Before I start I would like to thank Jamie and Tamar for the opportunity to write a regular guest blog on Joy of Kosher. I have to confess that I've never written a blog before and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to write. If you're reading me now please tell me what you would like to keep reading here.
I'll start by telling you a little about me – I was born in Tel Aviv and lived my whole life in Israel. Food was and still is my passion. From a young age I used to bake and make all the dessert at home while my mother did the cooking. I started collecting recipes from friends, neighbors, magazines etc. I still have my first notebook where I used to keep all the recipes, which I marked so I would know whether to repeat them or not.
My mother left me in the kitchen to do all my baking with lots of confidence, which I really cherish and nowadays I realize it built my foundations in the kitchen.
When I was in the ninth grade a friend and I participated in a cooking competition and I won my first real cookbook. I had no idea that one day I would write my own cookbook.
Since food was my passion my mom suggested that I study nutrition science at university. I was also very much into the healthy side of the food and the value of the food to our body and soul.
Along with my studies I started baking healthier, which means that I used less cream, fat and sugar. I started using whole wheat flour, brown sugar and vegetable oil instead of butter.
I started cooking after getting married and found it very creative and inspiring. I enjoy everything about cooking except for the cleaning :).
After this long introduction, I'd like to share here one of my oldest recipes for Poppy Seed Cake, my husband's favorite cake, which you can also find in my cookbook among another 100 kosher recipes with a whole section for Jewish Holidays: Cook in Israel – Home Cooking Inspiration. If you would like to purchase a signed copy go to: www.cookinisrael.com/book. For more of my recipes and information about my book, check out this interview, In the JOK Kitchen with Cook in Israel.