with olive trees and honey
Over the years I’ve fine tuned my permanent cookbook collection, a very select few gain space on the shelf. Most of the cookbooks I page through for inspiration are ebooks borrowed from the library. When I find myself checking the same book out every few weeks for several months, it likely deserves a place on my shelf. When it’s a book that is considered a classic and includes fascinating historical research in addition to a collection of yummy recipes, that book goes on the list.
Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World
by Gil Marks
Olive Trees and Honey is one of those books that I was surprised to discover I didn’t own, and over the past few months I’d been checking it out frequently, and just enjoying reading it. It recently became part of my collection and when I have time to browse it at leisure and actually make more of the recipes, I expect I’ll write more about it soon.
Yesterday I made shlishkes, Hungarian potato dumplings. I’ve made other potato dumplings over the years, my family recipe is different.
They were amazing. As my oven was already on for other items I was making, I chose to toss them in butter, paprika, and matzoh meal and bake them.
I’m saddened to note that Mr Marks passed away earlier this month due to lung cancer (he was not a smoker). May his memory be a blessing.