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Eat your way through Israel in a day
ָ ֹת ָ ל ,יך ֶ בר יְהוָה אֱ לֹהֵ י אֲ ב ֶּ ד ֶ ׁ ֲכא ַּ :מאֹד ְ ת ְרבּ וּן ֶ ׁ ֲ וַא,ך ְ שר יִיטַ ב ֶ ׁ ֲ א,ת לַ עֲ שׂ וֹ ת ָ ּ מ ְר ַ ש ָׁ ְ ו,אל ֵ ִש ָר ְׂ ת י ָּ ע ְמ ַ ש ָׁ ְ"ו ּ ִ שר ִּ שר ְ ָל )'ג,'" (דברים ו.ש ׁ ָּדב ְ ו,ך־אֶ ֶרץ זָבַ ת חָ לָ ב “Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD, the God of thy fathers, hath promised unto thee-a land flowing with milk and honey” (Deut 6:3)
” There’s no ritual like it. and in Israel in particular. breaking bread is the ultimate activity to bring people together.com 1 . glorious food! We have had so much fun making this for you – we hope you enjoy it even more! Be’teavon! Yariv & Boaz Binnun. outside of your virtual classroom. community group and more. making it a “living” language for you to learn and love in every aspect of your life. In Jewish culture. a meal together says so many things – it tells you where you are. It’s a mundane daily activity that we often don’t put enough stock into. we look at ways to integrate your Hebrew learning into your everyday life. On each page of our book you can enjoy a simple local recipe. as well as quotes about food from Scripture. what time of day it is. We are proud to present Be’teavon: Eat your way through Israel in a day as a small glimpse into the world of flavor. There’s nothing as wonderful as food. what time of year it is and so much more. no matter who they are or where they come from. accompanied by a beautiful picture and highlighted dictionary words for you to learn. color and life that Israel has to offer as well as the importance of food and sustenance in our everyday physical and spiritual lives. CEO’s eTeacherGroup.Introduction – Yariv & Boaz Binnun ”“סעודה ביחד היא שמן לחברות “A meal together is the oil of friendship. Bible study class. Here at eTeacher.
12 Hummus .3 Breakfast Shakshuka . who brings forth bread from the earth.20 Dessert Fruit Salad . ruler of the universe.8 Lunch Falafel .14 Dinner Vegetable Pashtida (Frittata) .26 ”. both in terms of food and kitchen wares.18 Chicken Soup with Noodles . Make sure your kitchen has the basics – a sink with running water.” 3 .24 Real Israeli Coffee in a coffeepot (finjan) . an oven.מן הָ אָ רֶ ץ ִ ֹציא לֶ חֶ ם ִ מו ּ ַ ה. Adonai our God. plenty of preparation space as well as the items listed below so you don’t get stuck in the middle of cooking up a storm! Basic Food items to stock up on: Olive Oil – Shemen Zayit – שמן זית Lemon – Limon – לימון Chickpeas – Garg’irey hummus – גרגירי חומוס Salt – Melach – מלח Pepper – Pilpel – פלפל Sugar – Sukar – סוכר Various sizes of: Saucepans – Sirim – סירים Frying pans – Machbatot – מחבתות Bowls – Ke’arot – קערות Measuring cups – Kosot Medida – כוסות מדידה Vegetable peeler – Kolef Yerakot – קולף ירקות Tomatoes – Agvani’ot – עגבניות Cucumbers – Melafafonim – מלפפונים Garlic – Shum – שום Onion – Batsal – בצל Fresh Parsley – Petrozillia tria – פטרוזיליה טריה Eggs – Beytsim – בייצים Rice – Orez – אורז Milk – Chalav – חלב Flour – Kemach – קמח Basic “Must Have” Kitchen Items: Chopping Board – Keresh Chituch – קרש חיתוך A good cutting knife – Sakin – סכין A mixing spoon – Kapit – כפית (Aluminum)Tin foil – Niyar Kesef – נייר כסף Before you begin: Kitchen “Must Haves” . a stove.ך הָ עוֹלָ ם ְ ֶמל ֶ ֽ ֹהינ ּו ֵ ֽ י אֱ ל ָ תה ְי ָ ּ ַך א ְ “בר ּו ּ 2 “Blessed are You. you have to be well stocked up on some staple items.Before you begin: Contents: Kitchen “Must Haves” Before you start cooking.6 Israeli Salad .
