🍰 WEEK 7: an egyptian delight
Olive oil based cakes used to feature often in Temple offerings throughout history and this week you'll see the religious and ceremonial links that exist in Israeli food culture for example, for Middle Eastern Jewish communities, floral scents are prevalent throughout the home and in the kitchen especially during the Jewish Shavuot holiday which celebrates the summer harvest. The cake you'll be making this week is not only dairy free but is also semolina-based. Semolina cakes are an iconic sight around the markets and can also be found in Arab bakeries across Israel. So get ready to tuck into a delicious slice with some spiced Arab coffee or a fresh mint tea.
📺 Watch and Learn - Rassa Stories
There's no better way of seeing the mix of cultures that exist in Israel than via the food markets, stalls and street vendors. Chef Eyal and his good friend (and food tour guide) Ben will guide you around Levinsky Market exploring hummus, bourekitas, delis and plenty of grab-on-the-go treats the market has to offer. You'll also be taken around the Har Bracha Tahini factory to see the process of how the tahini in your box is made. This ingredient is a staple across the Middle East and is often served as a condiment in a full lunchtime spread.
How is tahini made?
Trace the journey from sesame seed to creamy tahini and find out more about the family business behind the tahini in your ingredient box.
Lunch at Levinsky Market
Tel Aviv is a city that has seen many waves of immigration bringing different cultures and cuisines to the proverbial table. Nowhere can these different cultures be seen intermingling more than in the markets of Tel Aviv-Yafo.
📘 Lessons For The Week
Recipe Development - Zohar Cake & Rhubarb Compote
This dish is somewhere between cake and dessert and is heavily influenced by the seasons and the scents of his home city Tel Aviv, taking inspiration from the trees that line the streets. He encourages you to experiment with other tart seasonal fruits and different aromatics beyond purely floral by also looking at fragrant herbs.
Ingredients Introduction - Zohar Cake & Rhubarb Compote
Explore the different aromatic ingredients Tomer uses to perfume his cake including orange blossom (zohar), citrus fruits and lavender for finishing. He also explains how he creates the right reactions for the cake to come together without the use of dairy.
Get Cooking - Zohar Cake & Rhubarb Compote
Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious syrupy cake. You'll be using semolina as an alternative to flour and stewing fruits, using the natural pectin existent in the fruit to create a partially set sauce.
Share with the community
Stuck for inspiration on floral waters and flavours or perhaps you're looking for alternatives to oat milk, Tomer and the rest of your peers are accessible in the community and are happy to answer any questions. You can also share photos of your creations and any good flavour combos you come up with!
💭 Creative Inspiration
Compotes are a great way to give a second life to fruit which is looking a little bruised or worse for wear, they also give a chance to show off the fresh fruits of the season. Eyal gives you some inspiration of a version to use for your Zohar cake but have a look at what is local to your area and selling in the markets.
📖 Further Reading
Read more about the famous Jaffa orange throughout history. This fruit has bridged the Jewish and Arab worlds and you'll learn more about orange blossom water which heavily features in Persian, Arab and Turkish cuisine particularly in the sweet treats.