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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 By Chaya Rappoport (The Nosher via JTA)--Upside down cakes are one of my favorite types of cakes to make, mostly because they are an easy way to impress. In an upside down cake, the fruit is lay- ered on the bottom of the pan along with sugar, and a simple, fluffy cake batter is poured on top. Once it's baked, the cake is inverted, and what was once the bottom of the cake becomes a gorgeously syrupy, fruity top. What could be simpler? American upside down cakes are traditionally made with pineapple and cherries, but I gave that '50s take on the cake a seasonal, Middle Eastern twist by using blood oranges, saffron and semolina flour in the batter. Blood oranges are typically in season from January until early spring, and they are some of my favorite citrus fruits to bake with: bright, not too sweet and seriously flavorful. Here they add a vibrant pop of color to the cake. As for the saffron, you might already know it by its notori- ously expensive reputation. Derived from the crocus flower, saffron is the world's most expensive spice, which makes sense considering the difficulty involved in harvesting it. But fear not: While Indian Kashmiri and Iranian saffron are definitely pricey, the more commonly available Spanish saffron is afford- able, easily found at online spice retailers (even Trader Joe's!) and thankfully still delicious and flavorful. In this cake, the sweet, floral and honey-like saffron threads are infused into sugar along with zest from the blood orange. The sugar turns extra fragrant, and when combined with or- ange blossom water and the semolina flour yields a cake that is intensely flavored, crumby and dense in the best way possible. The oranges on top are syrupy and candy-like (keeping the rind on, thinly sliced, adds even more flavor and fragrance) and best of all, it comes together in under an hour, just in time for an afternoon cup of tea. Note: You may keep the rind of the orange on or remove it. Regular oranges can be substituted for the blood oranges. Ingredients: 1/3 cup raw or turbinado sugar 2 blood oranges, very thinly sliced, seeds removed 1 1/2 cups semolina flour I cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cups granulated sugar 2 teaspoons finely grated blood orange zest I pinch saffron threads I teaspoon baking powder I teaspoon baking soda I teaspoon kosher salt 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups buttermilk I tablespoon orange blossom water 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled Directions: 1. Make the infused sugar: Combine the blood orange zest and saffron threads with the granulated sugar and use your hands to rub the zest and saffron into the sugar until it is fragrant and slightly colored by the zest and saffron. Set aside until needed. 2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 10-inch cake pan. Dust the turbinado sugar over the bottom of the greased pan. Arrange the orange slices in circles over the sugar, pressing them closely together. 3. Make the cake batter: Whisk flour, infused sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. 4. Add eggs, buttermilk, orange blossom water and butter; mix until no dry spots remain (a few lumps are OK; do not overmix). 5. Pour batter over oranges in pan and bake until top is golden brown and cake pulls away from sides of pan, 35-40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool 5 minutes before inverting and turning out onto a rack or a large plate. 6. Serve slices with labne and saffron honey. Chaya Rappoport is the blogger, baker and picture taker behind retrolillies.wordpress.com. Currently a pastry sous chef at a Brooklyn bakery, she's been blogging since 2012 and her work has been featured on The Feed Feed, Delish.com, Food and Wine and Conde Nast Traveler. The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at www. TheNosher. com. By Eliana Rudee a persecuted minority across In Kababir, Ahmadis enjoy the Middle East. But at the full religious and cultural (JNS)--As a small Islamic southern entrance of the freedom and pray in the sectofanestimated20million northern Israeli city of Haifa only Ahmadi mosque in the people--about lpercentofthe lies Kababir village, home to Middle East, opened in 1934 global Muslim population-- 2,000 residents, 70 percent of and redone in 1979. The safe the Ahmadiyya community is whom are Ahmadi Muslims. haven they have found in the Renee Friedman (l), owner of FASTSIGNS of Orlando-- Central, receiving the Two Million Dollar Threshold Award, presented by Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS Inter- national, Inc at the 2018 FASTSIGNS Convention. This is one of five awards Friedman received. FASTSIGNS of Orlan- 2017; the Two Million Dollar do--Central, alocal sign and Threshold Award for sur- visual graphics provider, was passing $2 million in total recognized as a top perform- sales for the award year; the ing center at the 2018 FAST- FASTSIGNS Cares Award, SIGNS Convention recently which recognizes the several held in Houston, Texas. charitable initiatives FAST- OwnedbyReneeFriedman, SIGNS of Orlando--Central FASTSIGNS of Orlando-- participates in to give back Central received multiple to the local community; the awards including: the CEO 2017 FASTSIGNS Customer Circle Award, which recog- Solutions Award for the com- nizes the top 25 centers with prehensive branding signs the highest sales volume in and graphics FASTSIGNS of the U.S. and Canada between Orlando--Central provided Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, MashmeyerConcrete;andthe FASTSIGNS Mentor Award, which recognizes seasoned franchise centers that serve as a mentor to help guide new franchisees within their first six months of operation and beyond. Additionally, FASTSIGNS of Orlando--Centrars Brian Bodnarik received the Circle of Excellence Award, which honors sales professionals committed to excellence of service and contributes daily to the success and growth of the