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add a few tablespoons of water. Repeat with the remaining eggs. and serve with the tomato sauce. You will need: 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic. Stir in the garlic. breakfast. served with bread and salad.small) can whole peeled plum tomatoes with juice 2 slices fresh jalapeno/chilli pepper. the breakfast menu remains the same. the dish can be served straight out of the skillet. Alternatively. it’s the most important meal of the day. paprika and jalapenos/chili and stir. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon. Crack an egg into a small bowl. which are staples of every single meal. A popular Mediterranean twist on eggs is called “shakshuka”. using the back of a spoon to break up the tomatoes. and bell pepper.eTeacherHebrew. Add the canned tomatoes. breakfast was always the largest meal before workers headed off into the fields for a hard day’s labor.com Shakshuka – Eggs with tomatoes and peppers Israeli breakfast is a production and a half. minced 1 onion. Cook the eggs until the whites are firm and the yolks have thickened but are not hard. then gently slip the egg into the tomato sauce. finely chopped (optional) 4 eggs 4 slices pita bread Salt & Pepper to taste Directions Heat the vegetable oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. if you are happy to do so. Though times have changed. Simmer for about 25 minutes. lunch and dinner. about 5 minutes. which includes the eggs being poached into a rich tomato sauce with peppers and tomatoes. Share this with your friends! 6 Dictionary Stir – Livchosh – לבחוש Add – Lehosif – להוסיף Simmer – Reticha – רתיחה Plate – Tsa’lachat – צלחת 7 . so Israelis are sure to pack everything that they can into it! When the country was being built in agricultural settlements. If the tomato sauce gets dry.www. diced 1 (28 ounce . and with good reason. salad and pita bread. cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent. diced 1 green/red bell pepper. place onto a warm plate. onion. as the old saying goes. 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
tasty produce of the land – in particular. This salad can become very soggy if kept too long. cucumbers and tomatoes. savory and sweet pastries and is of course. Every meal. meat. and sprinkle with fresh parsley and a little salt. lemon juice. no matter what time of day.www. drizzle with olive oil. Share this with your friends! 8 Dictionary Vegetables – Yerakot – ירקות To toss – Le’arbev – לערבב Drizzle – Lefazer – לפזר Fresh – Ta’ri – טרי 9 . optional Juice of half a lemon Fresh chopped parsley (optional) Directions Dice the vegetables and toss them. Just before serving.com Chopped Salad “Israeli Salad” No meal in Israel is complete without it. enjoyable on its own. It’s best served fresh. boasts the fresh. and then make some more for the next meal! You will need: 3 large cucumbers 3 green/red peppers 3 large firm tomatoes ½ cup extra virgin olive oil Sea salt to taste. Note that this isn’t a salad to be made in bulk that can sit in the fridge – make it. eat it. This salad goes with everything – eggs.eTeacherHebrew. fish. It won’t last longer than a day in the refrigerator.
יְ הוָ ה-פי ִ מֹוצָ א-ּכָ ל-ּכִ י עַ ל--א ָדם ָה ָ חיֶ ה ְ ִבּדֹו י ַ ְחם ל ֶ ֶהּל-ל ַ ַ“ּכִ י ל ֹא ע 10 “Man doesn’t live by bread only.LUNCH )ג. but rather by every word the comes out of the mouth of the LORD” (Deut 8:3) 11 Photo by: Boruk Gradman . ח.א ָדם” (דברים ָה ָ חיֶ ה ְ ִ י.
and place in pan with fresh water. Drain chickpeas.com Falafel in pita – Fried chickpea balls served with hummus. Omit this step if using canned beans. Try making it yourself. but also squeezed between shopfronts as well. handing you a hot pita pocket of falafel smothered in hummus. it fizzled out quickly – there’s simply nothing better than your local falafel guy. tehina. quick and the ultimate Israeli “fast food” considering you can eat the packaging it comes in! As a side note. salad and chips. ensuring to mix ingredients together. Share this with your friends! 12 Dictionary Drain – Lenakez – לנקז To boil – Lirticha – לרתיחה Combine – Leshalev – לשלב Mixture – Ta’arovet – תערובת 13 . salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. it’s a delicacy the whole Middle East enjoys. and bring to a boil. McDonalds in Israel had a short lived “McFalafel” campaign but as you can imagine. then let simmer on low for about an hour. chopped 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley. garlic. Form the mixture into small balls. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.eTeacherHebrew. coriander. Slightly flatten. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes. cumin. usually in small kiosks on boulevards. It’s delicious. Combine chickpeas. tehina and salad Falafel is commonly seen as the flagship Israeli food when in fact. 1 large onion. chopped 2 cloves of garlic. Mash chickpeas. Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes). it’s so easy! You will need: 1 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. Add flour. Allow to boil for 5 minutes. You can’t walk a block in an Israeli city without seeing at least two or three falafel vendors. covering with cold water. onion. chopped 1 teaspoon coriander 1 teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoons flour Salt Pepper Oil for frying Directions Place dried chickpeas in a bowl. Allow to soak overnight. You want the result to be a thick paste. about the size of a ping pong ball.www.
