• Chili Brownies. Photo: Adi Shilon
    Chili Brownies. Photo: Adi Shilon
  • Sharon and Noam Avigdori. Photo courtesy of the family.
    Sharon and Noam Avigdori. Photo courtesy of the family.

Brownies with Chili for Noam and Sharon Avigdori

Their favorite dish: Sharon Avigdori likes chocolate, her daughter Noam likes spicy. Adi Shilon combined the two and made them chili brownies

You could light up Tel Aviv with the brightness of Noam’s smile, so it’s no surprise that everyone falls in love with the 12 year old. She is the girl, with sparkling eyes, wit and never-ending charisma, who organizes the best activities and the perfect birthdays for friends. Noam can make you laugh until your stomach hurts. She is always there, for everyone, with her characteristic care, optimism and beautiful smile. Noam’s sense of independence is extraordinary – she already dog sits and volunteers wherever possible. Last summer, for example, she organized clothing donations from local businesses to give to those in need. She is an apprentice in the scouts, a good student and quite the entrepreneur. Noam also likes things that every kid her age likes, such as endless conversations with friends, Tiktok, fashion and spicy food. Maybe the love for spicy food is a little more niche.

It is equally easy to understand why everyone falls in love with Sharon, Noam’s mother. Sharon works to save the world every day: dedicating her life to emotional therapy and working with children on the spectrum. Her attuned sensitivity allows her to enter the closed world of the autistic child, and sometimes, also help bring them out. Sharon instructs other therapists and counsels parents of autistic children. Her passion for her profession and her love for her family, people and animals, shines through – even in the dark.

Sharon and Noam went to visit family in Kibbutz Be’eri. The two were kidnapped by Hamas on October 7th. After 50 days in captivity, Sharon and Noam were released.

Ingredients for Brownies with Chili

  • 1 cup (200 grams) Sugar
  • 3/4 cup (100 grams) flour
  • 3/4 cup (100 grams) Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) confectioner's sugar
  • 3.5 oz (100 grams) dark chocolate (If there is one with chili in it, get that)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chili pepper ground
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 eggs L
  • scant 1/2 cup (100 grams) oil (I like olive oil here)
  • scant 1/2 cup (100 grams) milk


  • 1. Heat the oven to 320F (160C) degrees.

  • 2. In a bowl, mix the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, confectioners' sugar (sifted if it is lumpy) and the spices.

  • 3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the oil and milk until well combined.

  • 4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and add the chocolate. Mix until just combined.

  • 5. Line the pan with parchment paper and pour in the mixture. It's a thick batter, don't worry. Even out the surface with a spatula, you can press some more pieces of chocolate on top and bake for about 25 minutes - a toothpick will not come out clean and the center should still jiggle. Cool completely, for at least two hours, cut into squares and serve.

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This recipe is part of Adi Shilon’s “Their Favorite Dish” project, which tells the story of 60 abductees through the recreation of their favorite recipe for a pastry or dessert. For all the details and additional recipes in the project.

*שמנו לב שחסרים כמה פרטים קטנים להשלמת הפרופיל שלך ב־FOODISH, אפשר להוסיף אותם בקלות בעמוד המשתמש שלך.