Jerusalem and Tel Aviv: In Which I Don't Talk About Food

Amos Oz describes the two great cities of his country as worlds apart. “In Jerusalem,” he writes “people always walked rather like mourners at a funeral, or latecomers at a concert… But Tel Aviv! The whole city was one big grasshopper. The people leaped by, and so did the houses the streets, the squares, the sea breeze, the sand, the avenues, and even the clouds in the sky.” 

Jaffa's Magic Hummus

What I ordered was Hummus Ful, a wide, shallow bowl of smooth, thick hummus, topped with slow cooked Egyptian fava beans, served alongside raw onions, a fresh green chili sauce, and a stack of warm pita. 

Mushrooms, Chestnuts & Mise En Place

It’s a kitchen rule, maybe the most important kitchen rule. It means ‘put in place’ but I like to think of it as ‘everything in its place.’ If done well it means that during a three-hour service a cook won’t have to peel, chop, or parboil a thing.