No matter what. but hummus is truly an Israeli and again. staple. also called garbanzo beans 1/4 cup (59 ml) fresh lemon juice. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl then turn on and process for 30 seconds. slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until the consistency is perfect. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor then process for 1 minute. this is a definite part of your day of eating in Israel.com Hummus . You will need: One 15-ounce can (425 grams) chickpeas. Place the hummus in a bowl then drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top and sprinkle with paprika. Add the olive oil. drain liquid then rinse well with water. combine tehina and lemon juice. depending on taste 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 2 to 3 tablespoons water Dash of ground paprika for serving Directions In the bowl of a food processor.Chickpea spread The film You Don’t Mess with the Zohan might have blown things slightly out of proportion. olive oil. garlic and salt goes with everything and can be found almost everywhere.eTeacherHebrew. cumin and the salt to whipped tehina and lemon juice. Process for 1 minute. about 1 large lemon 1/4 cup (59 ml) sesame paste (tehina) Half of a large garlic clove. To fix this. Open can of chickpeas. scrape sides and bottom of bowl then process another 30 seconds. Like salad. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl.www. plus more for serving 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt. minced garlic. middle eastern. This simple blend of chickpeas. lemon. minced 2 tablespoons olive oil. Process for 30 seconds. Share this with your friends! 14 Dictionary Taste – Ta’am – טעם Scrape – Lenagev – לנגב Smooth – Chalak – לק ָח ָ Consistency – Akvi’oot – עקביות 15 . Whereas kids in the US might long for a peanut butter sandwich as a snack. add remaining chickpeas and process for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and quite smooth. it can be eaten at every meal and can be a meal unto itself. with the food processor turned on. Most likely the hummus will be too thick or still have tiny bits of chickpea. This extra time helps “whip” or “cream” the tehina. kids in Israel long for hummus and pita. making smooth and creamy hummus possible.
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grated 1 red bell pepper. cheese and vegetables are preferred for the evening.www. served with salad and pita. and the midday meal is usually “heavy”. dinner is often a very light meal. about 40-45 minutes (or longer). zucchini. Since the weather is more than often hot. but rest assured that the veggies will excrete water as they cook. chopped 1 lg onion minced 1/2 cup olive/canola oil 3 large eggs. Ready when lightly browned on top.3 carrots grated 6 or 7 med. Mix all ingredients together well.eTeacherHebrew. it basically combines all of these ingredients into a casserole dish which requires nothing more than some mixing together and then popping into the oven.com Pashtida – Vegetarian Fritatta In Israel. sliced 1 cup fresh spinach. lightly beaten 1 to 1 1/2 tsp salt Pepper as desired 2 cups flour or matzo meal I cup grated cheese/cottage cheese (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 350. A pashtida is a great example of this. The mixture will seem dry. using a number of ingredients left over from breakfast. Share this with your friends! 18 Dictionary Grated – Me’goorad – מגורד Sliced – Paroos – פרוס Spinach – Tered – תרד Oven – Tanoor – תנור 19 . Put in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan until set. Enjoy! You will need: 2 . dishes using lots of egg.
adding the chicken stock. enough to cover all the contents. Chicken soup is commonly served for the Sabbath meal (in my house it’s not Shabbat without it!). drain out the water. pepper and parsley 30 minutes later. peeled and diced 1 onion. peeled and diced I cup thin soup noodles Chopped parsley Salt & pepper to taste 2 tablespoons powdered chicken stock Directions Cook the chicken (only) in water (enough to cover the chicken) for 15 minutes or more. Cook together for another hour. remove the chicken and vegetables and thoroughly clean the pot. After another 30 minutes. Clara Zohar. After an hour. the braided bread for the Sabbath. and the soup’s rich aroma carries with it so much history. Afterwards. place the chicken and vegetables back in the pot with clean water.תפוחי אדמה Chicken Stock – Avakat Marak – אבקת מרק 21 . culture and lots of love. Sigal Zohar Chicken soup in Israel is not only the world’s greatest cold remedy. Then add all of the diced vegetables and cook together with the chicken for one hour.www. This recipe comes from my late mother-in-law. add the noodles. peeled and diced 2 medium potatoes.קישואים Potatoes – Tapuche’i adama .com Chicken Soup with vegetables and noodles An all-round favorite from webinar host. salt. as is Challah. it’s also an everyday food that can be enjoyed whenever you like. peeled and diced One celery root (small) peeled and diced 2 zucchini. Enjoy! You will need: 5.מקולפים Zucchini – Kishuim .6 chicken parts (legs and thighs) A liter of water 3 carrots. Serve hot! Share this with your friends! 20 Dictionary Peeled – Mekulafim . but both are enjoyed as everyday foods in Israel as well.eTeacherHebrew. It’s great for dinner and can stored and frozen easily.
