Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Schug

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Miznon's cauliflower is legendary.  I made it several times over the years, but it's not the same as ordering it at the lively counter and having it sitting by the strewn tables on Tel Aviv's sidewalks and New York City's Chelsea Market. The flavor is enhanced by the commotion. With no end in sight to the quarantine, I have made it often since March. Yesterday, I needed to breathe. I sat in the car in the middle of our driveway and imagined I was on vacation. What if next time I escape the house and bring this dish with me into the car, will it transport me to Tel Aviv?!

How To Roasted Bell Peppers & Harissa Recipe

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There are several positive things that came out of quarantine. I started cooking more vigorously and posting on Foodwanderings, after a long hiatus from writing here. I also have my husband, not traveling full time, but working from home. It's nice to have him home. I also started listening to audiobooks for the first time. For some obscure reason, I resisted listening to audiobooks over the years, but when we walk on our steep street, it distracts me from the excruciating effort of climbing uphill. 

On our recent daily walks, on our quiet street, I have been listening to 'The Color of Water' on Audiobooks. 'The Color of Water' is James McBride's, an African American author's tribute to his white mother.  I am midway through just in time for a book club Zoom gathering this week. We will wrap up the book in a second session next week. Coincidentally, Oprah Winfrey just announced James McBride's newly released NYT bestseller 'Deacon King Kong' as the next Oprah's Book Club pick. In 2015 McBride an award winner, a multiple NYT bestseller author, a musician, and a former journalist received the National Humanities Medal by President Barak Obama "for humanizing the complexities of discussing race in America."

Radioactive Egg

Hamin Copyright © ShulieMadnick (recipe coming soon)

I wrote this personal essay about food and health last winter and revisited it several times for tweaks and edits. For the sake of the photoshoot, I managed what I could scramble.

Radioactive Egg

So the other day I ate a radioactive egg for breakfast. More accurately, a hard-boiled egg with that distinctly overcooked, grayish discolored spherical outline in between the hardened yolk and the egg white. The egg was injected with a radioactive matter so it would glow like fireflies in my esophagus and internal organs. Like flashlights in pursuit of a culprit in the loopy tunnels of my digestive tract.

As much as I wanted to imagine this overcooked, radioactive egg as an egg in its shell slowly cooked with meat and potatoes, a traditional, comforting Jewish dish for the Sabbath, I couldn’t ward off my disgust. I had the radioactive egg on buttered toast. The nurse insisted that I bring it from home. Not just plain ole’ toasted bread, but a buttered toast, when I booked the appointment over the phone. Does buttered toast pair well with radioactive material the voices in my head asked?!

Malida and the Sustainability of the Small Indian Jewish Community in NYC and the TriState Area

Individual Malida serving Copyright © ShulieMadnick
'Malida and The Sustainability of the Small Indian Jewish Community in NYC and the TriState Area' is an article commissioned by an editor a couple of years back, then nixed. The editor, as many writers experience, then ghosted me. I am sharing this piece on this platform since I thought you might find it interesting and also to keep a record of my journalistic writings.

Before the Coronavirus hit us, I wrote two-part series in Hebrew about two Israeli female chefs conquering the food scene in D.C. Articles of mine were previously translated into Hebrew, but it was the first time I wrote articles in Hebrew from scratch. It felt like coming a full circle. The articles were indefinitely shelved as the world turned topsy-turvy, but it's no reflection on the excellent editor I am working with. The timing was understandably off, which we couldn't predict in advance. You can find images of the articles in my published and mentions if you can read and comprehend Hebrew. I might publish them on this site in the future.

Malida and The Sustainability of the Small Indian Jewish Community in NYC and the TriState Area

In Rego Park Jewish Center, Queens, Romiel Daniel, an Indian Jew, is the Rabbi and President of this Ashkenazi (Eastern European Jewish) Conservative synagogue. Across the street from the synagogue is where Rabbi Daniel and his wife, Noreen, reside.

It's uncommon for a Sephardic (Jewish from a Spanish descent) or an Indian Jew to lead an Ashkenazi synagogue, but Rego Park Jewish Center, which was founded in 1939, had a precedent. Its previous President was of Egyptian Sephardi Jewish ancestry. Rabbi Daniel finished his Masters in chemistry from Brandeis University in 1962 and is now on his second career. After Cantorial studies at Yeshiva University, he was ordained through the American of Board Rabbis and became a Rabbi in 2010.