All in Food

An Israeli and Palestinian Dessert for Shavuot

Shavuot commemorates God’s giving of the Torah to the people of Israel. It is also the time when people would bring their first fruits to the Temple. People decorate their homes with greenery or flowers, read the book of Ruth in synagogues, eat a large dairy meal, and participate in all-night Torah study. In secular Israeli society, the holiday is celebrated with a meal of quiches, blintzes, lasagnas, and cheesecakes.

Cake Culture Shock

People often ask me casually, “And how did you adapt to the culture?”  I usually sigh, unable to respond to the enormity of the question, “With God and a sense of humour.” Thirty-five years ago, as a young newlywed coming from the UK to live in Nazareth and the challenge of so many new customs and social protocols, one of the biggest culture-shock experiences was facing the Easter Cake Season.

How Fit Can Palestinians Get?

Working out and being healthy have become very trendy in some areas in the West Bank, especially in Ramallah. I see people jogging and cycling all over town. I always see gym parking lots full, and I keep hearing of new “healthy” restaurants opening up!

A cake gone wrong

In Palestinian culture, there is a lot of pressure on women to be good and hardworking housewives. The house always needs to be spotless, and the kitchen always needs to smell of food and dessert.