Sunday, August 5, 2012

Heritage Festival 2012: Chulent (Cholent) at Israel

Heritage Festival 2012 by raise my voice
Heritage Festival 2012, a photo by raise my voice on Flickr.
For the first time in living memory, Israel had a meat dish on its menu. Cholent (or, "chulent" as it was spelled in the festival menu) is a slowly simmered stew of meat, beans, barley, carrots, and potatoes that is traditionally eaten on the Sabbath (in a pot left on the stove that is turned on before the Sabbath begins, as cooking on the Sabbath is verboten if you are an observant Jew).

Anyways, this was the biggest surprise of the weekend for me. The cholent was beyond excellent. It was rich and full of all of its ingredients (although it could have used a bit more meat - which, by the way, was kosher, thus satisfying my Orthodox Jewish baggage), with a slice of ciabatta bun to catch those last few, tomato-based drops of the stew.

A vegetarian version was also available.

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