Recipe: Pesto Like None Other!

Pesto Pesto Pesto!!! Who loves pesto? When most people make it, it involves buying multiple plastic-wrapped bunches of basil, parsley and/or cilantro. Why? Because that’s how you make pesto! Unless you’re a city farmer 🙂 ince I grew wary of the scary amounts of plastic packaging involved in making a small bowl of pesto, I…

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How to Brew Your Own Apple Vinegar

Making your own apple vinegar is a very satisfying city farming project because: It makes magical use of waste scraps of fruit – rather than throwing them away It produces a useful, expensive-to-buy product that is great for food flavoring, home remedies and for cleaning (See my recipe for homemade citrus-infused all-purpose cleanser) Since this…

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Making and Lighting Olive Oil with Kids

In honor of Chanukah, I just ran a hands-on olive picking and pressing workshop for the family’s of the Community Garden of Arnona, a neighborhood in southern Jerusalem. The first step was to pick the olives off the branches that I brought in. Then we had to crush the olives. Then we pressed the crushed…

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Adventures in Olive Picking and Pressing

Recently, here in Israel we were blessed with the first rains of the winter. You know what that means, right? It’s Olive Picking Season! Over the past two weeks, I spent five mornings picking olives and pressing olive oil in a picturesque ancient olive grove on a hillside right outside my hometown of Beit Shemesh.…

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Homemade Fruit Leather: You MUST try this!

If you only try one food preservation project this year – this is the one! It’s ridiculously simple, requires no special equipment and you will be amazed by the scrumptious results! Homemade Fruit Leather Recipe Ingredients: 1 kg of summer fruits – eg. plums, peaches, mango, nectarines. A mix is best. Add a bit of…

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Recipe: Bloomah’s Zucchini Lasagna

My two youngest kids and I wait for the big zucchinis to grow and then save them for this recipe, which we make once a week during the summer.We prefer it to “real” lasagna! It’s also perfect for people eating gluten free or low carb. Ingredients: 1 liter marinara sauce (we make it at home…

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Australian Homemade Toffees: The Taste of My Childhood

My daughter has an end-of-year party today and the teachers asked the girls to bring “refreshments” AKA mounds of candy and junk. However, instead of schlepping me to the sweet store, my daughter begged me to make homemade toffees and I was happy to do so. Not because they have zero chemicals, colorings and additives.…

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Just Hatched: My New Novel

This week we have an exciting new hatchling on Bloomah’s City Farm. It’s my new novel – Yedidya. I just published it digitally. It’s 100% homegrown with right here on the farm. Here’s a blurb: Yedidya – A Novel in Weekly Installments Based on the shiurim of Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Travis | Written by Naomi Elbinger…

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