Fish Croquettes for Shabbat

Reading the recipes from the Kosher Cooking Carnival in my previous post inspired me to post a recipe of my own.

When we were first married I spent quite a few Shabbosim at my in-laws house (although not as many as Israeli couples do!). My mother-in-law made a lot of wonderful dishes, but the one I started to make myself was salmon croquettes. These can be made and eaten warm from the pan, or can be refrigerated and eaten on Shabbat as a first course at lunch. When we moved to Israel, and I found it difficult to find canned salmon, I just substituted tuna for the fish (salmon, of course, tastes better – although some kids prefer the tuna anyway!).

400 grams canned salmon

2 eggs

plain bread crumbs or matzo meal

dill weed, other spices to taste

grated onion (optional)

Oil for frying

Drain the water from the canned salmon. Pick out the bones and discard the skin. Mash the salmon, add the eggs and the spices and grated onion, if using. Add bread crumbs until it becomes “pasty”. (I start with about a third of a cup of bread crumbs and go from there). Heat oil in a frying pan, make ovals from the mixture, and fry on both sides until golden. Drain on paper towels.

These are good with tartar sauce or horseradish sauce.

Kosher Cooking At Its Best

This month’s version of the Kosher Cooking Carnival is hosted by Batya. Pretty soon we should be seeing a new logo….can’t wait!

Joy and Pain on the Same Day

Living in Israel has its unique characteristics, but the one thing that strikes me over and over is the combination of joy and pain. Today symbolizes that mixture.

Today is Rosh Chodesh Adar (the first day of the Hebrew month of Adar) and it starts a two week marathon of fun and joy, culminating in the holiday of Purim.

This year it is also the first anniversary of the massacre at Mercaz HaRav (a prominent Yeshiva in Jerusalem).

I saw the following video at Israel Matzav, (highly recommended, if you are not familiar with the blog already) and decided to embed it in mine also.

No, I Haven’t Disappeared

No, I haven’t disappeared. I just finished making westbankkid’s Bar Mitzvah (the third and last for this family) so I have been very busy.

I will hopefully post again soon. Meanwhile go on over and read this  week’s HH hosted by Sara.

Those Who Wanted to Punish Bibi Ended Up Punishing Themselves

After a few days to cool down, I will try to explain why I  am angry at those who voted for the small religious parties.

In my opinion, those voting for the small religious parties have basically shot themselves in the foot. Instead of looking at the whole picture and using their heads, they wanted not only to “punish” Bibi Netanyahu, but also to vote for their small “boutique” parties, where everyone looks just like them and has exactly the same idealogy. Now these voters are happy because they have representatives who agree with them about everything, but it is a hollow victory, for one very simple reason – these representatives  don’t have enough power to do what they want done. And the people who DO have the power, don’t care about these issues.

Who has the power now? Avigdor Leiberman. (Granted, Tzipi Livni theoretically has the right to try to form a government, since she won more seats than  Bibi, but most people agree that her chances are very slim). The real power broker now is Leiberman, since he knows that both sides are desperate for his seats.

Let’s take a look at Avigdor. His voters are right wing, but they don’t really care about the specifics of settlements. What they really want is to separate themselves as much as possible from the Arabs. Leiberman has said in the past that he is willing to do a “land swap” – whereas Israel would annex certain areas and give up other areas to the Palestinians, including uprooting Jews from their homes. This attitude is a lot more left-wing than the Likud’s stance, and is anathema to those who voted Ichud HaLeumi/HaBayit HaYehudi.

Religious issues: Avigdor Leiberman is in favor of loosening the laws governing civil marriages in Israel. For those of us who are Orthodox Jews, this is a serious problem, and it will open a Pandora’s box of issues in relation to the future status of children born to these couples. The Likud party’s stance regarding these issues is much more traditional, and is closer to what Ichud HaLeumi/Habayit HaYehudi voters want.

Avigdor Leiberman believes that citizens of Israel must either serve in the army or do some sort of National service in order to receive Bituach Leumi (social security) benefits. This attitude is directed at both the Arab population and the Charedim (Ultra-Orthodox), who neither serve in the army or do national service, but do receive Bituach Leumi benefits. Granted, most of those in the National Religious camp do the army or national service, but by no means all. At this point, due to the move to the right (both because of the disengagement and because of the trend toward more stricter observance by some of our youth), there are many Dati Leumi young men who are putting off their army service indefinitely in order to learn. The Likud party has no desire to change the status quo regarding this issue, and is closer to the attitude held by those who voted Ichud HaLeumi and HaBayit HaYehudi.

Nu? What did you gain by voting for Katzeleh and What’s his name?

Not much.

I Am So Angry I Don’t Know What To Do With Myself

I am so angry about the election results here in Israel that I don’t trust myself to post (maybe in a few days, when I cool down).

Just four words – “I told you so!”

A Vote For the Religious Parties is a Vote For Kadima

Jameel says it all here. Right now the Likud and Kadima are neck and neck, and voting for the small religious parties may tip the balance away from the Likud.

Vote with your head, and not with your heart.

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