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Bay leaves, known also as laurel, are what Ancient Emperors and Poet Laureates wore as crowns. (Sometimes they were gilden in gold, as in the case of the emperors, but the leaves you see adorning the heads of regal ancient statues are not from the olive tree; they are laurel. The laurel leaves were a symbol of wisdom in the ancient world, as myth has it Daphne transformed herself into a laurel bush in order to stay off the advances of Apollo who desired her. A couple leaves in a soup or stew would also be a wise choice. Bay leaves:
Elana, thank you again for a wonderful day – I enjoyed it so much and I am still talking about it! Hope to see you again.
I made your banana recipe for dessert today. So simple to make and yet, so good. Thank you! Keep up the good work.
My kids were freaking out when I made the veggies with cheese sauce. Violet said, ‘It’s not just good, it’s so yummy! Will you make this every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner?!’
I roasted a chicken and my husband ate it to the carcass! Thank you Meal and a Spiel!
My family LOVED the beef chuck with olive oil and mashed potatoes!!! Thank you!
I made the lamb on Saturday and my husband was literally blown away. I’m making the chicken tonight!!
I made the beef last night – I cannot tell you how great it came out! My husband couldn’t believe it wasn’t brisket. I cooked it for 4.5 hours instead of the three. You could’ve cut it with a spoon!
I must tell you how much I loved the slow foods cooking class. That same weekend, I prepared both the short ribs and the chicken… BOTH turned out delicious! Thank you very much. I’m looking forward to my next class!
Only you can inspire me to go to Whole Foods at 5:30pm on a Friday and buy all the ingredients to make your Chanukah dinner. Love you. Happy Chanukah, Mammala.
You are such a wonderful role model for women and men both young and old(er). So many people say there isn’t time to cook in their busy lives but you make cooking easy, simple and healthy and not a time-consuming problem.I am thinking of you on this Thanksgiving day, as I begin the process of cooking a simple, delicious Elana-inspired meal.