Menu: Israel

When the storm clouds blot out the sun, do you say: “Hurrah – I love the way rain feels on my face.”

When your cup is empty, do you say: “How great to have a cup!”

When all you have are a few lemons, do you ask: “Who would like to share a splash of lemonade?”

Our week at the Israeli Global Table is a celebration of the delicious treats that can be made out of a surprising few ingredients. Treats fellow food optimists will love. (A Food Optimist is often found to say: Sure I can make something out of that – no problem!)

Are you a Food Optimist? What sounds good to you?

Lemon-Garlic Hummus [recipe]
A highly flavorful hummus, seasoned with fresh lemon juice, garlic, and lots of parsley. As a bonus, this quick recipe comes together in 5 minutes.

Shakshouka [recipe]
An Israeli breakfast. Eggs poached on top of a tomato pepper sauce. Garnished with plenty of parsley and served with crusty bread.

Citrus Salad [recipe]
Nothing says Israel like a simple orange and grapefruit salad.

Israeli Juice  [recipe]
A big sip of sunshine, made with fresh lemon and lime juices, sprigs of mint, and simple syrup.

*All recipes and meal review will be posted by Monday morning.




  1. Brian S. says

    Menu looks great! By the way, “Israeli couscous” exemplifies what you said. It was invented during a time of poverty when no one could afford expensive grains. It is made of the cheapest grain. Now it is a gourmet treat.

  2. Loribeth says

    Just wanted to say thank you. You had a wonderful idea and I am enjoying following your adventures around the world. I don’t make every recipe but still enjoy reading about the food and culture of each place. Thanks for allowing me to travel with you.

  3. Sasha Martin says

    Thanks guys.

    Loribeth – it is my pleasure. I’m so glad you are along for the ride; it’s fun having companions on this marathon – not to mention the fact that I simply couldn’t do it without your support and encouragement. 🙂

  4. israeli couscous wasn’t invented during strife and poverty there its called mograbiah which again has originated from north africa (in particular morroco, algeria and tunisia), it was probably bought over by the jewish settlers from north africa. i have no problems with israel just that some clarifcation with the origins would be good, as a north african i feel a little cheated when you say that something my own great grandma ate and made is from somewhere else.

  5. by the way I’m referring to brian here, but felt like replying for clarification in case anyone was reading.

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