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Download Moroccan Recipes Based on Argan Oil

33 exotic Moroccan recipes from the women who make and cook with argan oil. The argan tree is a Berber identity icon, and production of its oil is traditionally a woman’s job.  But as with many folkways, interest in argan began to dwindle. It’s a finicky process with low yield. Unless marketed wisely, it’s hardly […]

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Tu B’Shvat is Jewish New Year For The Trees

The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat, a day especially loved by children, is a special eco-day in Israel. Celebrate it with a fruity feast. It’s true, a few days before the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat occurs, the almond trees in Israel begin to shake blossoms out along their branches. Travelers along the Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem highway […]

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Fecal Transplant “Crapsule” Kills Super Bugs Better Than Antibiotics

New Nature study research shows that fatal first world, hospital-born diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile can be treated with donor feces.  It’s exactly what it sounds like. Transferring feces of a (healthy, tested) donor to the gut of a patient suffering from life-threatening diarrhea. These are cases where the body’s natural, beneficial bacteria are wiped out from many rounds […]

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Eat Like A Sustainable Iranian: Wheat Berry Pudding RECIPE

This traditional Persian pudding makes a great winter breakfast or a satisfying dessert. Eating sustainably connotes regional foods that are available locally and in season. Fair conditions for workers and careful use of natural resources are part of what makes foodways sustainable. To draw attention to what is sustainable in the Middle East, we’ve embarked […]

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Turmeric Helps Conquer Arthritic Inflammation

In the Middle East, now is the time to buy fresh turmeric root for freezing or planting. Fancy a turmeric smoothie? That’s how my husband gets his daily dose of the deep-yellow, pungent root. When his doctor took him off anti-inflammation medications, I cast around for a natural way to help him cope with the […]

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Eat Like a Sustainable Jordanian – Mansaf RECIPE

Our continued investigation into  sustainable Middle Eastern food focuses on Mansaf, the Jordanian national dish. Regional cuisines evolve from foods that are available locally and in season. Eating this way implies sustainability from the very source, in addition to fair conditions for workers and mindful stewardship of natural resources. When it comes to the delicious […]

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Zucchini Latkehs Hannukah RECIPE

A healthier spin on the season’s  traditional potato pancakes. Hannukah is one of the most fun holidays in the Jewish calendar, maybe because for a full eight days there’s a feeling of celebration in the air. Family folks often quit work early to be home in time for the candle-lighting ceremony, games with the kids […]

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Jerusalem Cookbook and Green Prophet’s Review

Author of the hugely popular cookbook Plenty, Yotam Ottolenghi teamed up with  co-chef Sami Tamimi to produce a cookbook that will dazzle, inspire, and satisfy your senses. Both men were born the same year in Jerusalem; Ottolenghi in the western Jewish side and Tamimi in Arab east Jerusalem.  They  never met until they were in […]

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Iraqi Stuffed Grape Leaves RECIPE

In the Middle East, recipes for stuffed vegetables and leaves evolved from a simple, thrifty way with meat to a culinary passion. Careful housewives have long known that a little ground meat goes a long way when artfully seasoned and combined with rice. But it took imagination and care to develop the recipes of stuffed […]

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Smart Bra May Replace Mammograms

A better device for early breast cancer detection is expected to be available in 2013-2014. Any woman who’s endured the pain and embarrassment of a mammogram would welcome a painless alternative. Even better would be one that doesn’t subject her to radiation. Best would be a device that doesn’t crush her breasts, is radiation-free, and […]

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Practical Herbs by Henriette Kress: BOOK REVIEW

If you’re interested in healing with herbs, this is the book to start from. Henriette Kress is a well-known Finnish herbalist who maintains Henriette’s Herbal Homepage, the Internet’s largest, and oldest, herbal website. She has published three  books on herbology in Finnish; Practical Herbs is her first in English. It packs an impressive amount of […]

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Make Tej, Ethiopian Honey Beer

The authentic flavor of Tej or t’ej beer made according to a centuries-old process. It’s sweet, funky, perfect with injera. An Ethiopian friend supervised my making Tej at home. It’s a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. It requires Gesho, a dried leaf used instead of hops (Rhamnus prinoides, a relative of buckthorn).  But it’s as authentic […]

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Deaf Workers in Gaza Open New Restaurant

New opportunity opens for the hearing-disabled in Gaza. About 1 percent of Gaza’s 1.6 million people suffer from total or near-total deafness. Their education is limited to the 9th grade. They must contend with a popular notion that deafness equals mental disability. The new Atfaluna restaurant near Gaza port  provides income for a 12 deaf […]

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Breast Cancer Risk in Israeli Women On The Rise

A high use of hormones for IVF treatments may be one reason why Jewish Israelis in special risk category.  The Israeli Health Ministry stated that 1 in every 8 Israeli women is at risk of breast cancer. The disease is on the rise in Jewish Israeli women, but mortality rates are dropping, according to the […]

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Pop Your Own Chemical-Free Popcorn

Crunchy, tasty popcorn, made on your stove top, with nothing but goodness in it. My friend was amused that I have no microwave oven. How can I deal with food all day long and not own one? And how were we going to pop the popcorn she’d brought over? The health risks associated with microwave […]

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Mafroum, Moroccan Stuffed Potatoes: RECIPE

Mafroum potatoes melt in your mouth and fill your senses with truly Middle Eastern flavors. A festive dish, mafroum is one of those foods that reminds me of Moroccan grandmothers who bustle into the kitchen, don an apron, and lovingly conjure delicious food out of vegetables and meat fresh from the shouk.And one of the […]