Holocaust Memorial Day

Elisha Gabriel

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Seventy years.

Over the decades the stories and memories become deeper.

The first German lesson. Did anyone know any. Yes, I said:

Nichts rauchen

Nichts essen

Nichts wasser

How did I know?

They were in camps in the war.

We bend, but we do not break.

We live to sing and dance

We live with libraries in our souls.

You are as big on the inside as the universe is on the outside.

Make a library in your heart for everyone.

Work does not make free. It enslaves us. Love makes us free.

Expression makes us free. The wind makes us free.

Always and forever we will sing and dance.

Be humble for you are made of earth

Be noble for you are made of stars

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Confessions of a nosh-lover.

I’d like to say that I got through crimbo without eating any chocolate, but that would be a fib. It happened to be in a bit of cake and on a biscuit. Salt intake has been kept to zilch in my own cooking, but it’s a major bmr when noshing out on other’s cuisine.

Over the months I have noticed how salty, fatty and sweet our world is. How easy it is to insult someone by saying you can’t eat what they have cooked, and then giving in quietly the next time, to keep the peace. People get touchy about food and drink, especially when they know what going without means. You eat what you have and that’s that.

Another crimble is imminent next weekend, followed by other people’s slavas, all in January. Seven course dinners will test my resilience. If there is Hungarian salami in the mezze, I’m screwed. It’s costly stuff, forget Italian salamis, Hungarian is the emperor!

I won’t be going to all feasts I’ve been invited to. And there is a wholly vegan n fish side to the cuisine which I will partake in at home, minus the salt – difficult with salted cod, polenta – minus the cheese, sauerkraut minus the smoked ribs. Then I will get fed-up with all of it and revert to brown rice and lentils, raw fruits and veg.

Our relationship with food is linked to our connection to wars, famines, poverty, community and domestic strife. Balance is possible across the globe. We don’t need to live in extremes of not having enough to producing too much. We can alter traditions too, if we wish.

Then there’s Chinese New Year…

I still dream of an orchard in the sun. Fruits kissed by sunshine is surely the essence of life. 

Traditional Bosnian Recipes

Coming up over the next couple of days will be these three recipes. Adding a good chowder too. There will be enough healthy nosh until crimble day!

Elisha Gabriel

Here are three recipes. Prebranac (baked beans). Cornbread and an Apple Pita. Make sure you have some good strong dark coffee on the side.

Prebranac

Do you like baked beans? Then try making your own…

You will need an oven dish and a pan.

Soak the beans over night – about a large cup size or get tinned.

Best beans are haricot, black-eyed or pinto. You can mix them. I prefer pinto for this recipe.

2 onions – chopped
2 large carrots – chopped
1 tsp salt/white pepper
3 bay leaves
3 heaped tsp sweet paprika
1 heaped tsp smoky paprika
Tomato puree
Olive oil

Put the soaked beans, carrots, salt and bay leaves in a pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 20 minutes.

Fry the onion in a pan in olive oil, add the paprika and then tomato puree with a little water. This makes a…

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