FASTSIGNS business. "We are honored to be recognized as a top perform- ing center in the FASTSIGNS network of over 675 worldwide locations," Friedman said. "These awards reflect our entire team's hard work and dedication to helping busi- nesses and organizations solve their visual commu- nications challenges in our community every day." FASTSIGNS of Orlando-- Central is a woman-owned and operated business that has served Orlando and the surrounding areas since 2001. The center is located at 5000 E Colonial Dr. and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. "We thank our customers for their support and look forward to continue helping companies of all sizes achieve their goals using comprehen- sive signs and visual graph- ics," Friedman said. Jewish State, as compared to Prophet Muhammad forbade the sake of the process, not of the broaderMiddle East, mir- wars and the use of weapons, the peace." rors that of the Druze, Bah~'f and that it is the duty of Ah- "It's a new way of idol and Christians. madis to achieve universal worship to value stones over According to Israeli Ah- peace based on justice and people," he said, conveying madiyya community leader to establish the sovereignty that heviewsbothsidesin the Muhammad Sharif Odeh, of Islam in the entire world Israeli-Palestinian conflict the Ahmadis have complete through education. "Mirza as wrongheaded and lacking religious freedom in Israel, Ghulam Ahmad came to fix regard for human life. especially compared to their interpretations of the Quran, Nevertheless, theAhmadis brethren in the rest of the that the holy book is a source are consideredtobe pro-Israel regionandinPakistan, where of care for everybody and of and leaders in coexistence Ahmadis cannot use any re- love, rather than killing, ha- efforts. ligious symbols or even greet tred and violence," said Odeh. "I am a Muslim, Palestin- each other with a traditional He continued, "The ideaian, and I am here. It is a Arabic salutation, that you can use the sword good thing that there is an "AhmadisinArabcountries to promote jihad is not true Israeli state," said Odeh, who in the Middle East suffer a Islam. Jihad does not refer to said he has a good relation- lot," Odeh said. "They are promoting war, but fighting ship with many members of not allowed to have mosques the evil inside us and spread- the Knesset, including Joint or minarets, and they go to ing the word of the Quran Arab List party leader Ayman jail for their beliefs and are to the world with kindness Odeh, who lives in Kababir, persecuted against." and care." and Likud lawmaker Yehuda Despite their safety and TheAhmadiyyaphilosophy,Glick, whom Muhammad freedom in Israel, "there is explained Odeh, is "to teach, Sharif Odeh said has prayed a long way ahead" for Israeli repair and educate people at his mosque twice. Ahmadis in the realm of civil for love, humanity, universal The Ahmadis renounce andpoliticalrights, saidOdeh, peace, harmony and coopera- terrorist attacks as well as who spoke of being discrimi- tion." the capturing or killing of nated against by Israelis for As such, Ahmadis believe Israeli soldiers, not only be- being Arab and by other that it is important to take cause bloodshed is against Muslims for being Ahmadi. care of other faiths' holy places their religious teachings, but The Ahmadiyya movement before theirown mosques, and because they believe that only was established in 1889 by there is a special Ahmadiyya governmentshavetheauthor- PunjabiHazratMirzaGhulam committeeinIsraeithathelps ity to start wars. Odeh said, Ahmad. He claimed to have locals in need regardless of "We are creating fanaticism received revelations from their religious backgrounds, in the West Bankand Gaza. It Allah, who imposed the duty Additionally, Kababir is has become a greenhouse for upon him to rejuvenate Islam home to an elementary school terrorism and radicalism. Pal- through universal reforma- that educates local Ahmadis, estiniansplaywithplasticand tion and peaceful means. Jews and Christians alike, wood guns while Israelis play Ahmadi Muslims assert that "Ninety-percent of the school with dolls. Barbarism isn't they are true Muslims, but is Ahmadi, and the rest are the solution, we must respect believe that the founder of Jewish and Christian," said peace agreements. You can't their community is Mahdi, KababirspokespersonMu'ath send people to kill others and the shadow prophet of Islam Odeh, acousinofMuhammadsay you want peace." and their messiah. They also Sharif Odeh. "It shows that Ayman, a 32-year-old Ah- believe that while the Quran if you want to create coexis- madi convert from Nablus is their final book of law, its tence, it's possible." whoaskedtobeidentifiedonly inspiration and revelation But Muhammad Sharif by his first name, condemned continues with their caliphs. Odeh is not optimistic that the Feb. 5 terrorist attack in The Ahmadiyya Muslim this universal message of whichanIsraeliArabterrorist community arrived to Israel love is being played out in the fatally stabbed Rabbi Itamar in 1927,whenthe firstMuslim world, or even in Israel. He is Ben Gal, a 29-year-old Israeli missionary, MaulanaJalalud- skeptical of the influence of father of four, on his way to Din Shams, was sent from politicians, who "care only his nephew's brit milah. India to the Near East and about their own self, party "I cry when I see innocent Middle East to convey the and chair," as well as security peopledie,"saidAyman,whose message of Mahdi. Bythe early forceswho, in hisview, initiate family disowned him when he 1930s, Israel's Kababirvillage collective punishment and converted to the Ahmadiyya had become the center of the non- defensive wars. sect. "They do this in the name Ahmadiyya Muslim commu- "Politics is the art of lies," of my god, my prophet and my nity in the entire Middle East. said Odeh, who described the book. I need to do hard work Ahmadiyya doctrine cen- current Israeli leadership as to fix what [the terrorist who ters on the belief that the "making a peace process for killed Ben Gal] did."