Posted on 10th of April, 2012 by Lévana
The French term for chickpeas is “pois chiches,” meaning something like pea’s poor relatives. Wow, if poor and modest could always taste like this (I for one think it always does), just give it to me! So many hummus joints have recently sprouted all over the city: chickpea spreads with...
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Posted on 3rd of April, 2012 by Lévana
Poor parsnips too often serve as crowd actor, and then get discarded (as in chicken soup), but here they are “it”. Who knew they could be so fabulous? hot and sweet is a great treatment for them, and the easiest. They are delicious at room temperature as well. Sephardi Tsimmis?...
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Posted on 24th of February, 2012 by Lévana
Eggplant is a huge favorite in our Sephardi Cooking. This dish is all roasted, so it is pretty streamlined, and pretty lean. Anything not to have to fry eggplant, which gobbles up oil like crazy! The preserved lemons do make a big difference, so please don’t skip them. I have...
Posted on 24th of February, 2012 by Lévana
For nut lovers only: the famous Pfeffernusse, Sephardi style. Perfect for Passover too, and gluten-free without even trying. Don’t try to bake them on a disposable cookie sheet, or the bottoms will burn. Ingredients: 12∕3 cups unblanched almonds 12∕3 cups walnuts ¾ cup sugar 2 teaspoons ground cloves 1 teaspoon...
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Posted on 19th of February, 2012 by Lévana
I always loved this Sephardi dish I grew up with: In the finished dish the chicken breasts were diced, the chicken livers were whole and the lamb was shaped into meatballs. I made it and it was quite delicious but a little messy. When I recently asked my mother how...
Posted on 1st of February, 2012 by Lévana
Excerpted from my latest cookbook, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen. Israelis affectionately called this dish chraimi, insisting that’s what Moroccans call it. (Hello! Never heard of the word in Morocco! Something probably got lost in translation . . .) This is precisely the kind of dish where preserved lemon makes...
Posted on 12th of December, 2011 by Lévana
This soup is overlaid with Moroccan flavors, and smells as heavenly as it tastes. For many years, my classroom was in Lincoln Square Synagogue. The teacher himself later told me that he found teaching exquisite torture on Monday nights. I could have told them what I had known all along:...
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Posted on 27th of November, 2011 by Lévana
Chanukkah is around the corner. Fear of Frying? Start by going over my tips for frying efficiently and safely. Forget about those insipid and processed patties in the frozen section of your supermarket or health food store: processed is processed, organic or otherwise! Rather, make your own delicious vegetable latkas...
Posted on 24th of November, 2011 by Lévana
The appeal of Moroccan food is universal. The aromas and flavors of the dishes do their magic every bit as much as the simplicity of their preparation. There’s just one more secret: What we call somewhat dismissively “side dishes” and which gets shuffled around on our dinner plate simply doesn’t...
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Posted on 22nd of September, 2011 by Lévana
Pastilla is one of the world’s great dishes, and it takes just one delightful bite to understand why. It epitomizes Moroccan cuisine, spicy and sweet, delicate and intriguing. More labored than the dishes I usually share, but then this is a very special treat. I admit I toast the almonds...