Every year we gather with friends to celebrate Tu B’Shvat (15th of the month of Shvat). Tu B’Shvat is the Jewish new year for trees. You’ll see a lot of children all over Israel planting trees. It’s nice seeing the kids connected to the land.

A lot of people have a Seder Tu B’Shvat. People eat a lot of dried fruit. I’m not all that into dried fruit. I like cake. This year, instead of making something with dried fruit, I decided to use live fruit. I guess they were live until I cut them up and cooked them. That doesn’t sound very vegan, I know. Anyway, here’s my Tu B’Shvat apple cake recipe.

My garden is pretty full, so I won’t be doing any planting this year. My brother-in-law says that he goes and hugs a tree. If you knew my brother-in-law, you might realize what a funny image that would make. This year I made cake. Maybe I’ll go out and give my sad looking olive tree some extra love. It didn’t fare too well after the big snow storm we had a few weeks ago, but we still love him.

Have a happy Tu B’Shvat!

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