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Pesach Sameach!

I don’t speak Hebrew, but ‘Happy Passover’ simply hasn’t the same ring to it.  We are commanded this week of Feast of Unleavened Bread to eliminate leaven (not necessarily yeast) from our lives.   I’m not a fan of Matzoh or other flat wheat breads, so here’s what i’ve made.  For those of you who are experts on this, PLEASE let me know if this does not meet biblical standards of unleavened bread.

Focaccia Bread

1 cup almonds (ground)

1 cup shredded mozzarella (or whatever cheese you prefer, i used provolone this time)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds (ground)

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (ground)

1/2 cup sesame seeds (ground)

1/4 cup flax seeds (ground)

1/4 cup coconut flour

2 tablespoons onion flakes (ground)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon dried oregano flakes

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup black olives (finely chopped)

2 large eggs

1/4 cup olive oil

Using my Magic Bullet, i ground all the seeds and nuts separately for best results into a coarse grind, feel free to grind them finely, it’s up to you.  Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl with a fork, holding out about 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.

Press mixture onto a buttered 9 x 15 stone pan (use whatever you have), then bake in a 375ºF oven for 12 minutes. 17757155_10208645975569212_7534789530260493445_n.jpg

Take out of the oven and cut into squares (i use a pizza cutter), brush with remaining olive oil, and sprinkle with salt flakes (optional, but not too much).  Bake for another 8 minutes.  Take out of the oven immediately and let cool a bit before trying to remove the squares.  Use a spatula to remove them.

Focaccia Bread

Absolutely delicious in my opinion!

Praise Yah!

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Keeping Yah’s Feasts (and other Mo’edim) is not just a Jewish celebration; it is for ALL His set apart people!  What an honour we are given to give glory to Him in His way.

Barcelona

A quick 1 1/2 hour flight via TAP airlines from Lisbon to Barcelona, then 45 minute Metro ride (2 changes) to Jaume I station, then about 10 minute walk to our AirBNB place near Carrer del Cecs de Sant Cugat .  The apartment is small, but two bedrooms.  We are certainly part of the community yet near many attractions.  With the window open, one can hear all the sounds of people getting ready in the mornings and sharing their evenings together.  A little too close for me – any moment, one expects to hear ‘garde à l’eau!’  Thankfully, that practice has long been outlawed.  Yet, there is an abundance of urine and poo from dogs in the city.

Nevertheless, Barcelona is a lovely city, with a plethora of attractions. The city purchased the limelight with the 1888 World Expo and then more recently, the 1992 Olympics.  Tourism exploded from 1 million to 10 milion in the ensuring 25 years!  Wow!  that’s really tough on infrastructure and for the people who live here to maintain their lovely and peaceful way of life.  We all must be careful about financial success based on tourism.  Suddenly, the very aspect of quaintness and relaxed lifestyle that drew in tourism is destroyed.

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Arc de Triomf – gateway to the 1888 World Fair – Barcelona
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Inside Sagrada Familia – Construction began in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026
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Typical neighbourhood street of Barcelona
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Nativity facade of La Sagrada Familia
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Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi  (Basilica Saint Mary of the Pine)
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Cloister at Barcelona Cathedral

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Stunning stained glass from the fourteenth century at Royal Monastery of Pedralbes

 

Rodeo Way.

I never thought about this, but it’s true!!!

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Stands filling up, quickly. The ‘pump up’ music playing. A bronc starts dancing in the chute. Fresh arena dirt and fresh livestock. 

The excitement is felt, seen and heard. An electricity that is circulating throughout the stock, contestants, and spectators. And then, the announcer begins to speak…

He doesn’t begin by giving the statistics of the riders, or rant about the stock contractors, no. The announcer begins with “This is the home of the free and the land of the brave and because of that we want to honor those who give up their freedom so we can enjoy ours. Every Marine, Sailor, Airman, First responder, please stand up.” Some slower than others, stand. Stand in remembrance of their fellow men and women, stand in remembrance of the commitment they made to this country. Stand to be honored. And as each one stands up, the electricity of the building, changes, ever so slightly, as…

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Lisbon, (Lisboa) Portugal

For Americans, Vasco de Gama (1460-1524), Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521), and perhaps to a lesser extint, Bartolomeu Dias  (1451-1500), all come to mind as famous Portuguese exploeres, all sailing the world during the Portuguese Golden Age of Exploration.  (Although Christopher Columbus married a Portuguese lady and had a son with her, and even lived and traveled out of Lisbon for a while, he was Italian.)  And indeed these men accomplished a great deal for the world and their country!

