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Investigator officially requested gluten free kneidel. I tried once before last Passover, using a gnocchi-type recipe, and it was a dismal failure. I haven’t tried since. However, after watching his big sad eyes as the rest of us feasted on kneidel I took the challenge and decided I would continue trying until I found something worth eating. And so… voila!

Ingredients: based on this recipe

1 1/2 cups rice (I use Persian rice)
3 1/4 cups water
3 tsp gluten free chicken soup powder (I originally put 1, too bland*)
1 1/4 cups gluten free Tami flour
1/2 cup water
Oil for frying
Pinch turmeric powder

Cook the rice, 3 1/4 cups water and chicken soup powder until water is absorbed. While still hot, mash into a puree. Add the Tami flour and 1/2 cup water. Mix well. Let cool.

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Using wet hands make round balls and flatten them. Pour oil into a pan so that it’s 1/2 cm-1 cm deep. Add the pinch of turmeric and mix (for the color). Heat until hot (test this by dropping a drop of water into it, the oil should sizzle). Fry until golden,

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then flip over until golden on other side as well.

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Put on absorbent paper to absorb any excess oil.

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This is good fresh, it has a great crunch, or heated on the Shabbat hot plate and added to soup at the last minute.

Note: I tried to boil this like traditional kneidel, in chicken broth. Using an actual chicken, some gluten free chicken soup powder and a pinch of turmeric caused the water to turn red 😮

Red !?!

Red !?!

Which I should have seen as a sign of impending doom 😉 It looked good but tasted exactly like overcooked rice 😦

Looks can be deceiving.

Looks can be deceiving.

Bon apetit!

* The recipe uses the rice paste as a dough to stuff meat in, so it doesn’t have much taste. That’s what the chicken soup powder is for. I’ll also note that this is the first time I’m using chicken soup powder for the past 8 years. But for my son, anything 🙂

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Success in t’shuva is not measured by the final score at the end of the game. It is measured by the playing. The striving for good is goodness itself. The striving for perfection is what perfects, in and of itself“-Harav Kook, from “The Art of T’shuva – The Teachings of HaRav Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook: Commentary” by Rabbi David Samson and Tzvi Fishman

This speaks to two strong beliefs of mine – getting better is a process, and the process itself is also important. This is true for everything important in life – being a mother, being a daughter, being a wife, being a friend. It is not the end that is important – it is all the time and effort put into it.

May we all have a sweet, fruitful, illuminating and perfecting new year. Shana tova umetuka!

Dip your apple in the honey...It's Rosh Hashana!

Dip your apple in the honey…It’s Rosh Hashana!

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“I write because, as wonderful as life is – and it is truly wonderful – it isn’t enough. It does not, for example, contain dragons. I find this unsatisfactory. “ – Laini Taylor, from “Why I wrote Daughter of Smoke and Bone”

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I just finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Book review will come soon. In the meantime, I really loved this quote 🙂 And the image is from pixabay, gorgeous!

Have a great week!

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