    Bunker Busters, missiles, bombs. No gloves. Heavy and fast. Bye Bye. Instant flat. Two dimension. Flatland (book’s name, not my credit).

    If missiles would have come down heavily on Israel, on populated areas, it would have left Israel with only one choice – stop it, stop it fast, and stop it for good. No other choice really.

    So… Palestinians are so damn lucky that Israel is so dedicated to defend itself. Lucky that such innovation exists in Israel. Lucky that Iron Dome’s development was fast enough to have it fully operational in time for this month-long-thousands-of-missiles Hamas attack. It is what prevented Hamas missiles from hitting Israel cities and from a devastating unprecedented response to it by the IDF.

    I think that Palestinians should start a fund. It should be called “The Iron Dome Fund”. All proceeds will directly go to the IDF’s defense systems. Palestinians should start lobbying Qatar, Kuwait, Dubai, UAE, and yes, USA, UK, hell, everybody! Start a Kickstarter project if you have to! Shout out to the UN and to everybody! “Save us! Please finance Iron Dome, please give Israel all the money needed!”.

    Iron Dome saved thousands of Palestinian lives by saving Israeli lives.

    Unfortunately, with the fanatical terrorists that live among Palestinians, it might be needed again.

    Raise money Palestine! Support Israel! If you didn’t understand it yet, Israel is your only hope. Hamas is your demise.

  • Know who your enemy is.

    I’m calling all peace-seeking Gaza residents. Know who your enemy is. It should be obvious.

    Hamas, as we clearly know now, does not want peace. If the majority of the people in Gaza want peace, why don’t they fight Hamas? That is your enemy.

    Even if people in Gaza are not armed, by now, in the chaos and craziness, with many Hamas terrorists dead and injured, there must be enough weapons for anyone to scavenge. Hamas is so busy with fighting with Israel that for the people in Gaza fighting Hamas from the inside should be much more practical now than ever.

    Or do they rather die or watch their women and children being forced by Hamas to act as human shields, their houses, schools and hospitals used as missile launching pads and fighting center for Hamas?

    Why all the so-called humanitarians are not calling for the “innocent Gaza residents” to resist Hamas? To fight against them. To join Israel in the fight to eradicate these terrorist barbarians.

    If the majority is really seeking peace, they should fight for it, like many nations did and still do. USA is fighting for peace. Even Switzerland, the country most associated with neutrality, is taking part in peacekeeping activities, have mandatory army service and all are in army reserve after serving, and even keep their weapons at home. Peace unfortunately doesn’t come nor stay with no maintenance. If someone threatens your peace, sometimes you have to fight in order to regain peace.

    Israel fights for peace. If you are a Gaza resident and want to live peaceful life – help Israel get rid of the ones that terror your life, the ones that use your money to prepare to attack Israel instead of building schools and hospitals and improve your life, the ones that use you, your wives and your kids as human shields for their blood thirsty campaigns – get rid of Hamas. Standing on the sidelines and doing nothing or crying for the world to help will not save you. Hamas will relentlessly use you for their fanatic fight that see no moral borders.

    I call all in Gaza that are Hamas victims to fight. Fight against Hamas. Save your women, children and yourself. It’s a fight for peace.


  • Quiche Veggie and Not-So-Veggie

    I cooked for a dinner party here a couple of days ago. My sister is vegetarian, but we have a bunch of carnivores, so I decided (among other things) to make two versions of quiche, veggie, and not so veggie. Both came out pretty excellent.

    Note that I added spices to the dough. It gives it flavor and color.

    Quiche two ways
    Quiche two ways

    Serves a hungry family, extended family if you make both versions.

    The dough (these quantities are for one quiche. Double if you make two):

    • 1 cup flower
    • 1/2 tsp backing powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp onion powder
    • 1/2 tsp paprika (or smoked paprika)
    • Pinch of Cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 cup ice cold water
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1 tbsp clarified butter (ghee) or melted regular butter.


    1. Mix well the dry ingredients and spices.
    2. Whisk the olive oil and water to combine, then add the butter and whisk some more.
    3. Add liquids to dry mix and mix to get a uniform dough.
    4. Create a ball of dough, then roll it to a circle about 11″ in diameter.
    5. Press into a 9″ pie plate.
    6. Set aside

    Veggie filling:

    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 2 large onions cut to 1/8″ rings
    • 2 cups of Shiitake mushrooms, cut to 1/4″ strips.
    • 1 cup steamed broccoli cut to 1″ pices
    • 3 baby bella mushrooms
    • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper (or a pinch of smoked habanero pepper)
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/3 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella.


