Category: Israeli food

Easy, Good for You, Healthy, Israeli food, Parve, Sephardi

Going for the Crunch: Fennel Salad

2 fennel bulbs

For some people, giving up carbs is difficult because it means giving up sweets, while for others, it’s about giving up crunchy, salty snack foods. One great low-carb solution to the need for crunch is fennel, with its celery-like texture, and mild licorice flavor. Because the taste of fennel is so subtle, like chicken, it …

Healthy, Israeli food, Obscure

Hilbeh: A Familiar Yet Unfamiliar Condiment

Botanically accurate drawing of fenugreek

Hilbeh is a condiment that is, by tradition, served with Yemenite Meat Soup. There are a few different types of Hilbeh. Here is a video of the basic, whipped Hilbeh, a kind of light foam, reminiscent of not-quite-set whipped Jello, but with a piquant green flavor that adds new layers of flavor to an already …

Israeli food, Sephardi

Was Shawarma Just Culturally Appropriated by Israel?

Screenshot of Shawarma tweet by @TheMossadIL

The British Independent has an article accusing Israel of the cultural appropriation of Shawarma, using an article in the far-left Israeli newspaper Haaretz as proof. Haaretz called the rotisserie meat sandwich in a pita, “an iconic Israeli street food.” Popular Twitter account @TheMossadIL, on the other hand, points out that fully half of Israel’s population …

Easy, Healthy, Israeli food, Main courses, Parve, Sephardi

RECIPE: Easy Shakshuka

Shashuka in a black skillet

Shashuka is a full-flavored Mediterranean poached egg dish. You make a quick sauce with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic, with lots of olive oil, of course. Then you poach the eggs right in the skillet, just before serving. Marvelous with good bread to mop up that amazing sauce. You don’t need anything else. Easy Shakshuka …

Good for You, Israeli food, LCHF, Rosh Hashana, Sephardi

Moroccan Fish

Moroccan fish

When Rosh Hashana nears, a cook’s fancy turns lightly to fish. After all, it’s one of the symbolic foods we eat at holiday time. One extremely addictive way to prepare and eat fish is that ubiquitous dish served in Moroccan Jewish homes every Friday night. They call it simply “fish” and everyone else calls it …

Food videos, Israeli food, Oddities

WATCH: Or Don’t. Rainbow Hummus??

Rainbow hummus screenshot

This morning my senses were affronted by a Facebook how-to video on making rainbow hummus. It not only required you to wash a blender about a hundred million times, it looked absolutely disgusting—really foul! I like a good plate of chickpea mush as much as the next one, but let’s face it, no reason to …

Easy, Israeli food, Sephardi

RECIPE: Pickled or Preserved Lemons

pickled lemons

Pickled lemons? You’re probably imagining someone taking a bite out of a lemon as if it were an apple. But pickled lemons, also known as “preserved lemons” aren’t at all like, for instance, pickled cucumbers. Pickled lemons are more like a Mediterranean condiment. You use the peel to add brightness and depth of flavor to …

Good for You, Healthy, Israeli food, Parve, Sephardi

RECIPE: The Best Tehina

Hummus bi tehini Tehina is in the center of a well of hummus

For some people, hummus is da bomb. But in our home, Shabbos is not Shabbos without my special tehina sauce. Which is funny, because I’m Ashkenazi, and tehina is most definitely a Sephardic treat. Somehow, I’ve hit on the perfect rendition that even Sephardi Shabbos guests pronounce the best tehina they’ve ever tasted. It makes …

Good for You, Healthy, Israeli food, Main courses

Make That Burger Rare, Please

Sliced steak, medium rare, fanned out on white plate with a pile of chopped parsley, as garnish

Israel is gearing up for a country-wide barbecue, come this Thursday, Israel’s 70th Independence Day. The truth is, Israelis like to barbecue any time, but Independence Day absolutely demands getting out the grill. A new article from Israel21C tells us that we should avoid cooking our burgers and steaks well done, as it can lead …

Ashkenazi, Good for You, Israeli food, Purim, Sephardi

Zesty Purim Chickpeas

Pot of chickpeas in a zesty tomato sauce

Boiled chickpeas seasoned with salt and pepper are traditional in the Ashkenazi kitchen for Purim. This custom reminds us that Esther, forced to live in King Ahashuerus’ palace, according to tradition ate nothing but legumes, in order to remain kosher. Chickpeas are fun to eat plain, but why not try a spicier rendition this year, …