Mahjong Games – SOOC

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After years of reading about Rochelle Krich‘s character Molly Blume playing mahjong with her sisters, I was glad I could learn how to play when I visited my family in Hong Kong last month. Mahjong is a popular game there and there are stores which specialize in mahjong sets. You choose the color of the tiles and their size and the shop assistant assembles a set for you.

For more shots Straight Out of the Camera:

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Weekly Review with Water Lillies

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On My Blog

Photo Memes:
Street Florist in HK for SOOC
Street Lock Smith for Ruby Tuesday
Sepia Scene – Mrs Lee Kee? for Sepia Scenes

Kosher fo Passover – Vegetable Dishes

Last Year’s Pesach Posts

Poor Teacher: Surviving Panic

Elsewhere in the JBlogosphere

As always Mimi from Israeli Kitchen has some great Pesach recipes: Passover Cooking: Salmon with Orange Glaze and Cheese-Stuffed Tomatoes

The Chumus of Pesach, a post by Mrs.S. along with a recipe for Ashkenazi Charoset

Jew Wishes reviews Wiliam & Rosalie

Raizy is now on FB

Rav Aviner offers last tips for those behind in their Pesach cleaning

Leora has posted a fine review of her most recent posts, links to other blogs and great photos

Sorry for the salmon and fennel recipe I had announced a few days ago but I haven’t managed to get the recipe yet. Sunday maybe.

Shabbat Shalom!

Poor Teacher: Surviving Panic

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A number of parents I know, including colleagues, freak out when their children get a “bad” teacher. As a teacher myself, I’d like to reassure such parents and offer a few tips.

– First try to stand back and get a bigger picture. You’ve had bad teachers yourself and you are not a failure. Most kids can get over one year of poor teaching and still do well. Especially with a little help from parents and/or grandparents.

– Don’t try and be your child’s teacher. You are a parent, not his teacher. If you attempt to replace the teacher you’ll probably lose a lot of energy for very little result. Your kid goes to school every day and even if he doesn’t learn as much as he should he still learns something. Like his peers, your child needs to rest and relax after a full school day. However there are lots of things you can do to develop your kid’s potential.

– Books: read to your child, go to the library with her and encourage her to choose both books you can read and books your child can read herself.

– Art: give your child paint, papers, scissors, glue, play-doh and encourage your child to develop his artistic skills, even if you don’t feel artistic yourself. Similarly don’t hesitate to show your child how your camera works from time to time and let him take a few shots.

– Go to the zoo, the museum, an exhibition and use these visits as opportunities to teach your kid a few facts about science, history or art.

– Take your kid to the movie, to the theatre and sometimes sit with her while she watches TV. Talk before and after the show. Encourage her to express her opinions about what she has seen and help her formulate her thoughts beyond “I loved it” or “I didn’t like it”.

– Cook with your child. Cooking is a great way to juggle with figures, measures, temperatures and volumes.

– Look at family albums and talk about your childhood, your parents and ancestors. Name the places and times where you or they lived. Don’t hesitate to use a map or an atlas. Point out to objects that are no longer in use. Tell them who was president or king/queen at the time you mention.

– Use your imagination and welcome unexpected opportunities: a guest from abroad, a religious or secular holiday, anything that can involve your child in talks and preparations.

Kosher fo Passover – Vegetable Dishes

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Kitniyot-Free Dishes:

Shakshouka

Marinated Roasted Peppers

Easy Potato Kumara Mash

Eggplant Caponata

Eggplant Caviar

Israeli Potato Salad

Grilled Zucchini

Variations on a Zucchini Salad

Dishes with Kitniyot:

Eggplant Dishes

Eggplant with Beans and Mushrooms

Eggplant with Coriander

Stuffed Red Peppers

Carrot Cumin Salad

Mushrooms with Cumin

Potato and Zucchini Curry

Vegetarian Biryani

Autumn Stir-Fry

Red Lentil Dahl

Lentil Stew

Weekly Review with Butterfly

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On My Blog

Photo Memes:
Shrine in Stall for SOOC
Red Buses – HK for Ruby Tuesday

Sunday Musings

Busy, Busy, Busy

Kosher for Pesach Quick and Light Dishes

Elsewhere in the JBlogosphere

I strongly recommend: On Margarine, Macrobiotics and More: Interview with Leora

Jew Wishes reviews Maimonides, Spinoza and Us

Phyllis hosts the latest edition of KCC (the Kosher Cooking Carnival)

Mrs.S. shares recipes and links for Pesach, so does Leora

Shabbat Shalom!