As part of the Israel Kids Cultural Exchange about food we included recipes, a story, about favorite foods as well as some favorite Israeli samples that could be shipped easily.
Falafel, Halva, kids like “chamutzim” – sour pickels and sour olives. Pomegranates and pomelas (or mini pomelas) are popular and grown here. Spearmint or “Nana” is a very popular tea.
Shakshuka Hard or Easy
Ingredients: 2 lbs fresh tomatoes, unpeeled and cut in quarters, or one 28 oz can
6 cloves garlic, roughly diced 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Make tomato sauce by combining tomatoes, garlic, salt, paprika, tomato paste, and oil in a saucepan. Simmer and cook uncovered, over low heat until thick, for about 30 minutes.
Stir occasionally. Put tomato sauce in a frying pan. Simmer and break the eggs into the sauce. Cover and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, until the eggs have set. Serve in frying pan.
Use packaged matbucha or salsa as the base and then add eggs.
1 cup cooked chickpeas (reserve half a cup of chickpea liquid)
1/4 cup tahina
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt ground pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Combine all ingredients + chickpea liquid to make a paste. Spread on a plate, drizzle with olive oil, and optionally pine nuts, paprika, zaatar, tumeric and cooked chickpeas.
Tomato, cucumber, pepper cut into very small pieces and add salt, pepper, oil and lemon juice.
We included the spice zaatar in the packages we sent. Things you can do with it: Put in salad, on pizza, in pasta sauce, in herbal tea, Eat with sour cream with bread or crackers, Take a half cup of olive oil, put in a little serving bowl. Add a bit of salt and zatar. Great on challah.
Chicken with lemon, olives, onion and zaatar
Marinate and roast
We make challah almost every week for Shabbat. Usually we use the dough to also make “rugalach” filled with either cinnamon and sugar or chocolate. We use a bread machine to do the dough.
1/3-1/2 c sugar (or less honey)
1/2 c oil
4.5 c of flour
2.5 tsp yeast
Tiras Cham Story
I also included a popular Israeli kids story “Tiras Cham” (Hot Corn) by Miriam Roth for the Israel Kids Cultural Exchange about Food. I included an audio story and a little coloring sheet. I included a translation of the story but I am not going to do that here. Instead you can hear it read on YouTube: