Friday, June 14, 2013

Brunch: or how Scrambled eggs are just failed Omelettes

Fridays are like Saturdays in Israel. This is the case because for Judaism, the main religion in Israel, the time to rest is from sunset on Fridays to sunset on Saturdays. This has a lot of implications for general life.

1. Work goes from Sunday to Thursday, usually. People rarely go to their offices/labs a Friday morning.
2. Most stores will be closed during the Sabbath: supermarkets, grocery stores, restaurants, cafes and so on. This is in accordance to Jewish law and observance of the Sabbath.
3. The same applies for public transportation: after 3-4 pm, there are no buses, trains or cabs (maybe some cabs) until Saturday night. So, if you don't have a car, you're stuck wherever you are a Friday afternoon.

This last reason is why I am going to Tel Aviv now to meet some friends and crash in their apartment.

But this will be explained on a later post. This morning I met with Perla and Meena, two other MIT students at Weizmann, and we went shopping for food supplies. We were on a quest to get the ingredients to make pancakes. I know, it's so American and cliched, but people rarely do pancakes from scratch these days. We saw pancake mix at the store, but I insisted on making them from scratch.

So we got sugar, flour, baking powder, chocolate chips (!!), and some other stuff. The recipe for the pancakes is right here. We got back to the tiny kitchen in my suite and split in two teams: Meena and Perla would make the pancake mix and I was going to make scrambled eggs (originally supposed to be an omellete, but our stove is so bad). Here's some pictures of the food. The scrambled eggs have olives, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and salt. First you chop them up, heat up a pan and add oil, and fry all the veggies. Then you add some eggs and stir the pan until the eggs look cooked.

We were also trying to make fun things with the chocolate chips on the pancakes.

That's Meena and her mini happy face pancake. 

I guess this picture isn't really good, but if you squint a little bit, it should say MIT. Tilt your head 90 degrees to the left and try to read it.

We also had cereal, yogurt, coffee, milk and fruit making it overall a very satisfying Friday brunch. We were all very full after the meal. It took us about an hour to make all these things, mainly because the stove in our kitchen is really bad. 

So I'm out for the weekend. Until the next post!

EDIT: By the way, Meena has an actual cooking blog (unlike mine-ish). She has some very legit recipes and pictures here. You should totally check it out! 

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