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April 30, 2017 • Comments (0)
I’d like to share with you my favorite part of being in Israel-This is Hagay Ben Yehuda @hagaybread and I found him through a “fellow bread-head” on Instagram @odedroesler who I follow, who lives in Israel. Knowing about my upcoming trip, I wrote to him asking if he knew of any bakers that made bread in a home-based wood oven and he was kind enough to direct me to Hagay, who lives on Kibbutz Einstein (in Tel Aviv) and is a 5th generation bread baker-all by hand, all wood driven, all sourdough and he also gives bread workshops. (Saying he was “a find” is an understatement!!) I’m sharing Hagay with you, not just because he’s a wonderful baker and patient teacher-but because he has such a big, beautiful dream. In addition to selling his delicious breads at local farmers markets, not long ago, he started a seeding project of ancient wheat varieties native to Israel- working to bring these varieties back where they started- where they rightfully belong. His wheat fields are beautiful!!! (Did I mention that he is doing all the work himself, with his wife Nora?! Such hard work!) Thank you, Hagay, for being such an inspiration to me

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April 29, 2017 • Comments (0)
Just outside the Mahane Yehuda Market (Jerusalem) a shop that makes Khachapuri, a boat-shaped Georgian cheese filled bread. The most traditional way: after baking half way, the boat gets pulled out of the oven, topped with an egg and baked until the white is cooked and the yolk is runny. Just after baking the top gets swabbed with softened butter (a very rich butter) and served hot- the bread is used to dip in the egg and cheese). There are other ways to fill-and shape and we tried several- All delish. Can’t wait to make this at home

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April 27, 2017 • Comments (0)
A Jewish boy became a man today (a Bar Mitzvah) in the Old City- Jerusalem. Thursday’s and Monday’s (not Saturday’s) are when a Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremony and festivities take place in israel. The ceremony is surrounded by not just family and friends but also locals, tourists- anyone that’s around to see, to clap, to wish him well. A private celebration takes place tonight

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April 27, 2017 • Comments (0)
In Akko- at Uri Buri- the best seafood I’ve ever had- this grid only shows a small part of the meal. It was all exquisite- impeccably fresh, so clean and truly delicious. A MUST when in Israel

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April 26, 2017 • Comments (0)
Such a magical time watching this woman make amazing Druze pita bread (in a private home in a Druze mountain village in Golan

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April 25, 2017 • Comments (0)
In a Druze village, in northern Israel, I helped make lunch in the home of Pnina. We made many delicious things, including Zalabya, a savory,spiced fried finger-perforated flatbread-and a simmered casserole filled with rice-stuffed grape leaves and short, stubby pale green squash-with fresh tomatoes. There was so much more but this is all I can fit-🙌 Just wonderful

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April 24, 2017 • Comments (0)
Crazy!! Lunch in a “gourmet food truck” tent in the middle of no-where at the foothills of the Dead Sea. So special and absolutely delicious!!! Thank you, so much, Chef Tal!! (Too many pictures to make a post here-this needs a blog post. Will do asap

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April 23, 2017 • Comments (0)
Pictures (or words) just don’t do this justice

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April 23, 2017 • Comments (0)
An Israeli Ibex. (A desert-dwelling goat.) My new bff- So handsome

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April 22, 2017 • Comments (0)
Bread being made (cooked directly on hot stones) in a tabun- this is situated in its own covered area made is kept hot 24/7. This bread was very similar to an un-topped pizza crust

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