Of course I’ve been eating falafels, what else ?
Meanwhile, Lillian was ordering fish, always extremely tasty here…
Together with (quite some) bottles of red wine…
“Galil”, “Gloan”, say the labels. Isn’t it an invitation to travel ?
Without Lillian around, though, I was mainly having breakfasts.
Above, together with my Turkish Coffee, I am enjoying a Sahlav (pronounce sarrlav).
It is made from hot salep cream, served with coconut, nuts and cinnamon – You might remember salep from a trip to Istanbul, where they are sold in the streets in the winter time.
Sahlav – meaning “orchid” in Hebrew and Arabic – is a thick Middle Eastern milk-based pudding that is drunk as the weather begins to get cold. Sahlav originally appeared in the Middle East during the Roman era. The original recipe calls for ground up orchid bulbs, which are used to thicken up the pudding. However, a more common approach to creating this drink is to use corn flour.
Part pudding, part drink- sahlav is sweet, comforting and believed to be an aphrodisiac… Let’s see…
And this is another breakfast dish : Malawach.
Malawash looks like a thick pancake and it consists of thin layers of puff pastry brushed with oil and cooked flat in a frying pan. It is traditionnally served with a crushed or grated tomato dip, hard boiled eggs and skhug (a condiment made of hot peppers, coriand, garlic).
This fried bread that is a staple of the Yemenite Jews, and through their immigration of to Israel, it has become a favorite comfort food for Israelis of all backgrounds and national origins.
A bread similar to malawach is also known as paratha in Indian cuisine.
Another dish offered for breakfast : Shakshouka. A dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers and onions, often spiced with cumin. It is believed to have a Tunisian origin.
But should you prefer junk food, don’t worry, there are Mc Donalds in Israel as well !