My Pesach Chocolate Cake

cake.jpgswedish chekchouka suggested I add more Pesach recipes on my blog, so here is a quick and easy one for a chocolate cake.

Fondant au chocolat


200 gr of dark chocolate

1/2 glass of oil

4 eggs

1 glass of almond powder/ground almonds

1 glass of sugar (or a bit less if you don’t want the cake to be too sweet)

1 packet vanilla sugar

1 tbsp of matzo meal (optional)

Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Add the oil. Beat the eggs with both types of sugar and add to the chocolate mixture. Add the almond and the matzo meal. Cook for no more thant 15 minutes in a preheated oven (180°C or 350°F).

Nice on its own or with custard or vanilla icecream.

Deafening Silence


A silence or lack of response that reveals something significant, such as disapproval or a lack of enthusiasm.

A very apt definition to describe France’s lack of involvement in efforts to get Gilad Shalit released from Gaza. Like Ingrid Betancourt (who is both French and Columbian), Gilad holds dual citizenship (Israeli and French in his case).

This is something I had been meaning to post about from some time but since swedish chekchouka has just written about these two hostages, here is the link to her blog.

You can also sign an online petition asking that a portrait of Gilad be hung next to that of Ingrid Betancourt on the “Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville” in Paris.

For a very different and more encouraging account, read parts one and two of Treppenwitz‘s story about an African correspondent.