Visiting the Judean Desert

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According to Friedrich Nietzsche   “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. I think that’s nonsense. Even so, life should be lived optimistically, even when it’s not. That’s how I decided to start the Jewish New Year- with rose colored glasses perched on top of my nose.  Reality may bring other surprises, but as they say, at […]

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Cardoon and meatball tangine

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When Liz suggested we visit Ramle Market, I happily agreed, not just for the shopping-I wanted cardoons, Liz purple carrots- and not even for the fabulous street food but to make good on a promise. I had been to the souk many times before; a life sized kaleidoscope, the backdrop constant but the details and colors […]

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The forgotten cookbooks, a treasure of traditional recipes

January 11, 2012

There’s a man who comes around our neighborhood and yells alte zachen in a reverberant baritone, a voice from the stomach and not the throat. It once sounded to me like a call to prayer, but it is altogether more grounded and mundane. The term is Yiddish for old stuff, a dying trade where a merchant […]

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Moussaka, a Greek and Turkish favorite

September 30, 2011

Moussaka may be pure Greek but as with many dishes of the region, there is also a Turkish version. After all, Asia Minor was very much a part of Greece when Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire, while the Ottomans once controlled much of Eastern Europe. The intertwined history and proximity of Turkey […]

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Meatballs with roasted chickpea flour in tomato sauce

March 4, 2011

After making Gondi, Persian dumplings, I had extra roasted chickpea flour and used it to make these savoury meatballs in tomato sauce. This recipe is based on the Hebrew food blog, Where is my Home, dedicated to preserving Persian food and culture. Serve with fried potatoes and mounds of unchopped fresh herbs such as green […]

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