However, what struck me as a defining point of history was far more recent; the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755.  This natural disaster occurred on 1 November, so you can imagine all the religious leaders and believers thinking indeed it was the end of the world.  Although, as massive as the quake was, anyone caught up in it would believe that.

With a population of about 200,000, estimates of death loss in Lisboa alone are up to 100,000.  However, this seems to be a lot of debate.  Who was killed by the earthquake?  or the fires that consumed a good portion of the city? or was it those who rushed to areas near the water and were swept away by tsunami 40 minutes later?  Whatever the numbers, the loss of life and destruction of almost the entire city is one of the greatest natural disasters in recorded history (barring Noah’s flood, of course).

The effects of this earthquake were felt in Scandinavia and maybe in Iceland.  Recently (2015), documentation was found that indicates high waves were experienced as far away as Brazil!  The time after the Great Earthquake was the birth of modern seismology.

We think that disasters are worse now, but i suspect that may not be the case, however, they do occur and are ‘rumoured’ (reported) more frequently and immediately due to modern communications.  And these will continue until the end.

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Old fashioned trolley followed closely behind by a modern one.  These are essential to moving the 2.8 million people of the metropoliton Lisbon plus the 7 million tourists visiting the area each year!
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Tiles abound in Lisbon, both inside and outside buildings.  These particular tiles are found on walls of the Jeronimos Monastery in Belem.

 

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Jeronimos Monastery – With Papal permission in 1496, building began in 1501 and completed in 1601.
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Carmo Convent – The Convent of our Lady of Mount Carmel – founded in 1389 and completed in 1423 and was used as a convent until the 1755 Great Lisbon earthquake destroyed most of the building including the library and some 5000 volumes.  There were some repairs and used for various groups, but after another earthquake in 1969 damaged it again, it was given as a museum.
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Interesting artwork at Lisbon on the Rio Tejo
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Monument to Discoveries – Belem, Lisbon, Portugal.  Built as a permanent structure in 1960 honoring a glorious past of Portugal’s overseas expansion and discovery.  In the background, the 25 de Abril Bridge, a suspension bridge connecting Lisbon with Almada and inaugurated in 1966.  Due to its coloring and style, it reminds one of the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco.
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Pena Palace

 

 

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Igreja de Sao Domingos – dedicated in 1241 and the site of the execution of Jesuit missionary in 1761 for treason.  Damaged in the 1531 earthquake and then nearly destroyed in the 1755 Great Earthquake, and barely survived a fire in 1959.  Restoration efforts still show significant fire damage.
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‘Road’ in the Al Fama  district of Lisbon.

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Commerce Square – Praca do Comercio – Lisbon
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Quinta de Regaleira of Sintra – Lisbon – house and eclectic and quirky park.

Salamanca, Spain – the city

Old, historical cities have such a charm that one doesn’t mind the throngs of people.  Salamanca does not disappoint.  Perhaps because everyone is relaxed, strolling, and being at peace amongst the the storied ancient catedrals and universities.  Shops and restaurants line the stone streets with restaurants spilling into the center of the streets from noon on to accommodate lunch hour and the late lunch crowd from 2-4, typical of the Spanish culture.

This beautiful city is where son, Nathan, lives for the 2017 spring semester and attending the Universidad de Salamanca as the study abroad requirement for his International Business degree from Northwest Missouri State University.

