parsha foodporn: Lech Lecha

“And He [God] took him outside and said, ‘gaze, now, toward the Heavens and count the stars if you are able to count them!’ and He said to him, ‘so too will be your offspring!'”

This week’s Parsha recounts the famed scene between G-d and Abraham. G-d tells Abraham to leave his tent and stare at the stars. Biblical commentary Rashi explains that G-d did more than simply take him out of the tent, he took him out of the space of the world and raised him above the stars; Rashi emphasizes the fact that Abraham was above the stars and God told him to look down on them.

This passage is difficult to understand: Was Abraham literally taken up into the sky? Standing above something demonstrates superiority over that thing, thus God was symbolically telling Abraham that he and all his descendants are above the stars, limitless in their actions and unbound by environment.

This week, may we recognize the great strength within ourselves and understand that like our forefather Abraham, we hold the power to transcend circumstance. Shabbat Shalom! @TheModernPalette



  • ½ Brown Sugar
  • 2 Star Fruits, washed and sliced
  • ½ cup Margarine (1 stick)
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 2/3 cup Flour
  • ½ cup Corn Meal
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Water


  • Cream margarine and sugar together.
  • Add eggs and egg yolks one at a time to margarine and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, corn meal, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Add this mixture to the wet mixture.
  • Combine and set aside.
  • Bring brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of water to a boil. Cook on high until sugar begins to caramelize. Careful not to burn.
  • Once the sugar is finished, pour caramel into a round cake pan. Carefully place sliced star fruit above the caramel.
  • Top with cake batter and smooth to cover your stars.
  • Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes, until you can take a toothpick and it comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool and pray that it flips! Once flipped, you’ll have a beautiful Star Fruit Cake that is ready to serve.

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