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    So, that pretty much sums up what happened to me when I went to type this up last night. This week has been so hard and so long. If someone told me today was Friday I would completely believe them because it has also been never ending. I don’t want to complain to all of you because this is really supposed to be about the food, but I’m going to anyway, so if you don’t want to hear about my sucky week, scroll down to the bottom of this post and just skip right to the recipe!

    ’m gonna start my rant by painting you a picture of what I look like right now. I’m sitting at my computer, Muddy Waters blasting in the background, because only hardcore blues will do right now, half dressed. I have my slippers on, which yes, stayed on through my gan drop offs because I forgot to change to real shoes, I am wearing an actual sweater and skirt, however, on my head I have a giant oversized pink knit hat, that doesn’t really work with my outfit.

    All of this pales in comparison though to the state of my eyes. There is a dark shade of purple on the bottom that I could not be bothered to cover up because I dislike make up even on a good day. I am certainly not going to take the time to deal with it on a bad day. Also, if I covered up the purple it may make the giant bags they rest upon all the more noticeable.

    Anyway, now that you know how crappy incredible I look, let me tell you why.

    The week started off with my oldest son waking up and complaining that his bones hurt and he had a head ache while coughing a loud, barking cough. Off to the doctor we went, who told us….FLU. “Your son has the flu, no school for a week” he said. I mean, he may have actually said more than that but that’s all I heard. Because in the depths of my own thoughts that no one could hear all I could think was “Thank you G-d for giving my son the flu, on a week when my husband is away and I have a million things to do.”

    Clearly though, G-d did not approve of my lack of gratitude for really, all the amazing things I have and the fact that besides, a little flu my family is, thank G-d, healthy. SO, He decided to teach me a little lesson.

    Within minutes of returning from the doctor, my cleaning lady, who anyone that has a really good cleaning lady understands is so much more than that, informs me that she pulled a muscle in her neck and needs to leave in an hour to go to the doctor. Okay, I thought. I can manage this. I am really fond of her and am sad that she is in pain. It’s one afternoon, and shell come back tomorrow as good as new.


    Nope. She did not come back. The doctor told her the only way to get better is to rest. And, honestly, I am happy for her to take the time off and rest. She does so much for me, the least I can do is be gracious and understanding if she doesn’t feel good. I’ll just call my babysitter to come help me with my five kids, around bath time.


    She too is unavailable. So, thats it. She was my last hope.

    And now I’m broken.

    I don’t sleep at night, because flu child is up all night coughing. During the day I’m busy with a million things I don’t really have time for, and any spare seconds I have I retreat into the kitchen to cook something because that’s my happy place. Then however, I’m left with all the clean up because, well….. this week. But as I write all this down the only thing I can think to do is laugh. Because if I don’t laugh, I will cry. And cry. And cry.

    I guess this is just life. Some weeks are harder, some go by faster, some are filled with happiness and accomplishment and others are more trying. At the end of the day, it’s all about how we deal with things that matter. And, we all know that the best way to deal with a murphy’s law kind of week is to fry some dough, stuff it with aioli, sautéed kale (because, health) and a fried sunny side up egg.

    Thank you all so much for letting me vent here. I really hope you are all having an easier week than me, and if not call me. You can pour yourself a glass of wine and listen to my blues music through the phone while we find something to laugh about!

    Just FYI, this recipe has a bunch of different components so I split up the recipe into 4 different parts so that yo can pick and choose which elements you want. Fell free to mix and match and use any of the components for other dishes you think they will go with! I did not give a recipe for a sunny side up egg, because I believe in you!

    Peas & Love,


  • Ingredients

    1. 2 heaping tsp instant yeast
    2. 1 heaping tbsp sugar
    3. 1&1/2 cups warm water
    4. 3 eggs
    5. 1/2-3/4 cup sugar (You can adjust the sugar depending on how sweet you want your dough to be and if you want a more savory sufganiya, you can leave this sugar out completely)
    6. 1/2 cup oil
    7. 1/4 cup milk
    8. 1/4 heavy cream
    9. 1 tsp vanilla
    10. 1/2 tsp salt
    11. 6-8 cups flour
    12. oil, for frying


    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the dough hook attachment, add yeast, sugar and water
    2. Let stand for 5 minutes
    3. In a large measuring cup, add oil, milk, cream, eggs, vanilla, salt and sugar (if using)
    4. Mix till all the ingredients are combined
    5. Add oil mixture to the yeast
    6. With mixer on low speed, gradually add in flour one cup at a time
    7. Keep adding until you’ve incorporated 6 cups into the dough
    8. Mix for 1 minute and then shut mixer off
    9. Feel dough, and if it is still sticky add in another cup
    10. Mix again for 2-3 minutes
    11. The dough should not be sticky but she be soft and light. Not dense and springy like challah dough
    12. Once it reaches that consistency, remove dough hook and cover with saran wrap and a towel
    13. Allow to rise for 1 & 1/2 hours
    14. After the dough has risen, remove to a floured surface and roll out to 1/2 inch thick
    15. Use a cookie cutter or cup (or just cut into squares, thats also cool!) to cut out shapes
    16. (You can re-roll the scraps)
    17. Allow doughnuts to rest for half an hour
    18. Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat filled with about 2 inches of oil
    19. Once oil is hot, fry doughnuts for 1-1.5 minutes on the first side and 30 seconds on the second side
    20. Remove from oil and cool on cooling rack
    21. At this point you can stuff, fill, or decorate as you’d like!

    To make parve

    1. substitute milk and cream for 1/2 cup non dairy creamer


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