Samosa Stuffed Twice-Baked Potatoes

Don’t even ask.  One of my dear friends so kindly noticed and remarked the other day “Emily, you are falling apart, girl!”  What is up with my body, people? Truthfully, I spent a few days feeling discouraged and sorry for myself.  But that didn’t make anything better happen, so I decided to give it up.  If I’m going to keep being kicked back to Square One, then at least I can spiffy the place up while I’m here!

Back at Square One Gratitude List(Rainbow Writing Yay!)

1.  Gilad Shalit’s homecoming was the single best moment of my aliyah (immigration) to Israel.  The fact that I got to be here to witness that was worth all the other struggles.  It’s not just that he came back, but the way we as a country reacted.  I came here because I wanted to be part of something and on Tuesday I got to actually LIVE that expression “our hearts beat as one”.  It was electrifying!

2.  Now that I can barely run around the block, I can start re-training with my Vibrams.  Hello Silver Lining.

3.  The Jewish holidays are over.  I should be sad, but enough is enough!  I kissed my machzor (holiday prayerbook) when I put it back on the shelf and thought “see ya next year Avinu Malkeinu.”  Back to school and work on Sunday, yippee!

4.  The lovely day my husband and I spent with just our youngest son in Yafo (Jaffa) this week.  Little brothers shine like stars when not trying to compete with their Bigs.

5.  Picked up the latest Percy Jackson book.  In case you don’t know, Percy Jackson is Greek Mythology’s Harry Potter and we are crazy about him in this house!

6.  Since I decided to move in and explore this Square One place, I have already re-examined something I initially scorned and found it to be fascinatingly useful.  I have a feeling I will be writing more about that in the days to come.

7.  The cone will come off on Sunday.  I hope.

dog in elizabethan cone

8.  Daytime temps no longer go into the 90’s and one evening I actually wore a sweater! I am so grateful for this you can’t even imagine!

9.  It’s Pomegranate Season. oolala oo ooo


10.  Twice-Baked Potatoes that taste like samosas:

Samosa Stuffed Twice-Baked Potatoes

Samosa Stuffed Twice-Baked Potatoes

This recipe is from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I am re-printing my version of her recipe which appears many places online (including the preview in google book reader).


  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • extra oil for brushing or spraying potatoes


  1. Bake the potatoes until crispy on the outside and soft in the center. Set aside to cool.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the mustard and coriander seeds briefly to toast them
  3. Add the carrots and onions and saute for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, ground cumin and turmeric and saute for 3 more minutes.
  5. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them in half length-wise and scoop out the flesh, leaving a 1/4 inch shell.
  6. Mash the potato flesh (adding a bit of broth or soymilk if it seems too dry) then add the sauteed veggies and lemon juice and mix well.
  7. Brush or spray the inside of the potato skins with oil and then re-fill with the spiced mashed potato mixture.
  8. Bake at 200 C for about 20 minutes until heated through and golden.

This post was submitted to Wellness Weekend over at DietDessertnDogs.