Miriam Kresh

About Miriam Kresh

Miriam Kresh is an American ex-pat living in Israel. Her love of Middle Eastern food evolved from close friendships with enthusiastic Moroccan, Tunisian and Turkish home cooks. She owns too many cookbooks and is always planning the next meal. Miriam can be reached at miriam (at) greenprophet (dot) com.

Halloumi cheese kebabs recipe

Halloumi cheese kebabs recipe

What’s vegewarian, anyway? Answer: it’s selecting sustainable dishes based on non-meat foods at least once weekly. Halloumi is said to have originated long ago in Cyprus. Cheesemakers spread the Halloumi technique abroad of compacting milk fresh curds and curing them in brine, and now many Middle Eastern countries produce the cheese. It may be made[.....]

Sustainable student village from shipping containers!

Sustainable student village from shipping containers!

Sderot’s dusty streets and woeful aspect come naturally after enduring years of rocket attacks from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. In this Western Negev town in Israel, all bus stops are small bomb shelters. A traffic roundabout represents the town center, with a pizzeria, a stationary store, and some tired-looking clothing shops around it. The young,[.....]

Foraged wild greens and fatayer turnovers recipe

Foraged wild greens and fatayer turnovers recipe

In the Galilee’s Arab, Jewish, and Druze communities, life has a rural rhythm, slower than in big towns. You  can tell that people like to stop and sniff the roses, as each garden displays roses and other lovingly tended fragrant bushes. And the old foodways are still alive in the Galilee, preserved by middle-aged housewives.

10 Ways To Reduce Holiday Waste

10 Ways To Reduce Holiday Waste

Frankly, we’re hoping that the above image of holiday shoppers makes you a tad uncomfortable. To enjoy holidays as greenly as possible, buy or make meaningful gifts that add to joy, not more trash to landfills. Here are 10 ways you can reduce the inevitable waste that accumulates after the last gifts are unwrapped.

Falafel, The Recipe

Falafel, The Recipe

There’s nothing like homemade falafel when you’re in the mood for those savory, crunchy chickpea balls packed into a fluffy pita. We teach you how to make whole-wheat pita here. Making your own falafel, you decide exactly which fixings go into your package of chickpea goodness.

Camel Meat Enters The Gourmet World

Camel Meat Enters The Gourmet World

If someone offered you camel bourguignon or a camel-burger on a gold-leaf bun, would you think they were kidding? We offered you an affordable recipe for camel burgers in this post. Now The Daily Star reports that  in the Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace Hotel, the humble camel  has been elevated into the new ulra-gourmet meat.

Turmeric Heals The Way Drugs Do, Only Better

Turmeric Heals The Way Drugs Do, Only Better

There are two good reasons for cooking with turmeric. The first one is that the spice’s attractive yellow color and pungent flavor satisfy the sense of having eaten real food. The second, as folk wisdom has always known, is that it’s good for you. Our previous post on turmeric vs. arthritis offers a wide view[.....]

3 Frozen Watermelon Desserts

3 Frozen Watermelon Desserts

Summertime is watermelon time, and time to enjoy the pleasant contrast between the fruit’s hot red color and cool sweetness. Mark Bittman of the New York Times writes a variety of recipes featuring watermelon. In case you need convincing, here are 5 good reasons to eat watermelon this summer. We’ve taken three of Mr. Bittman’s[.....]

King David’s Palace Discovered

King David’s Palace Discovered

The ruins of a fortified complex at Khirbet Qeiyafa, west of Jerusalem, are the remains of one of King David’s palaces, says  Dr. Yossi Garfinkel, archeologist from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Working together with Saar Ganor of Israel’s Antiquities Authority, Garfinkel has worked to uncover the site for the past seven years. According to[.....]

Tomatoes and Eggplants, July Seasonal Produce

Tomatoes and Eggplants, July Seasonal Produce

Experienced cooks know that vegetables that come into season together often cook up well together. A perfect example for July produce is tomatoes and eggplants. Both have been available throughout the spring and early summer, but it’s right now that you can find  the baladi (heirloom) varieties.  See our baba ganoush recipe with a baladi[.....]

Baked Eggplant Slices in Tomato Sauce, Vegewarian RECIPE

Baked Eggplant Slices in Tomato Sauce, Vegewarian RECIPE

  Umm…remind me, what’s vegewarian again? It’s enjoying plenty of  sustainable, local, and delicious vegetarian foods, with meat dishes only once in a while. As summer climbs towards its peak hot weather, hefty eggplants and tomatoes make a natural partnership in savory dishes like this one. Using the blender, the sauce takes little effort, and[.....]

Stuffed Mulberry Leaves With Chicken Recipe

Stuffed Mulberry Leaves With Chicken Recipe

Green Prophet’s editor Karin plucks mulberry leaves from her backyard and serves them to her family. Long ago, mulberry trees were planted all over the Middle East to feed silkworms. The cottage silk industries have died out, but many ancient mulberry trees remain. Strolling with Karin in her garden recently in Jaffa, I remarked that[.....]

Early Summer Tomato Jam RECIPE

Early Summer Tomato Jam RECIPE

Summer’s arrival brings out all kinds of fruit to simmer up into jam – including tomatoes. Tomatoes as jam? Yes, indeed, and delicious it is, too. I love to make up small batches of tomato jam when lots of different tomato varieties appear in the markets. In the full swing of summer’s harvest, when prices[.....]

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