Category: Sephardi

Main courses, Rosh Hashana, Sephardi, Sukkot

Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemon and Olives

chicken tagine with preserved lemon and olives

Israel may be the land of citrus fruits, but friends tell us that lemons disappear from most supermarkets at this time of year, through the end of the Jewish High Holidays. The good news is that preserved lemons are even more delicious than regular lemons and every canny Israeli housewife has a jar or two …

Main courses, Sephardi

Recipe: Balles of Italie

Balles of Italie

If you’ve got all the kids home with you, say during the corona global pandemic, you want food to please even the pickiest eater, preferably something cooked in one pot. This gem of a recipe has its origins in the ancient Sephardic Jewish community of Italy. Even though the allspice sounds exotic, the dish absolutely …

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

Matbucha: The Summer Bright Tomato and Roasted Pepper Salad

Matbucha garnished with cashew nuts

Now is when we finally get those beautiful, summer-ripened tomatoes. That is when we can rejoice in the flavor of a truly remarkable ingredient that is at its peak. And we need something like that in the summer heat. A salad like this matbucha just perks up your taste buds. Great with challah at the …

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 …

Easy, Healthy, LCHF, Parve, Sephardi

Roasted Cauliflower with Tehina Sauce

roast cauliflower with tehina sauce

During a recent trip to Israel, my wife and I sampled a wonderful local dish, roasted cauliflower with tehina sauce. It was rich and saucy and piqued the taste buds something fierce. I immediately knew I’d have to reproduce this dish at home. Here is the result: Roasted Cauliflower with Tehina Sauce Yield: 4 servings …

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 …