More Awards and a Dinner

I really and truly appreciate all the honors, Beautiful People, and I sincerely have no idea what I am doing to deserve them! A while ago, adorable Lizzy from https://curlygirlabroad.wordpress.com nominated me first for one award, and then another one. I thank you so much, dear Lizzy! You are so totally cool!

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The first one is a Real Neat Blog Award. The rules are:

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Here are the questions and my answers:

  1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?  U.S., by far. Thank you, fellow Americans!
  2. What is your favourite sport?  To do – swimming, to watch – figure skating.
  3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2016? In the midst of all the blogging awards and just a few days before the holidays, I have been honored with a “real,” i.e. tangible award.

 

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The photo is dreadful ( I do look better than this!), but you can see a Shofar (ritual ram’s horn blown on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur) covered in silverwork that depicts Jerusalem. I was honored as an Educator of the Year by a private teacher college called The Teaching University of Americas, where I have been teaching for 15 years, since its inception. This really means a lot to me, perhaps even more than teaching at big colleges and universities at the same time.

4. What is your favourite quote? “Freedom is only a chance to be better” by Albert Camus.

5.  What was your favourite class when still at school? Hard to say, as I had a few favorites: literature, languages, history, psychology, philosophy… You can see where my interests lie.

6.  Anything you had wished to have learned earlier? Yes! I’ve always wanted to ride a horse and finally learned when I was already in my late fifties. I could’ve had many more years of fun!

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7.  What musical instrument have you tried to play?  My major in college was piano. Later, I also learned to play guitar (very vaguely, just to accompany myself when singing).

Next, it is my great pleasure to nominate the following wonderful bloggers:

  1. https://snapshotsincursive.com by Gail
  2. https://sparklingpoems.wordpress.com/
  3. https://zhwadevivre.wordpress.com/ by Arohii
  4. https://leggypeggy.com/ by Peggy
  5. https://enjoytheadventure.co.uk/about/ by Jess
  6. https://lilyandardbeg.wordpress.com/ by Alex

You are not in any way obligated to accept, and I fully understand that not everyone has the time and inclination to participate in these self-and-others-promoting exercises.  Therefore, I will truly appreciate if you accept the nomination, as I sincerely think you deserve it, but I won’t get offended if you don’t.  Nominating each one of you is my way of giving credit to some exceptional bloggers and perhaps attracting attention to your work.

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Believe it or not, this is a Sunshine Blogger Award #4. I guess it means something if I keep getting nominated for it again and again! Thank you, dear Lizzy-curly girl! You rock!

This award is given by a blogger to other bloggers who are an inspiration in the blogging domain. If the award nominees accept the award, they have to answer 11 questions before nominating other bloggers and designing questions for their nominees.

THE RULES:

  • Thank the person that nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from your nominator.
  • Nominate fellow bloggers you follow.
  • Give them 10 questions to answer.

QUESTIONS:

  1. Do you consider yourself fashionable? I think so.
  2. Do you like/need routine? I am sure everybody needs routines, whether we like it or not, even people who resent them. Routines free up our energy and creativity for more important things.  One should be flexible, though, to be able to adjust to changes in routines,  either temporary or permanent.
  3. What kind of blogs do you like to read the most? Good ones.
  4. Do you have any siblings? One younger brother.
  5. What motivates you? Life! It’s the most exciting thing in the world!
  6. Do you have some philosophic moments? What do you mostly think about when you have them? I consider myself an existentialist. To me, existence always precedes essence; otherwise Hegel would be perfectly satiated with the idea of the fish, while Kierkegaard is eating the actual fish. We are all strangers in this world, stated Camus, but he also posed a great paradox: on the one hand, he said, “I know of only one duty, and that is to love,” but at the same time, he advised, “To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.” I am still trying to reconcile these two thoughts.
  7. What is or would be your dream job? I am an educator, and I love it.
  8. Is it different from when you were younger? Obviously, everything is different from when I was younger, as I was younger in a country where everything was as different from normal human life as only people who have lived under oppressive political regimes can imagine. However, since I have decided long time ago that I would always be eighteen years old, that’s what I am, and no more talk about “younger”!
  9. Besides your blog, where do you spent most time online? Nowhere. I don’t.
  10. Do you like camping? I love camping and have done a lot of it years ago, but my husband’s idea of camping is pitching a tent in the middle of an air-conditioned living room.  I am so grateful that we share our love for sailing as it gets me outdoors, at least.

