Aley chubeza #75, July 11th-13th 2011

More good news! This week we are happy to welcome another fine product and its producer to our growing roster of associates: stone-ground tehina, made lovingly by Amit of “Kasumsum.” Like our other products, this tehina is 100% natural. No oil, no heating, no additives, no bells or whistles. It is made only from the laudable organic sesame seeds themselves.

In Amit Cohen’s words: “From age 15, I have been grinding tehina at home with a hand blender. I was always curious as to how tehina was once ground, and started researching the topic in 2005. In 2008, I began making tehina using a millstone in cold press. The process of preparing tehina dates back to our forefathers. I do it today as they once did, simply.”

For more information see the Kasumsum flyer in your boxes this week and next. Prices: 25 shekels for half a kilo, 40 shekels per kilo. You can order via the order form, email or phone. _________________________________________________ It’s Soooooooooo Hot!

A Recipe for Extreme Fatigue: One awfully hot day Combine with a very early morning rise, plus work in the field and at the computer Gently add children on summer vacation (slowly, it may ferment) Sprinkle a late-night feeding for a ten-months-old The resulting dough is yummy and sticky at once, heartwarming though exhausting. Bake it all day long in a very hot oven. Bon appétit!

So it’s close to midnight on Sunday, and still no newsletter. This week will be remembered as the one that brought us the heat of Summer 2011. The extreme heat begins in the wee hours of the morn, with fatigue rising high along with the mercury’s climb.

So no newsletter this week, just a something cute to go with your boxes. We’ve been meaning to tell you for awhile why your potatoes sometimes look a little funny or creative. This happens to them when they get hot (and potatoes, which originated in the Peruvian Andes, are frost lovers. Even the moderate June heat was already too much for them.) When they get all warm in their little mound, they start becoming bumpy and changing their shapes. Sometimes Mr. Potato Head can look like an alien:

But he can also be pretty cute:

Even heartwarming…

May we all have a nice summery week, with some relief from the heat, Alon, Bat Ami and the Chubeza team, getting used to summer

________________________________________ What’s in our Festive Summer Boxes?

Monday: parsley or nana (mint), eggplant, potatoes, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, cucumbers or fakus, melon, cherry tomatoes, small boxes: lettuce, corn or watermelon, small boxes only: zucchini In the large box, in addition: watermelon, Thai beans, green peppers, corn, Mosque de Provence pumpkin

Wednesday: lettuce, okra or yard long beans, cucumbers or fakus, savory or thyme, tomatoes, spaghetti squash or kara pumpkin, cherry tomatoes, pumpkin, watermelon or melon, corn, potatoes In the large box, in addition: eggplants or zucchini, scallions, beets

And there’s more! You can add to your basket a wide, delectable range of additional products from fine small producers of these organic products: granola and cookies, flour, sprouts, goat dairies, fruits, honey, crackers, probiotic foods and sesame butter too! You can learn more about each producer on the Chubeza website. The attached order form includes a detailed listing of the products and their cost. Fill it out, and send it back to us soon. ________________________________________________

Summer Recipes

Ice Verbena (“Louisa”) Tea from Melissa Ingredients: Boiling water Bunch of verbena Sweetener of your choice–sugar, honey, date syrup (“silan”), etc.

Preparation: Rinse the tea leaves and brew in boiled water for around 20 minutes. Squeeze out tea leaves, remove, and strain. Add sweetener and mix till dissolved. Add cold water and cool before serving. May add mixed spices, fruit concentrate, lemon juice, or any other flavoring desired.

Vichyssoise soup – potato-leek cold soup

Raw zucchini salad

Raw zucchini and pumpkin salad