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“And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold” – Genesis 24:22

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Vegetable Bracelets and Rings with Coriander Pesto

2 onions, sliced into rounds
3 zucchini sliced into 1/4 inch rounds (remove centers with a small cookie cutter, or cut out with a knife)
2 red peppers, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
2 yellow peppers, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
4 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Coriander Pesto:
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt, Pepper, and Red Pepper flakes, to taste
pinch sugar (optional, but I think it adds complexity)
1 tsp lemon juice (or more, to taste)

Slice all of the vegetables into rounds – make sure that all the slices are perfect circles of various sizes. Place on a baking sheet lined with non-stick foil or parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes until soft and slightly beginning to turn brown around the edges.

Place all pesto ingredients into a tall container and blend with an immersion blender (or place in a food processor and process until smooth). The mixture might need to be thinned a bit – either with more olive oil, more lemon juice (to taste), or with water.

Drizzle roasted vegetables with Coriander Pesto, serve.

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I’m in a bit of a backlog with my posts, as my Hebrew cookbook came out and I’ve been blessed by a flurry of media attention here (TV, print, radio, online and more…) I’m going to take a break from my Prophecy in the Kitchen posts (even thought I have two recipes from the Book of Amos ready to go: Miniature Summer Fruit Basket Pies and Mashed Potato Mountains with Zaatar, Silan and Red Wine Sauce).

Today I had a journalist come cook with me. She asked me to prepare recipes related to the Weekly Portion of “Chayei Sarah – The Life of Sarah” which spans from Chapter 23 verse 1 of Genesis, to Chapter 25, verse 18. The recipes and photos were too beautiful not to share! And perhaps I will find a way to connect them to some of the books of the prophets as I go, but for now, I wanted to post some of them here.

We made:

Spiced Acorn Squash and Apple Soup in Squash “Wells”

Chicken Thighs in Silan, Beer and Mustard

Bejeweled Beluga Lentils with Lemon-Mint Dressing

Vegetable Bracelets and Rings with Coriander Pesto

Tunnel of Fudge Cave Cake

all the recipes from chayei sarah

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Eating the Bible was nominated by Jamie Geller’s JOY OF KOSHER website as one of the “Best New Kosher Cookbooks of 2013” – voting starts today, January 8! Vote HERE (or by clicking on the badge below!)

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“And they embittered their lives with hard labor, with mortar and with bricks and with all kinds of labor in the fields, all their work that they worked with them with back-breaking labor.” (Exodus 1:14)

Questions: What is the difference between “hard labor,” work with “mortar and bricks” and “all kinds of labor in the fields”? Why does the Bible list these different types of work like this: “all the work that they worked with back breaking labor“? Ok, we get the point. They worked hard. Enough! Is it just for emphasis? Or is there something else going on here?

Ideas: Use peanut butter, apple butter, caramel spread, chocolate spread or any other thick and gooey, mortar-like substance to put together cookie pr cracker “bricks”. Hummus or cream cheese could be used as mortar too.

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“May the angel who redeemed me from all harm bless the youths, and may they be called by my name and the name of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac, and may they multiply abundantly like fish, in the midst of the land.” (Genesis 48:16)

Questions: Why do you think it is a blessing to increase like the fish of the sea? Why are the children of Israel compared to fish? Why do you think that we sing this song to little children? Who is the angel that is mentioned in the verse?

Ideas: Fish! Gefilte fish, sardines, tuna quiche, salmon concealed in puff pastry or phyllo dough, Angel Food Cake. Set your table with hamsas, scatter turquoise beads and eye charms or tie napkins with red string.

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“Joseph gave the wagons according to Pharaoh’s instructions, and he also provided them with food for the journey…. Joseph sent the following to his father: ten male donkeys carrying Egypt’s finest products, and ten female donkeys carrying grain, bread and food for his father’s journey.” (Genesis 45:21–23)
“And when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to transport him, the spirit of Jacob their father was revived.” (Genesis 45:27)

Questions: Why do you think that Joseph sent wagons to his father instead of going himself? Why do you think that Jacob’s spirit was revived at the sight of the wagons?

Ideas: Arrange slices of citrus, avocado, red pepper or other vegetables on a plate in the shape of a wagon wheel. Make little wagons out of celery, carrots, peanut butter and raisins (cut a small section of celery, fill with peanut butter, use two round carrot slices for wheels and decorate with raisins). Serve round cookies for dessert, and don’t forget some good-quality aged wine!

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“If that’s the way it must be, do this: take products that the land is famous for in your baggage, a little balsam, a little honey, some gum and resin, pistachios and almonds.” (Genesis 43:11)

Questions: Why do you think that Jacob felt a need to send gifts with Benjamin at all? Why did they choose such an unusual assortment of goods? Why did the Bible feel it important to tell us exactly the gifts that they brought?

Ideas: Serve pistachios or almonds, almond or honey cookies, marzipan, make or buy a honey cake, serve honey with tea, offer gum instead of an after-dinner mint, or bring a gift of sugared almonds, roasted pistachio nuts and honey.

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“And Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was a son of his old age; and he made him a ketonet passim.” (Genesis 37:3)

Questions: What do you think Joseph’s “ktonet passim” looked like? Why do you think that Jacob gave it to him? Why was Joseph dubbed “the son of his old age” – isn’t Benjamin even younger? Maybe Benjamin wasn’t born yet?

Ideas: Multi-colored cookies (with rainbow sprinkles) or striped candy, a striped vegetable platter (slice multicolored vegetables into long strips and arrange nicely on a platter), set the table with a richly embroidered tablecloth or use striped napkins to decorate your table, however I must request that you not attempt to combine wool and linen at your table somehow – even if it will heal a family feud.

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“’And Esau ran toward him and embraced him, and he fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.” (Genesis 33:4)

Questions: Why do you think Esau was the one who ran to his brother? Do you think he was sincere in giving him a hug and a kiss? The verse says that both of the brothers wept – what do you think that each one was crying about?

Ideas: Serve chocolate chips or raisins, serve cinnamon raisin bread or bake chocolate chips or raisins into bread or challa to spark discussion about ‘dots.’ Make chicken soup with a chicken or turkey neck and place the neck in a bowl on the table. Serve ‘bite’-sized hors d’oeuvres, or use Tabasco sauce or hot peppers in your cooking – to give everything at your table a little ‘bite.’ For dessert: Hershey’s kisses.

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“Reuben went in the days of the wheat harvest, and he found dudaim in the field and brought them to Leah, his mother, and Rachel said to Leah, ‘Now give me some of your son’s dudaim.’ And she said to her, ‘Is it a small matter that you have taken my husband, that you wish also to take my son’s dudaim?’ So Rachel said, ‘Therefore, he shall sleep with you tonight as payment for your son’s dudaim.’ When Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah came forth toward him, and she said, ‘You shall come to me, because I have hired you with my son’s dudaim,’ and he slept with her on that night.” (Genesis 30:14–16)

Questions: What do you think these dudaim represent? Why was Reuben involved in all of this? Why do you think Rachel was so desperate to purchase these dudaim that she was willing to give up a night with her husband for the privilege or pleasure of having them?

Ideas: Jasmine tea, plain jasmine rice, dried figs, fig bars, placing a pot of African violets on your table, and even mandrake liqueur from Kibbutz Mishmar Ha’emek in the North of Israel, where mandrakes are grown!

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