Skip to comments.Freeper Thanksgiving in Tel Aviv: Spices, Politics and Three Fat Ladies.
Posted on 11/22/2012 6:03:17 PM PST by FrPR
1. Israeli turkeys are not like American turkeys, though I have been told that Israelis (somehow) consume more turkey by weight than people of any other country, and many kibbutzim are dedicated to turkey production. I decided on two nice chickens from the local vendor. They are easier to put in the tiny euro ovens so common in the Middle East. Oh, and Frank Perdue and Butterball don't live here. You will find feathers and other curiosities.
2. If Quebec bombarded Vermont or Mexico bombarded Texas every day with terrorist actions, sniper fire, and missile strikes for decades nonstop, as Gaza has bombarded towns like Sderot, it would not suddenly be news when Burlington or Austin got hit.
3. If one cannot find cranberries in Israel, which one cannot, one can find those Ocean Spray snacks and rehydrate them, or better yet, substitute apricots, date slices and other Mediterranean delights in a stuffing mix.
4. One wonders how all those who speak of an apartheid state Israel would feel if their own countries were surrounded by nations sworn to destroy them, yet embraced a 20% population of people of this same heritage and religion with dual official languages and Arab members of the Knesset.
5. Nuts and spices are possibly cheaper and fresher here, on streets like Nahalat Binyamin and at the Shouk HaCarmel, than anywhere else in the world. This makes for a seriously gourmet stuffing which will thrill the taste-buds. Go nuts, but watch out for the fat ladies (there are three I am told, one a spice-vendor) at the Shouk. I tested this out on the lady in question and she attempted to charge me ten shekels for a few dried pineapple slices. Though I have nothing against and indeed very much appreciate corpulence in a woman, for some reason the only dishonest people there are fat ladies, and they are shunned by the other merchants.
6. One pauses for a moment to remember the 'brave journalists' as depicted in the MSM who lost their lives because they refused to heed Israels plea that all press people stay away from Hamas operatives. They are: Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama of Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV, and Mohamed Abu Aisha, the director of Al-Quds' Educational Radio. Go figure.
7. Israel is evidently producing some of the finest low-priced investment-grade wines in the world right now, a secret known but to Israelis, American visitors like myself, and wine connoisseurs. And they are delicious, especially the common Gamla and Yarden varieties, which I can comfortably afford. As a cheapskate aficionado I was lucky enough to have bought a few cases of the delightful 07 and 08 Gamla Cabernets. These were enjoyed by all at my peaceful table, where prayers were up and spirits were high.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and all there with you!
Shalom, FrPR! Thankyou for sharing. Life is interesting, is it not?
Good to hear from you. Thanks for the details, bad and enticing. Stay safe.
Years ago I spent a day clipping the beaks and innoculating young turkeys at Kibbutz Tsora, Bet Shemesh. I killed about ten of them by cutting their beaks too short. Live and learn. Maybe that’s why they had me in the cotton fields?
I think it is no more than a temporary halt to load up on more Iranian rockets - not a truce.
I believe Obama is undercutting Netanyahu and Israel itself.
Thanks very much for your sweet and very interesting posting and insights.
I’m praying for Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu and the people of Israel.
I have no trust in the Marxist or anyone in his regime. Any deals he makes, are not likely to first benefit Israel.
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