- Talma Gotteiner
Non-Oily Hanukkah Foods - Part 1
The traditional Hanukkah foods are oily enough so the foods in my review complement them:
'Spelt Noodles' by B&D
'Organic Green Peas' by Tvuot
'Spelt Noodles' by B&D
B&D (Better & Different), a company that specializes in the production and marketing of natural food products, is launching a special and high-quality noodle series made from 100% whole spelt flour. There are 3 types of noodles in the series: very thin noodles, thin noodles and wide noodles all of which are satisfying and nutritious.
Spelt is a species of ancient grain that is a species of wheat used as a food in various places in the Middle East and Europe, from the Bronze Age to the medieval times. It was replaced by the species of wheat that is used for baking bread today, which is easier to grow and process. Whole spelt flour, is ground from the whole kernel and is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. Because its gluten composition is different from that of the species of wheat used for bread today, it is more convenient to digest and may be more friendly and tolerable for those who suffer from a mild sensitivity to wheat. You should avoid it if you have Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Thanks to its hard husk, which protects the grains from pests, spelt is much less sprayed with pesticides than regular wheat (bread wheat).
The delicious noodles are great for preparing a variety of dishes, including stir-fries, soups, pies, stews, sweet dishes and more. The series is available at retail chains, health food stores and select stores.
KOSHER CERTIFICATE: Badatz of the Haredi community and the Jerusalem rabbinate.
PRICE: 8.90 - 9.90 NIS for a package weighing 200 grams.
B&D's Stir-Fried Noodles with Assorted Vegetables
1 pack of B&D wide spelt noodles
1/2 - 1 yellow pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 - 1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
1 medium onion, cut into thin strips
1/5 small purple cabbage, cut into thin strips
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 small sweet potato, baked or roasted, cut into cubes
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Vegetable oil (for sautéing)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup date syrup (preferably 100%)
1.5 tablespoons vinegar (preferably Mirin - rice vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon ground dried ginger or a teaspoon of fresh, grated ginger
1-1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
A handful of halved blanched almonds, lightly roasted in an oil-free pan
A handful of parsley or coriander, chopped
Roasted sesame seeds (you can combine black and white sesame seeds)
Noodles: Prepare according to the instructions. Rinse with tap water and strain. Mix the noodles with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil.
Sauce: Put all the sauce ingredients in a small pot. Bring to a gentle boil and then lower the flame and cook, while stirring, over a small flame for 3-4 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.
Stir-fry: Heat oil in a quality wok or in a wide pot. Fry the vegetables in the following order: onions, garlic and peppers, until lightly roasted but still crispy and fresh (so that the vegetables are sautéed and not boiled in their liquids. Liquids should be poured from the wok - if they form. Add the prepared sweet potato cubes and the cabbage. Add about 3/4 of the amount of sauce, and mix. Add the noodles and the rest of the sauce, if needed. Alternatively, you can keep the remainder of the sauce in a closed bottle within the refrigerator. Garnish before serving.
'Organic Green Peas' by Tvuot
Tvuot (2007), an Israeli company that engages in import, production, packaging and marketing of organic and natural food products, is offering "organic green peas" that are delicious, nutritious and satisfying.
Peas (or cultivated peas, one of four species) are a legume, that based on archaeological findings has been shown to be used about 10,000 years ago. Its earliest remains were found in Turkey, Iraq and Israel and it is common in Europe, China and India. Biblical scholars have determined that it appears in the book of Isaiah as "leaven."
Peas are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber and are suitable for making stews, soups and a variety of dishes. Tvuot's peas are available at retail chains, health food stores and select stores around the country.
KOSHER CERTIFICATE: Parve, under the supervision of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and and Belz - Badatz, the holders of religion in Israel.
PRICE: 12.90 NIS for a packaging weighing 500 grams.
Tvuot's Organic Green Pea Spread
1.5 cups of Tvuot's organic green peas, washed and filtered (no need to soak)
1 onion, chopped
Olive oil (preferably extra virgin)
1 cup high quality raw tahini
2-4 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt, white pepper
Juice from 1/2 - 1 lemon
Filter the peas and place in a pot with the onion. Add water until it reaches about 6 cm above the surface of the peas. Bring to a boil and partially cover. Lower the heat to the lowest flame and cook for about an hour, keeping a gentle bubble. Stir occasionally. If liquids are missing - add boiling water.
When the peas have softened, strain while saving the cooking liquid. Transfer the peas to a food processor and blend with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, until a smooth texture is obtained.
Add tahini, garlic, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Blend again. Add more olive oil to your liking and adjust the seasoning. If the texture is too thick - you can add a little of the cooking liquid that you put aside. If the texture is too watery, add more tahini.
Serve the spread in a bowl. Drizzle a little olive oil on top and garnish with one or more of the suggested toppings: chopped parsley and / or coriander, sweet and / or hot paprika, slices of white or purple onion, roasted pine nuts, hot pepper slices, olives. Serve with pita bread, crackers, and other vegetables.
Another option for serving is to fill a tortilla and serve with salsa and Tabasco.
To see additional foods please refer to Part 2.
Have a Happy and Healthy Hannukah!
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