I would love to nominate the following great bloggers:

  1. https://ruchisvegkitchen.wordpress.com by Ruchi
  2. https://sindhukitchenblog.wordpress.com/ by Sindhu
  3. https://contentedbelly.com/ by Alexandra
  4. https://americaoncoffee.wordpress.com/
  5. https://elliebleu.com/ by Ellie
  6. https://gfhomebakery.com/ by Rita Ann
  7. https://japanese-food.org/ by Aki
  8. https://ritzflavours.wordpress.com/ by Rhythm
  9. https://healthyindiankitchen.wordpress.com/ by Mona
  10.  https://keralas.live/ by Sumith

I would be delighted if you accept, but please see the disclosure statement above.

My questions:

  1. Ice cream or chocolate?
  2. Pastel colors or dramatic contrasts?
  3. Instrumental music or vocals
  4. What kind of books do you like?
  5. What kind of movies do you watch?
  6. What do you do for fun?
  7. Where would you like to travel?
  8. What is your preferred way of traveling?
  9. Your comfort food?
  10. The person who influenced you the most in your life?

That’s it, Beautiful People, done with awards, let’s start cooking already! In a few days from now, we have yet another holiday, Sukkos (Sukkot). It is celebrated by building temporary booths, or huts, outside, open to elements, and dwelling, or at least eating in them for eight days. One of the major traditions of Sukkos is having guests – if possible, for every meal. Since some of our friends are vegetarian and/or vegan, I came up with this main dish that is quick, easy, and festive, as befits the holiday.

MEATLESS MEATLOAF CUPS

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I found this vegan gluten free meatless meatloaf that comes with gravy, but you can use any similar product sold in your area. I also have a supply of vegan gluten free spring roll wrappers that I use for all kinds of experiments. I am sure these are readily available anywhere.

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I sprayed a muffin tin with oil and arranged a wrapper in each slot, forming cups. Spring roll wrappers are pretty soft, so the trick is to make sure the ends don’t curve or fold inside; otherwise you won’t be able to fill the cups.

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Bake them at 350 F for about 7 – 8 minutes, or until golden and pretty. Meanwhile, get your fake meatloaf, or fake hamburger, or fake whatever, hot and ready.

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Cut these guys into bite size pieces – I don’t know how large your bite is! – fill each cup with two or three “bites” and arrange on a pretty platter. Make sure everything is hot as you will assemble it right before serving. You want the cups crunchy, not soggy!

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I would serve them on a bed of a warm salad that provides lively contrasting colors, such as my Greens Combo Salad or Perfect Kale Salad.  The last thing you do is pour hot gravy over the bites, and serve an elegant, colorful, festive vegan main dish.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package Meatless Meatloaf or any similar product that comes with gravy or sauce
  • 12 spring roll wrappers

PROCEDURE

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 12-slot muffin tin with oil.
  • Arrange each wrapper in a slot, forming cups.
  • Bake for 7 – 8 minutes until golden.
  • Heat Meatless Meatloaf, cut into bite-size pieces, place 2-3 pieces into each cup.
  • Note: cups filled with Meatless Meatloaf or similar product can be briefly reheated in the oven, uncovered, but not in the microwave.
  • Heat gravy or sauce, pour over bites, serve immediately.

Enjoy!

 

 

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67 Comments Add yours

  1. feistyfroggy says:

    Congrats on all of your awards! I enjoyed learning more about you. I think what you are doing right is just being YOU! I also love all the Jewish tradition/history you insert into your posts. The shofar is beautiful. Are you able to blow it?

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! You are the only one so far who has asked a pertinent question. Yes, you are able to blow it, but not as part of services, and that is due to the decorations. A usable shofar must be bare.

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      1. feistyfroggy says:

        Yes, I wondered about the decorative aspect (thus the question). I am not Jewish although I love learning about the Jewish traditions. Our church does use a shofar!

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      2. And I love learning about all traditions – I just love learning! This is fascinating: how and when do you use shofar?

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      3. feistyfroggy says:

        It is used as a call to worship and also a (Spiritual) battle cry; directly out of Jewish tradition if I understand this correctly.

