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A basket-full of Pita’s!

survivorAny Survivor fans out there?  My parents are big fans, so I’ve watched a couple of seasons.  I like it (not as much as Amazing Race, but still). I was watching Survivor Israel (we also have Amazing Race Israel, whoo-hoo), when something awesome happened.  One of the contestants won a challenge and had to choose between spending the night with his family members or receiving immunity, which meant being sent to exile island.  He choose the immunity, so off he went.  

While he was there he received a basket of food as the gift.  He opened up the basket and was estatic!  He pulled out a pita and immediately began rejoicing.  He smelled it, held it, hugged it etc.  He was sooooo excited for that basket-full of pita (and humus too).  

Its funny how on American Survivor they get soooo excited about chocolate cake, sweets, hamburgers, fries etc.  Here they are most excited about pita and humus.  I love it!  I love getting excited about pita and humus, cuz I can totally understand, now that I live here. 

I wanna know:  If you were on Survivor, what is the one food that you would be most excited to see in that basket??? Come on all you readers/no commenters….time to cast your vote!

Matza, Matza, Matza

And here I was wondering what I would do with all my extra matza from Pesach…..

Pesach is here

No more pita and hummus.  Pesach (passover) calls for no bread or pita (yeast) for 8 more days.  I think its a good thing, though…my hips and thighs are proving to need the break as well :{

Chanukah, Day 6: Latkes

latkesOk, more food!  But come on…holidays are about the eating, right?!? Potato latkes are another common food eaten during Chanukah, and what a surprise….a fried one!

To add something different I thought I would give you the receipe on how to make them….





What you’ll need:

  • 2 peeled potatoes
  • 1 peeled onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • black pepper
  • sour cream


1. Grate potatoes and onions into a medium-sized mixing bowl.

2. In another bowl add the eggs, milk, butter and blend.

3. Then add the flour, salt, and pepper and mix.

4. Drop spoon-sized amounts on the skillet.

5. Spread out to make a pancake-type shape.

6. Flip over until both sides are nice and golden-brown.

7. Serve with sour cream.


Tomorrow: African Chanukah

Chanukah, Day 3: Sufganiyot

page_1No holiday would be complete without the traditional fatening foods that accompany it.  Here in Israel we also have this very thing, called sufganiyot.  Sufganiyot are like American-style donuts, except without the hole in the middle.  They are deep-fried (all Chanukah food is, going along with the theme of the miracle oil) and filled with strawberry or raspberry jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Sufganiyot carry the added pleasure of around 500-700 caleries each, so its been said if you eat too many sufganiyot during Chanukah, you end up looking like one!  I say, you always seem to put on a few kilos during the holiday season, so go ahead and indulge in this once a year holiday treat! (Even though the sufganiyot in these pics were ‘mini’ and about half the size of a real one.)

Tomorrow: Chanukah and Christmas, Biblically

Only one of many

She is only one of many.  She has a past.  She has a family.  She has a story.  Yet, here she is living on the streets of Tel Aviv. Homeless. Desolate.  

She was a Jew living in Iran, experiencing the hatred thrown her way every day. (Can you only imagine that scenario?)  She wanted a better life.  She came back home to Israel, hoping to receive it, but it wasn’t there. She is one of the people we serve each Friday night as we take food out to the streets.  She is a regular. Most volunteers know her.  

Tonight we cannot go out to feed them.  I wonder what she will do.  I wonder what she will eat.  I wonder if she asks herself why we aren’t there to help.  I wonder if she’ll even notice.

She is only one of many.  


Mediterranean Monday: Hummus

As George Clooney so elequently stated in an early Friends episode, “God Bless the Chick Pea.” Hummus (or hommos, like its pronounced here) is a staple in the Middle Eastern diet.  It is a common part of meals for Israeli’s, used as an appetizer, dip, or the main dish.  I have discovered there are many different brands and flavors of hummus found in the grocery stores, depending on your taste…(there’s even a hummus light, for those dieting fanatics who just can’t give it up).  

My favorite way to eat hummus is spread across warm flatbread (a type of pita), the key being warm. Ohhhh, its just soooo wonderfully good!  I’ve also seen people use it with plain old bread, crackers, hard-boiled eggs, or with chicken.  

It’s been said that hummus is an ‘adopted’ Israeli Jewish dish, since it is traditionally an Arab food.  I really don’t care where its origins are, I’m just happy its here in Israel and its here to stay!!!


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