Posting this for that nice Tara Dairman, who asked for the recipe :-)
1-1/4 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tsp baking powder
5-1/2 cups flour
Mix all liquids. Sift dry ingredients and add to liquid. Roll out on floured board to 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough into circles and fill with [whatever you want].
Crimp or fold edges to sort of form a triangle
Bake at 350 F (about 175 C) for 20 minutes.
For the cranberry filling, I use the Frugal Gourmet’s Spiced Cranberries recipe from The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American. I’ve seen the recipe on the interwebs, but I don’t know if it was used with permission, so please Google it yourself. If you don’t like that one, any thick, whole-cranberry recipe will do, though canned sauce is probably too thin and runny (I haven’t tried it).
BTW, the mango-filled version of this recipe is included in the paperback edition of My Basmati Bat Mitzvah. The original recipe, calling for apricot, prune, or chocolate filling, is my mom’s.
Tip: don’t overfill. A little filling goes a long way.
Here’s some nice news! Just learned that My Basmati Bat Mitzvah is on the ballot for the 21st Annual Garden State Teen Book Award (GSTBA). New Jersey students in grades 6 through 12 are eligible to vote until December 31, 2015. I mean, you certainly don’t have to vote for Basmati–but you should vote! For whichever book is your favorite! And if that happens to be Basmati, well–cool, thanks! :-)
For more information, online voting, or a downloadable ballot, visit:
I stumbled across this fabulous book trailer for My Basmati Bat Mitzvah and I had to share. :-)
It’s from the Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library, and I found it here.
Here’s me playing charades at the Kids Author Carnival last weekend. As you can see, I am very, very serious. Think you can guess which book title I’m acting out? Turn down the volume and guess! :-)
Veera Hiranandani and me at #KAC15
In other exciting news, I got to meet someone I’ve wanted to meet in person for a really long time — Veera Hiranandani, author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl and the great Phoebe G. Green series.
This fame thing is going to my head! Today I’m one of the featured authors on the Kids Author Carnival Tumblr. I can’t wait for #KAC15 on May 30. Good times ahead.
Come to the Kids Author Carnival at the Jefferson Market Library on May 30. Read. Connect. Party. Free for everyone! Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The Jefferson Market Library is located at 425 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011
Today’s the day! My Basmati Bat Mitzvah is now available in paperback in the U.S. and Canada (UK friends can get theirs on 4 May). As promised, the paperback includes Jewish/Indian recipes as a bonus feature. Do let me know if you try them! xx
I’m soooo excited to participate in this year’s Kids Author Carnival on May 30 at the Jefferson Market Library in NYC. I mean, just look at this line-up of middle grade authors. Last year’s event looked like so much fun. I wonder how we’re going to top it! Mark your calendars for a fun night!
Kids Author Carnival
May 30, 2015, 6-8 p.m.
Jefferson Market Library
425 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY, 10011