I’ve noticed the majority of my blogs have been on pretty heady stuff so I’m going to mix it up. Being in Jerusalem has confused me more than anything. But if there’s one thing that has solidified in my mind is that Room 221 is going to publish a cook book. Not just your ordinary cook book, however. This will be a cook book of dishes that are creatively made in the microwave and on the stovetop. No oven necessary. This is a great marketing point for anyone in the Middle East during the hot summer. Maybe the Hebrew University did know what they were doing when they left out ovens from the dorms design. My roommates and I have perfected the art of making pasta and cous cous. Every sauce you can imagine we’ve tried. It doesn’t end there though! Just like the courses progress in complexity at a restaurant, so will our cookbook. The middle section will consist of our bolder dishes such as salmon with brown sugar and dijion mustard glaze (credits to Chef Sarah). This section will also display our ability to pair cheese and bread with wines, which were masterfully hunted down at the shuk by Eliana. The grand finale will be the great unknown. With over a month left I’m sure there are some delicious recipes we will conquer. Maybe we will learn how to make deserts and baked goods in the microwave next. Or if it gets hot enough we can stick ‘em outside and watch them cook.