Archive for December, 2014

This put a smile on my face the whole day 🙂 The new Maccabeats Hanukkah song is based on “All about that bass”, and is hilarious! This year Maccabeats teamed up with Mayim Bialik to raise $10,000 for the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. Kol Hakavod and good luck! I added also my other favorite Maccabeats Hanukkah songs, and One Day too because it’s just awesome. And yes, all a capella, even the beatbox “drums”. Enjoy!


“All About that Neis” – for the smile

“Burn” – for the hope

Candlelight (their first viral song) – for the nostalgia

And One Day, because it’s so true, and gives me hope even when I’m down.


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I spent most of the day banging my head against the wall of bureaucracy. Circumstances dictated that I find a child neurologist ASAP to look at my son. Apparently, this is impossible. The best I got was a polite secretary who said that I could fax them a request and they would get back to me within 10 business days. I almost told her just as politely to *** off,  but I heroically restrained myself. It wasn’t her fault, after all.
Before the holiday, I checked with a local bakery that stocks gluten-free cakes and bread, and they promised they would have gluten-free sufganiot (Hanukkah donuts). I was really looking forward to the comfort food along with a family candle lighting.
They didn’t have them.
So I soothed myself with baking. I can’t get an appointment in the next decade, but at least the house smells good and we eat awesome sufganiot 🙂 And my eldest dazzled us by giving a guitar concert of Hanukkah songs (he already knows two chords!) and we sat and sang together and relaxed.
A most excellent end to a bad day.

Gluten-free baked sufganiot *
Based on this recipe.

300 gr gluten-free Tagmish flour.
2 tsp dry yeast
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
50 gr softened butter
1 egg
150 ml milk
50 ml water

Mix dry ingredients together. Then add liquids. Process in a mixer fitted with dough hooks until you get a ball of dough that is just a bit too sticky. DON’T add flour. Oil the dough and let rest until doubled in volume (it took me ~3 hours). Split into 20 small balls,  about 30 gr each.  Now dough should be easy to work with. Flatten each ball.  Place 1/2 tsp filling of choice (I used jam in some and Nutella in the rest) in center and close around the filling, shaping it into a ball again. Place in lined baking tray, seam side down.


After rising a few minutes

Cover and let rise for about half an hour. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 160 °C or until golden.


Sprinkle icing sugar on top and serve.


Not much left...

Happy Hanukkah!

* Obviously , these don’t taste like real sufganiot. But they still taste really good!

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I’m on the lookout for easy gluten-free cookies. So when a friend told me about this recipe, I just had to try it. The cookies turned out great, but because I couldn’t use the original peanut butter (as my son doesn’t like it) and substituted bought almond butter, these have got to be the most expensive cookies ever 😕 If I make them again, I’ll make my own almond butter from ground almonds. If your kids like peanut butter, use that instead. However… Only three ingredients and no food processor!

1 cup almond or peanut butter
1 cup sugar (next time I’ll use 3/4 cup,  too sweet)
1 egg

Mix all together with a spoon. Using two teaspoons, put teaspoons of dough on a baking sheet a few cm apart. Press down with a wet fork.  Bake for 9 minutes at 160 °C,  until just the edges are brown. Let cool (when warm they just fall apart) and eat!


I made this with my 2.5 year old daughter. First time that I make cookies with her and she’s more interested in scraping the jar of almond butter than the bowl of dough 🙂 Just shows that we’re raising her right 😉

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