Chag Notebook: Michal Ansky

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Chag Notebook: Michal Ansky

Michal Ansky is a gastronome, founder of the Farmer’s Market in Tel Aviv, journalist, and TV food personality, hosting and appearing on such shows as Master Chef Israel, “As Fresh As It Gets,” and “The Queen of the Market.” I read about Michal in an interview she did and really admired all that she is doing to set up farmer’s markets in Israel (and abroad). I interviewed her while she was in Rome for work, reaching her by phone at 6 AM in her hotel.

Let’s get to know Michal and learn from her.

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Personal Expression: Mood Boards for Passover

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Personal Expression: Mood Boards for Passover

The holidays require us to make time to focus on our homes, families, and ourselves as we plan and operationalize our ideas.

How can we transform this holiday planning experience from just working and rotely following the rules to include personal expression and time and space for ourselves?

 

When I was younger, I used to spend time going through magazines and cutting out images that inspired me in order to make collages in my journals. I was seeking to control my emotional environment and make a creative space for myself. There’s something about being quiet with beautiful images and allowing yourself to curate an ambience that is relaxing and creative.

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Passover Fantasies From Our Global Jewish Female Community

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Passover Fantasies From Our Global Jewish Female CommunityAs every Jewish holiday approaches, I find myself wondering what other Jewish women are feeling and thinking about—what feelings are stirred in their hearts and what thoughts are in their minds.

Along with all the things we have to “do” for the holidays, they’re also an emotional experience. These round-ups with the global female Jewish community is my way of “checking in” with how women are feeling.

It’s not that I necessarily need or want to make every holiday into a huge production (quite the opposite), but instead that the very act of fantasizing about my holiday dreams—the atmosphere, the people, the ambience, the table, the food, the activities—satisfies my essential creativity.

So this year I wanted to ask a mix of women from around the world who have different levels of observance their Passover fantasies, and what they dream of while maintaining their current level of observance.

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Our 5 Basic Tastes and How to Satisfy Them During Passover (+ Shopping List)

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Our 5 Basic Tastes and How to Satisfy Them During Passover (+ Shopping List)

One of the things I’ve observed since immersing myself in the plant-based nutrition world is how many people view certain holidays as a “free pass” to eat whatever they want.

It’s as if the rational ideas of health and nutrition don’t apply during this period.

For Passover in particular, there’s an entire industry of processed food marketed toward us. The truth is that just because a product is “Kosher for Passover” doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Just because a food product is allowed doesn’t meant it’s good for you.

Everything you know about nutrition and what feels good for your body still applies during the holidays.

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The Cookbook is Here! Plus 7 Days of Healthy Food Memories

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The Cookbook is Here! Plus 7 Days of Healthy Food MemoriesThis is a day I’ve been building toward since I first had the idea to start Jewish Food Hero—a Jewish Food Hero cookbook for our community!

The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook: 50 Simple Plant-Based Recipes for Your Holiday Meals is now available for purchase.

 

The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook was created for all of us. It’s a digital cookbook with 50 simple plant-based recipes for your holiday meals.

The recipes are designed to inspire you to honor your traditions AND add healthy food to the holiday table. You’ll be able to serve healthy food not as an obligation, but from a place of knowledge and confidence.

If you’d love to be able to start your own healthy holiday food traditions in a simple, effortless way—and even celebrate more Jewish holidays than you already are—but you’re not confident you can do it on your own and haven’t found any resources that inspire you to get started, this cookbook is for you.

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From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

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From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

This cookie recipe for Pesach is a total crowd pleaser.

Everyone from your kids to your husband to your mother and mother-in-law won’t be able to keep their hands off these.

These cookies are Pesach friendly* and you can make them with either white beans or sweet potatoes (trust me on this) depending on your dietary preference.

The recipe below yields a dozen cookies—which I can tell you from experience will go quickly—so make two or three batches for the holiday, depending on how many guests you’ll be hosting.

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The Top 5 Reasons You’re Not Eating Plant-Based Food for the Holidays

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The Top 5 Reasons You’re Not Eating Plant-Based Food for the Holidays

My primary mission in creating Jewish Food Hero is to help all of us create a new and healthy food future for the Jewish people, one that is connected to our most beautiful traditions while being grounded in the present.

One of the things I know (from experience!) is that as a holiday begins to get closer on the calendar, you start thinking about your plans and the meal.

You begin getting organized and thinking about the kind of experience you want to have for this particular holiday.

Since you’re already thinking about the upcoming holidays, why not include plant-based food in those pre-planning thoughts?

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Re-imagining Mishloach Manot as a Woman-to-Woman Experience

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The intention behind mishloach manot, sending baskets of food and drink for Purim, is a beautiful one.

The mitzvah of giving mishloach manot derives from the Book of Esther. It’s meant to ensure that everyone has enough food for the Purim feast held later in the day, and to increase love and friendship.

Since many of us in the Western world have more than enough food, mishloach manot could be an opportunity to strengthen your connection with others and yourself by gifting items with meaning. It’s also an opportunity to share healthy food with people you love while supporting ethical companies who make products you care about.

This year, Jewish Food Hero is reimagining the traditional sending of Purim baskets to also be a woman-to-woman experience.

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Can Our Generation Claim Shabbat as the Healthiest Day of Our Week?

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Can Our Generation Claim Shabbat as the Healthiest Day of Our Week?

Shabbat arrives every week in our lives with clockwork precision, sundown on Fridays for the next 25 hours.

What each of us does (or refrains from doing) on Shabbat differs from woman to woman, family to family, synagogue to synagogue, country to country, and denomination to denomination.

One thing we all do is eat and share meals. From the most observant to those who do not “keep” or honor Shabbat, we all eat on Friday nights and on Saturdays. Food and meals are central to Shabbat.  

One Shabbat tradition that many of us observe is making an abundance of food, serving lavish and sumptuous meals. It’s considered a mitzvah, a good deed, to do so.

It’s also true that Shabbat has refreshed and renewed its meaning with each generation of Jewish families. And so I wonder:

Can our generation claim Shabbat as the healthiest day of our week?

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