Any sufficiently advanced kitchen technique is indistinguishable from magic.
In an era before antibiotics, blood tests and digital scanning thermometers; In an era before EKG’s, stethoscopes, blood transfusions and even refrigeration; In an era before doctors, science and even a rudimentary understanding of human anatomy, there was the ancient Jewish dietary law of kosher, which continues to offer a lesson for today’s fractured societies of western Africa struggling to contain the Ebola epidemic.
This past summer, the family took a vacation to a tzimmer up north in the small yishuv of Meona. During the course of our conversation with the proprietors, we learned that the husband worked in the local industry, a mushroom farm, and would we like a tour?
It is no secret that I have to use frozen fish from time to time. But a real chef won’t blame his tools or his ingredients.
Greece is home to one of the quintessential Mediterranean cuisines. And, spanakopita is the first food I ever prepared for public consumption, as a grade school assignment.
See, Mom? I still remember.
Meat roasted on a spit. Bite-sized morsels with a convenient handle, plate optional. It doesn’t get more basic – and some would say more delicious – than that. Cuisines throughout the world have taken this simple way of preparing food and personalized it through marinades and spice rubs, elevating it from a mere cooking method to a unique cultural dish.
Maybe that’s why we were given the korban Pesach with very specific instructions on how to prepare it: on a single shaft made of pomegranate wood, without so much as a sprig of parsley for garnish.
I have a fantastic appetizer recipe for salmon. My vegetarian daughter is coming for a visit and I’d love to make her a main dish from it. Do you have any idea how long I would have to steam a large piece of salmon that way?
The simple answer is: ten minutes. Let me explain why.
Oh, this isn’t going to go well…
Minister of Finance Yair Lapid and Minister of the Economy Naftali Bennett signed regulations today for promoting competition among Israel’s food retailers by obliging every large retailer to publish its prices on the Internet. The regulation applies to nineteen retailers in Israel. They will have to publish on the Internet prices for all the food items they sell in their stores.
Not that the technology isn’t there, but to actually force the issue through legislation and regulation is a little bonkers.