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      4. Thank you for information; this is great to know. It’s not directly out of Jewish tradition, as some terms inevitably became distorted in multiple translations, but it’s close enough to be significant.

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      5. feistyfroggy says:

        I’m curious how the shofar is used in your services as well!

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      6. It is blown about 100 times as a part of Rosh Hashana prayers and only once at the end of Yom Kippur. One of the leading sages of 10th century listed 10 reasons for it, among which are remembering the creation (and Creator!) of the world, celebrating the New Year, reliving the Giving of the Law on Mt Sinai, etc. It should also symbolize the binding of Isaac, and inspire us to feel the awe of the Day of Judgement. The calls to war were actually sounded using Moses’ silver trumpets, and it is those that brought down the walls of Jericho. The priest assistants in the Temple (Levites) also used silver trumpets to call for prayers.

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      7. feistyfroggy says:

        This is amazing. We once had a couple of men come to our church with various types of shofars and demonstrate the different types of sounds that are used. I certainly see what you meant by “close enough to be significant.” (How do you like teaching Jewish History 101? LOL)

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      8. There is a “Shofar Factory” non-profit group that takes children through a process of making their own shofar – amazing! I used to have them do it in my school every year, and the kids were truly in awe. (I love teaching, period!)

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      9. feistyfroggy says:

        Wow now that is something I’ve never heard of and I bet there are even adults who would be interested in that!

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      10. Oh sure, the first time I saw it, I was fascinated more than the kids, I think!

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  2. Piano is a great instrument! 😉

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    1. Thank you, sweetheart, and by the way, I really liked your questions!

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  3. That’s really neat! Thank you for the praise and admiration. I cherish the nomination and appreciate your vote of confidence! Congratulations! You are on the path of greatness. Blessings! 🍓

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    1. Thank you for your kind words,and I hope you accept the nomination which you so well deserve! Blessings right back to you, dear!

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      1. I’ll try to pay it forward. I have a few others to acknowledge first. Life is good! 🌟✨💫

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      2. Life is great and beautiful, and no rush!

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  4. Congrats for the double award😄😊

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    1. Thanks you so much dear!

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  5. Sumith Babu says:

    Dolly congratulations on your awards!! You are a pearl😊 well deserve it!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sumith, but I am just a cat who likes to have fun!

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  6. BiG CONGRATS to you….!!
    Thanks for sharing the pics..they were beautiful…
    WISH YOU MORE SUCCESS ALL THE WAY…!!
    CONGRATS ONCE AGAIN….

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    1. Thank you, sweetheart!

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      1. YOUR WELCOME….!!

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  7. lilyandardbeg says:

    congratulations 🙂 you deserve ALL the awards ! you’re my favourite blog (or one of top two, but the best food related one-and I do read quite a few of them) 🙂
    The meatless meatloaf looks fantastic (my bite size chunks would be big). I’ll try it with jackfruit (it works in most dishes calling for meat substitute)

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    1. Thank you – I truly appreciate your opinion. About jackfruit, which is almost the same as our breadfruit, it doesn’t have any protein, so, even with all the other nutrition that it definitely contains, how could it be a meat substitute?

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      1. lilyandardbeg says:

        I love breadfruit too 🙂 A substitute in the sense of looks, consistency and perhaps taste (I don’t know how meat tastes like), not the nutrients. My use of the word ‘substitute’ is rather old-fashioned -and I’m one of those, who don’t actually think meat needs to be replaced (vegan diet can be as balanced or unbalanced as any other). Nuts and pulses are my everyday protein source -so I guess I could call them a ‘meat substitute’ too 🙂

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      2. I am only using the word “substitute” as a common denominator. I was actually asking about proteins. The fake meatloaf that I used, as well as fake burgers, etc. are made of green beans. So perhaps if you use the equivalent of breadfruit, you can add some ground nuts. And that just gave me an idea – aha! Stay tuned.

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      3. lilyandardbeg says:

        We have ‘quorn’ here (but I’m not a fan) there’s a vegan version, too (the most common is vegetarian but not vegan, it’s a mixture of fungi, egg whites and wheat)-that’s what most people would refer to as ‘meat substitute’. I substitute (replace) ingredients in recipes because I’m not good at following them properly ( there’s always the little devil in me urging me to ‘try it with…’) Which is a shame as some recipes are definitely better than my experiments 🙂

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      4. I’ve seen vegan quorn breaded chicken cutlets, but I like to do my own breading, gluten free. As to whether the original recipes are better – how do you know if you haven’t followed them? This statement refers to me as well.

