Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Deb of Fabulous After 40 is hosting Fashion Flash.  This week, our elite bloggers have choosen to ignore the  arrival of another Arctic Vortex and focus instead on great  health, fashion and beauty tips:

* Fab Over Forty  reviews her favorite  hydrating eye creams

* Prime Beauty  explores  the new line of  cosmetics from internet  make-up sensation Michelle Phan

* Menopause Makeover  looks at the truth about wheat belly

* Black Cat Plus  offers  a list of year round  fashion classics that we should have in our closets

* Moving Free with Mirabai   demonstrates exercises to relieve back  pain

* Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Gufferman demonstrates how to exercise without hurting your knees

* And at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog, I compare Botox and Microdermabrsion.  Which one do you think I  recommend?

Fashion Flash  Book Review:  Jerusalem by Ottolenghi and Tamimino-nonsense Fashion Book Review

Food critics have been buzzing about this book  for the past two years.  I tend to view trendy food favorites dubiously.  I’ve spent time and money on recipes from popular chefs, only to have them turn out to be expensive disasters.   I approached  foodies current rock star Ottolenghi cautiously– but after readiing through the passionate text and drooling over the photographs, I was ready to give it a try.  After  testing just three  recipes- spinach  salad with dates and toasted almonds, roast eggplant with yogurt sauce  and leek and bread fritters I am now a card carrying member of the Ottoenghi fan club.

Ottolenghi  is Jewish and his partner Sami Tamimi is Muslim.  Their friendship  and  vision  is inspiring, not just for their approach to food, but for their  approach to peace in the middle east.   Both men were born and raised in Jerusalem.  They have combined elements of both Israeli and Arab cuisine to produce a richly flavored menu that is primarily vegetarian.  Its  about  as far from a  Kale Smoothie  as you can get and is  equally healthy.  These fragrant and filling meals are such a wecome relief from so  called health food that leaves you hungry both physically and spiritually.

For non vegetarians there are also mouth watering recipes for  dishes like  lamb  Shawama, Italian/ jewish meatballs  and a  Libeyan salmon in sweet and spicy sauce I have made it three times in three weeks. Seriously, its that good.

The book is beautiful and moving as it details life in modern Jerusalem.  Even if you tend to go online to download recipes, this  book is worth a spot in your home.


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