I just came back from Israel, and I must say I already miss the food. The gallons of fresh salads tossed in olive oil, lemon and cilantro, and flavorful fish and chicken. I’m surprised I didn’t even miss pork at all! To top it off, with all that walking and healthy eating, we actually lost weight within a short 7 days!
Let’s start with the salads. Unlike the sad few options we get in Singapore (please stop those nasty icebergs!), there is an abundance of choices, rows and rows of mind boggling options of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, greens, broccoli, cauliflower, couscous, eggplants, carrots, radishes, sweet potatoes, beans, lentils, mushrooms, onions, pickles, beets that actually taste good and much more!
And the CHEESE… Yummy! This is the first time I have tasted salted and bulgarian cheese. The former is like firm tofu in brine, and the latter is similar to a crumbly textured cheese.
Then the falafel. We tried this freshly fried falafel and chicken schnitzel at a local kibbutz (collective community) stuffed with salads into a pita bread. Thumbs up!
Did someone say Meatballs? These beefballs near the Dead Sea were amazing light, great in the midst of the sweltering summer heat.
Heard about St Peter’s fish? As the story goes, St Peter dropped a coin into the Sea of Galilee and the fish caught it. He picked the fish up and took the coin back, leaving his fingerprints on the fish. We would be more familiar with the name Tilapia. This fresh water fish comes out moist and crispy when fresh out of the pan. Too bad I didn’t get the lucky coin in it’s mouth
In the heat of summer, nothing perks you up then a cup of cool pomegranate juice. Freshly squeezed, found at almost every street corner, be sure to check out this refreshing (& healthy) juice if you visit this place.
We had the wonderful opportunity to learn about how families gather, conduct and share their Shabbatt dinner where we were staying. Entire generations gather, pray and bless one another with sharing of the wine and bread. One lady at the next table came over to share their bread to bless us, that was a rather lovely gesture.
Unfortunately the trip was too short to have the chance to try the many other foods of the various nationalities in Israel. it will have to wait till the next trip!