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As Genesis 1:12 says: “טוֹב-כי ִּ .ענבים Platter – Magash – מגש 25 . Banana Directions: Dice all of the chosen fruits and place in a large bowl or on a platter. nothing goes over better.מינֵה ּו ִל ְ .” It’s always refreshing. than the fresh produce of the land. Pineapple.ריעַ זֶרַ ע ִ ְמז ַ שב ֶׂ ֵשא ע ֶׁ ד ֶ ּ ַתוֹצֵ א הָ אָ רֶ ץ ּ ”ו “And the earth brought forth grass. Grapes.ֹהים ִ ַרא אֱ ל ְ ו ּי ַ . wherein is the seed thereof. Apple. Share this with your friends! 24 Dictionary Refreshing – Me’ra’anen – מרענן Pineapple – Annanas . and God saw that it was good. chill for at least an hour in the refrigerator before serving. always appropriate and always available. If possible. Berries.אננס Grapes – Anavim . Orange.ֹבו-ַֹרעו ְ שר ז ֶ ׁ ֲרי א ִ פ-ה ְּ ש ֶׂ ע ֹ ְועֵ ץ. anywhere. after its kind.www. herb yielding seed after its kind.com Fruit Salad For all of the tasty sweets and pastries Israel has to offer.מינֵה ּו ִל ְ . and tree bearing fruit. So let’s make some fruit salad! You will need: Assorted fruits – Melon.eTeacherHebrew.
by journalist and editor Nimrod Ganzarski When it comes to coffee. there are rules. This law has several interpretations. A moment later. I.בוץ Glass – Koss . sugar. Black coffee drinkers are not wimpy of course. a reflection of themselves.) A lot of Israeli men (yep. depending on which black coffee drinking laws you have been schooled in.שחור Mud . tough and dark. it’s somewhere between three to seven times. The kit contains coffee. “Macchiato” and other high-class “We-don’t-know-what-that-Italian-word-means” types of coffee. but most importantly. In Israel it is usually referred to as black coffee. The bottom must be smaller in diameter than the top. Israelis drink their coffee tough. When preparing black coffee. When you finally reach boiling point. a small pot and a gas burner (cooker). It’s an art form and must be made with precision and concentration. Despite the hundreds of cafès in Israel that sell all of those “Cappuccino”. so there must be a heaped mountain of coffee on the teaspoon.Rote-ach . the sugar is always added DURING cooking.Bots . The fourth law concerns the cooking of the coffee. am on the ‘dark side’ of coffee. the top and bottom of the glass must have the same diameter size. Now the dispute arises. 2-4 small glasses.רותח 27 . and then return the pot to the stove/fire. Making it Here are the “laws” of making a real black coffee: The first law concerns the glass. with love and passion. You know what they say: “”על טעם ועל ריח אין להתווכח. The “coffee kit” culture is so popular that it is sold as a product in many stores. You can tell by now that I’m far from an elitist coffee drinker. don’t drink black coffee. like many other Israelis. (Al ta’am v’al re’ach ein lehitvake’ach . depending on how you like it. This is to ensure the sugar grains take the floating coffee grains down with them. you drop in the coffee and stir (one full spoon for every glass).כוס Boiling . Just before it reaches the boiling point. It must be a plain glass. I like it black. The second law concerns the amount. If you have a problem with sugar. If you physically or mentally need a handle. The fifth and last law demands you hold the glass with your index finger and thumb.com REAL Israeli Coffee in a finjan (Coffeepot) Seeing Israel through the coffee glass. all agree that first you heat water in a pot (1¼ glasses of water for each drinker). so there is no argument). Our black is not your black In Israel. preferably with no handle.www. Now drink up! Share this with your friends! 26 Dictionary Black – Shachor . black coffee is what western countries call “Turkish Coffee”. how many times must you pick-up-and-put-back the pot? Well. The third law concerns sweetness. it’s a “guy” thing) have ‘Black coffee kits’ in the back of their car. but also Turkish or Bots coffee ( בוץmeaning mud because of the residue left at the bottom of the glass. However.eTeacherHebrew. you must pick up the pot and let the boiling water subside briefly.taste and smell are subjective. it must be lightly scattered AFTER pouring the boiling water. drop in the sugar and stir (two sugar units for every glass). Only then can you pour the coffee into the glasses. Israelis generally prefer it strong. When making ‘bots’.