I mean, technically it hasn’t snowed yet, but it’s supposed to start this afternoon and most organized institutions, my university included, have taken precautions and cancelled work for today. Hooray!
This is the third year in a row it will snow in my beautiful city of Jerusalem, and to be completely honest: I kind of wish this time it will come and go quickly.
Even though it’s been happening for the last three years, snow is still considered a relatively rare feat in Jerusalem, which may explain why logistically speaking it takes about two inches of snow to paralyze the city. Israel is a tropical country known for its hot and humid weather, so the infrastructure isn’t really made to deal with constant snow storms.
Last year there were major power outages and people just abandoned their cars in the middle of the streets… Which did not make clean-up easy for the city either.
I think having a 4 month old baby in the house makes me really not look forward to another power outage this year. But in case that does happen again, here are five recipes to keep us warm that don’t require electricity at all.
[You may want to look them over before the power goes out, or at least supercharge your laptop’s battery].
Happy snow day everyone!
5 Recipes You Can Make Using Only A Gas Stove Top:
1. Soup. This is a pretty obvious one for a snowstorm, and there are so many options to choose from! I absolutely love this roasted red bell pepper soup from the gals-cooking blog. Instead of oven-roasting the peppers, just smoke them over an open flame on the stove top. Make sure to cut all the pieces fairly small as you will not be able to blend it smooth later if you have no electricity. I also like to add a dash of balsamic vinegar to this soup, as it really compliments all the “red” flavors it’s got going on. [The site is in Hebrew, but Google translate is pretty useful (and entertaining)].
2. Gnocchi. A fancy food that requires no oven! I think it would be super romantic to make this with Mr. Graceful while there’s a blizzard outside. As long as the baby sleeps. Yuval’s recipe suggests baking the potatoes in salt to improve their texture, but seeing as we’re prepping for a snowstorm I think boiling would work as well. [Use Google translate here as well].
3. Banana Pancakes. This is actually one of my recipes! Completely vegan and 100% delicious. Just make the fruit sauce that goes with it in a small pot instead of in the oven.
4. Chickpea pancake. Made in a skillet. As Angela says, the flavor can be an acquired taste for some but she gives amazing tips on how to make it the best it can be.
5. Tofu fingers. Alma makes these baked and they actually turn out pretty good that way, but they can certainly be fried as well. To make the coating stick, make a thick mixture of cornstarch and water, and dunk the tofu pieces in it before coating.