January 30, 2007

An Israeli Feast

Last Saturday night I helped host an Israeli feast (with three friends) to benefit Hadassah. We raised some money for a worthy cause, enjoyed a wonderful evening with friends old and new, and had the pleasure of sharing our love of Israeli food and culture.

Debbie and I dressed up in beautiful embroidered dresses; Rik wore a shirt with the collar open at the throat to show off his hairy chest and gold chain. We enjoyed appetizers in the salon (that’s the living room), then adjourned to the dining table for dinner and dessert. I even made Turkish coffee and "read" the coffee grounds for those who so wished. We listened to our favorite Israeli music throughout and after dinner danced a few Israeli folk dances.

Unfortunately our third partner was sick and couldn’t attend at the last minute, but I brought leftovers the next day and shared the photos.

Layl Yisrael-- An Evening in Israel
Benefiting Seattle Chapter Hadassah
27 January 2007 - 8 Sh’vat 5767

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Pita with Za’atar (Wild Hyssop Spice Dip)
Israeli Olives from Kibbutz Beit Hashita
Crudités with Feta Cheese
Ajvar (it’s not Israeli, but we like it a lot!)
Hummus with Tahina
Salat Hatzilim (Eggplant Salad)
Spinach-Cheese Borekas
Zhoug (Yemenite Red Chili Relish)

Malt Star “Black Beer” (non-alcoholic)
Golan Winery Moscato Galilee 2005
Mount Tabor Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Galilee

Israeli Salad with Shamenet (Sour Cream)
Halibut Cheeks with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Artichoke Hearts with Fava Beans
Ajlouk de Courgettes (Zucchini Salad)
Mejadara (Biblical Lentil Pottage)

Oogat Shokolad “Sabra” (Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Orange Sauce)
Mint Tea
Turkish Coffee with Hel (cardamom)
Carmel Israeli Brandy “777”

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