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My three children at Plaza Mayor, Salamanca, Spain
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 (New) Catedral Nueva de Salamanca – view from Plaza de Anaya – styled in late Gothic and Baroque, building began in 1513 and consecrated in 1733.  Commissioned by Ferdinand V of Castile and declared a national monument in 1887.
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Critical damage was done to the New Cathedral during the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake with visible evidences in much of the reinforced walls, walkways, and foundations.
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Cracks caused by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake are clearly visible throughout the Cathedral.
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Inside the New Cathedral of Salamanca
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The Old Cathedral of Salamanca – Catedral Vieja – building began in the first third of the 12th century and completed the end of the 14th century in Romanesque and Gothic styles.
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Bell tower
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Our goofy mugs overlooking Salamanca from the Old Cathedral.
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Famous facade of the entrance to Universidad de Salamanca.  Finding the frog is a favourite tourist pastime and of course is exploited by vendors and souvenir choices. 

University of Salamanca – short history via Wikipedia:  The University of Salamanca was founded in 1134 and in 1218 it was given the royal charter of foundation (“Estudio General”) by Alfonso IX of León. It was the first university to receive the title of “University” in 1254. Under the patronage of the learned Alfonso X, its wealth and reputation greatly increased (1252–1282), and its schools of canon law and civil law attracted students even from the Universities of Paris and Bologna.[when?] In the 16th century, the city’s fortunes depended on those of the University. About the time Christopher Columbus was lecturing there on his discoveries, Hernán Cortés took classes at Salamanca, but returned home in 1501 at age 17, without completing his course of study. (About ten years later the conquistadorFrancisco Vásquez de Coronado was born in Salamanca.)

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Courtyard of one of the minor schools at Universidad de Salamanca

We leave tomorrow for Lisbon – Nathan stays of course to finish his studies and continue the ministry with Globalscope Spain (En Vivo).

Cheers!

tauna

 

The Hummingbird Bakery

“If you buy your dairy at the supermarket, the butter aisle can seem a baffling place. However, the margarine-versus-butter debate is quite straightforward if you are a baker: no quality cake is ever made with anything less than honest, quality-made butter.”

A great meal starts with great ingredients.  And Hummingbird Bakery makes it clear they are committed to creating superb cakes, cheesecakes, whoopie pies, brownies, and cupcakes for a discerning audience. (though i doubt they can rival Kaitlynn Reichert’s cheesecakes in Brunswick, MO)

There are even cookbooks you can buy if you want try you hand at recreating their lovelies at home.  However, i have seen a few of them posted online by other people.  For example, the frosted brownie i enjoyed, here’s the recipe, but I’m not home to try it yet.

Three convenient locations, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall, and Citywalk Dubai as well as delivery and custom care.

Yum Yum

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Individual treats generally priced between 13 and 18 dirhams (AED) which translates to about $3.50 to $4.90. My frosted brownie was 15 dirhams.
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Scrumptious desserts delightfully packaged!

 

 

Sun, Sand Storm, Rain, Flood

So, is Dubai just like Missouri?!  We joke in Missouri that if you don’t like the weather, just hang around a few hours and it will change – and it’s true quite a lot.  One morning you’ll be running the furnace because the temps are in the teens (fahrenheit) and by afternoon, the air conditioner is coming on because it’s in the 80s!.

In Dubai this week two days ago was sunny, hot, and 98 degrees, next day was sand storm and 96 all day, and early this morning, i woke to the gentle ping of rain on the window.  Not much accumulated, but the streets are flooded!

Dubai’s annual rainfall is 3.71 inches per year, with March being the second highest rainfall month of a whopping .87 of an inch (March has the most days of rain at 5)  However, the past couple years, the annual has risen to nearly 5.91 inches a year.  Apparently, UAE is seeding the clouds to hopefully increase the rainfall.  Whether or not that is working or if this is just a natural increase we’ll never be know, though i suspect the cloud seeding enthusiasts will be claiming success!

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Bright sunshine, warm temperatures, water a bit nippy, but several in swimming!
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Of course today of the Sightseeing tour, it is a sand storm!  Eating sand and gritty eyes, but –bonus–no crowds!  A bit eery –no one in the restaurant we chose, all those vendors you see in the photo, but not a single shopper.  There were a few people enjoying the beach and water, however. This is at the famous Dubai Marina Walk.

 

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Only a few tenths causes flooding in Dubai!