Posted on September 16, 2011. Filed under: Apples, Cakes, Desserts, Friendship, Honey, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Monroe High School, My Ramblings, Oranges, Paerve, Parve, Quote, Recipes, Rochester, Rosh Hashannah Recipes, Theatre | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


ROSH HASHANAH COUNTDOWN: DAY 13

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Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Today’s post is dedicated to my dear friend, Michael Arvé, a friend since high school days.
I had a great day yesterday thanks to my friend, Michael. We reconnected after 40 years thanks to the internet. We immediately decided to get together for “coffee,” really for lunch. We only let a week or so go by before we did, and today was the day. I worried about the meeting, knowing that I have greatly changed so I didn’t know if we would be able to reconnect. I wondered how we would cram 40 years into one “coffee” date. I wondered if I would talk too much or too little. I had a thousand questions I wanted to ask Michael.

The clock struck 12:30. I rushed down 22 steps to get to the front door. I ran out the door and into the car and raced to meet Michael at Jine’s Restaurant on Park Avenue. I hadn’t been there in years. I was seated immediately and looked around to see if I could find Michael, not knowing who would get to the restaurant first. A very understanding, very nice waitress came to take my drink order. I told her I wasn’t ready as I was meeting someone and I was wondering if he was already there. She said she’d look in another area of the restaurant. I told her it was a man named Michael. She came back with a smile and said, “You were right. The gentleman you are looking for is here. I’ll take you to him. We know Michael very well.” That didn’t surprise me in the least as Michael was always a friendly extrovert.

We hugged and started from where we had left off 40 years ago, yet beginning our relationship anew. I am very happy to report that it was wonderful being in Michael’s company once more. I’m also happy to report that he is doing what he always wanted to do. He has an active life in the theatre and is currently directing a show called Bronté, which is a one-woman show about the famous author, Charlotte Bronté . If you can go it’s being presented at MUCC (Multicultural Community Center) on September 15,16,17 @7:30 PM September 18 @2:00PM. MUCC is located at 142 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester, New York. Ticket are being sold for $20./$15. Meredith Powell of Irondequoit, New York, an award winning actor and director who has been working in Rochester theatre and film for over a decade, is starring as Charlotte Bronté. With Michael at the helm I am sure it will be a hit performance!

Bye the way, Michael has a book out about his thoughts. It is an excellent book called The Hiding Wall. Look for it or contact me if interested in purchasing it!

Today’s bit of sweetness is this honey cake recipe:

Oranges and Apples Together Make a Tasty Treat!

Orange-Apple Honey Cake, (P, Tnt)
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Source: Local newspaper
Yield: 1 10″-pan or 12-cup Bundt pan
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup strong tea (2 tea bags) or coffee (4 tsp. instant coffee to 1 cup boiling
Water)
3-1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg and/or 1/8 tsp. cloves and/or 1/4 tsp. allspice
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 16-ozs. jar liquid honey
1 orange, rind and all, remove seeds
1 apple, peeled and cored (grind orange and apple in blender or food processor Until fine)
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup almonds, toasted and slivered (optional)

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Add baking soda to tea or coffee solution. Let stand. Sift together all the dry ingredients, except sugar.

Beat eggs until light and lemon coloured. Add sugar gradually and beat until thick. Add oil, honey, tea or coffee. Mix on medium speed in electric mixer for 7 to 10 minutes.

Add ground orange and apple mixture. Fold in sifted dry ingredients.
Sprinkle in the raisins and nuts.

Pour into greased 10″ pan or 12-cup Bundt pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15
minutes or until done. Cool before removing from pan.

Sylvia’s Notes: Remember to lightly coat raisins in flour before adding to cake mixture to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan.

Posted by Sylvia Kirshner

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