Monthly Archives: December 2011

Aniseed Braid

This beautiful braided aniseed bread was baked a day before Christmas, and every single crumb vanished the next day!  The recipe is courtesy of a fabulous book Warm Bread and Honey Cake – Home Baking From Around The World by Gaitri-Pagrach Chandra, a food historian who is a Guyanese Hindu of Indian ancestry, educated in North America and Europe and married into a European Jewish family.  A great book for home bakers looking for something different or seeking authentic recipes from other countries, with stories from the author’s life and a little bit of history of the bread/cake. I baked a couple of other breads and cakes, and hopefully will post them some time soon.

I followed the recipe and was rewarded with an impressive braid, fit for any party or for simple snacking. I was so tempted to pinch off a bit to taste it but didn’t want to spoil the braid, and this was a test of my will power! 

My aniseed braid waiting for the yeast to do its drama……

The recipe can be accessed here.  Here is a close-up of the braid.

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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Baking, General, Recipes


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More New York City Sights……

Here are some more sights of New York City, the gorgeous Grand Central Terminal in all its splendor…..

Busy Grand Central Terminal

 A Christmas wreath you probably will see only in NYC…..

Wreath with a difference – only in NYC!

Posted by on December 26, 2011 in General


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Sights of New York City …….


Last week I decided to stroll the streets of New York City and mingle with the holiday crowds, taking in all the City has to offer – the sights, people, shopping, and glorious food carts lining many New York streets.  Also stopped in at the Grand Central Terminal and the New York Transit Museum.  Here are a few of the pictures….there are too many to post, but some of these are my favorites.  Eli’s Bread is for fans of baked goods – loaves of all sizes and shapes vying for counter and shelf space.  The Transit Museum is a must-see for families with children – the trains keep whizzing by and kids can spend hours in the museum.  Later stopped by the Bryant Park Christmas shops and picked up some cute gifts for kids.

Brioche Menorah from Eli's Bread at Grand Central Terminal


Close-up of the Menorah Bread


At the Transit Museum in Grand Central TerminalTransit Museum - 2

Transit Museum - 3

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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in General


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Post-Christmas Fresh fruit juice

A refreshing glass of fresh fruit juice after all the mindless eating yesterday seemed perfect to begin the day.

    This glass of juice was not only healthy and delicious but absolutely beautiful….a combination of stunning colors from a couple of apples and carrots, 3 celery sticks, 1 cup of fresh cranberries, a piece of fresh ginger….into my juicer, a few seconds later, there you have it.  How can you not want to drink this beautiful concoction – healthy, good for you, and so easy to whip up in seconds.

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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in General, Recipes


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My Best Christmas Find

My Best Christmas Find

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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in General


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