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  8. Congratulations…..

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  9. Kash Pals says:

    Congrats on all your awards! May you achieve more such accolades in future. 🙂

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  10. Eartha says:

    Haha “let’s start cooking already.” It’s always nice reading about your journeys. Congratulations on your awards Dolly! 🙂

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    1. Thank you sweetheart, always good to hear from you!

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  11. Hi Dolly, Congrats on all your awards!! I love the shofar too!!
    And OF COURSE you look better than that!
    You like the “Good” blogs best! LOL!!
    Your husband and I would get along well, as fellow campers!! hee hee
    I heard dinner, and I am here!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Melinda! When I am out of mourning and start using make-up again, I’ll look my normal self. As it is, I don’t think about it too much.
      I have a feeling you and my husband would get along in more ways than one!

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      1. You’re welcome, Dolly. 😀

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  12. Mazel Tov! It is an honor, but best of all for us, a chance to learn more about you. Keep up the great work and bask in your glory! ❤

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  13. Congratulations to all the awards. Great job! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, I really appreciate your kind words!

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  14. Arohii says:

    First of all congratulations on receiving the awards dear…😊and thank you for nominating me as well.💖truly honored!Love the recipe 😻😻 and reblogged it, I hope you don’t mind. I accept your nomination, loved reading your answers and found your questions very interesting. When I get a chance, I would make a post, thanks once again !! 😊 good day xx

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    1. I am so glad you are accepting the nomination – you truly deserve it! Take your time, don’t worry! Be well,
      Dolly

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  15. leggypeggy says:

    Hi Dolly. So nice to know more about you.
    Also, thanks so much for thinking of me. Very much appreciated. Unfortunately I will have to decline the nomination. We travel so much, and often remotely, that I can never be sure of having a connection. Tonight I am online for the first time in seven days. Thanks again for the nomination and for understanding why I can’t accept.

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    1. Don’t worry about it and enjoy your travels!

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  16. tigre23 says:

    Congratulations on your awards and nominations!

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  17. Thank you soo much for nominating me for the award. Feel very honoured. I was travelling and hence did not have access to my mails/network. Very honoured. Would definitely accept the award anf follow the rules shortly 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear! I am so glad you are accepting this so well deserved award! No rush, whenever you get to it…

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  18. This looks yummy and I love the picture of you with your award. I often ask my patients “how old are you biologically and how old do you feel inside?” It is a great question. I tell everyone that I am 87. I figure there is no point in being coy. LOL!

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    1. But this is not being coy! When I turned 25, I decided that I was going to be 18 for the rest of my life, and I am sticking to it! I look terrible because I am still in aveilus so I am not using makeup. Also, the light on that boat was horrible; it emphasized all the wrong features. Also, the sheitel was done wrong, not in my usual crazy/funky style. Shall I go on? Hopefully, when I come out of mourning, I will look my normal self.

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      1. You look wonderful and certainly take better care of your appearance than I do. I never wear makeup unless I have to. I decided that my goal is transcend age and to age gracefully. In addition, I think that it’s funny to say that I am 87. I got the idea from my great-aunt, who always says that she is older than her actual age, so that people will say, “Wow, you look great for your age!” I thought it showed panache and moxy. She is well into her 90’s and going strong.

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      2. To 120 for her, and for you as well! I always had to wear makeup because I have always been in front of people, and with my skin color (nice people call it olive, I call it green), i look sickly without foundation and blush. By using makeup I mean enhancing my face in such a way as to make it not obvious that there is enhancement. Also, since I have not been spending time outdoors for the past year, I look even more green than usual. I guess your approach to aging makes sense, but I simply do not intend to age!

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      3. In particular because I work in geriatrics, I have a lot to say on the subject of aging and what it means to be old. As for makeup, I would look better if I wore it, but, I hate taking it off and in the psych ward or working with addicts in the South Bronx, I guess I didn’t want to look too good. I prefer to blend into the background. One never knows what is going on between the ears of someone who is suffering from mental illness. However, the most important thing is to feel good about yourself and attractive. So, stay forever young! Why not?

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      4. You are so right! Mimicry is a part of being human; we all adjust to our environment.

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