Eggplant and Eggs Pita Sandwich (Sabich) is considered the first native Israeli dish. It is a popular street food, and as such, it's incredibly flavorful and conveniently flexible in its ingredients.

Sometimes you find yourself in a tight spot, only to find out later that what you thought was your bad luck at work turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Imagine that, I almost left Israel without tasting Eggplant and Eggs Pita Sandwich (Sabich). That would have been nothing short of a tragedy.

If you’ve followed my culinary adventure in Israel, this is the last part, the part that ended somewhere around the time a snowstorm caused all the airports in the US East Coast to be shut, and my flight home cancelled. I wasn’t a happy gal, giving my nine-year old the news that mommy might take some more time to get home almost made me want to cry. It was my luck that my friend Bren was also staying longer in Israel, so we decided to go out and explore Tel Aviv on our own.

A day with Bren is an adventure in itself. That and how we came home with several pair of shoes, including some amazing handmade ones, is a story for another day!

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Based on a Dominican Children's favorite breakfast dish, Vanilla and Chocolate Maicena Pudding is perfect for those days when you need a mild, comforting dessert.

Few Dominican children have escaped it, and although it’s not as popular these days, nearly all of us have eaten a version of this dish at some time or other. It was usually served as breakfast or dinner, and sometimes as a mild, comfort food when we were sick.

Coincidentally, a couple of readers recently mentioned that they would like a recipe for it, so I set out to do that. It took longer than I intended as my body just wasn’t into the whole “working” thing.

And I wasn’t just procrastinating.

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Shakshuka: Eggs on Tomato SauceShakshuka (eggs on tomato sauce) is one of those dishes that have made so many rounds on the internet that you’re likely to have seen it elsewhere. Trying it for the first time, on the other hand, makes you wonder just why you haven’t made it before. Such a simple idea, such a great little dish.

Also spelled shakshouka, the name is also used in Arabic to describe any type of mixture. Its origins are a matter of debate, but the most accepted version is that it is of Tunisian origin — it’s also known and loved in Libya, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt — and was brought to Israel by Tunisian Jews. It is a popular breakfast dish, but can also be served for dinner.

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Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese and Lime Frosting Recipe

The recipe for this Lemon cake with Cream Cheese Lime Frosting is probably one of the most extensively tested recipes in our blog. A couple of weeks back I even shared with my social media followers a couple of pictures of a very nice-looking version no. 3, which unfortunately, I found, was still lacking. This is version no. 4, and I am finally happy with it.

But let’s talk about lime and lemons, a source of confusion between countries that is not likely to solve itself any time soon.

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Rice with Lentils (Mejadra)

The name is Mejadra, a popular dish in the Middle East. And when an Instagram follower made the immediate connection that this Rice with Lentils and Fried Onions looks a lot like our Moro, she figured out exactly why right after trying it I decided I needed to share it with you. The story of how and where I first tried this dish is also worth telling…

A few weeks ago I received a message with an invitation that I almost turned down due to prior family commitments. It would have been with a heavy heart though, as this was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Luckily, both my husband and Ilana persuaded me to change my mind, so I embarked on a trip to learn about the food and people of one of the world’s most iconic countries: Israel.

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