Apple Ginger Honey Cake


For the Syrup:路 
1 cup sugar (7 ounces; 200g)路 
1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple juice (12 ounces; 340g)路 
2-inch piece ginger (2 ounces; 60g), unpeeled, cut in half lengthwise and smashed路 
Zest from 1 medium lemon路 
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (1/2 ounce; 14g), from about 1 lemon路 
4 tablespoons Applejack brandy (2 ounces; 60g) Black DirtDistillery is kosher路

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Salmon with Harissa, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Grape Tomatoes and Red Onion

4聽Salmon Filet – thawed in the refrigerator overnight or in cold water 1/2 hour (Never at room temperature)
5聽Yellow Squash – sliced into circles
6聽Zucchini – sliced into circles
1/2 Red onion – cut into 1/2鈥 wedges
4 whole garlic cloves – peeled and smashed with the side of your knife 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes – left whole
1/2 cup kalamata olives (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup Mina Harissa* (Comes in mild or spicy, but the spicy isn鈥檛 particularly spicy to me.聽Available at Tom Thumb, Preston Forest in the kosher section, Whole Foods, Amazon and probably Tom Thumb at Coit and Campbell.) This harissa is more Americanized than I would prefer, but it is tasty.聽
Salt and pepper – to taste
Feta (optional)鈥擟ostco has a wonderful Israeli聽feta by Tnuva 聽

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