Archive for the ‘Israeli culture’ Category

October 11th, 2011

The Feast of Tabernacles Is Proof of God’s Promise and Love for Christians

sukkot in israelBy Judith Goodall -
Five-thousands plus Christians worldwide travelled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.  Thousands of God’s believers were able to experience this wonderful event thanks to The International Christian Embassy.

One highlight of the event was when Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat spoke about Jerusalem and the unity of not only Jerusalem but Israel as a whole.  He also spoke about the international community and their desire to split-up the land of Israel.

Mayor Nir Barkat spoke passionately about the unity of Israel and how the country represents a heart that refuses to break.  This proved inspiring for all Christians in attendance to this inspiring speech of the Jerusalem mayor.

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September 24th, 2011

How to Make Great Hummus…With a Kick

By Donalda Shell -
Hummus is the word utilized for “chickpea” in Arabic.  In the English language, hummus is the title given to great-tasting dips that consist of chickpeas (mashed), tahini (very important ingredient), garlic, lemon juice and a pinch of garlic.  Hummus is utilized for making sandwiches, dips and for anyone trying to eat healthier, hummus can be utilized instead of rice when serving entrée’s.

Some people complain after preparing hummus that is appears dry and this is why when serving, drizzle some olive oil over the top, this helps in keeping the dish moist.  For a dramatic effect, extra virgin olive oil is highly recommended.  Toss some black olives on top and voila!

Where did hummus come from?

I wish there was a simple answer to this question however, there is not.  Hummus has been around forever and has taken on numerous forms.  I am sure the original recipe for hummus is floating around somewhere or perhaps it is hidden a wall somewhere.  The truth is no one knows the answer to this question.

Hummus is utilized throughout the entire Arab world which leads us to believe hummus was created somewhere in the Middle East.  If you look at international cuisines, hummus is primarily most popular in areas of the Mediterranean and even in places such as India.

I have southern roots in the United States and where I enjoy the basic recipe for hummus, no matter where it originated from, I enjoy adding a little kick of red pepper and roasted red bell peppers to my recipe.  This does not take away from the overall taste of basic hummus but if you like a little “spice”, you will find the ground red pepper and the red bell peppers makes the recipe unique and quite enjoyable to taste.

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August 30th, 2011

Israel’s Streets Provide the Stage at Least at the Bat Yam Festival

I attended the International Street Theatre Festival which was ongoing from         August 23 – 25.  The festival took place on the streets of Bat Yam which is a beautiful coastal city that proved perfect for this artistic and exciting festival.

The festival has been ongoing for 15 years however; this year was the first time the festival had changed its name to C.A.T (Creative Artistic Theatre) Bat Yam.  When asked why the name change was made, the festival staff stated that they wanted to place more emphasis on the art of theatrical creation as well as the inspiration behind the choices of artists with public space as their stage.

Some might speculate as to the new additions of the festival however, it is obvious with new artistic directors who are both street theatre experts, Gil Blecher and Lisa Jacobson; they obviously came onboard with fresh and innovative ideas for the festival.  It proved obvious to all who attended the festival that the gathering was more challenging and surprising.  This proved helpful and fun with drawing in participants and contributors.

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August 23rd, 2011

Traditional Falafel Recipe From my Mother’s Kitchen

FalafelBy Donalda Shell -
You do not have to be from the Middle East to enjoy a great Falafel.  My family is European with my mother being born in Germany and my father was born in Ireland.  My grandmother who was German, always made delicious Falafel’s in her kitchen.  My grandmother has been gone for many years but her love of Falafel’s has carried over onto my family’s table.

The Falafel derives out of the Middle East is their version of what we American call “fast food”.  Some of the best Falafel’s can be found on popular street corners in Israel sold by street vendors.  This dish can be served as an entrée or as an appetizer.

The Falafel is popular within Vegan cultures but one does not have to be Vegan to enjoy this delicious dish.  The time it takes to make this Middle Eastern favorite is minimal.  This is great news for anyone who does not want to spend hours in the kitchen preparing and cooking any type of food.

People in the Israel have been growing chickpeas for over 20,000 years.  The history of the Falafel is not only stoic but controversial.  The Falafel is named Israel’s official traditional food yet; the Palestinians claim that Israel stole the Falafel from them.  This dish is mentioned in the bible as food of the Hebrews therefore, Israel dismisses the controversy and accusations of the Palestinians.

The recipe is as follows:

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June 14th, 2011

How to Make Great-Tasting Pita Bread

how to make a pita breadBy Judith Goodall -
Pita bread is Middle Eastern flat bread that is round and flat.

Pita bread is one of the most popular breads in the world.  It is baked in a very hot oven, is yeast leavened, and makes for delicious and healthy bread.  It consists of two layers that literally almost separate while baking.  During the baking process, a hollow center forms and splits, this is how the pockets are formed.  Typically, the bread can be opened at one end, which is how fillings are placed inside in preparing sandwiches.  The pita is commonly cut in half for people who desire smaller sandwiches.

The origin of Pita bread

Pita bread originated in the Middle East and Egypt centuries ago.  It was introduced to the United States by immigrant restaurants and in immigrant communities in the United States, Africa, Europe and Asia.  This bread can be found in health food establishments, restaurants and grocery stores worldwide.

Good for you

The Pita bread unlike other breads proves nutritional for all who enjoy it.  It is low-sugar and low-fat bread.  It is nutritious due to the high levels of iron, protein and vitamins being riboflavin, niacin and thiamine.  Pita bread is a great source of energy because of the complex carbohydrates it contains.  This innovative bread contains no preservatives and proves easier to make in comparison to traditional-style loafs of bread.

I wanted to share a simple recipe in creating this great-tasting bread.  The first version is a basic Pita Recipe.  Ensure that you are you careful with the proportions or else you will end up with a sticky mess, which proves a nightmare to clean up!  If you prefer to utilize whole-wheat flour, all you need to do is substitute whole-wheat flour for the regular white-flour.  The recipe is the same for either flour.

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