A Little Serendipity, Shabbos Salad & Friday Flowers



1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

2.good fortune; luck:


I love this word!

I find it to be so true- some of the most amazing things I have discovered and have had the fortune to accomplish in my life, were solely by chance. But these serendipitous accidents don’t happen if you don’t take a little bit of a risk and chance!

Many times I have been asked, “what made you decide to do this? or How did you come up with that?” and I realize the answer is simple – Hashems help & a little Serendipity!

I apply this theory to everything that I do, whether it is creating new recipes, deciding to open a new café, trying this idea called kosherstreet, or any other idea that I think has merit…Never be afraid to TRY anything because you never know what you may discover  – but you will never know if you don’t make the effort first!
It is like the Lotto tag line – You have to BE IN IT TO WIN IT!

So even though really the new year has started for me back in September with Rosh Hashanah  – there is nothing wrong with taking advantage of  ushering this new Calendar year with a little resolution.

SO for me this 2012, I plan on creating a lot more Serendipitous moments!


Shabbos Leftover Salad

Serves 6-8


This salad really should be called the “whatever-I have-in –the fridge & pantry” Salad. My extremely frugal husband tends to come home with bulk items that he has found on sale. One day it was corn niblets in a can, I think it was buy 12 at the price of 6. He brought home 24 cans.

This salad came about when one shabbos lunch I had a lot of leftover chicken and rice from the Friday night meal and I really needed to use up the corn that was taking up space. It was a big hit and is now made every shabbos lunch with whatever leftover Friday night meat and rice or couscous that we had.

You will see that I did not add the meat to this recipe – Because that is really up to you and what you have left over from the night before!

Tip: Sometimes I add 1 tsp. wasabi paste to the dressing for a sharper flavor

For Salad:

2 romaine hearts, cut into bite size pieces

1 package alfalfa sprouts or bean sprouts

1 seedless cucumber, cut into rounds or chunks

1 12oz can corn niblets

1 cup shredded carrots

2 ripe avocados, diced

2 cups cooked brown rice

¼ cup dried sesame or pumpkin seeds

For Dressing:

½ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup teriyaki sauce

2 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tsp. garlic powder

¼ tsp. ginger powder

In a large salad bowl add all your vegetable ingredients including the rice and the pumpkin seeds. Mix well. In a small bowl add all your dressing ingredients. Blend well with a fork until mixture is a light brown and creamy smooth. Add dressing to salad and serve.

Friday Flowers


A Simple Vase with gorgeous tulips is all that I need to brighten up the Table.

2012 this year I hope will be one that is SIMPLE & Beautiful!

See you all in 2012!

Wishing you all a really wonderful Shabbos!


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About the Author

For the last 8 years Sarah Lasry has been the heart and soul of the successful and celebrated Tastebuds Gourmet Café & Flower Shop in Howell, NJ. Sarah opened and ran Tastebuds to much critical appraise for her unique approach to delicious, kosher gourmet cooking as well as her legendary parties, original style and artistic culinary flair. In 2006 Sarah wrote the acclaimed bestselling cookbook “THE DAIRY GOURMET” which revealed all the secret recipes of Tastebuds Café. With much anticipation from her many fans and fellow foodies, Sarah’s brand new cookbook “THE AT HOME GOURMET” just hit the stores with high praise and reviews. Sarah currently resides in Lakewood, NJ where she has recently left the restaurant business to concentrate on her passion for writing cookbooks and is hard at work as the Food and Home contributing editor for Binah Magazine and www. Kosherstreet.com.

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  1. Leora says:

    Good Shabbos and Happy New Year! I also love tulips :)

    • admin says:

      thanks Leora – one of my favorite flowers – always simple and gorgeous in a vase! Have a great Shaboos and New year as well!

    • Hagji says:

      That is so beautiful. My huasnbd’s office would loathe it though, they hate all fruits, nuts, and veggies. It basically has to be white bread, a chicken finger, or vanilla, they are the most boring group ever. But our family would go crazy over it, I can’t decide which would be better, the chunks or grated. I’ve made apple bread both ways, but never cake, and loved them both equally.

  2. Elana says:

    The salad looks delicious have a Great shabbos

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