    1. Cut from baby bellas 6-7 nice circular pieces for garnishing and set aside. Chop the leftovers
    2. Sauté in the butter onions, Shittake and chopped part of baby bellas until onion is translucent.
    3. Add garlic and all spices, stir and sauté for another minute
    4. Add broccoli, stir and set aside
    5. Whisk eggs and cream, add mozzarella and mix well

    Carnivorous filling:

    • 1/2 pack bacon (4-5 strips) cut to 1/4″ pices
    • 3 precooked chicken thighs meat (I made chicken broth with them and then used them here) cut small or shredded (if cooked well it will pretty much shred by itself while cutting it).
    • 2 large onions cut to 1/8″ rings
    • 1/2 cups of Shiitake mushrooms, cut to 1/4″ strips (optional)
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper (or a pinch of smoked habanero pepper)
    • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
    • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/3 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella.
    • 12 1/4″ strips of Canadian bacon or smoked ham


    1. Pan fry the bacon for a couple of minutes
    2. Add chicken and spices and stir fry until chicken and bacon are brown and and crisp.
    3. Remove bacon and chicken from pan, sauté onions, Shittake (if used) in bacon grease until onion is translucent.
    4. Add garlic stir and sauté for another minute
    5. Add back in meats, stirr, set aside.
    6. Whisk eggs and cream, add mozzarella and mix well

    Combining and baking either filling type:


    1. Let the stir fry cool a bit (lukewarm is good)
    2. Pour the stir fried mix into the egg/cream/mozzarella mix and stir
    3. Pour mixture into the pie plate (over the dough)
    4. Optional – spread 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella over it
    5. Garnish with either the baby bella circles or the Canadian bacon strips
    6. Optional – spread some Nigella seeds (Hebrew – קצח) on top (thank you sister for giving it to me).
    7. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30-40 minutes. Eggs should be set and top browned.

    Note – Carnivores were observed eating both versions.

    Quiche not so veggie

    Quiche not-so-veggie


  • I just saw Herzl at a bar.

    Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl at a bar
    Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl at a bar

    I just saw Herzl at a bar.

    You know, Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl.



    At first I thought, oh boy, maybe he’s here to drink away his sorrows, with Israel, the modern state he envisioned, forced to fight, defending itself from Hamas’ barrage of missiles, and from ridicules public opinions, blamed for not being careful enough in its fight against terrorists that use civilians as human shields, and want nothing but  killing all Jews.




    Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl Drinking Water
    Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl Drinking Water



    So I looked carefully. All he drank was water. I thought, hey, Benyoomin, you don’t seem so stressed. What are you really thinking?






    Then he texted a bit. Maybe tweeted. Glanced at me for a split second. Watched a bit of TV. Looked pretty calm. Not as troubled as he was during the Dreyfus Affair. Interesting.

    Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl Tweeting

    Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl Tweeting

    So it looks like he’s pretty chill. Maybe it’s something to learn from. What’s on his mind? I tried to imagine what he could be thinking now:

    Israel is a strong state. Innovative and creative, highly educated population, with an amazing infrastructure built over the last 66 years. An army that is considered one of the world’s best. Peace-striving yet strong enough to defend itself against most anything.

    Times are tough, no doubt. Civilian targets being attacked day and night by Hamas. Some, from the UN through the likes of Roger Waters and Barak Obama, show different levels of irrational thinking condemning Israel’s actions, while being blind to the facts and actions of terrorists and organizations that threaten not only Israeli, but western life and culture as a whole.

    But Israelis are tough. Their motivation is aligned with right causes and a strong righteous code of behavior. Being Innovative and strong-willed does and will prevail. Naysayers will eat their hats. This cannot result in anything but Israel winning.

    Well Benji, I agree. Now I know why you’re calm. Just as I considered  to maybe walk over and buy him a round of Pellegrino, he walked out, and I thought to myself, if a man that had such an amazing forward looking ability stays so calm, he must have a reason. He surely knows that there is no other way this will end but with Israel on top.


    Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl Walking Out Of  a Bar
    Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl Walking Out Of a Bar