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  • Watch: Making Druse Flatbread in Northern Israel

    Shuli and his boys were in northern Israel last month, where they stopped for a traditional Middle Eastern snack: paper-thin Druse flatbread, cooked on a convex griddle with no oil, then covered with labneh (yogurt cheese) and za'atar blend.
    Watch the deft movements of the baker as she quickly rolls the dough, stretches it thin on a special pillow and quickly griddles it till done. You can hear the boys' excited voices in the background when their treat is almost ready!

    Za'atar blend is traditionally made with the za'atar herb, which has been hard to come by recently. Until we're able to source the herb reliably, we are selling a blend that approximates the flavor of the traditional mix with thyme and toasted wheat along with sesame seeds and sumac.

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  • The School Project

    A week ago, Shuli and I had participated as volunteers at our sons school. This joint effort involved students from Kindergarten through the third grade.We had the great pleasure of demonstrating how various spices were used in ancient times as dyes and for cooking. Each child was given the opportunity to dye a muslim bag with turmeric,choose from a large array of spices to make their own Havdalah mix, and use a mortar and pestle to grind spices for making Israel's famous za'atar spice blend.The children sprinkled the za'atar mixture over sour cream and olive oil and it was served to the entire school as an accompaniment to their delicious school lunch, much of which was prepared by the students on-site .

    The following day when the muslin bags had dried, the Kindergartners filled the bags with their spice blends making their own b'samim bags (same as potpourri bag) for Havdalah, which is a Jewish religious ceremony that marks the symbolic end of Shabbat and holidays ushering in the new week. The ceremony is usually celebrated at home with family and friends and includes three blessings: over wine, spices, and lighted candles. Continue reading

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